Mojica, Nedrick, Sauder Earn Top ASUN Awards
A trio of Liberty Flames earned major ASUN Conference outdoor track & field honors on Friday, including Naomi Mojica (Women’s Most Outstanding Field Performer), Kevin Nedrick (Men’s Most Outstanding Field Performer) and Kennedy Sauder (Men’s Most Outstanding Freshman). The awards were voted upon by the conference’s head coaches.
A senior from Queretaro, Mexico, Mojica won both of her events at the ASUN Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including the women’s shot put (51-11) and hammer (195-8). Her third shot put title in a row at this meet came as a result of the No. 3 throw in meet history. It was the ninth conference shot put championship of Mojica’s career, making her the first Flame ever to claim nine conference titles in a single event.
Mojica’s winning hammer throw landed at a meet-record 195-8, breaking the previous record of 195-4 set by former teammate Chelsea Igberaese a year ago. She ranks No. 5 in program history for the event.
Previously named ASUN Most Valuable Male Performer, Nedrick scored a meet-high 26 points. The redshirt junior from Westmoreland, Jamaica won the men’s shot put (60-3) and discus (191-5) while placing third in the javelin (201-9). Nedrick topped a talented men’s shot put field with a season-best mark of 60-3.
Nedrick prevailed in a back-and-forth discus battle with Kennesaw State’s Anthony Harrison which saw both eclipse the previous meet record. Nedrick’s final throw measured 191-5, which ranks No. 3 in program history and No. 27 nationally this season. He became the first thrower to sweep the ASUN men’s shot put and discus titles in six years.
Competing in the javelin for the first time in three years, Nedrick reached 201-9 to garner a third-place finish on the meet’s opening day.
A Lauderhill, Fla., native, Sauder cleared 7-0.25 to win the ASUN men’s high jump title. It was the highest clearance at this meet in six years and is tied for No. 5 in meet history.
The indoor All-American became the first athlete to sweep the ASUN Men’s Most Outstanding Freshman honors for indoor and outdoor track & field since 2015.
Mojica, Nedrick and Sauder are among a group of 24 Flames set to compete in the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet next week. The meet, which will determine the qualifiers for the 2022 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, will take place from May 25-28 at the Robert C. Haugh Complex in Bloomington, Ind.