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Mitchell Posts Best Day One Heptathlon Score
Liberty redshirt sophomore Christina Mitchell took advantage of favorable tailwinds at Mike A. Myers Stadium, Wednesday afternoon at the Texas Relays. She enjoyed her best-ever first day of competition in the heptathlon, racking up 3,067 points in four events.
Mitchell's day one score is the highest by a Lady Flame since the 2009 ECAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, when Marie Williams notched 3,080 points during her first four disciplines. Mitchell currently sits in 11th place in the competition. Leading the way is West Virginia's Chelsea Carrier, with 3,670 points.
Mitchell opened her day with a personal-best time of 14.70 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles, aided by a 3.3 m/s tailwind. She now ranks No. 10 in program history for the 100 hurdles.
After high jumping a season-best 5-3.25, Mitchell equaled her outdoor personal best with a 38-6 shot put. Mitchell's shot put distance was the eighth longest of the 25 competitors.
Mitchell then wrapped things up with another personal-best effort, thanks to a 26.03 clocking in the 200-meter dash. This time, the Monroe, Va. native had a 4.7 m/s wind at her back.
Mitchell will resume the heptathlon Thursday at 1 p.m. Eastern with the long jump.
Mitchell's former high school teammate at Liberty Christian Academy, Meghan Burggraf, ran well in her season debut at the 800-meter distance Wednesday evening. Burggraf, the reigning Big South indoor and outdoor 800-meter champion, clocked a 2:13.33 for sixth place. That is the fastest time in the Big South Conference during the 2011 outdoor season.
Meanwhile, Geren Woodbridge summed 3,441 points during the first day of the decathlon. He resides in 16th place at the midway point of the competition.
Woodbridge's best event on Wednesday was his first of five disciplines, the 100-meter dash. With a 3.6 m/s tailwind, he crossed the line in 11.11 seconds, slicing more than two-tenths of a second off of his previous personal-best time.
Woodbridge will be the first Liberty athlete to compete on Thursday, when the gun goes off for the decathlon 110-meter hurdles at noon Eastern.