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Lady Flames Top ECAC Standings Heading to Final Day

March 2, 2019  Boston, Mass.  RSS
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The Liberty women's weight throw crew of (L-R) Naomi Mojica, Chelsea Igberaese, Patria Vaimaona and Marvalyn Vernon scored 17 points on Saturday.

The Liberty women's weight throw crew of (L-R) Naomi Mojica, Chelsea Igberaese, Patria Vaimaona and Marvalyn Vernon scored 17 points on Saturday.

Defending champion Liberty leads the ECAC team standings at the conclusion of Saturday's events at the 2019 IC4A and ECAC Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. Meanwhile, the Flames currently rank fifth in the IC4A standings heading to the final day of action at the Boston University Track & Tennis Center.

Aided by a trio of top-three finishes on Saturday, the Lady Flames have racked up 40 points through six ECAC events. That puts them 20 clear of second-place Towson.

Meanwhile, Azaria Kirwa (5K) and Kysheen Myrick (heptathlon) each placed third for the Flames on Saturday. The Liberty men's squad has tallied 15 points through five IC4A events, trailing only Rutgers (25), Iona (23), UConn (20) and Monmouth (17.5).

The Lady Flames pulled down 17 points from the weight throw alone, thanks to the trio of Chelsea Igberaese (second, 62-6.75), Marvalyn Vernon (third, 60-11.5) and Patria Vaimaona (sixth, 60-3.75).

Freshman Taylen Langin added the Lady Flames' other third-place finish in the pole vault after tying her own Liberty freshman record of 12-9.5.

Liberty has considerable ECAC point potential on Sunday as well after qualifying runners to finals in six different events, including two apiece in the 60 and 400.

The Lady Flames' 4 x 400 relay quartet of Cortney Dowling, Delaney McDowell, Tanner Ealum and Ty'Asia Dansbury qualified for the final in a time of 3:41.14, just missing the program record by 0.05 seconds. Each of the four relay members had previously qualified in individual events earlier in the day, headlined by Ealum, the No. 1 qualifier at the 500-meter distance (1:11.78).

Nine of the Flames' team points came from the heptathlon pair of Myrick (third, 4,732) and Jeremy Davis (sixth, 1,658).

Azaria Kirwa ran a season-best 5K time of 14:09.18 for third place in that event.

Running without NCAA national qualifier Alejandro Perlaza Zapata, the Flames still advanced their 4 x 400 relay squad of Brad Smalley, Jahquez Durham, Michael Todd and Branson Rolle to the final with a time of 3:14.45.

Men's Top 8 Finishers (Day 2)
3rd – Azaria Kirwa – 5K – 14:09.18
3rd – Kysheen Myrick – Heptathlon – 4,732
6th – Jeremy Davis – Heptathlon – 1,658

Women's Top 8 Finishers (Day 2)
2nd – Chelsea Igberaese – Weight Throw – 62-6.75
3rd – Taylen Langin – Pole Vault – 12-9.5
3rd – Marvalyn Vernon – Weight Throw – 60-11.5
5th – Noel Palmer – 5K – 16:47.39
6th – Makenzy Mizera – Long Jump – 18-10.5
6th – Patria Vaimaona – Weight Throw – 60-3.75

Qualifiers to IC4A Finals (Day 2)
4 x 400 Relay – Brad Smalley, Jahquez Durham, Michael Todd, Branson Rolle – 3:14.45

Qualifiers to ECAC Finals (Day 2)
60 – Alexis Rolan – 7.63
60 – Alexis Wilson – 7.69
400 – Ty'Asia Dansbury – 55.06
400 – Cortney Dowling – 55.39
500 – Tanner Ealum – 1:11.78 (No. 1 qualifier)
800 – Delaney McDowell – 2:08.56
60 Hurdles – Jada Thomas – 8.64
4 x 400 Relay – Cortney Dowling, Delaney McDowell, Tanner Ealum, Ty'Asia Dansbury – 3:41.14

Updates to Liberty's All-Time Women's Top 10 List (Day 2)
4 x 400 Relay – No. 2 – Cortney Dowling, Delaney McDowell, Tanner Ealum, Ty'Asia Dansbury – 3:41.14
400 – No. 5 – Ty'Asia Dansbury – 55.06
60 – No. 6 – Alexis Rolan – 7.63
Mile – No. 8 – Calli Parlier – 4:54.38

Up Next
The 2019 IC4A and ECAC Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships will wrap up on Sunday, beginning with the IC4A triple jump and ECAC shot put at 9:30 a.m.