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Davis Places 15th in Texas Relays 400 Hurdles Prelims

March 31, 2016  Austin, Texas  RSS
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Ryan Davis clocked a season-best 400 hurdles time of 52.43 seconds on Thursday at the Texas Relays.

Ryan Davis clocked a season-best 400 hurdles time of 52.43 seconds on Thursday at the Texas Relays.

Liberty junior Ryan Davis placed 15th of 79 competitors in the men's 400 hurdles prelims, highlighting the Flames' performances on Thursday at the 89th Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

Davis finished fifth in his heat and 15th overall with a time of 52.43, which marked his best performance of the season and the second fastest race of his career. The two-time defending Big South men's 400 hurdles champion fell just shy of the 51.78 clocking required to qualify for Friday's event final.

Senior Ken Ritchey and sophomore Carson Waters both cleared 16-1.25 in the Section C of the men's pole vault. Waters added five inches to his previous best outdoor clearance in the process. Ritchey tied for 17th place in the section, with Waters following in the 20th spot.

Junior Zach Davis, the final Liberty men's athlete to compete on Thursday, threw the javelin 171-11 to place 14th in Section B of the event.

Senior Erika Jackson ended up 23rd in the final heptathlon standings, posting the second highest score of her career, 4,820. Her top marks on Thursday included the best long jump by a Lady Flame this season (17-0.5) and a 2:27.93 clocking in the 800.

Classmate Riley Brandon fashioned a strong second day, climbing to 28th place with a final heptathlon score of 4,156. The Texas native long jumped a season-best 16-9.75 and hurled the javelin 117-6, setting the stage for her best event, the 800.

Brandon closed out her competition by winning her heat and placing fifth among the heptathletes with an 800 time of 2:17.38. No other Lady Flame has run the event as quickly thus far in the 2016 outdoor season.

Liberty will return to action at the Texas Relays on Friday, beginning with the women's 4 x 100 relay prelims at 10:35 a.m. Eastern.

Other Flames and Lady Flames will compete in the VertKlasse Meeting on Friday in High Point, N.C. The two-day meet is scheduled to open with the men's shot put at noon.