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Kurgat Impressive in 10K Debut at Raleigh

March 27, 2015  Raleigh, N.C.  RSS
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Liberty's Ednah Kurgat (left, 34:38.75) and Coastal Carolina's Letitia Saayman (right, 34:33.85) became two of the four fastest women's 10K runners in Big South Conference history, Friday at the Raleigh Relays.

Liberty's Ednah Kurgat (left, 34:38.75) and Coastal Carolina's Letitia Saayman (right, 34:33.85) became two of the four fastest women's 10K runners in Big South Conference history, Friday at the Raleigh Relays.

Liberty's Ednah Kurgat continued her impressive freshman season Friday evening at the Raleigh Relays, clocking a 34:38.75 for sixth place in her debut at the 10K distance. Kurgat's effort marked Liberty's top performance on a cool, damp day at Paul Derr Track, which saw the men's pole vault postponed and many events contested in less than ideal conditions.

Kurgat finished one place and 4.9 seconds behind defending Big South women's 10K champion Letitia Saayman of Coastal Carolina, moving to No. 2 on the conference's all-time performance list with her time of 34:33.85.

Kurgat ranks No. 3 in Liberty history and No. 4 on the Big South list after recording the fastest 10K by a Lady Flame since Ashley Osborne's school-record 34:00.60 performance at Stanford on May 1, 2010.

Kurgat's time puts her eighth on the 2015 NCAA Division I women's 10K list as of Friday night and will likely qualify the Eldoret, Kenya native for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet in May.

Most of Liberty's top performances on Friday came in the mid-distance and distance races. Meredith Mistretta notched a time of 17:56.39 for fourth place in her section of the women's 5K, while Jacy Christiansen came in 10th in her section of the women's 1,500 in 4:40.96.

Graham Hansel and Josh Showalter placed 16th and 17th, respectively, in the men's steeplechase. Hansel recorded a solid time of 9:17.47 in his first collegiate steeplechase competition. By way of comparison, 2014 Big South steeplechase champion Josh MacDonald ran 9:22.93 in his collegiate steeplechase debut as a freshman.

Showalter's time of 9:18.71 shaved 11 seconds off the junior's previous personal best.

High jumping for the first time during the 2015 outdoor season, Zach Davis cleared 6-6.75 to share fifth place in the invitational section of the event.

David Scouten came in 10th in the collegiate men's discus with a 145-1 heave, while teammate Tim Abbott was 10th in the invitational men's discus at 139-8.

Erin Zappia made it over 5-1 in the college section of the women's high jump, tying for 10th place.

Holly Arey placed 14th in both the college women's shot put (outdoor personal-best 40-0.5) and college women's discus (119-11).

Corinn Bedell came in 26th of 119 entrants in the women's 400 dash, thanks to a season-best time of 57.65 seconds.

Both the Texas Relays and Raleigh Relays will come to a close on Saturday. The final day of the Texas Relays will begin at 9:15 a.m. Eastern, while Saturday's Raleigh Relays action will commence at 10 a.m.