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Polsgrove, Larson Excel on Liberty Collegiate Invite Day 1

April 7, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Kylie Polsgrove's successful Friday was headlined by her 5-7.75 high jump clearance.

Kylie Polsgrove's successful Friday was headlined by her 5-7.75 high jump clearance.

Liberty sophomore Kylie Polsgrove enjoyed a stellar opening day of the heptathlon, while junior Dasiana Larson won the Liberty Collegiate Invitational women's shot put title on a blustery Friday at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex.

The high temperature barely touched 50 degrees and gusty winds swirled around the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex all afternoon. However, numerous Flames and Lady Flames were still able to post impressive marks.

Polsgrove recorded her best-ever day one heptathlon score, racking up 3,107 points through Friday's quartet of events. She won the 100 hurdles, high jump and 200 dash, opening up a 352-point lead over second-place Kaitlin Scott of Hampton.

Polsgrove's performances included a season-best 100 hurdles time of 14.63, a collegiate personal-best 5-7.75 high jump clearance, an outdoor personal-best 31-11.5 shot put heave and a personal-best 25.68 200 dash clocking. Her high jump effort tops the 2017 Big South list, ranks No. 4 in program history and was the best outdoor clearance by a Lady Flame since Mia Aghaji made it over 5-7.75 at the 2012 NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet.

Reigning Big South Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week Larson threw the shot put 45-10 to win the event by more than four and a half feet. All six of the Iowa native's attempts on Friday would have earned the victory.

Teammate Holly Arey made it a 1-2 sweep for the Lady Flames in the shot put. Her outdoor personal-best mark of 41-2.25 moves the junior into a tie for eighth place in program history with Tracy Tyler.

Arey also led the way for the Lady Flames in the discus, reaching 145-1 for third place. Catherine Oyarzun followed in the fourth position, thanks to her personal-best 140-6 heave. Oyarzun, who added seven and a half feet to her previous best, moved into Liberty's all-time top 10 with the performance.

Zach Davis ranks second in the decathlon with 3,392 points through five events. He topped the decathletes in all three of Friday's field events, long jumping 21-2.5, throwing the shot 41-5.75 and high jumping a season-best and Big South-leading 6-9.

Freshmen Markus Ballengee (third place, 3,222 points) and Chukwuma Maduka (sixth, 3,141) both got off to solid starts in their first career decathlon competitions. Ballengee's day included a 6-2 high jump effort. Meanwhile, Maduka won the 100 at 11.15 and set new personal bests in the shot put (38-7.75) and high jump (6-0.75).

Up Next
The Liberty Collegiate Invitational will conclude with a full day of activity on Saturday. The day's events will begin at 10:15 a.m. with the heptathlon long jump, women's pole vault and women's hammer.