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Johnson Places 6th in IC4A Long Jump
Aaron Johnson was Liberty's highest placer on Saturday at the IC4A and ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, finishing sixth in the IC4A long jump final. Both the Flames and Lady Flames remain within the top seven in their respective team standings with one day of competition remaining at Princeton's Weaver Track & Field Stadium.
Johnson was the lone Flame to score points on a day dominated by running event preliminaries. Through eight events, Liberty is tied with Manhattan for fifth place in the IC4A standings with 19 points. Conference newcomer BYU leads the way with 56 tallies, far outdistancing second-place Rutgers' 24 points.
Meanwhile, Christina Mitchell notched the Lady Flames' lone Saturday point with an eighth-place effort in the ECAC javelin. The Liberty women's squad ranks seventh through nine ECAC events with 15 points. Boston College currently tops the ECAC ledger with 27 points, while BYU and Connecticut share the second spot with 20 apiece.
IC4A Day Two Recap
Johnson earned sixth place in the IC4A long jump final with a leap of 24-0.25 that was just 1.25 inches off of his season best. It marked the first time that Johnson has scored points at the IC4A meet during his career.
Tarell Williams followed with a 13th-place long jump showing, leaping 22-5 during the third event of his busy and successful Saturday.
Williams, Johnson, Chris Johnson and ConRoy Smith qualified for the 4 x 100 relay final with a time of 41.71 seconds. It was an unlikely quartet, as neither Johnson brother had competed on the Flames' 4 x 100 squad all season.
Williams then went on to punch his ticket for the 100 dash final, thanks to a heat-winning time of 10.77 seconds.
Isaac Wendland reached the 1,500-meter final after clocking a time of 3:49.33 during his heat.
Ryan Smith competed in a pair of throwing events on the day, highlighted by a 15th-place finish in the men's hammer with a 177-0 toss.
ECAC Day Two Recap
Mitchell's eighth place in the javelin marked the first time she has tallied ECAC points in the event. The redshirt senior's longest throw of the day measured 144-5.
Freshman Brittney Webley ran three races in less than two hours and qualified for Sunday's finals in two different events. She started out by reaching the 100 hurdles final, clocking a preliminary time of 14.21 and a semifinal effort of 14.16 into a headwind.
Webley then raced to a personal-best 400 hurdles time of 60.97 seconds, winning her heat to earn her spot in the final. In the process, the Empire State native became the fourth Lady Flame ever to run the 400 hurdles in under 61 seconds.
Jocelyn Williams threw the hammer a personal-best 179-0 to place 11th in the event. Meanwhile, Audrey Bamford also recorded a personal best for an 11th-place showing, tallying 4,360 points in the heptathlon.
The third and final day of competition at the IC4A and ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships will commence Sunday at 9 a.m. with the IC4A shot put.