Jeremy Davis' 23-7.5 effort in the decathlon long jump highlighted the Flames' efforts on Friday.
An unsettled weather day at the Virginia Challenge on Friday could not slow down Liberty's multi event athletes. Jeremy Davis enjoyed a breakthrough opening day in the decathlon at Lannigan Field, Kylie Polsgrove ranks third in the heptathlon and Jamie Gray set a new Liberty heptathlon record with a 39-8 mark in the shot put.
Rain and thunderstorms in Central Virginia necessitated a delay during Friday's action, forced the decathlon high jump indoors and postponed all of the scheduled evening events to Saturday.
Davis sits in sixth place in the decathlon at the midway mark after racking up 3,614 points on Friday. The redshirt sophomore's previous best day one score was 3,331 at the 2018 Big South Championship. He posted a trio of personal bests, including the 100 (11.03), long jump (23-7.5) and 400 (51.63).
Davis' 23-7.5 long jump mark added more than a foot to his previous best, ranks No. 3 all-time among Liberty decathletes and is the best effort by any ASUN long jumper this season. It was also the top long jump effort by a Flame since 2017.
Teammate Kysheen Myrick sits right behind Davis in seventh place with 3,410 points. He posted solid marks in all three of Friday's field events, including a 20-11.75 long jump, a 41-1 shot put and a 6-1.25 high jump clearance.
A week after scoring a personal-best 5,333 points during the Tennessee Relays heptathlon, Polsgrove was back in top form on Friday. The nation's 12th-ranked heptathlete tallied 3,114 points for third place in the current standings. Polsgrove high jumped a season-best 5-5 and recorded the competition's third fastest 200 (25.95) despite battling rain and a headwind.
Competing in her first collegiate heptathlon, Gray currently resides in 12th place with 2,731 points. Her 39-8 shot put was the best ever posted by a Lady Flames heptathlete, eclipsing the 39-3.75 mark of Liberty Athletics Hall of Famer Danielle McNaney at the 2005 USATF Outdoor Championships. Gray's older sister, Kennesaw State All-American Jordan Gray, leads the competition with 3,396 points.
Senior Denzel Pratt came in third during a rain-soaked men's javelin competition with a mark of 215-0, recording his fourth top-five finish in five competitions this season.
In the women's javelin, Paige Demetriades reached a season-best and ASUN-leading 136-1 on her third attempt for an 11th-place finish.
Anders Janes was the Flames' highest-finishing pole vaulter on the day, placing fifth in the men's open competition with a 15-9.75 clearance. Meanwhile, Lady Flames Reilly Stroot (15-3.75) and Rachel Milnes (12-2.5) both posted new season bests.
Men's Top 3 Finishers 3rd – Denzel Pratt – Javelin – 215-0
Women's Record Breakers School Record – Heptathlon Shot Put – Jamie Gray – 39-8 Old Record: 39-3.75 by Danielle McNaney at the 2005 USATF Outdoor Championships
Updates to Liberty's All-Time Men's Top 10 List Decathlon Long Jump – No. 3 – Jeremy Davis – 23-7.5
Up Next Saturday's revised schedule for the Virginia Challenge will commence with the men's discus at 9 a.m., and the women's 5K will get running events started at 10 a.m.
The decathlon will resume at 10:15 a.m., followed by the start of heptathlon day two at 12:30 p.m.
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