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Davis, Larson Shine on Liberty Elite Invitational Day 1

February 10, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Dasiana Larson placed third in the women's weight throw with a personal-best heave of 62-3. The junior now ranks No. 6 in Big South Conference history.

Dasiana Larson placed third in the women's weight throw with a personal-best heave of 62-3. The junior now ranks No. 6 in Big South Conference history.

Senior Zach Davis leads the heptathlon standings while junior Dasiana Larson placed third in the women's weight throw, highlighting the home team's performances on day one of the inaugural Liberty Elite Invitational, Friday at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex.

Davis posted his best-ever day one heptathlon score, tallying 3,094 points through four events. That puts him 64 points ahead of Virginia's Jack Lint atop the heptathlon standings.

Davis opened his day with a personal-best 60 time of 7.48 and proceeded to top all of his competitors in each of the next three events, including the long jump (indoor personal-best 23-4), shot put (season-best 43-7.25) and high jump (6-8.75).

Davis' long jump mark qualifies him for the IC4A meet in that event and ranks No. 1 in the Big South Conference this season. The New Jersey native now tops the conference in three events (also the high jump and heptathlon) for 2017.

Freshman teammate Markus Ballengee sits in fourth place with 2,575 points. He closed out his day with a season-best 32-11 shot put and a 6-2.75 high jump clearance which trailed only Davis.

Five of Larson's six weight throw attempts landed past her previous best of 57-10.5 on Friday. Her round-five throw sailed all the way out to 62-3, putting the junior third in the competition and sixth all-time in Big South Conference history.

Teammate Holly Arey added an eighth-place weight throw finish, thanks to her 52-4 effort.

Up Next
The Liberty Elite Invitational will resume Saturday at 10 a.m. with the men's long jump, women's long jump and women's pole vault. The heptathlon 60 hurdles will get the day's running events started at 11 a.m.