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Langat, Smalley Pace Flames at Virginia Grand Prix

April 29, 2017  Charlottesville, Va.  RSS
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Brad Smalley long jumped a Liberty freshman record 23-11.75 on Saturday.

Brad Smalley long jumped a Liberty freshman record 23-11.75 on Saturday.

Liberty's Stanley Langat won the men's 5K, while Brad Smalley long jumped a program freshman record 23-11.75 on a steamy Saturday at the Virginia Grand Prix at Lannigan Field.

Men's Meet Recap
One week after clocking a 5K personal-best time of 14:12.06 at the Virginia Challenge, Langat returned to the same track. This time around, the conditions were significantly less ideal, but the freshman won the race by 10 seconds with his 14:32.54 effort, leading three Liberty finishers among the top nine.

Langat was followed by James Zentmeyer (seventh, 15:06.81) and Benjamin Klemmeck (ninth, 15:26.21).

Smalley's 23-11.75 long jump shattered his previous best by 14 inches and placed him fourth in the event. He just edged ahead of the Liberty freshman record of 23-11.5, set by Kevin Coley at the 1994 Big South Championship.

Sophomores Michael Todd and Bradley Prentice returned to Charlottesville eight days after both setting new personal bests in the 800-meter run, highlighted by Todd's school-record 1:49.56. This time around, Prentice got the upper hand on his classmate, running 1:51.24 for third place. Todd followed in the fifth position at 1:53.40.

Liberty's mid-distance runners also excelled at 1,500 meters, as Luke Jelen finished 12th in 3:53.23, cutting more than two seconds off of his previous best.

Meanwhile, Colin Schultz is redshirting the season but blasted to a personal-best 1,500 time of 3:47.14 for second place while competing unattached. If Schultz was representing Liberty this season, his time would rank No. 4 in program history and top the 2017 Big South performance list.

Carson Waters (sixth place, 16-0.5) led a trio of Flames over the 15-foot mark in the men's pole vault. He was trailed by freshmen Ryan McCann (tie for 8th, personal-best 15-6.5) and Reilly Stroot (12th, 15-0.75).

Chukwuma Maduka enjoyed a successful day, improving his personal-best marks in both the 100 (10.89 for fifth place) and the high jump (6-3.5 to tie for 11th place).

In the 100, Greg Edwards also dipped under 11 seconds, crossing the finish line in 10.94 to claim eighth place.

Maduka was one of three Flames high jumpers to clear 6-3.5. Jacob Burke and Anthony Colangelo shared eighth place thanks to their successful attempts at that height.

Samson Moore (seventh place, 54.25) and Michael Fairfax (ninth, 54.97) both raced to season-best times in the men's 400 hurdles.

Other top 10 finishers for the Flames included Jonny Saintil in the triple jump (third, 47-9.25) and Caleb Hart in the javelin (seventh, 177-2).

Women's Meet Recap

A small group of Lady Flames also competed at the Virginia Grand Prix, including redshirt freshman Savannah Pidkaminy, who hurled the javelin a personal-best 108-11 to come in seventh.

Freshman Ayanna Johnson's personal-best 12.28 effort netted 10th place in the women's 100 dash.

Jaiden Mulder, yet another freshman, lowered her 100 hurdles season-best time of 14.70, placing 15th.

Mariel Finger's 11-9 pole vault clearance placed her 10th in the event.

Up Next
The Flames will close out their 2017 home schedule with the Liberty Twilight Qualifier, Wednesday at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex. The women's discus will get the meet started at 11:30 a.m. Running events will commence with the men's 100 prelims at 2 p.m., while Liberty's seniors will be recognized at 5 p.m.