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Liberty Breaks Shuttle Hurdles School Record

April 24, 2009  Philadelphia, Pa.  RSS
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Olivia Charnuski (near) and Rachel Houseknecht (far) helped Liberty set a new shuttle hurdles school record, Friday at the Penn Relays.

Olivia Charnuski (near) and Rachel Houseknecht (far) helped Liberty set a new shuttle hurdles school record, Friday at the Penn Relays.

Watch Liberty break the shuttle hurdles record (video courtesy of Flotrack.org, Lady Flames competing in lanes 7-8)

Liberty shattered the women's shuttle hurdles school record, running a 59.10 Friday at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa. The Lady Flames lopped more than two seconds off of the existing standard, highlighting the day's action at Franklin Field.

Last weekend, Marie Williams (R-Sr., Tampa, Fla.), Olivia Charnuski (Fr., Elmira, Ontario), Krystle Matthews (So., Chesapeake, Va.) and Rachel Houseknecht (So., Hughesville, Pa.) all qualified for the women's 100-meter hurdles final at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, combining to score 14 team points. This afternoon, they teamed up to etch their names in the Liberty record book for the shuttle hurdles relay, taking down the program standard of 61.20, which had stood since 2004. The quartet finished sixth overall in the event.

Earlier in the day, Charnuski, Alyssa Pegues (Fr., Warner Robins, Ga.), Chenoa Freeman (Jr., Lincoln, Del.) and Andrea Beckles (Sr., Lynchburg, Va.) finished fifth in the women's 4 x 100 relay ECAC final. The squad's official time was a 46.46.

The Lady Flames also competed in a third race during the Friday afternoon session, the prelims of the 4 x 200 relay. Beckles, Williams, Freeman and Pegues teamed up to become the fourth-fastest 4 x 200 grouping in program history, with a 1:39.22.

Freshman John Talbert (Newton, Kan.), the first Liberty field event athlete to compete at the 2009 Penn Relays, placed sixth in the championship section of the discus. His best throw of the day reached 179-0.

Liberty will compete in a trio of men's field events Saturday, wrapping up the Flames' participation in this year's Penn Relays. The first two Flames to get underway will be Anthony Bryant (R-Fr., Charlottesville, Va.) and Clarence Powell (So., Marianna, Fla.), who are scheduled to begin the triple jump at 9 a.m.