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Bower, Zentmeyer Shine Before Weather Strikes at Duke

April 19, 2019  Durham, N.C.  RSS
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James Zentmeyer

James Zentmeyer

Liberty's Emma Bower placed fourth in the Duke Invitational women's 5K, while James Zentmeyer continued his comeback from injury on a weather-shortened Friday at Morris Williams Track & Field Stadium.

Only four morning events (men's 5K, women's 5K, women's high jump and women's hammer) were completed before heavy rain and thunderstorms arrived in Durham, wiping out the rest of Friday's program.

Bower paced the Lady Flames' 5K runners, finishing fourth of 73 competitors with the second sub-18:00 clocking (17:48.43) of her freshman season.

Fellow freshmen Jamie Anderson (18th, 18:28.84) and Jessica Rogers (21st, 18:31.28) fared well in their collegiate 5K debuts, while classmate Katie MacDougall (38th, 19:02.26) sliced 21 seconds off her previous best time.

Running just his second race after missing the entire indoor season, Zentmeyer came in 10th of 79 men's 5K runners in 15:08.17. It was 40 seconds faster than the redshirt junior's winning time at the WildCat Invitational six days earlier.

Joe Spitzer placed 16th (third among freshmen) with a time of 15:12.61 in his first collegiate 5K, while teammate Paul Squires lowered his 5K personal best to 15:18.20 for 23rd.

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With most of Friday's Duke Invitational events being postponed due to weather, Saturday will now feature 13 hours of action at Morris Williams Track & Field Stadium. The meet will resume at 8 a.m. with the men's steeplechase and men's hammer.