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Bendik Sets School Record at Shamrock Invite

March 19, 2010  Conway, S.C.  RSS
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Melinda Bendik broke an eight-year-old school record in the women's hammer, Friday at the Shamrock Invitational.

Melinda Bendik broke an eight-year-old school record in the women's hammer, Friday at the Shamrock Invitational.

Junior Melinda Bendik's school record in the women's hammer throw highlighted Liberty's performances Friday at the Shamrock Invitational in Conway, S.C., a sizable meet which featured competitors from 38 different universities.

Women's Meet Recap
Bendik (Odessa, Texas) actually had two throws superior to Keri Wallace's record of 171-4, set in 2002. Bendik's second attempt of the afternoon landed at 173-3, penciling her name into the Liberty record book. However, the former South Plains College standout wasted little time in improving upon the mark, as her third throw stretched the tape to 175-4.

That would be Bendik's best mark of the day, which gave her a fourth-place finish out of 43 competitors and an ECAC qualifier. It also marked a 15-foot improvement from Bendik's Liberty debut in the event at last weekend's Coastal Carolina Invitational.

Another Liberty newcomer making a significant improvement from last week was Hailey Neal (Jr., West Palm Beach, Fla.) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Neal cut nine seconds off of her clocking from the Coastal Carolina Invitational, posting her second consecutive runner-up finish in 11:00.50.

Neal was followed in the event by Alicia Guridy (R-So., Tappahannock, Va.). Running the steeplechase for the first time, Guridy crossed the line in 11:53.94. She placed ninth in the event and took over the No. 7 position on the Lady Flames' all-time steeplechase performance list.

Freshman Khristina Kanagy (Vilas, N.C.) made a successful debut at the 10K distance, posting a time of 39:14.35 for third place.

Fellow freshman Shelley Parker (Lynchburg, Va.) cleared 10-11.75 for the second consecutive weekend in the pole vault. Her first-attempt clearance at that height earned a seventh-place finish.

The Lady Flames' 4 x 200 relay quartet of Olivia Charnuski (So., Elmira, Ontario), Brittany Heath (Sr., Freeport, Grand Bahamas), Alyssa Pegues (So., Warner Robins, Ga.) and Melanie Sims (So., Cleveland Heights, Ohio) placed sixth on Friday. The unit's time of 1:40.14 ranks No. 8 in program history.

Men's Meet Recap
Evans Kigen (R-Jr., Eldoret, Kenya) dominated the men's steeplechase final for the second consecutive meet, outdistancing runner-up Kelly Carmichael of UNC Wilmington by more than 32 seconds. Kigen's season-best time of 9:09.57 currently ranks No. 3 in the nation.

Drew Edwards (So., Anchorage, Alaska), Spencer Jackson (So., Surrey, British Columbia), Jordan Bright (So., Damascus, Ore.) and Paul Arslain (Fr., Dover, Pa.) teamed up for a fifth-place showing in the 4 x 800 relay. Their official time was 7:51.26.

The Flames also notched a trio of top 10 finishes in the throwing events, including Ryan Smith's (R-Fr., Winder, Ga.) seventh-place effort in the hammer. His top attempt reached 168-9.

Elliot Galeone (R-Jr., White Hall, Md.) and Ryan Bell (So., New Wilmington, Pa.) took seventh and eighth place, respectively, in the javelin. Galeone's best throw of the day stuck in the ground at 199-1, while Bell topped out at 194-2.

Liberty will conclude its week of training and competition in Conway, S.C., on Saturday, when the Flames compete in the second day of the Shamrock Invitational. Things will get underway at 10 a.m., with the men's discus, men's pole vault and men's and women's long jump.