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Klugh Races to Personal-Best 4:24.16 in 1,500

May 6, 2012
|  Durham, N.C.
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Jennifer Klugh became the third-fastest women's 1,500-meter runner in program history Sunday evening, when she clocked a time of 4:24.16 at the Duke Twilight.

Liberty senior Jennifer Klugh provided the Lady Flames' most noteworthy performance at Sunday's Duke Twilight at Wallace Wade Stadium. She placed second in the women's 1,500-meter run while dropping her personal-best time to 4:24.16.

Klugh, who was edged out for victory by post-collegiate runner Stephanie Charnigo in a battle of Buckeye State natives, cut more than 2.5 seconds off of her previous 1,500 best of 4:26.75, established March 30 at the Raleigh Relays.

Klugh now ranks No. 3 on Liberty's women's 1,500-meter performance list after notching the fastest time by a Lady Flame since June 1, 2002. That day, Heather Sagan posted a time of 4:14.71 while finishing as the national runner-up at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Melinda Bendik came in second in the women's hammer, with a 188-11 effort. Teammate Jocelyn Williams ended up fourth with her personal-best 166-6 throw.

In the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, Betel Yosef notched a time of 11:10.15 for sixth place.

The top finishes by Liberty men's athletes at Duke came in the discus. Tim Abbott threw 158-3 for fourth place, while Ryan Smith was fifth with a 156-4 heave.

Liberty will send a sizable group of athletes to Princeton, N.J., for the 2012 IC4A and ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The meet will be held Friday through Sunday at Princeton's Weaver Track & Field Stadium.