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Williams Shatters Liberty Weight Throw Record Again
For the second straight week, Liberty redshirt junior Jocelyn Williams shattered her own program record in the women's weight throw on Friday. Her record-breaking 66-6.5 effort highlighted the Flames' opening day at the Don Kirby Collegiate Elite Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Williams was named the Big South and ECAC Division I South Athlete of the Week after her school-record 64-0.25 weight throw at last Friday's Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup. That standard lasted only one week, as the New Jersey native exceeded the mark with each of her final five throws on the day.
Williams' fourth attempt was her best, reaching 66-6.5 to place third among a talented field of competitors. She now ranks No. 20 nationally in the event this season, climbing ever closer to earning a return trip to Albuquerque for the 2014 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Williams also moved up to No. 3 on the Big South Conference's all-time women's weight throw list with the longest effort by a conference athlete since March 3, 2007.
Freshman Stephen Racanelli found the Albuquerque Convention Center oval to his liking, winning his heat of the men's 200-meter dash and placing 25th overall in a personal-best time of 21.73 seconds. The speedy clocking, which smashed his previous season best of 22.37, is the fastest time in the Big South Conference this season.
Racanelli also moved up to No. 5 on Liberty's all-time indoor men's 200-meter dash list, one spot ahead of his sprints coach, Pete McFadden (21.78). It was the fastest indoor 200 clocking by a Flames sprinter since Alonzo Phillips' 21.54 performance at the 2005 IC4A meet.
In the women's 200-meter dash, junior Abigail Flower qualified for the ECAC meet with a season-best time of 24.99 seconds, placing 39th in the event.
Freshman Zach Davis cleared a season-best 6-9.75 on his first attempt in the high jump, tying for fourth place in the event and increasing his conference lead in the event. Davis now ranks eighth in program history by himself.
David Scouten reached 58-8 for 10th place in the men's weight throw, while teammate Fred Fulton's mark of 55-7 placed him 14th.
Aklesso Agama long jumped 22-5.75 to finish 18th in the men's long jump, with fellow freshman Oasis Hernandez reaching 16-6 for 27th place in the women's long jump.
Williams and Mychelle Cumings will be the first Liberty athletes to compete at the Don Kirby Collegiate Elite Invitational on Saturday, beginning the women's shot put competition at 12:30 p.m. Eastern.