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Edmonds, Mitchell Finish Second at Penn State

February 5, 2010  University Park, Pa.  RSS
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Aided by a 5-5 high jump, Christina Mitchell finished second in the pentathlon at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup.

Aided by a 5-5 high jump, Christina Mitchell finished second in the pentathlon at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup.

Liberty senior Josh Edmonds and sophomore Christina Mitchell both recorded runner-up finishes during Friday's competition at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup, hosted by Penn State at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track Facility.

Edmonds' second-place effort in the men's 5K accounted for half of the Flames' 16 team points on the opening day. Liberty sits in eighth place in the rare team-scored meet through the first six events, two points ahead of the host team, No. 14 Penn State. Leading the way by a single point is Princeton, with 29 tallies.

On the women's side, Mitchell's second-place showing in the pentathlon was not factored into the team scoring. Thus, the Lady Flames share 11th place with West Virginia, with three points apiece. South Florida leads the way through seven events, after totaling 44 points on Friday.

Men's Meet Recap
Edmonds (Cooperstown, N.Y.), racing for just the second time this academic year after taking a redshirt during cross country season, nearly came away victorious. His indoor personal-best 5K time of 14:36.64 was less than two seconds behind that of race winner Max Kaulbach from Princeton. The IC4A-qualifying effort ranks Edmonds No. 9 on Liberty's all-time indoor men's 5K performance list. It also improves his own 2010 Big South-leading mark in the event by more than 14 seconds.

The Flames' remaining points came in the long jump, where both Clarence Powell (Jr., Marianna, Fla.) and Kevin Reddington (Fr., Vancouver, Wash.) were able to score. Powell finished third with a season-best 22-9 effort, while Reddington came in seventh at 22-4.25. Just three weeks before the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championship, Liberty long jumpers own four of the top five spots on the conference performance list.

Women's Meet Recap
Mitchell (Monroe, Va.), making her season debut in the pentathlon, posted 3,321 points for second place. Her day was highlighted by a 5-5 high jump, which equaled the defending Big South indoor women's high jump champion's personal best.

Teammate Krystle Matthews (Jr., Chesapeake, Va.) followed in third place in the pentathlon, with a score of 3,233. A personal-best 60-meter hurdles clocking of 9.18 got her day off to a fast start.

Speaking of the hurdles, sophomore Olivia Charnuski (Elmira, Ontario) recorded the two fastest times of her collegiate career, on her way to a sixth-place showing in the women's 60-meter hurdles. Charnuski blazed to an 8.74 clocking in the prelims and came back to run 8.75 in the final. Her preliminary effort cut a tenth of a second off of her previous best and makes her the No. 3 performer in Liberty history. Charnuski's 8.74 also ties the best time in the Big South Conference this season.

Dacia Bushman (Jr., Castalia, Iowa) set a new indoor personal best in the women's 5K, crossing the line in 17:44.60 for ninth place. Her Big South-leading time puts the Hawkeye State native in the No. 8 position on the program's all-time 5K performance list.

The 2010 Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup will resume Saturday at 11 a.m., with the start of the men's pole vault, shot put and triple jump events. Running events will get underway at 11:30 a.m., when the gun goes off for the men's mile.

Meanwhile, Liberty redshirt junior Sam Chelanga (Nairobi, Kenya) will be unable to compete in the 5K at Saturday evening's Boston Indoor Games, because his flight was cancelled due to Friday's snowstorm.

Men's Day One Team Scores (Through Six Events)
1) Princeton – 29
2T) Buffalo – 28
2T) No. 20 Auburn – 28
2T) South Florida – 28
5) Cornell – 23
6) Coastal Carolina – 19.5
7) East Carolina – 17.5
8) Liberty – 16
9) No. 14 Penn State – 14
10) Monmouth – 12.5
11) UNC Wilmington – 11.5
12) Lock Haven – 3

Women's Day One Team Scores (Through Seven Events)
1) South Florida – 44
2) Cornell – 41
3) No. 17 Auburn – 37
4) No. 8 Penn State – 30
5) East Carolina – 26
6) Princeton – 21
7T) Coastal Carolina – 19
7T) Buffalo – 19
9) Tulane – 15
10) James Madison – 12
11T) Liberty – 3
11T) West Virginia – 3