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Burggraf Races to 2:07.09 Clocking in 800
Liberty redshirt senior Meghan Burggraf clocked an 800-meter time of 2:07.09 Saturday afternoon at the Stanford Invitational at Cobb Track and Angell Field, marking the fastest outdoor performance of her career.
The team captain placed second in her heat and seventh overall among the 77-member field. Burggraf was the fifth-fastest collegiate finisher on the day, with a time that only five NCAA Division I women's runners in the nation had surpassed entering the weekend.
Burggraf, whose previous best outdoor 800-meter time was 2:09.94, moves up to No. 2 on both the Liberty and Big South Conference outdoor women's 800 all-time lists. She trails only former teammate Jaime Watson, who owns both the program and conference record at 2:06.09.
Burggraf also all but clinched her first-ever trip to the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet with Saturday's effort. Last season, an 800 time of 2:08.29 made it into the Preliminary Round meet.
Liberty will take next weekend off from competition, in preparation for the 2014 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The three-day meet will be contested April 17-19 at Winthrop's Irwin Belk Track in Rock Hill, S.C. Both the Flames and Lady Flames enter as the defending conference champions.