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Larson, Tidball Earn VertKlasse Runner-Up Finishes

March 31, 2017  High Point, N.C.  RSS
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Dasiana Larson was the women's shot put runner-up, Friday at the VertKlasse Meeting.

Dasiana Larson was the women's shot put runner-up, Friday at the VertKlasse Meeting.

Liberty junior Dasiana Larson (women's shot put) and redshirt freshman Jack Tidball (men's 10K) placed second in their respective events, marking two of the Flames' biggest highlights on the VertKlasse Meeting's opening day, Friday at a soggy Vert Stadium.

Men's Day One Recap
Competing in the final men's race of the evening, Tidball made a successful debut at the 10K distance. The Pennsylvania native placed second in 31:47.83, making him one of five runners to break the previous meet record.

Louis Paone followed up his personal-best 9:37.79 steeplechase clocking at last Friday's Raleigh Relays with a 9:41.67 effort. That was good for fourth place overall in the event.

Rounding out the track events, defending Big South men's outdoor 800-meter champion Bradley Prentice stepped up to the 1,500 on Friday and slashed more than five seconds off of his previous best. The sophomore's 4:02.80 clocking placed 15th out of 101 entrants in the race.

Liberty freshmen won a pair of "B" section field events on Friday, including Jacob Burke in the high jump and Reilly Stroot in the pole vault. Burke's Liberty debut saw him clear 6-4.25 on his first attempt to claim first place in the section.

Meanwhile, Stroot was the only men's pole vaulter to successfully clear 14-8 on Friday. He was followed by teammates Ryan McCann (tie for fourth, 13-8.25) and Caleb Rider (eighth, 13-8.25).

Freshman Andre Wright long jumped 22-3.75 for fifth place, giving him a head-to-head victory over reigning Big South indoor long jump champion Niegel Simmons of Charleston Southern (21-10.25). Flames Brad Smalley (21-8), Markus Ballengee (21-8) and Jonny Saintil (personal-best 21-7.25) finished 11th, 12th and 13th, respectively.

Zach Gilroy heaved the javelin 140-8 to finish 16th in the event.

Women's Day One Recap
Larson garnered her shot put runner-up finish with a 44-11.75 mark and a 44-7 effort which gave her the tiebreaker over Elon's Breanna Warren. Holly Arey added an 11th-place finish with her 40-11.75 shot put.

Anna Van Wyk posted a time of 17:40.37 in her outdoor 5K debut, finishing fourth in the race and claiming the No. 10 spot in program history. Kat Bouton's 18:17.97 clocking placed her 10th.

Like Prentice on the men's side, defending Big South women's 800 champion Delaney McDowell made a successful move up to the 1,500 on Friday. She trimmed nearly five seconds off of her previous best, running a 4:42.21 for 14th place of 104 runners. Freshman teammate Brooke Turner followed in 15th place at 4:43.76.

Lea Carter pole vaulted 11-1.75, shattering the sophomore's personal best of 10-6 and placing fifth in the event's "B" section. Carter's performance gives the Lady Flames four of the Big South's top five women's pole vaulters this season.

Kylie Polsgrove reached an outdoor personal-best 17-6.25 for 11th place in the women's long jump, while Ayanna Johnson's season-best 17-5.25 leap earned 17th place.

Up Next
The VertKlasse Meeting will conclude with an action-packed Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. with Group A of the men's hammer and the participation sections of the women's 800. The "main event" group of track events will get started at 2:30 p.m.