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Larson, Van Wyk Notch Top 5 Performances at Duke

April 22, 2017  Durham, N.C.  RSS
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Anna Van Wyk placed fifth in the women's 1,500 during Saturday's action at the Duke Invitational.

Anna Van Wyk placed fifth in the women's 1,500 during Saturday's action at the Duke Invitational.

Liberty's Dasiana Larson (women's shot put) and Anna Van Wyk (women's 1,500) each placed inside the top five of their respective events on Saturday, the final day of competition at the Duke Invitational.

For the second straight day, severe weather necessitated a weather delay at Morris Williams Stadium, and only nine Liberty athletes competed on Saturday.

Following up on her third-place hammer finish on Friday, Larson came in fourth in Saturday's women's shot put competition, thanks to a personal-best mark of 46-1.5. Interestingly, each of the Iowa native's three legal attempts landed exactly one foot away from each other, as her series also included throws of 44-1.5 and 45-1.5.

Van Wyk's first race in three weeks saw her clock a 1,500 time of 4:32.14. That was good for fifth place overall and a head-to-head victory over defending Big South 1,500 champion Cozette Collin of High Point. Teammate Hannah Scherlacher placed 33rd of 71 entrants in the 1,500, finishing in 4:51.55.

Caleb Hart continued his strong freshman season of javelin throwing, reaching 189-0 for seventh place.

Holly Arey earned 10th place in the women's discus with her 136-6 heave. Meanwhile, Anthony Colangelo shared the 10th spot in the men's high jump, thanks to a 6-3.25 clearance.

The only two Liberty men's runners to compete in Saturday's track events, Andrew Crowell (27th place, 3:59.14) and Michael Griffith (35th, 4:03.17) each placed inside the top half of the 70-member men's 1,500 field.

Up Next
Liberty will divide its athletes between two different meets for the second consecutive weekend. Some Flames and Lady Flames will compete in the Penn Relays, Thursday through Saturday at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa. Liberty will also send a group of competitors to Lannigan Field in Charlottesville, Va., for Saturday's Virginia Grand Prix.