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Sprinters Shine for Lady Flames

December 4, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Corinn Bedell (right) won both the women's 400 and 4 x 400 relay on Friday at the Liberty Kickoff.

Corinn Bedell (right) won both the women's 400 and 4 x 400 relay on Friday at the Liberty Kickoff.

Led by double event winners Corinn Bedell, Erin Edmond and Ansley Gebben, Liberty's women's sprinters combined for five of the Lady Flames' nine event victories on Friday at the Liberty Kickoff, inside the Tolsma Indoor Track Center.

Edmond, making her Lady Flames debut after transferring from Vanderbilt, led a 1-2-3 Liberty sweep in the women's 60 in 7.80 seconds. She was followed across the line by teammates Dana Mercer (7.87) and Kate Flower (7.94).

Liberty took the first five positions in the women's 200, again led by Edmond. Her time of 25.16 tied for ninth place in program history. Bedell was second at 26.30, trailed by Nicole Leonzo (26.32), Bailey Reeves (26.86) and Rajon Stinnett-Perry (26.88).

Bedell took top honors in the women's 400 in 58.09 seconds, with fellow Lady Flames Olivia Behymer (1:00.39) and Maggie McDermott (1:01.73) placing second and third, respectively.

Running the 500-meter distance for the first time, Gebben won the event in 1:17.95 with Mary Witmer placing second at 1:19.55.

Bedell, Witmer, Reeves and Gebben closed out the meet with a victory in the women's 4 x 400 relay, crossing the finish line in 3:58.00.

Freshman Delaney McDowell was victorious in her collegiate debut, cruising to first place in the women's 1,000 in 3:14.23.

Mychelle Cumings opened her final season with a women's shot put victory (48-10.75), spearheading a 1-2-3-4 finish by the Lady Flames' throwers. Dasiana Larson came in second (42-3.5), Holly Arey was third (39-8.75) and Jessica Harrison placed fourth (35-1.75).

Sophomore Erin Zappia posted an impressive victory in the women's high jump, matching her personal best of 5-7 without a miss.

Mercer paced the women's long jump field with a leap of 17-11.5.

Competing unattached, Lady Flame Janae Jones took the women's triple jump crown in 39-8.

Liberty's men's athletes, all of whom competed unattached at the Liberty Kickoff, also recorded some impressive performances.

Stephen Racanelli won three events on the day, including the 60 (6.99), 200 (22.50) and 500 (1:08.17), while Cameron Francis swept the mile (4:20.35) and 3K (9:19.63) crowns.

Ryan Davis almost won multiple events himself, claiming the 400 (50.36) title after being edged out in the 60 hurdles (personal-best 8.35).

Ken Ritchey and Carson Waters placed 1-2 in the men's pole vault, as each made it over 15-11. The effort established a new personal best for Waters.

Zach Davis closed out a heptathlon victory with a personal-best tally of 5,084 points, while Fred Fulton's 57-10.5 mark outdistanced the men's shot put field.

Liberty will take an extended break from competition before returning to the track at the Hokie Invitational, Jan. 22-23 in Blacksburg, Va. The meet will be contested at Rector Field House, site of the 2016 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships.