Janae Jones won the Penn Relays women's triple jump college section on Friday with a personal-best mark of 41-9.75.
Liberty redshirt senior Janae Jones won the college section of the women's triple jump, headlining a successful Friday at the 123rd Penn Relays at Franklin Field. Her victory was one of the Flames' five top 10 finishes on the meet's second day.
Jones, who entered the day with a personal best of 41-2.25, bettered that mark on three of her six jumps. Her winning leap of 41-9.75 came in round three, putting Jones 4.5 inches ahead of runner-up Javonne Antoine of NC State. The Commonwealth native became Liberty's first Penn Relays event champion since Evans Kigen took home the men's 10K title in 2008.
Jones' 41-9.75 effort tops the 2017 Big South performance list and ranks No. 4 all-time in conference history. It also punches her ticket to the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet for the second time in her career.
Jones' mark would have been good enough for fifth place in the event's championship section on Friday, trailing only four triple jumpers who placed among the top 12 at the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships last month.
@libertytrackandfield Senior @jumpinnae wins the #PennRelays College Women's Open Triple Jump with a leap of 12.74m (41'9.5). That mark is a 23cm #PersonalBest for Janae! #hardwork #dedication #ProudCoach A post shared by Shawn Venable (@shawn_venable) on Apr 28, 2017 at 10:17am PDT
@libertytrackandfield Senior @jumpinnae wins the #PennRelays College Women's Open Triple Jump with a leap of 12.74m (41'9.5). That mark is a 23cm #PersonalBest for Janae! #hardwork #dedication #ProudCoach
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Later in the afternoon, Liberty's quartet of Tanner Ealum, Dana Mercer, Olivia Behymer and Delaney McDowell placed second in their heat and ninth overall in the women's sprint medley relay. Their time of 3:55.86 ranks No. 2 in Liberty and Big South history.
The Flames' men's hurdlers performed well, including Jovaine Atkinson's eighth-place finish in the men's 110 hurdles prelims in 14.17 seconds. The redshirt freshman's performance earned him a spot in Saturday's final at 3:20 p.m.
Ryan Davis got the morning started with a 10th-place showing in the men's 400 hurdles, thanks to his 52.77 clocking. Teammate Blake Kohring followed in the 41st spot at 55.77 seconds.
Junior Brenna Smith of nearby Haddon Township, N.J., was the Lady Flames' final top 10 finisher, throwing the javelin 143-0 for sixth place in the event's college section. Nicole Bishop's top mark of 127-10 earned 15th place in the same section.
Competing just 50 miles away from her hometown of Oxford, Pa., freshman Katie Dodson came in 21st in the women's 100 hurdles prelims with her 14.37 clocking.
Up Next The Penn Relays will conclude on Saturday, with Liberty's first events (men's triple jump and men's javelin) slated for 9 a.m. NBC Sports Network will air live coverage from Franklin Field from 12:30-3 p.m.
Liberty will also compete at the Virginia Grand Prix on Saturday, at Lannigan Field in Charlottesville, Va. The one-day meet will get started at 10 a.m. with the women's hammer.