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Witmer Wins 400 Hurdles Title at Coastal

March 12, 2016  Myrtle Beach, S.C.  RSS
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Mary Witmer was victorious in the women's 400 hurdles, Saturday at the Coastal Carolina Invitational.

Mary Witmer was victorious in the women's 400 hurdles, Saturday at the Coastal Carolina Invitational.

Mary Witmer opened her junior season with a victory in the women's 400-meter hurdles, highlighting Liberty's Saturday performances at the Coastal Carolina Invitational, at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.

Witmer, who clocked a school-record women's 400 hurdles time of 59.92 a year ago, won the event by a second on Saturday with a 1:02.12 clocking.

Redshirt senior David Scouten was the Flames' next highest finisher on Saturday. The 2014 Big South men's discus champion placed third in the event with a 159-10 heave.

In the women's discus, sophomore Holly Arey set a pair of personal bests while finishing fifth. Entering the meet with a personal-best mark of 135-1, Arey reached 142-6 on her first throw and later improved to 142-9 in round five. Arey now ranks No. 6 on Liberty's all-time women's discus chart.

Christieanna Apon (sixth in the women's 800, 2:18.85) and Robert Detz (eighth in the men's shot put, 48-10.75) were Liberty's final two top-10 finishers on the day. Detz also threw the discus 135-11 for 15th place in the freshman's Flames debut.

Heptathletes Riley Brandon and Jessica Harrison each competed in a pair of Saturday events. Brandon came in 11th in the women's 800 at 2:22.99 and 20th in the shot put with a mark of 35-1.75.

Harrison clocked an outdoor personal-best 800 time of 2:25.89 for 17th place, while throwing the shot put 35-3 for the 19th position.

Liberty will train in Myrtle Beach this week, in preparation for the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational. The three-day meet will begin Thursday at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.