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Jackson Wins Liberty Kickoff Pentathlon

December 3, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Erika Jackson captured the Liberty Kickoff pentathlon title on Thursday.

Erika Jackson captured the Liberty Kickoff pentathlon title on Thursday.

Liberty's Erika Jackson got her senior season off to a strong start, winning the pentathlon on the opening day of the Liberty Kickoff, Thursday at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center.

Jackson's personal-best score of 3,574 points outdistanced teammate Riley Brandon, competing unattached, by 259 tallies for the Lady Flames' lone event title of the day. Jackson achieved career-best marks in three of her five events, including the 60 hurdles (9.13), high jump (5-5) and long jump (17-8).

Liberty also got third and fourth-place finishes in the pentathlon from Audrey Bamford (3,215) and Jessica Harrison (3,109), respectively.

Competing unattached, Lady Flame Jessie Glynn captured the women's pole vault title at 11-11.75. Behind her, Liberty's Mariel Finger (second place) and Rachael Fasana (third place) each cleared 11-5.75 and now share ninth place on Liberty's all-time indoor women's pole vault list.

Liberty's Brooke Shelton and Audrey Rabe each vaulted 10-11.75, putting both of them in a three-way tie for fourth place.

Sophomores Dasiana Larson and Holly Arey both recorded personal-best marks in the women's weight throw. Larson's 53-0 heave placed third in the competition and moves her into fourth place in program history. Arey's top throw of 48-11.5 came in fifth on Thursday and ranks ninth on Liberty's top 10 list.

Liberty's Zach Davis leads the heptathlon standings through four events, competing unattached. His day one score of 3,055 has the junior on pace for a personal best, thanks in large part to an indoor personal-best shot put mark of 43-11.75 and a big 6-10.75 high jump clearance.

The second and final day of Liberty Kickoff will commence Friday at 9:30 a.m. with the women's triple jump and men's long jump.