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Liberty Finishes as ECAC Runner-Up, 4th in IC4A

March 5, 2017  Boston, Mass.  RSS
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Liberty took home the ECAC runner-up trophy after recording its best team finish in meet history.

Liberty took home the ECAC runner-up trophy after recording its best team finish in meet history.

The Liberty women's squad placed second for its best-ever ECAC finish, while the men's team ended up fourth in the IC4A standings as the 2017 IC4A and ECAC Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships wrapped up on Sunday at the Boston University Track & Tennis Center.

The Lady Flames' previous best ECAC showing was a third-place finish at the 2014 ECAC Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. Liberty improved upon that by racking up 54 points, finishing just eight tallies behind ECAC champion Albany (62 points) among the field of 44 teams which scored points.

Tanner Ealum (women's 400) and Janae Jones (women's triple jump) finished second in their respective events on Sunday, joining Jessie Glynn (women's pole vault) as ECAC individual runners-up during the three-day meet. In total, the Lady Flames scored points in nine out of the meet's 20 events.

Colin Schultz's second-place finish in the men's 1,000 contributed to the Flames' final total of 49 points. Liberty trailed only Albany (88 points), Connecticut (57) and Northeastern (57) among the 43 men's squads which reached the scoring column.

Schultz broke his own Liberty and Big South record from Saturday's prelims (2:23.99) with his 1,000 time of 2:23.01 on Sunday.

The Lady Flames' distance medley relay team of Brooke Turner, Mary Witmer, Delaney McDowell and Hannah Scherlacher also set Liberty and Big South records with its 11:48.99 clocking.

ECAC Day 3 Recap
Ealum eclipsed her own Liberty freshman record in the women's 400 with her runner-up time of 55.10. Teammate Nicole Leonzo added a fifth-place finish in the event, thanks to a season-best 55.73 effort.

In the ECAC meet's final race, the women's 4 x 400 relay, Leonzo, McDowell, Olivia Behymer and Ealum secured the Lady Flames' runner-up trophy by placing third for the second consecutive year. They rank as the fourth-fastest quartet in program history with Sunday's time of 3:44.35.

The women's distance medley's record-breaking 11:48.99 effort was good for seventh place in the race. Unofficial splits included 3:37.9 for Turner's 1,200-meter leg, 57.1 for Witmer's 400-meter leg, 2:10.3 for McDowell's 800-meter leg and 5:03.6 for Scherlacher's 1,600-meter anchor leg.

Prior to Sunday, the team of Rebecca Parsons, Kodi Pollard, Amy Teer and Heather Sagan had held the Liberty and Big South women's distance medley relay records at 11:52.36 since the 2000 ECAC meet.

One week after winning her first Big South women's indoor triple jump title, Jones placed second in the event for her highest career ECAC finish. The Commonwealth native opened her competition with her top mark of 40-9.75 and later followed it up with three more 40+ foot efforts.

IC4A Day 3 Recap
Schultz led for much of the men's 1,000 final before ultimately finishing just 0.44 seconds behind IC4A champion Paul Duffey of Northeastern. Schultz's 2:23.01 clocking ranks No. 10 in NCAA Division I for the 2016-17 indoor season.

Jones' top triple jump measurement of 50-6 left the junior just 3.25 inches behind event winner Devon Willis of Albany in third place. Jones has now finished second, third and fourth in his first three IC4A men's triple jump appearances. Teammate Jonny Saintil followed in 13th place at 46-11.5.

Sophomore Azaria Kirwa (8:12.03) and freshman Stanley Langat (8:18.07) both recorded personal-best times in the men's 3K final, finishing sixth and 12th, respectively. Langat now ranks No. 7 on Liberty's all-time list.

Jovaine Atkinson placed sixth in the men's 60 hurdles final at 8.19, while Carson Waters pole vaulted 16-2.75 for seventh place.

Luke Jelen, Ryan Davis, Bradley Prentice and Cameron Francis teamed up for eighth place in the distance medley relay, crossing the finish line in 10:00.06.

One day after setting the school record, the 4 x 400 relay grouping of Jahquez Durham, Michael Todd, Jeff Jacobs and Stephen Racanelli had to contend with a lost shoe and a dropped baton during Sunday's final. As a result, they came in ninth in 3:21.41.

Up Next
After taking next weekend off from competition, Liberty will open its 2017 outdoor track & field season at the CSU Spring Break Invitational, March 17-18 in Charleston, S.C. The meet will enable the Flames and Lady Flames to preview the facility which will play host to the 2017 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships.