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Larson Places 3rd in Duke Invitational Hammer

April 21, 2017  Durham, N.C.  RSS
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Dasiana Larson threw the hammer a personal-best 196-3, earning a third-place finish at the Duke Invitational on Friday.

Dasiana Larson threw the hammer a personal-best 196-3, earning a third-place finish at the Duke Invitational on Friday.

Liberty junior Dasiana Larson threw the hammer a personal-best 196-3 to place third in the event, headlining the Flames' efforts at the Duke Invitational, Friday at Morris Williams Stadium.

Larson climbed to No. 5 in Big South Conference history with her sixth round effort of 196-3, capping off an impressive series which also included marks of 194-3 and 186-5. As a point of reference, a throw of 193-2 was what it took to advance from the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships a year ago.

Classmate Holly Arey also fared well in the women's hammer Friday afternoon, pushing her personal best to 169-0 and placing 12th.

Following a weather delay, redshirt junior Terrill Zentmeyer posted her first career sub-18:00 5K. The Florida native's time of 17:57.23 was good for 10th place in the event and No. 3 in the Big South Conference this season. Senior Kat Bouton followed in 17th place, crossing the finish line in 18:18.85.

Liberty's freshmen also recorded some impressive efforts on the meet's opening day. On the women's side, Jaiden Mulder came in 20th in the 100 hurdles with a season-best 14.75 clocking. Fellow rookie, Erin Hansel, improved her 800 personal best to 2:18.03 for 28th place.

Freshman Benjamin Klemmeck lopped 20 seconds off of his previous best 5K time, finishing 26th with his 15:21.07 performance.

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The Duke Invitational will resume Saturday at noon with the men's javelin, an event which was originally scheduled for Friday evening but was postponed after the weather delay.