1/25/2013 9:28:00 PM
Liberty Open First Day Results
LYNCHBURG, Va. -- On the first day of the Liberty Open, Kalee Hammerton led the Christopher Newport track & field teams with a fifth-place effort in the pole vault to headline the early action during the two-day invitational at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center on Friday evening.
The Captains put forth competitors in three of the seven events held on Friday with Hammerton notching CNU's finest performance. In the pole vault, the senior standout cleared 3.15 meters, which matched her best effort of the season and placed her in the top-five at the competition. Taryn Langley also placed 14th in the discipline after posting a height of 2.40 meters.
In other events on the women's side, Rashidat Omotosho launched a toss of 9.21 meters in the weight throw, which was good enough for 26th overall.
On the men's side, Scott Wright was the lone Captain to see action after competing in the 5000-meters. The senior speedster eventually placed 12th in the field after completing the distance event in 17:14.06.
The Liberty Open will kick into high gear tomorrow morning when the final day of action begins with the men's weight throw at 9 a.m. Later, the women's 60-meter hurdles will start the track events at 11 a.m.
1/26/2013 9:05:00 PM
Liberty Open Final Results
LYNCHBURG, Va. -- The Christopher Newport indoor track & field squads wrapped up the final day of the Liberty Open on Saturday with a solid effort as the Captains posted 19 top-10 finishes during the two-day invitational held at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center.
Among CNU's top performers, Jenna Elliott, Brian Huffman, and Daulton Teaford all recorded second-place efforts in their respective events. Melissa Rizor also headlined the final day of the Open as the freshman phenom posted a brilliant performance in the mile, notching a time of 5:19.88, which stands as the fifth-fastest mark in CNU history and placed her 8th overall on Saturday.
Elliott pieced together the top effort on the women's side as the junior cleared 1.60-meters in the high jump, which placed her second overall. Stephanie Taylor also came in 10th in the event, while Olivia Green finished sixth in the long jump with a leap of 5.06-meters.
In addition to Rizor's performance, the CNU women saw a slew of fine efforts from their distance runners. Erin Rolaf notched a ninth-place showing in the 1000-meters with a time of 3:25.71, while Jessica McClelland also finished ninth in the 3000-meters after clocking in at 10:56.19. In the 800-meters, Lydia Cromwell crossed the line in 2:27.09, which placed her eighth in the field. Alexa Tabackman just missed out on a top-10 showing in the event as well after completing the discipline in 2:29.76, which was good enough for 11th. Both of those times set new season bests for the first-year standouts.
Fredsal Walker also had a tremendous day for the Captains, posting a pair of top-10 efforts. In the 200-meter dash, she cruised to a time of 26.55, which placed her fifth. She also came in ninth in the 60-meter hurdles after completing the course in 9.48. Among other highlights from the CNU runners, Enuma Ezenwa also posted a fifth-place showing in the 400-meters after finishing in 1:00.95.
On the men's side, the Captains had a pair of second-place efforts to highlight an excellent day overall. Huffman led a strong CNU contingent in the 800-meters after finishing second with a time of 1:59.53. Doug McLellan and Samuel Martin also placed in the top-10 as the two came in ninth and 10th, respectively. In addition to the distance runners, Teaford orchestrated a second-place effort in the 200-meters after finishing in 22.92, which was just 0.04 seconds shy of first-place. Later, he returned to the track and tossed another top-five showing on the board after placing fifth in the 400-meters with a time of 51.29.
In other events, Kendrick McMinn recorded a top-10 effort in program history after firing a toss of 12.83-meters in the weight throw. That effort marked the ninth-best effort in CNU history and placed him 13th overall at the Liberty Open. David Fishman and Alexander Hurd also tied for 10th place in the pole vault, while Ray Gamache finished sixth in the 3000-meters after completing the course in 8:50.20.
Christopher Newport will return to action on Friday when the Captains travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. for the two-day JDL Fast-Track Invitational.
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