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Atkinson Paces Flames' Speedy Saturday

March 31, 2018  Austin, Texas  RSS
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Jovaine Atkinson clocked 13.77 seconds for his second Liberty men's 110 hurdles record in as many days.

Jovaine Atkinson clocked 13.77 seconds for his second Liberty men's 110 hurdles record in as many days.

Liberty redshirt sophomore Jovaine Atkinson set his second men's 110 hurdles program record (13.77) in as many days on Saturday, the fourth and final day of the 91st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Built By Home Depot. In other action at Mike A. Myers Stadium, the Flames' men's 4 x 200 quartet of Travis Henderson, Jahquez Durham, Greg Edwards and Alejandro Perlaza Zapata clocked 1:25.00, Liberty's fastest time in 17 years.

Men's Day Four Recap
A day after lowering Liberty's men's 110 hurdles standard from 13.93 to 13.79 during the prelims, Atkinson shaved off two more hundredths, aided by a gusty (3.6 m/s) tailwind. His 13.77 clocking placed sixth overall in the event final.

On Friday, Henderson, Durham and Perlaza Zapata had been part of Liberty's school record-setting men's sprint medley relay squad. One day later, they joined Edwards in winning their heat and finishing sixth overall in the men's 4 x 200 final.

The Flames' 4 x 200 time of 1:25.00 ranks No. 3 in program history and No. 6 all-time in the Big South. It marked Liberty's fastest 4 x 200 effort since the program record of 1:24.23 was set by Chad Wilson, Mike Decker, Guifaly Christolin and Jeremy Wagner at the 2001 Penn Relays.

Future Flame Christian Lyon also shone brightly in Austin on Saturday, winning the men's 100 final in a wind-aided 10.00 seconds, the world's fastest time of 2018 under any conditions. Lyon, who currently attends Barton Community College, has signed a national letter of intent to attend Liberty starting in the 2018-19 school year.

Women's Day Four Recap
One of only two freshmen to compete in the women's shot put's top seeded section (A) on Saturday, Naomi Mojica placed seventh overall at 49-7.

Classmate Chelsea Igberaese got Liberty's day started with a 10th-place showing in Section B of the women's discus. Her top effort of the morning measured a season-best 149-9.

Up Next
Liberty will travel to Columbia, S.C., for the Gamecock Invitational, slated for Saturday at Sheila & Morris Cregger Track. The meet will mark the Flames' second visit to the facility, which opened in 2017.