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Freeman, Watson Set School Records

February 2, 2008
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Jaime Watson improved her own school record in the 800-meter run on Saturday at Penn State, clocking a 2:14.61.

Jaime Watson improved her own school record in the 800-meter run on Saturday at Penn State, clocking a 2:14.61.

A pair of Liberty school records were set Saturday at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup, hosted by Penn State at Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track. Chenoa Freeman set the school mark in the 400-meter dash, while Jaime Watson improved her own 800-meter record. Both the Flames and Lady Flames finished ninth in the first scored meet of the indoor season.

The Liberty women's team totaled 19 points, placing ninth. Host Penn State's 167.5 points gave the Nittany Lions a comfortable win over Missouri's score of 105. On the men's side, No. 7-ranked Liberty tallied 34 markers for its ninth-place finish. Missouri took the men's crown with 123 points, 10 more than runner-up Cornell.

Freeman (So., Lincoln, Del.) continued the strong start to her indoor season. She had previously eclipsed the 300-meter school mark. On Saturday, she ran the 400-meter dash in a record time of 56.09, bettering Gina Turner's 16-year-old standard. Freeman's time was good for sixth place in the event.

Freeman's work was not finished, as the sophomore went on to run a personal-best 200-meter time of 25.17, claiming eighth place in the event. She is now No. 4 on Liberty's all-time performance list. Charlene Hibbert (Sr., Mississauga, Ontario) also joined the school's top five list in the 200-meter dash at the No. 5 spot with her 25.22 clocking.

Watson (Jr., Ravenna, Mich.) was the day's other record setter. She finished 11th in the 800-meter run in 2:14.61. Her effort improved upon the school standard Watson had established as a freshman.

The Lady Flames also got a couple solid performances in the mile run. Freshman Kati Albright (Wake Forest, N.C.) ran the second-straight sub-5:00 mile to open her collegiate career, stopping the clock in 4:58.76 for ninth place. Rebekah Ricksecker (Jr., Laurel, Del.) finished 13th in a personal-best 5:01.12 time, which moved her up to No. 4 on Liberty's all-time performance list.

Liberty's lone event title came in the men's shot put. Clendon Henderson (Sr., Meadow, Texas) took home the event crown with a top mark of 58-6, outdistancing runner-up Andy Oaker of Missouri by more than a foot-and-a-half. Jon Hart (Sr., Wyomissing, Pa.) added a point to the Flames' total with his eighth-place effort. His top throw reached 52-5.5.

Matt Parker (Jr., Rome, N.Y.) also starred in the men's field events, sailing to 6-11 in the high jump. He was one of three jumpers knotted at 6-11, but was awarded fourth place on misses.

Parker returned to action in the men's final running event of the meet, the 4 x 400 relay. Joined by Phil Leineweber (Jr., New Freedom, Pa.), Tim O'Donnell (Sr., Hurst, Texas) and Brandon Hoskins (Sr., Garden City, Texas), he helped the Flames' relay squad take eighth place and qualify for the IC4A Indoor Championships in 3:17.65.

Leineweber had a busy day himself. He got things started with a fifth-place performance in the men's 400-meter dash, running a 48.78. The junior then clocked a season-best 22.16 in the 200, qualifying for the IC4A meet.

Liberty will return to Lynchburg Friday to host its third and final home meet of the 2007-08 indoor season, the Liberty Quad. The men's weight throw will get things underway at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center, at 4 p.m.