Brenna Smith's winning women's javelin throw (161-7) broke the Liberty, facility and meet records. (Photo by Taylor Jones)
Liberty senior Brenna Smith closed out the Flames' stay at the Duke Invitational in style, Saturday at Morris Williams Stadium. Her winning women's javelin throw of 161-7 broke the Liberty, facility and meet records. Meanwhile, redshirt sophomore Samuel Arter punched his NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round ticket with a season-best 214-4 toss in the men's javelin on the meet's second and final day.
Women's Day Two Recap Smith took control of the women's javelin competition early on, unleashing the spear 155-2 on her opening throw. The New Jersey native then posted her record-breaking 161-7 heave in round five, winning the event by 18.5 feet.
Smith improved her own school record of 159-3, set at last month's FSU Relays. She also took down the facility (160-4) and meet (159-4) records in the process. A former walk-on, Smith now ranks No. 2 all-time on the Big South women's javelin list.
Teammate Kemi Moore added a 12th-place javelin finish at 117-1.
The Lady Flames claimed three of the top 11 positions in a competitive women's shot put. Freshman Naomi Mojica led the way in fourth place, with her top throw measuring 49-1.75.
One day after extending her hammer personal best to 201-6, Dasiana Larson added a foot to her previous shot put best. Her 47-4.5 effort placed seventh in the event and ranks No. 5 in Big South history. Patria Vaimaona's personal-best mark of 43-11.25 was good for 11th place.
On the track, Erin Hansel (2:15.46) and Natalee Cole (2:17.05) both cut more than a second off of their 800-meter personal bests.
Men's Day Two Recap Arter sat in eighth place entering men's javelin finals. He then catapulted all the way up to second overall (first collegiate) in the final standings, thanks to a sixth-round effort of 214-4. As a result, the former baseball player will get to throw the javelin at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet for the second straight year.
Teammates Denzel Pratt (fifth place, 207-1) and Caleb Hart (10th, 194-7) joined Arter inside the event's top 10.
Freshman Isidro Johnson lowered his 400 hurdles personal best to 56.78 seconds for 26th place in the event. Up Next Liberty will send athletes to Lannigan Field in Charlottesville, Va., for the second straight weekend. The Virginia Grand Prix is scheduled for April 28, with the day's first event tentatively slated for an 11 a.m. start.