Mychelle Cumings placed 21st in the women's shot put, Thursday at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet.
Day 1 Blog Redshirt junior Mychelle Cumings was Liberty's top performer on the opening day of the 2015 NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, Thursday at Hodges Stadium, placing 21st in the women's shot put.
Cumings' third and final shot put attempt landed at 50-0.5, less than inch off of her season best. That was good for 21st out of 48 entrants, marking Cumings' best shot put placement in her three career NCAA Preliminary Round appearances.
Freshman Ednah Kurgat went out aggressively in just the third 10K race of her career, clocking 17:03 for the first 5K. She then ended up 32nd overall, clocking a finishing time of 35:45.87.
Competing in her first of two events at this meet, senior Abigail Flower came tantalizingly close to advancing. Her 100 dash time of 11.69 placed 25th in the first round, just one hundredth of a second away from qualifying for Friday's quarterfinals.
Florida native Ryan Davis competed at Hodges Stadium for the first time since winning the boys' 300 hurdles championship at the 2013 Florida 1A state meet. The sophomore clocked a time of 52.89 for seventh place in his heat and 38th place overall in the men's 400 hurdles, failing to advance to Friday's quarterfinal round.
Fellow sophomore Jessie Glynn made three strong attempts at 12-4.75 but failed to clear the opening height of the women's pole vault in her NCAA Preliminary Round debut.
Friday's slate of events will begin at noon, with the women's discus and men's javelin. Liberty will be represented in both events, as Cumings will throw the discus and Steve Feister and Daniel Klase will both throw the javelin.