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    Barrett, Lewis Take Down Records on Brant Tolsma Invitational’s Final Day

    Jan 21, 2023 | Lynchburg Va | Track & Field

    Liberty’s Warren Barrett (program, meet-record 64-1.25 shot put) and Omari Lewis (meet-record 6.74 60) both won events in record-breaking fashion on Saturday, the final day of the third annual Brant Tolsma Invitational, contested at the Brant Tolsma Indoor Track at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex.

    Men’s Day 3 Recap
    The best mark of Barrett’s impressive shot put series was his 64-1.25 effort in round five. That monster put took down his own Liberty record of 63-3.5 from the season-opening Liberty Kickoff on Dec. 2 and the meet standard of 61-11.5 set by High Point’s Chris Van Niekerk last season.

    Barrett, who fell just a centimeter shy of the ASUN Conference all-time record, currently ranks No. 7 nationally in the event.

    Barrett needed to be at his best because teammate Kevin Nedrick reached a season-best 60-3.25 for second place in the event and fourth all-time at Liberty.

    Lewis clocked a personal-best 6.74 in the men’s 60 dash final to defeat former Liberty All-American Christian Lyon (second place, 6.85) head-to-head and eclipse Lyon’s meet record of 6.78 from the inaugural edition in 2021.

    Lewis is now tied for third place with Diamantae Griffin and Brandon Letts on the Flames’ all-time chart, just three meets into his Liberty career. He wrapped up an impressive weekend which also included a runner-up showing in the 200 dash in a season-best 21.68 Friday evening.

    Anders Janes (15-9) and Luke Lombardi (14-9) were the top two collegiate finishers in the men’s pole vault, placing second and third overall, respectively.

    Freshman Shane Wang continued a strong start to his collegiate career, triple jumping 48-4.75 for the runner-up spot.

    Competing unattached in his first collegiate meet after arriving from Nigeria earlier this month, Prosper Ekporere won the men’s 60 hurdles final in 8.29 seconds in a lean.

    Women’s Day 3 Recap
    Naomi Armstrong was the closest Lady Flame to winning an event on Saturday, running 2:54.11 for second place in the women’s 1,000. She was edged at the finish line by 0.05 seconds by Marshall’s Abby Herring.

    The Lady Flames also performed well in the women’s 60 hurdles final. Jasmine Williams clocked 8.47 for second place, while Amani Hankton ran a season-best 8.87 for fifth.

    Williams later anchored Liberty to the runner-up spot in the women’s 4 x 400 relay in 3:51.51. She was preceded on the relay squad by Nimeesha Coleman and the Lady Flames’ top two pentathletes from Thursday, Patasha Bryan and Meredith Engle. Coleman had achieved personal-best marks in both the 60 (7.88) and 400 (57.92) earlier in the day.

    Liberty won three of four throwing events this weekend and got a third-place finish from Megan Mann (46-5.5) in the fourth, the women’s shot put.

    Taylen Langin and Mia Bowers claimed the third and fourth positions in the invitational women’s pole vault with matching 12-5.5 clearances.

    Liberty’s Isis Brooks, racing unattached, was one of two women to eclipse the meet record in the 60 dash final, crossing the finish line second in 7.49.

    Men’s Day 3 Event Winners
    Warren Barrett – Shot Put – 64-1.25
    Omari Lewis – 60 – 6.74

    Men’s Day 3 Record Breakers
    Liberty Record – Shot Put – Warren Barrett – 64-1.25
    Previous Record: 63-3.5 by Barrett at the Liberty Kickoff on Dec. 2, 2022

    Meet Record – Shot Put – Warren Barrett – 64-1.25
    Previous Record: 61-11.5 by High Point’s Chris Van Niekerk in 2022

    Meet Record – 60 – Omari Lewis – 6.74
    Previous Record: 6.78 by Liberty’s Christian Lyon in 2021

    Day 3 Updates to Liberty’s All-Time Men’s Top 10 List
    Shot Put – No. 1 – Warren Barrett – 64-1.25
    60 – Tie for No. 3 – Omari Lewis – 6.74
    Shot Put – No. 4 – Kevin Nedrick – 60-3.25

    Up Next
    The Flames will remain at home on Tuesday to play host to the Liberty-VMI Women’s Dual. The women’s-only meet will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Brant Tolsma Indoor Track at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex.

    Featured in Main Photo: Omari Lewis