Josh MacDonald (left) clocked a 5K personal-best time of 14:05.87 at the Raleigh Relays on Friday, finishing just behind teammate Caleb Edmonds' (right) 14:02.84 effort.
Liberty's Caleb Edmonds clocked a 5K time of 14:02.84 and teammate Josh MacDonald followed closely behind in 14:05.87, highlighting the distance runners' successful Friday at the Raleigh Relays at Paul Derr Track.
Men's Day One Recap Friday evening's Section A of the men's 5K featured an impressive field of competitors, and eight runners dipped under the 14:00 mark. Edmonds nearly did so for the second time in his career, but finished with an impressive 14:02.84 clocking in his outdoor season debut. The Empire State native edged High Point's Jacob Smith by 1.3 seconds for 10th place in a showdown between the last two Big South outdoor men's 5K champions. MacDonald fashioned a personal-best time of 14:05.87 for 13th place, as the senior nearly caught Matt Elliott, the fourth-place finisher in the 2013 USATF 1,500-meter final. MacDonald now ranks fifth on Liberty's all-time list for the outdoor 5K. Racing in Section C of the 5K, redshirt freshman Sam Hibbs just missed the IC4A qualifying standard of 14:36.00 with his time of 14:36.22. However, he improved his 5K personal best by 24 seconds and came in ninth in his heat. Josh Showalter and Zach Barker both finished with personal-best times in the steeplechase. Showalter's 9:30.18 effort netted seventh place in Section B, while Barker won Section C with his 9:37.80, which lopped 10 seconds off of the redshirt junior's previous best.
Women's Day One Recap Junior Jacy Christiansen continued her year-long trend of personal-best performances, improving her 1,500 best by four seconds to 4:33.84. She came in 25th overall in the invitational sections of the event and climbed to No. 7 in program history. Freshman Hannah Scherlacher was Liberty's top performer in the afternoon sections of the 1,500-meter run. She sliced six seconds off of her personal best with a 4:51.82 clocking. Fellow freshman Jessie Proehl headlined the Lady Flames' 5K performances on the day, racing to a personal-best time of 17:49.93 for sixth place in Section E. Sophomore Chelsea Page crossed the line in fourth place in Section F of the 5K, thanks to a time of 18:25.33 which established a new personal best by 17 seconds.
Liberty will wrap up its busy weekend of competition on Saturday, with athletes entered in events at the Texas Relays, Raleigh Relays and Winthrop Invitational.