Gray Dominates Day One at #ASUNTF; Liberty Leads Trophy Race

Gray Dominates Day One at #ASUNTF; Liberty Leads Trophy Race

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LYNCHBURG, Va. -
 The top-three teams at the 2019 ASUN Conference Women's Indoor Track & Field Championship are separated by 17 points after the opening day of the meet. Liberty sits ahead of Jacksonville by 12, while Kennesaw State is in third place with 35 points.

Kennesaw State's Jordan Gray rewrote the history books on three occasions Friday as she became the first female student-athlete in indoor conference history to win the same event four times. Along the way, Gray won three of the five events including setting the Shot Put Pentathlon record. In total, the senior from Ball Ground, Ga. totaled 4,202 points to break her previous ASUN Championship record of 3,997.

Gray added a victory in the Long Jump with a distance of 6.05 meters on her four attempts to move ahead of Jacksonville's Adja Sackor (5.93) and Lierty's Makenzy Mizera (5.83). The KSU All-American placed second in the Shot Put behind Liberty's Naomi Mojica (15.06). The top-four throwers in the event broke the previous championship record with JU's Sade Meeks (14.52) and Noelle Parker (14.29) added new top marks.

Lipscomb's Courtney Brenner bested the field in the 3,000m Run by 15 seconds as she crossed the finish line in 9:44.98. She was joined on the podium by Liberty's Noel Palmer (10:00.23) and Jacksonville's Nora McUmber (10:01.03). 

Liberty's Distance Medley Relay quartet of Emma Bowser, Tanner Ealum, Delaney McDowell and Calli Parlier collected gold with a last lap pass to finish the race in 11:42.30. North Florida and Jacksonville joined the Flames on the podium with times of 11:44.18 and 11:47.68.

The trials of the 60-meter Hurdles featured top times by Jacksonville's Lyric Schmalz (8.58) and Liberty's duo of Jada Thomas (8.66) & Jaiden Mulder (8.76). The Dolphins registered the top qualifying times in the 60-meter Dash with Nicole Smith (7.46), Shalah Smiling (7.48) & Jacquelyn Baldwin (7.50). 

On Saturday, the first women's events are the Weight Throw & Pole Vault set for 10:30 AM ET. Action conclude on Saturday with the 4x400m Relay at 5 PM followed by the awards presentation at 5:30 PM.

ASUN Championship Meet Records Broken
Jordan Gray, Kennesaw State - Pentathlon (4,202); Pentathlon Shot Put (14.33m)
Lauren Polimeno, Jacksonville - Pentathlon 800m Run (2:17.60)
Naomi Mojica, Liberty - Shot Put (15.06m)

ASUN's Championship Event Winners
Event Women's  ASUN Meet
Record
 3000m Courtney Brenner, Lipscomb (9:44.98) 9:35.66
 DMR Liberty (11:42.30) 11:32.29
 Long Jump Jordan Gray, Kennesaw State (6.05m) 6.60m
 Shot Put Naomi Mojica, Liberty (15.06m) 15.06m
 Pentathlon Jordan Gray, Kennesaw State (4,222 pts) 4,222 pts


For the first time in history, the ASUN Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship will feature a broadcast element as the league office has partnered with Liberty University and its on-campus broadcast studio to air a Championship Studio Recap Show on ESPN+. The live recap show is set for Saturday, Feb. 23rd at 7 PM ET once the conference meet concludes. 

Hosted by Mike Hagen and Todd Patulski, the ASUN Indoor Championship Studio Recap on ESPN+ will feature footage from throughout the championship including interviews from trophy winners and the league's Championship's Most Valuable Performers. The hour-long studio recap expands the league's ESPN championship coverage to a 12th sport and is the first-ever ASUN Track & Field broadcast on the ESPN family of networks.

 

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