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Flower, Hernandez Win at Highlander Invite

April 30, 2016  Radford, Va.  RSS
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Kate Flower won the Highlander Invitational women's 100 title with a personal-best 11.95 clocking on Saturday.

Kate Flower won the Highlander Invitational women's 100 title with a personal-best 11.95 clocking on Saturday.

Liberty's Kate Flower (women's 100) and Oasis Hernandez (women's triple jump) each won their events on Saturday during the final day of the Highlander Invitational at Cupp Stadium.

Women's Day Two Recap
Hernandez, who had not triple jumped in competition in three months due to injury, quickly returned to her past form. The junior from Kansas reached 40-6.25 on her second attempt, winning the competition with her best mark in two years.

Now ranked No. 3 on the Big South's women's triple jump this season, Hernandez also posted a mark of 40-4.75 in round four.

Flower sped to a personal-best time of 11.95 seconds to win the women's 100 dash final. The redshirt senior takes over sole possession of seventh place in program history.

Jessica Harrison competed in two events on Saturday, highlighted by a runner-up finish in the shot put at 34-9.5.

Men's Day Two Recap
Fred Fulton's season-best 54-1 shot put placed second in the event and enabled him to reclaim the No. 1 spot in the Big South this season.

Fellow senior David Scouten followed in third place in the shot put at 49-7 and also threw the hammer 176-3 to claim runner-up honors.

Spencer Jamison was the men's 400 runner-up thanks to a season-best 48.56 clocking. Teammate Levi Mack was close on his heels, crossing the line in third place with a personal-best 48.62 effort.

Marquis Gilchrist ran a personal-best time of 10.92 seconds in the men's 100 prelims before lowering it to 10.90 in the final. Gilchrist, who finished as the event's runner-up, tied Greg Edwards for the fastest 100-meter dash clocking by a Flame in 2016.

All three Liberty sprinters came back to perform well in the 200. Jamison recorded a time of 22.09 for fourth place in his collegiate 200-meter dash debut. Gilchrist (22.26) and Mack (22.37) came in sixth and seventh, respectively, with both sophomores establishing new personal bests.

Freshman Michael Fairfax notched two personal-best times of his own, placing second in the 400 hurdles (54.49) and fifth in the 110 hurdles (15.61).

Andrew Crowell won his heat of the 800 and placed seventh overall in 1:53.89.

Each of Liberty's next two meets will take place at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex, beginning with Wednesday's Liberty Twilight Qualifier. The one-day event will begin with the women's discus and men's shot put at 1 p.m. The men's 100 dash prelims will kick off the day's running events at 2 p.m.

At 5 p.m., Liberty will celebrate Senior Day, just prior to the first-ever Sparky Sprint. The meet will wrap up at 8:45 p.m. with a combined men's and women's 10K which will feature numerous Liberty alumni competitors.