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Klase's Big Javelin Throw Helps Liberty Finish 8th
Liberty junior Daniel Klase was the Flames' top performer on Sunday at the 2014 IC4A and ECAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, placing fifth in the IC4A javelin final with a personal-best throw of 219-1. He helped Liberty's men's team place eighth in the final IC4A team standings.
Pittsburgh claimed the IC4A team title with 51 points, outdistancing runner-up Connecticut's score of 41.75. The Flames finished with 28.75 tallies for the eighth spot among 58 men's squads which scored points at the meet.
On the women's side, Connecticut ran away with the ECAC championship with 85 points. Harvard came in second with a final score of 46. Liberty's seven points put the Lady Flames in a tie for 39th place with Holy Cross, Maryland and Massachusetts.
Men's IC4A Day Three Recap
Klase's impressive throw, which came on his second attempt, shattered his previous best of 207-5 and moved him from No. 7 to No. 2 on the Flames' all-time list. Klase, whose impressive series also featured throws of 209-0 and 207-7, likely punched his first ticket to the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet in the process.
Teammate Steve Feister chipped in a seventh-place javelin finish with a collegiate-best mark of 210-9. Feister now sits on the bubble for NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round qualification.
This was the first time in program history that two Liberty men's javelin throwers have exceeded 210 feet at the same meet. Meanwhile, Klase and Feister are the fifth and sixth Flames ever to throw 210 feet in the javelin.
Redshirt senior Jacob DeValve scored the first IC4A point of his career, throwing the shot put 56-2 for eighth place. During the midst of the shot put competition, he placed 25th in the javelin with a top mark of 191-6.
Teammate Constand Van Rooyen tied for 19th in the shot put with a personal-best 52-6.75 effort. He now ranks 10th in program history for the event. Teammate David Scouten came in 34th at 47-11.
After placing third in the IC4A decathlon on Friday and Saturday, freshman Zach Davis competed in the high jump on Sunday. He made it over 6-8.25 on his second attempt, finishing in a four-way tie for seventh place.
Freshman Aklesso Agama triple jumped 46-11.75, sharing 15th place in the event.
Women's ECAC Day Three Recap
Sophomore Janae Jones scored the Lady Flames' lone points during Sunday's competition, triple jumping 40-2.75 for seventh place.
Jones was one of Liberty's three competitors in the ECAC triple jump, as Oasis Hernandez went 38-8.25 for 21st place and Melissa Rohwer reached 37-10.75 for 24th place.
Competing in her home state, Rachel Barnes closed out her collegiate career by tying for 20th place in the ECAC shot put final. Her top throw on the afternoon measured 39-8.75.
On Thursday, the field of competitors for the 2014 NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet will be revealed. The meet will be contested May 29-31 at North Florida's Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.