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Vaimaona Captures Liberty Kickoff Women's Weight Throw Title

January 25, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Taylen Langin was the Liberty Kickoff women's pole vault runner-up on Friday.

Taylen Langin was the Liberty Kickoff women's pole vault runner-up on Friday.

Redshirt junior Patria Vaimaona punctuated the host team's successful Friday at the Liberty Kickoff by winning the women's weight throw competition. She was one of the Lady Flames' quartet of top-three finishers on a light day of competition at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex.

Vaimaona's winning throw of 62-2.5 added 20 inches to her previous personal best and paced three Lady Flames within the event's top five finishers. Redshirt freshman Chelsea Igberaese followed in third place at 57-8.25 while sophomore Naomi Mojica's personal-best 56-2 heave earned fifth place and an ECAC qualifier.

Senior Kylie Polsgrove also punched her ECAC ticket on Friday, scoring 3,644 points for the pentathlon's runner-up spot. Her first multi event of the season featured an indoor personal-best shot put mark of 35-0.5 and an 800-meter victory in 2:26.00.

Polsgrove was denied a third consecutive Liberty Kickoff pentathlon title by multi-time Romanian national champion Beatrice Puiu, who recorded the No. 14 score in the world this year, 4,043 points.

Freshman Jamie Gray enjoyed an encouraging collegiate debut in the pentathlon. She totaled 3,153 points for seventh place overall, including first among freshmen, in a field which also included older sister Jordan Gray of Kennesaw State.

Fellow freshman Taylen Langin pole vaulted 12-5.5 to finish in the runner-up position.

The only Liberty men's athlete to compete on Friday, redshirt sophomore Jeremy Davis leads the heptathlon standings through four events. His best-ever day one score of 2,816 has him 23 points ahead of two-time defending Big South heptathlon champion Pablo Romero from High Point.

Davis topped all heptathletes in each of the day's first two events (60 – 7.08 and long jump – 22-5.25) before recording personal-best marks in the shot put (37-3) and high jump (5-10.5).

Women's Event Winner
Patria Vaimaona – Weight Throw – 62-2.5
Note: Recorded the four longest throws of the competition and topped runner-up Nia Seldon of Kennesaw State by more than four feet.

Other Women's Top 3 Finishers
2nd – Taylen Langin – Pole Vault – 12-5.5
2nd – Kylie Polsgrove – Pentathlon – 3,644 (Top collegiate finisher)
3rd – Chelsea Igberaese – Weight Throw – 57-8.25

New Women's ECAC Qualifiers
Naomi Mojica – Weight Throw – 56-2
Kylie Polsgrove – Pentathlon – 3,644

Updates to Liberty's All-Time Women's Top 10 List
Weight Throw – No. 3 – Patria Vaimaona – 62-5.5
Weight Throw – No. 8 – Naomi Mojica – 56-2

Up Next
The Liberty Kickoff will wrap up with a full day of action on Saturday. Action will get started at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex with the men's weight throw at 9 a.m.

The men's 60-meter hurdles will be the day's first running event, beginning at 9:45 a.m. The heptathlon competition will resume at 10:20 a.m. with the 60-meter hurdles.