Christina Mitchell threw the javelin 135-4 Thursday afternoon, placing 26th at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet in Jacksonville, Fla.
Day 1 Blog Liberty redshirt junior Christina Mitchell placed 26th in the women's javelin, representing the Flames' top finish on a hot, sticky Thursday afternoon at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet at UNF's Hodges Stadium. Mitchell sent her first of three javelin attempts out to 135-4, placing sixth in her flight and 26th out of 48 entrants in her NCAA Preliminary Round debut. Two Liberty athletes, Jennifer Klugh and Taylor Courtney, wrapped up their respective collegiate careers on Thursday. Making her third appearance at the NCAA Preliminary Round meet, Klugh clocked a 1,500-meter time of 4:30.13. That marked the 32nd-fastest time overall, a marked improvement over her No. 45 seed. Klugh, who will run her final season of collegiate cross country in the fall, wraps up her Liberty track & field career as a seven-time Big South champion on the track. Courtney, both an IC4A and Big South champion during his time with the Flames, posted a time of 54.12 in his heat of the 400-meter hurdles on Thursday. That placed the Keystone State native 38th in the event. Freshman Mychelle Cumings placed 37th in the women's shot put. Her second throw, which reached 46-5.25, was her longest attempt of the afternoon. Much like Cumings, Ryan Smith's second throw, 159-9, was his best effort and netted 37th place in the men's discus competition. The redshirt junior finished 11 spots better than his No. 48 seed entering the meet. Smith will be the very first athlete to compete at Hodges Stadium Friday morning, as he is the first thrower in the first flight of the men's hammer at 10 a.m. Three other Liberty athletes will be in action Friday, with the Flames' day wrapping up when Josh MacDonald runs the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase at 8:50 p.m.