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    Liberty recognized 24 graduating seniors during Wednesday’s Liberty Twilight Qualifier at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex. That impressive group proceeded to contribute to seven of the home team’s 14 event victories and break records in two different events during the Flames’ sun-drenched regular-season finale.

    Liberty’s senior record breakers included Ayanna Johnson (Liberty and facility-record 20-8 long jump) and Ryan Drew (Liberty and ASUN all-time record 3:41.26 1,500).

    Johnson won her event along with classmates Janai Scott (women’s 400 – 55.08, women’s 4 x 100 relay – 46.09 and women’s 4 x 400 relay – 3:53.41), Naomi Mojica (women’s shot put – 51-0.25 and women’s hammer – 194-10) and Christian Lyon (men’s 100 – 10.20).

    Headlining the Flames’ other first-place finishers was double event champion Kevin Nedrick (men’s shot put – 60-1 and men’s discus – 185-0). Quinten Clay (men’s long jump – 25-3.5), John Hicks (men’s hammer – 207-1), Isis Brooks (women’s 100 – 11.65), Hope Carr (women’s 5K – 18:41.94) and Sofia Mojica (women’s discus – 157-6) won one event apiece.

    On her very first jump of the afternoon, Johnson’s 20-8 effort shattered both the longest-standing program record on the books and the facility standard. Liberty Athletics Hall of Famer Gina Gibson’s 20-0.25 leap had stood as the Lady Flames’ record since May 26, 1984, predating Brant Tolsma’s arrival in Lynchburg. The previous Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex record of 20-2.25 had stood for seven years.

    Johnson, who added a 20-1.75 effort in round three for good measure, was one of four athletes to break facility records on the day and one of four Flames to punch an NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round ticket. The other Liberty athletes to make travel plans to Bloomington included Mojica in the women’s hammer, Clay in the men’s long jump and Lyon in the men’s 100.

    In the next-to-last event of the evening, Drew broke the Liberty men’s 1,500 record for the second year in a row at this meet. His 3:41.26 effort, good for third place in a speedy race, took down his own mark of 3:41.87 from the Raleigh Relays earlier this season. It also matched the ASUN all-time standard set a year ago by Lipscomb’s Shane Streich.

    Just behind Drew, Kyle Harkabus (3:45.21) and Will Jefferson (3:45.26) moved up to No. 5 and No. 6 in program history. Jefferson broke Harkabus’ Liberty freshman record of 3:49.58 from last season’s ASUN Championship.

    Liberty’s throws crew continued its impressive season, posting six first-place finishes and going 1-2-3-4 in the women’s hammer and 1-2-3 in both the men’s shot put and men’s discus.

    The Flames’ other 1-2-3 podium sweep was achieved by the men’s 100 dash trio of Christian Lyon (10.20), Brandon Letts (10.31) and Diamantae Griffin (10.36). Lyon finished just one-hundredth of a second away from the program record, tying newly named Liberty Athletics Hall of Famer Jacob Swinton for No. 2 all-time at Liberty.

    Clay produced one of Liberty’s most amazing individual performances of the day, recording a lifetime-best 25-3.5 long jump into a significant (-2.3 m/s) headwind. It was the longest jump by a Flame in 18 years.

    Taylen Langin (13-5) and freshman Mia Bowers (12-9.5) climbed to No. 2 and No. 4, respectively, on the Lady Flames’ all-time pole vault chart.

    Women’s Event Winners
    Isis Brooks – 100 – 11.65
    Hope Carr – 5K – 18:41.94
    Ayanna Johnson – Long Jump – 20-8
    Naomi Mojica – Shot Put – 51-0.25
    Naomi Mojica – Hammer – 194-10
    Sofia Mojica – Discus – 157-6
    Janai Scott – 400 – 55.08
    Dawn Hilton, Janai Scott, Isis Brooks, Joelle Patton – 4 x 100 Relay – 46.09
    Nimeesha Coleman, Isis Brooks, Ellie Bevan, Janai Scott – 4 x 400 Relay – 3:53.51

    Men’s Event Winners
    Quinten Clay – Long Jump – 25-3.5
    John Hicks – Hammer – 207-1
    Christian Lyon – 100 – 10.20
    Kevin Nedrick – Shot Put – 60-1
    Kevin Nedrick – Discus – 185-0

    Other Women’s Top 3 Finishers
    2nd – Grace Artis – Hammer – 186-0
    2nd – Mackenzie Hainley – Javelin – 135-6
    2nd – Madison Hemenway – 5K – 19:10.83
    2nd – Kristiana Young – Steeplechase – 11:33.43
    3rd – Adelyn Ackley – 1,500 – 4:23.78
    3rd – Nimeesha Coleman – 400 Hurdles – 1:01.72
    3rd – Kali Grayson – Javelin – 135-5
    3rd – Dawn Hilton – 100 – 12.30
    3rd – Megan Mann – Discus – 153-4
    3rd – Megan Mann – Hammer – 176-3

    Other Men’s Top 3 Finishers
    2nd – Jose Ballivian – Discus – 177-10
    2nd – Stephen Carvalho – Steeplechase – 10:07.61
    2nd – Hunter Flack – Pole Vault – 15-9.75
    2nd – Felix Lawrence – 110 Hurdles – 14.35 (1st collegiate)
    2nd – Brandon Letts – 100 – 10.31
    2nd – Sam Mastro – Hammer – 191-8
    2nd – Kyle Mitchell – Shot Put – 59-11
    2nd – Ethan Mylin – Javelin – 197-11
    3rd – Beau Backes – Discus – 177-7
    3rd – Warren Barrett – Shot Put – 57-10.5
    3rd – Ryan Drew – 1,500 – 3:41.26
    3rd – Diamantae Griffin – 100 – 10.36
    3rd – Jeremiah McCants – Triple Jump – 44-10.75
    3rd – Donald McClinton – 200 – 20.93 (1st collegiate)
    3rd – Michael Rose – 400 – 48.57
    3rd – Jacob Strickler – Javelin – 189-1

    Women’s Record Breakers
    Liberty Record – Long Jump – Ayanna Johnson – 20-8
    Previous Record: 20-0.25 by Gina Gibson at SE Missouri on May 26, 1984

    Facility Record – Long Jump – Ayanna Johnson – 20-8
    Previous Record: 20-2.25 by Mariah Toussaint on April 4, 2015

    Men’s Record Breakers
    Liberty Record – 1,500 – Ryan Drew – 3:41.26
    Previous Record: 3:41.87 by Drew at the Raleigh Relays on March 24, 2022

    ASUN Conference Record – 1,500 – Ryan Drew – 3:41.26
    Shared Record: 3:41.26 by Lipscomb’s Shane Streich on April 10, 2021

    Liberty Freshman Record – 1,500 – Will Jefferson – 3:45.28
    Previous Record: 3:49.58 by Kyle Harkabus at the ASUN Championship on May 15, 2021

    New Women’s NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round Qualifiers
    Ayanna Johnson – Long Jump – 20-8
    Naomi Mojica – Hammer – 194-10

    New Men’s NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round Qualifiers
    Quinten Clay – Long Jump – 25-3.5
    Christian Lyon – 100 – 10.20

    Updates to Liberty’s All-Time Women’s Top 10 List
    Long Jump – No. 1 – Ayanna Johnson – 20-8
    Pole Vault – No. 2 – Taylen Langin – 13-5
    Pole Vault – No. 4 – Mia Bowers – 12-9.5
    1,500 – No. 4 – Adelyn Ackley – 4:23.78
    Hammer – No. 5 – Naomi Mojica – 194-10
    Discus – No. 6 – Sofia Mojica – 157-6
    400 Hurdles – No. 9 – Nimeesha Coleman – 1:01.72
    Hammer – No. 10 – Megan Mann – 176-3

    Updates to Liberty’s All-Time Men’s Top 10 List
    1,500 – No. 1 – Ryan Drew – 3:41.26
    100 – Tie for No. 2 – Christian Lyon – 10.20
    Long Jump – No. 3 – Quinten Clay – 25-3.5
    100 – No. 5 – Brandon Letts – 10.31
    1,500 – No. 5 – Kyle Harkabus – 3:45.21
    1,500 – No. 6 – Will Jefferson – 3:45.28
    110 Hurdles – No. 6 – Anthony Bryan – 14.33

    Up Next
    The Flames and Lady Flames will look to defend their team titles at the 2022 ASUN Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The meet will be contested at Visit Jax Track at Hodges Stadium, May 12-14 in Jacksonville, Fla.