David Ricksecker qualified for the IC4A meet with his personal-best 5K time of 14:30.33, Friday evening at the Raleigh Relays.
On a day dominated by mid-distance and distance races at the Raleigh Relays, Liberty's distance runners performed well. Leading the way on Friday were Jennifer Klugh, who notched an ECAC qualifier in the women's 1,500, and David Ricksecker, who hit the IC4A standard in the men's 5K.
Women's Meet Recap Klugh punched her ECAC ticket with a personal-best time of 4:26.75 in the 1,500. As a result, the senior placed eighth in Section I of the event. Earlier in the day, Betel Yosef just missed her personal-best 1,500-meter clocking. Her time of 4:49.89 garnered an eighth-place finish in Section VIII. Reigning Big South indoor women's 5K champion Khristina Kanagy ran her first outdoor 5K of the 2012 season Friday morning. She came in fifth in Section III of the event, crossing the line in an outdoor personal-best time of 17:36.99. In the process, Kanagy climbed to No. 5 on the Lady Flames' all-time outdoor 5K list. Rounding out the Lady Flames' noteworthy track performances was Kiara Bridges' season-best 400-meter dash time of 58.54 seconds. In Section II of the women's high jump, newly-engaged Marianne Wheeler cleared 5-5 to tie for second place. Teammate Kristen Willeford shared fifth place in the section, sailing over 5-3. Freshman Melissa Rohwer fashioned the best long jump effort of her young collegiate career. The Idaho native stretched the tape to 18-1.5, tying for 13th place in Section I.
Men's Meet Recap The Liberty men's team's greatest success came in the 5K, where Caleb Edmonds, Ricksecker, Josh MacDonald and Ngetich Kipchirchir all posted times faster than 14:48. Edmonds' personal-best 5K clocking of 14:29.17 placed him 12th in Section II of the event. He became just the 10th Liberty runner ever to run a sub-14:30 5K. Ricksecker's IC4A qualification was a result of his personal-best 14:30.33 effort and 13th-place finish. He joins Edmonds and MacDonald as IC4A 5K qualifiers, after the other two Flames recorded their qualifying performances during the indoor season. MacDonald joined Edmonds and Ricksecker in Section II, recording an outdoor personal-best 14:33.84 clocking for 18th place. Kipchirchir competed in Section III of the 5K, earlier in the evening, running a 14:47.59. The redshirt freshman was able to dip below 15:00 for the first time, nabbing a 13th-place finish in his race. Pedro Carela, a transfer from USF, ran a solid race in his Liberty Flames debut. He clocked 9:32.77 for the steeplechase, finishing 12th in Section I. Also on the track, freshman Jacob Onifer's personal-best 1,500-meter time of 4:01.26 placed him eighth in Section VII. Kyle Gill ran the fastest 400-meter dash by a Liberty runner during the 2012 outdoor campaign, at 48.69. David Scouten and Tim Abbott ended up 11th and 12th, respectively, in the men's discus. Scouten threw a personal-best 157-1, with Abbott following closely at 155-11. Kevin Reddington shared 11th place in Section I of the long jump, after reaching a season-best distance of 22-5.75.
Liberty will be represented at both the Texas Relays and Raleigh Relays on Saturday. Scouten will be the first Flame to compete, throwing the hammer at the Raleigh Relays at 10 a.m. At the Texas Relays, Mychelle Cumings will get things started in Section B of the women's discus at 11 a.m. Eastern.