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Hernandez Breaks Liberty 60 Dash Record Twice
Liberty freshman Oasis Hernandez broke the program women's 60-meter dash record twice on Saturday, lowering it to 7.52 seconds at the Don Kirby Collegiate Elite Invitational. She was also one of three Lady Flames to notch ECAC qualifiers on the day at the Albuquerque Convention Center, which will also host the 2014 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.
The Liberty women's 60 dash standard had stood at 7.56 seconds since Andrea Beckles set it on Feb. 26, 2009. However, Hernandez clocked times of 7.53 and 7.52 on Saturday, with the latter effort winning Section C of the women's 60. In the process, the Kansas native qualified for the ECAC meet in a second event this season (also triple jump).
It was Liberty's second school record in as many days in Albuquerque, following Jocelyn Williams' record-breaking 66-6.5 women's weight throw effort on Friday.
Junior teammate Abigail Flower punched her ECAC ticket at 60 meters as well, thanks to a season-best time of 7.63 seconds in the prelims. She then finished sixth in the Section C final at 7.72. Hernandez and Flower now rank first and second, respectively, on the Big South women's 60 dash performance list this season.
Redshirt sophomore Ansley Gebben was the Lady Flames' other new ECAC qualifier on the day, after clocking a personal-best 400-meter dash time of 56.65 seconds for 13th place in the event. She now ranks fourth on Liberty's all-time performance list.
Redshirt senior team captain Meghan Burggraf continued the Lady Flames' stellar day on the track with an impressive performance at 800 meters. After covering the first 400 meters in under 62 seconds, Burggraf hung on to finish in 2:07.90, improving her personal best by two seconds.
Burggraf finished a close second in the event, crossing the line just 0.33 seconds behind Miami's Alaine Tate, the 2013 ACC indoor women's 800-meter runner-up. Factoring in Albuquerque's near mile-high altitude, Burggraf currently ranks No. 23 nationally at 800 meters.
Freshman Stephen Racanelli was yet another Liberty athlete to record a personal best on the track on Saturday. His best-ever 60-meter dash clocking of 6.92 seconds earned sixth place in the Section C final and moves him into a tie for seventh place in program history.
Mychelle Cumings was Liberty's top field event finisher, throwing the shot put 50-5.5 for fifth place. Teammate Jocelyn Williams followed in the 24th spot at 39-5.25.
In the women's triple jump, Janae Jones landed at 39-6.5 for 13th place. Competing in her second event of the day, Hernandez topped out at 38-2.75 for the 17th position.
Freshman Aklesso Agama triple jumped 48-4 to record an 11th-place finish in the men's triple jump competition.
Fred Fulton came in 14th in the men's shot put, thanks to a 53-9 heave, while David Scouten's season-best mark of 51-1.5 placed the redshirt sophomore in 22nd.
The Flames will host the Liberty Quad, their final home meet of the 2013-14 indoor campaign, on Sunday and Monday at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center. The meet will get underway Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with the heptathlon 60-meter dash.