Alicia Guridy (left), making her 10,000-meter debut late Friday evening, finished second at the VMI/Washington & Lee Track & Field Carnival.
Liberty's Alicia Guridy and Melissa Martens ran 25 successful laps through the raindrops, late Friday evening, capping off the opening day of the inaugural VMI/Washington & Lee Track & Field Carnival in Lexington, Va. Guridy placed second in the women's 10,000 meters, with teammate Martens following in third place. Their efforts highlighted a light day of action at Washington & Lee's Wilson Field. Guridy (R-Fr., Tappahannock, Va.) made an impressive debut at the 10K distance, clocking a 39:52.93 in a runner-up effort. Meanwhile, Martens (R-So., Baraboo, Wis.) posted a 40:32.44 for third place, in an incredibly spread-out field of competitors. Hannah Hunt (Fr., Sewickley, Pa.) was another high-placing Lady Flame on Friday. Her 1,500-meter time of 4:56.42 was good enough for eighth place out of 33 entrants. The only Liberty men's runner in action on Friday was freshman Kyle Powers (Waterford, Vt.). He finished in a season-best 9:48.08, claiming a fifth-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The VMI/Washington & Lee Track & Field Carnival will shift across town to VMI's Foster Stadium for Saturday's events. Action will get started at 8:45 a.m., when the second day of the decathlon commences.