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Flames' 4 x 100 Relay Runs 40.71 at Texas
On Friday at the Texas Relays, the Liberty men's 4 x 100 relay squad provided the Flames' most impressive performance of the day. The quartet of Roderick Spruel, Leonard Robbins, Tarell Williams and Anthony Settje clocked a time of 40.71 seconds at Mike A. Myers Stadium, marking the Flames' fastest effort in 11 years.
Men's Meet Recap
Liberty's 4 x 100 time of 40.71 placed the Flames 11th out of 31 teams during Friday's preliminary round, just two spots away from qualifying for Saturday's final. Spruel, Robbins, Williams and Settje now rank as the sixth-fastest 4 x 100 grouping in program history.
No Liberty 4 x 100 relay unit had run that fast since Grover Gaddy, Mike Decker, Guifaly Christolin and Jeremy Wagner raced to a winning time of 40.46 seconds at the 2001 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Leadoff runner Spruel was also one of several Liberty individuals to post season or personal-best times on Friday. His 10.87 effort in the men's 100-meter dash prelims marked a season best for the junior.
Freshman Kyle Wheeler made a successful return to his home state of Texas, making a third-attempt high jump clearance at 6-11.75. The top performance of his young collegiate career placed Wheeler fourth in the "B" section of the event. Additionally, he now ranks No. 5 on the Flames' all-time outdoor men's high jump performance list.
Women's Meet Recap
On the women's side, freshman Meme Layne helped the Lady Flames get their day off to a strong start, running both the 100-meter dash and 4 x 100 relay Friday morning. In the 100, Layne's time of 11.91 set a new personal best and ranks No. 6 in program history.
Just before that, Layne had anchored Liberty's 4 x 100 relay squad, which also featured Sherri Spruel, Abigail Flower and Olivia Charnuski. The team finished in 46.37 seconds, placing 15th of 47 teams in the preliminary round.
Charnuski raced to a season-best time of 14.16 seconds in the women's 100 hurdles prelims. Mia Aghaji also recorded a season-best effort on Friday. Her 40-5 mark in the triple jump placed 12th in the "A" section.
Liberty will be represented at both the Texas Relays and Raleigh Relays on Saturday. David Scouten will be the first Flame to compete, throwing the hammer at the Raleigh Relays at 10 a.m. At the Texas Relays, Mychelle Cumings will get things started in Section B of the women's discus at 11 a.m. Eastern.