(L-R): Denzel Pratt, Naomi Mojica, Delaney McDowell (Photos by R. Taylor Jones)
For the second consecutive week, three Liberty track & field athletes have been honored by the ASUN Conference, thanks to standout performances at Friday's FSU Relays. This week's honorees include senior Denzel Pratt (Men's Field Athlete of the Week), senior Delaney McDowell (Women's Track Athlete of the Week) and sophomore Naomi Mojica (Women's Field Athlete of the Week).
Mojica has now won back-to-back ASUN Women's Field Athlete of the Week honors to start the outdoor season. McDowell was previously named ASUN Women's Track Athlete of the Week on Feb. 13, while Pratt collected his first ASUN weekly award.
Pratt was the FSU Relays men's javelin champion, thanks to a season-best mark of 225-8, topping a field which included fellow 2018 NCAA national qualifier Cade Antonucci of Auburn. The Bahamas national record holder currently ranks No. 1 in the ASUN by 41 feet while sitting at No. 6 in the East Region and No. 14 nationally.
McDowell pulled off an impressive double on Friday, beginning with a victory in her heat of the women's 1,500. The Mason, Ohio native's time of 4:29.99 sliced more than seven seconds off her previous personal best. It is the fastest clocking in the ASUN this season and ranks No. 7 in program history.
Two hours later, McDowell split 55.84 seconds for the third leg of the Lady Flames' 4 x 400 relay. Liberty finished fifth with an ASUN-leading time of 3:43.63 for the event.
Mojica captured the FSU Relays women's shot put title while improving her own school record to 52-3.75. The Mexico native produced the four longest throws (52-3.75, 52-2.75, 51-8.25 and 51-1.5) of a competition which also featured past NCAA national qualifiers Tori McKinley of Auburn and Nickolette Dunbar of Alabama. Mojica currently tops the ASUN women's shot put list by 2.5 feet, ranks No. 4 in the East Region and is tied for No. 9 in the NCAA.
Pratt, McDowell and Mojica will all compete in the 92nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, Friday and Saturday at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas. Jose Ballivian will be Liberty's first competitor in Austin, as he is entered in Section B of the men's discus Friday at 10 a.m. Eastern.
Other Liberty athletes will head to the Raleigh Relays, Friday and Saturday at Paul Derr Track in Raleigh, N.C. The meet will get started Friday at 9 a.m. with the first of six sections of the women's 5K.
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