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Mitchell, Woodbridge Post ECAC/IC4A Marks
Liberty's number of ECAC and IC4A qualifiers grew by two during Thursday's action at the Texas Relays. Christina Mitchell scored a career-high 4,968 points in the heptathlon and Geren Woodbridge tallied 6,955 points in the decathlon, each meeting their respective qualifying standards.
Mitchell's score, which placed her 15th in the competition, added 312 points to her previous personal best. The redshirt sophomore now ranks as the No. 5 heptathlete in program history.
The best of Mitchell's three disciplines on Thursday at Mike A. Myers Stadium was the javelin. She finished with the second-longest throw among the 25 competitors, 128-7. Danielle McNaney is the only Lady Flame who has ever thrown the javelin farther than that within a heptathlon competition.
Woodbridge, who ranked 16th at the end of Wednesday's competition, surged up to a 13th-place finish on Thursday. He was buoyed by strong performances in all three of Thursday's field events. After a strong 127-4 discus mark and a solid 14-9 pole vault clearance, the redshirt senior unleashed the javelin a season-best 190-7 on his third and final attempt.
Not only did the javelin mark tie Woodbridge for fifth best in the event, but it also ranks him No. 5 on Liberty's all-time decathlon javelin performance list. No Liberty decathlete has thrown the javelin that far since Brandon Hoskins reached 200-9 at the 2008 Texas Relays.
Woodbridge will now get to return to the IC4A Outdoor Track & Field Championships, where he has finished as the decathlon runner-up each of the past two seasons.
Ryan Smith was also in action on Thursday for the Flames. He placed 17th in the men's hammer, after reaching 180-1 on his third attempt.
Liberty's Friday activity at the Texas Relays will begin at approximately 11 a.m. Eastern, when Olivia Charnuski races in the women's 100-meter hurdles prelims and Clarence Powell long jumps.
Meanwhile, many other Flames and Lady Flames will compete in the team-scored Carolina's Cup in Rock Hill, S.C. The first events begin at 5:15 p.m. at Winthrop's Irwin Belk Track.