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Shot Putters, Ealum Shine on Saturday at VT

January 19, 2019  Blacksburg, Va.  RSS
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Naomi Mojica was the Hokie Invitational women's shot put runner-up.

Naomi Mojica was the Hokie Invitational women's shot put runner-up.

Liberty's shot putters and junior Tanner Ealum excelled on Saturday, the final day of competition at the Hokie Invitational inside Virginia Tech's Rector Field House. Shot putters Jose Ballivian, Naomi Mojica and Patria Vaimaona all recorded top-three finishes and IC4A/ECAC qualifiers, while Ealum punched her ECAC ticket in two events (400 and 4 x 400 relay).

Mojica (48-2.5) and Vaimaona (46-7.25) finished 2-3 in the women's shot put, while Ballivian (58-2.5) took third place in the men's shot put during the Chilean's Liberty debut.

Liberty totaled six ECAC-qualifying performances and a pair of new IC4A qualifiers on the day, giving the Flames a total of 14 ECAC qualifiers and seven IC4A qualifiers during their opening weekend of the 2019 indoor season.

The Flames' final IC4A/ECAC qualifiers came in the meet's last two events, the women's and men's 4 x 400 relay. Competing in her third event of the two-day meet, Cortney Dowling propelled the Lady Flames to a heat victory over Charlotte and a time of 3:46.39 with her 55.60 leadoff split. Ealum then broke the race open by splitting 56.15 seconds on the third leg.

Also competing in his third event in Blacksburg, Alejandro Perlaza Zapata split 46.68 seconds for the anchor leg of the men's 4 x 400 squad. However, the Flames were edged by Charlotte, 3:15.63 to 3:15.90.

Women's Top 3 Finishers
2nd – Jessie Rogers, Natalee Cole, Heidi Smith, Jamie Anderson – DMR – 12:37.69
2nd – Naomi Mojica – Shot Put – 48-2.5
3rd – Patria Vaimaona – Shot Put – 46-7.25
3rd – Kylie Polsgrove – High Jump – 5-6

Men's Top 3 Finishers
2nd – Branson Rolle, Jahquez Durham, Michael Todd, Alejandro Perlaza Zapata – 4 x 400 – 3:15.90
3rd – Jose Ballivian – Shot Put – 58-2.5

Women's ECAC Qualifiers (6)
Fiona Barnes – Long Jump – 18-8.5
Tanner Ealum – 400 – 56.74
Makenzy Mizera – Long Jump – 18-7.75
Naomi Mojica – Shot Put – 48-2.5
Patria Vaimaona – Shot Put – 46-7.25
Cortney Dowling, Delaney McDowell, Tanner Ealum, Ty'Asia Dansbury – 4 x 400 – 3:46.39

Men's IC4A Qualifiers (2)
Jose Ballivian – Shot Put – 58-2.5
Branson Rolle, Jahquez Durham, Michael Todd, Alejandro Perlaza Zapata – 4 x 400 – 3:15.90

Updates to Liberty's All-Time Women's Top 10 List
Shot Put – No. 3 – Patria Vaimaona – 46-7.25
Long Jump – No. 8 – Fiona Barnes – 18-8.5
Long Jump – No. 9 – Makenzy Mizera – 18-7.75

Updates to Liberty's All-Time Men's Top 10 List
Shot Put – No. 4 – Jose Ballivian – 58-2.5

Up Next
The Flames will open their 2019 home schedule with the 14th Liberty Kickoff, Friday and Saturday. It will mark Liberty's first of three consecutive weekends with home competitions during the Liberty Indoor Track Complex's third season.