Stephen Racanelli helped the Flames' 4 x 100 relay quartet qualify for the IC4A final, Friday at the Penn Relays.
The first of five Liberty relay quartets to compete on Friday at the 120th Penn Relays, the men's 4 x 100 team of Stephen Hayes, Stephen Racanelli, Tarell Williams and ConRoy Smith qualified for Saturday's IC4A final. Meanwhile, the Lady Flames narrowly missed a couple school records at Franklin Field. Liberty posted the No. 2 women's sprint medley relay time in program history (3:54.14) and the No. 3 women's 4 x 200 clocking (1:38.60).
Men's Day Two Recap The Liberty men's 4 x 100 time of 41.01 was the Flames' second fastest of the season, placing the team third in its heat and 19th overall out of 92 entrants. As a result, Liberty earned a berth in the IC4A final for the third time in five years. Williams and Smith were a part of the Flames' 4 x 100 quartet which placed fifth in the 2012 IC4A final at the Penn Relays. The senior duo will now get another shot at it Saturday at 1:47 p.m., joined by freshmen Hayes and Racanelli. In the distance medley relay, Liberty also fielded a team of two seniors (Jarred Cornfield and Caleb Edmonds) and two freshmen (Ryan Davis and Colin Schultz). The Flames placed 23rd overall in the event with a time of 9:58.14. Aided by strong carries by Schultz (1:53.48 for 800 meters) and Edmonds (4:07.99) for 1,600 meters, the Flames notched the No. 7 time in program history and the fastest since 2007. Racanelli and Smith each ran their second race of the day during the sprint medley relay, joining Tyler Weigandt and John Sherret for 17th place of 34 squads in a time of 3:26.91. Sherret's 800-meter anchor leg clocked 1:52.96. Williams came in 14th in the college section of the men's long jump, stretching out to 21-9.5 on his best attempt of the afternoon.
Women's Day Two Recap Freshman Oasis Hernandez and junior Abigail Flower teamed up for the first two 200-meter legs of two different relays on Friday, beginning with the 4 x 200 relay. In that race, Corinn Bedell and Kate Flower finished off the Lady Flames' heat victory in 1:38.60. Liberty finished 25th out of 58 teams, earning a spot as the second alternate for Saturday's ECAC final. Hernandez, Flower, Bedell and Flower became the third-fastest women's 4 x 200 combination in program history, just behind the No. 2 team of Hernandez, Abigail Flower, Bedell and Janae Jones, who ran 1:38.58 at last month's Texas Relays. In the sprint medley relay, Liberty brought back the same foursome (Hernandez, Abigail Flower, Ansley Gebben and Meghan Burggraf) which had raced to a school-record time of 3:53.34 at the Texas Relays. On Friday, the Lady Flames crossed the line in 3:54.14, with Burggraf covering the 800-meter anchor leg in 2:09.33. The effort was good for third place in the heat and 10th place in the event, putting Liberty ahead of Texas A&M, South Carolina and Georgetown, among others. Newly crowned Big South women's triple jump champion Jones reached a wind-aided 39-5 on Friday, placing 14th in the college section. Teammate Melissa Rohwer's 37-3.25 leap was good for 26th place in the event's Eastern section.
Freshman Aklesso Agama will be Liberty's first competitor on Saturday, the final day of the Penn Relays. He will take part in the college section of the men's triple jump starting at 9 a.m.