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Larson's 201-6 Hammer Headlines Day 1 at Duke

April 20, 2018  Durham, N.C.  RSS
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Dasiana Larson threw the hammer a personal-best 201-6 at Duke on Friday.

Dasiana Larson threw the hammer a personal-best 201-6 at Duke on Friday.

Liberty senior Dasiana Larson hurled the women's hammer a personal-best 201-6, Friday at the Duke Invitational, becoming the third Lady Flame ever to eclipse 200 feet in the event. Her big mark highlighted Liberty's successful day at Morris Williams Stadium, especially in the throwing events.

Women's Day One Recap
Larson saved her best for last, as her sixth and final attempt added nearly three and a half feet to the Iowa native's previous personal best. Her 201-6 mark placed fourth in the event and ranks No. 2 all-time at Liberty and No. 4 on the Big South all-time chart. Larson leapfrogged former teammate and 2015 All-American Jocelyn Williams, who also threw the hammer at Duke on Friday, on both the Liberty and conference lists.

Holly Arey (11th place, 169-1) and Chelsea Igberaese (14th, 164-1) also finished among the top half of the 30-member women's hammer field in Friday morning's opening field event.

Later in the day, Patria Vaimaona (fourth place, 160-3) and Igberaese (fifth, personal-best 159-3) both defeated two-time defending Big South champion Makenzi Holmes-DiGiovine of High Point (seventh, 155-9) in the women's discus.

Igberaese's top mark, another round six performance, moved the freshman up to fifth place all-time at Liberty and 10th place in Big South Conference history. Arey added an 11th-place finish in Friday's competition, thanks to a season-best 144-0 effort.

Mary Kate McElroy provided the Lady Flames' top performance on the track, clocking a Liberty freshman-record steeplechase time of 11:27.17 for ninth place in her first try at the event. McElroy took down the previous freshman record of 11:34.94, which had been set by Lucy LeBaron exactly 17 years ago, to the day. The freshman from Ohio already ranks No. 7 all-time among Liberty women's steeplechasers.

In Friday's final event, 2016 and 2017 Big South women's steeplechase runner-up Alyssa Karle lowered her 1,500-meter personal best to 4:39.11.

Men's Day One Recap
William Partridge performed well in both of his Friday events, beginning with a personal-best 172-1 heave in the men's hammer. That effort placed eighth among the 31-member field.

Partridge only managed one legal mark in the shot put, but it measured a season-best 54-4.5 and placed the junior fourth in the competition.

Despite facing a considerable (-1.8 m/s) headwind, freshman Jonathan Doss dropped his 100-meter dash personal best to 11.00 seconds. He won his heat and finished fourth of 34 in the event's open section.

Jacob Burke's 6-3.25 high jump clearance tied him for fifth place in the open section.

Running his second career 3,000-meter steeplechase, Jack Tidball improved his time by 16 seconds from his debut. Tidball came in 14th overall in 9:55.93.

Up Next
Liberty will wrap up both the Virginia Challenge and Duke Invitational on Saturday. Louis Paone will be the first Flame to compete in Charlottesville, racing in the Virginia Challenge men's steeplechase at 10:45 a.m. Meanwhile, Jeremiah McCants will get Liberty's Saturday at the Duke Invitational started with the men's triple jump at 11 a.m.