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Williams Places 4th in Hammer at Raleigh Relays

March 28, 2015  Raleigh, N.C.  RSS
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Jocelyn Williams placed fourth in the women's hammer at the Raleigh Relays with a season-best 176-0 toss.

Jocelyn Williams placed fourth in the women's hammer at the Raleigh Relays with a season-best 176-0 toss.

Redshirt senior Jocelyn Williams' fourth-place finish in the women's hammer highlighted Liberty's day at the Raleigh Relays, Saturday at Paul Derr Track.

Williams reached 176-0 with her best effort of the day, improving upon her previous season best by more than nine feet for fourth place in the field of 55 women's hammer throwers.

Freshman Brenna Smith added a 10th-place finish in the women's javelin, thanks to a 130-6 toss. It marked the second straight meet Smith has surpassed 130 feet, after she arrived at Liberty with a personal best of 121-4.

Another freshman, Mariel Finger, placed seventh in the women's pole vault with an 11-5.75 clearance. Sophomore teammate Jessie Glynn cleared the same height for 11th place.

Liberty's men's pole vaulters also fared well on Saturday, led by freshman Carson Waters. He made it over an outdoor season-best 15-5 to tie for ninth place, becoming the third Flame over 15 feet thus far in the 2015 outdoor campaign.

Alexandru Barker and Alex Geniesse each vaulted 14-11 on Saturday. Barker tied for 15th place, while Geniesse's outdoor personal best placed him in a tie for the 22nd spot.

The Flames displayed their depth in the men's sprints and middle-distance events by placing well in both the 4 x 200 and 4 x 800 relays despite the absence of several top athletes competing at the Texas Relays. Liberty clocked 1:29.79 in the 4 x 200 for ninth place, while posting a 4 x 800 time of 7:55.20 for 12th place.

Ryan Versen set a new season best in the 400 hurdles at 55.63 seconds, taking 23rd place in the event.

Liberty will open its 2015 home schedule Friday and Saturday at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex, when the Flames and Lady Flames play host to the Liberty Collegiate Invitational. Action is slated to begin at 1 p.m. on Friday and at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning.