Kylie Polsgrove captured her second straight Liberty Kickoff pentathlon title on Friday.
Liberty junior Kylie Polsgrove successfully defended her Liberty Kickoff pentathlon title on Friday, highlighting a strong opening day for the home team at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex. Polsgrove was one of the Lady Flames' three top-three finishers and one of four team members to record an ECAC qualifier.
Women's Day One Recap Polsgrove led the pentathlon from start to finish, ending up with 3,670 points to outdistance runner-up Erica Evans of Coastal Carolina by 141 tallies and shatter her own personal best by 101 points. Polsgrove's ECAC qualifier ranks the Tar Heel State native No. 5 on both the Liberty and Big South Conference all-time pentathlon charts.
Polsgrove topped the 16-member pentathlon field and established new season-best marks in each of her first two events, the 60 hurdles (8.99) and high jump (5-5.75). She then set indoor personal bests in the shot put (33-10) and 800 (2:25.29), bookending a 17-4 long jump effort.
The Lady Flames claimed three of the top eight spots in the women's weight throw, led by reigning Big South Field Athlete of the Week Dasiana Larson's runner-up effort. The senior's sixth and final attempt measured a personal-best 63-0.
Classmates Catherine Oyarzun (55-9) and Holly Arey (season-best 54-10.75) followed in sixth and eighth place, respectively. Arey's mark exceeded the ECAC standard, joining Larson and Oyarzun's qualifiers from last weekend's Keydet Invitational.
Redshirt senior Jessie Glynn came in third and freshman Rachel Milnes took fourth with matching 12-5.5 clearances in the women's pole vault. Both vaulters punched their tickets to Boston for the ECAC meet, with Glynn equaling her indoor personal best and Milnes, breaking Audrey Rabe's Liberty freshman record of 11-11.75 from the 2014 Liberty Kickoff.
Glynn and Milnes now rank 1-2 in the Big South in 2018, are tied for No. 3 in program history and share the No. 7 position on the Big South all-time indoor women's pole vault list.
Senior Mariel Finger pushed her pole vault season best up to 10-11.75, placing 14th overall.
Men's Day One Recap Only three Liberty men's athletes competed on Friday, but all three got off to a successful start in the heptathlon. Through four events, redshirt sophomore Chukwuma Maduka leads with 2,978 points, sophomore Markus Ballengee is second with 2,945 tallies and redshirt freshman Jeremy Davis sits in fifth place at 2,652.
Competing in his first heptathlon, Maduka won the 60 in a personal-best 7.00 seconds before long jumping 22-2.25. He later went on to improve his high jump personal best to 6-5.
Ballengee produced his best-ever opening day, thanks to personal-best efforts in the 60 (7.23), shot put (41-5.75) and high jump (6-6.25). His shot put added three and a half feet to his previous best, while his high jump clearance ranks second in the Big South this season.
Davis got his initial heptathlon competition started in impressive fashion, with a personal-best 60 clocking of 7.06 and a victory in the long jump (22-3.75).
Up Next The Liberty Kickoff will conclude with a full day of action on Saturday. The men's weight throw gets things started at 9 a.m. Running events will begin at 9:45 a.m., with the women's 60-meter hurdles.