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Mitchell Wins on Big Day for Flames' Shot Putters at VT

February 20, 2021  Blacksburg, Va.  RSS
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Kyle Mitchell won the men's shot put competition at Saturday's Virginia Tech Challenge.

Kyle Mitchell won the men's shot put competition at Saturday's Virginia Tech Challenge.

Liberty senior Kyle Mitchell made it back-to-back victories with a 60-1.25 shot put effort, Saturday at the Virginia Tech Challenge inside Rector Field House. The competition also saw Jose Ballivian (59-5.5) and Warren Barrett (59-0.75) become the fifth and sixth Flames ever to throw over 18 meters.

Mitchell, the defending ASUN indoor men's shot put champion, took control on Saturday with his 60-1.25 mark in round five. He will enter Friday's ASUN shot put competition on a two-meet winning streak after also taking top honors at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational.

Ballivian placed third, thanks to a lifetime-best 59-5.5 effort on his sixth and final throw. That performance ranks the 2019 ASUN indoor men's shot put titlist No. 4 all-time, both at Liberty and in the ASUN Conference.

First-year Flame Warren Barrett followed in fourth place, landing exactly on the 18-meter (59-0.75) line twice during Saturday's competition. He now ranks No. 5 all-time in the ASUN and No. 6 on Liberty's all-time list.

All three Flames defeated 2021 ASUN Conference leader Tyler Blalock of Kennesaw State on Saturday, as the Owls senior came in sixth at 58-6.5.

Makenzy Mizera was Liberty's only other athlete to compete in Blacksburg on Saturday. She posted a runner-up finish in the women's triple jump at 41-7.75. The junior recorded an impressive series, with each of her last five attempts measuring 41 feet or longer.

Men's Event Winners (1)
Kyle Mitchell – Shot Put – 60-1.25

Women's Top 3 Finishers
2nd – Makenzy Mizera – Triple Jump – 41-7.75

Other Men's Top 3 Finishers
3rd – Jose Ballivian – Shot Put – 59-5.5

Updates to Liberty's All-Time Men's Top 10 List
Shot Put – No. 4 – Jose Ballivian – 59-5.5
Shot Put – No. 6 – Warren Barrett – 59-0.75

Up Next
Liberty will host the ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships for the fourth consecutive year, Friday and Saturday at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex. Events are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday morning and 9:45 a.m. Saturday morning.

Both the Flames and Lady Flames enter the meet as two-time defending ASUN team champions.