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Women's 4 x 200 Record Goes Down at Penn
The Lady Flames' relay squad ran a 1:37.99, cutting nearly a full second off the previous program standard, set at the 2000 Penn Relays. Liberty finished third in its heat and 17th overall out of 56 competing relay squads. With their performance, the Lady Flames earned a spot in Saturday's 4 x 200 ECAC final, slated for 2:20 p.m.
Thursday evening, the Liberty women had set a school record in the distance medley relay. Freeman (So., Lincoln, Del.) and Watson (Jr., Ravenna, Mich.) were also part of that relay squad, and Watson still has one more relay to worry about this weekend. She will most likely anchor the Lady Flames' 4 x 800 relay unit, scheduled to compete Saturday at 2:55 p.m.
Hibbert (Sr., Mississauga, Ontario) will graduate this year as one of Liberty's best relay runners in program history. She has now been a part of four of Liberty's five all-time fastest 4 x 200 relay performances, as well as four of the school's five fastest 4 x 100 clockings.
The top showing by a Liberty men's athlete on Friday came courtesy of freshman Kolby Shepherd (Dublin, Ga.), in the college section of the men's pole vault. His streak of five consecutive first-place finishes was halted, but his 16-0.75 was still good for third. He and Pitt's Ron Walter both cleared the same height, but Walter was awarded the runner-up placing on misses. Yale's Eric DePalo went over 16-4.75 to win the competition.
The men's squad also had a pair of sprint relay teams compete on Friday. The 4 x 100 unit crossed the line in 42.24 seconds, while the Flames' 4 x 200 grouping clocked a 1:27.74. Neither quartet qualified for the Saturday's finals.
The Penn Relays will draw to a close on Saturday. Clarence Powell (Fr., Marianna, Fla.) will be the first Liberty athlete in action on the meet's final day, as he competes in the men's triple jump at 11 a.m.