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Mitchell Breaks Liberty Javelin Record
Liberty redshirt senior Christina Mitchell broke her own school record with a 151-4 javelin toss, highlighting a busy day for the Flames and the Lady Flames, Saturday at the Shamrock Invitational.
Women's Meet Recap
Mitchell, who has now won each of her first two javelin competitions during the 2013 outdoor season, recorded her top mark of 151-4 on her third attempt. It sailed more than five feet past her previous standard of 146-1, established on May 6, 2012 at Winthrop.
Freshman Yana Babbitt complemented Mitchell's effort with a ninth-place showing in the women's javelin, thanks to a 123-11 throw.
Liberty also excelled in the women's discus, paced by junior Jocelyn Williams. She uncorked a personal-best 154-5 throw on her very first attempt, winning the competition by more than eight feet and moving her into second place on Liberty's all-time list.
Teammate Jennifer Nicholson reached 142-1 on her best discus attempt of the day, garnering eighth place.
Like Williams, freshman Janae Jones also climbed into second place in program history with her Saturday performance. She made a successful outdoor collegiate debut in the triple jump, stretching out to 39-8.75 for fourth place in the event.
Melissa Rohwer made it two Lady Flames inside the top 10 in the women's triple jump, recording a top mark of 38-5.5 for the ninth position.
Sophomore Abigail Flower benefitted from breezy conditions in both the 100 and 200 dashes on Saturday. A significant 4.0 m/s tailwind helped push her to a time of 11.91 and seventh place in the 100. She then dropped her 200 personal best to 24.21 seconds, taking third place in both the event and on Liberty's all-time list.
Running the 400 hurdles for the first time since May 2011, Ansley Gebben placed fourth with a time of 62.89 seconds. That time ranks No. 10 in program history.
Men's Meet Recap
Liberty ran well in both of its men's relay races on Saturday. The Flames' 4 x 100 quartet of Roderick Spruel, Andre Washington, Maxwell Asante and Silvanous Parchment placed fifth and qualified for the IC4A meet with a time of 41.40 seconds.
Later on, Washington, Tyler Weigandt, Leonard Robbins and Paul Arslain teamed up for a third-place finish and season-best 3:15.62 clocking in the 4 x 400 relay.
Robbins had taken 10th place in the 400 dash earlier in the day, crossing the line in 48.86 seconds.
Rounding out the running events, Caleb Edmonds (fifth place, 3:59.18) and Isaac Wendland (ninth place, 4:00.75) were both near the front of the pack in the men's 1,500 final.
Defending Big South champion Ryan Smith qualified for the IC4A meet in his seasonal discus debut, unleashing a 158-10 throw for fourth place.
Fellow reigning Big South titlist Kyle Wheeler highlighted a successful day for the Flames' high jumpers. He cleared a season-best 6-10.75 for fourth place in the "A" section of the event. Meanwhile, freshman Patrick Donigan made it over a personal-best 6-6.75, winning the "B" section.
In the men's pole vault, Cody Bingham shared fourth place while Cody Fridgen came in seventh. Both topped out at 14-7.25 on the day.
Andrew Woodley nearly joined the shot put's 50-foot club, stretching the measuring tape to a personal-best 49-11 for a 10th-place showing.
Liberty will remain within the Commonwealth for its next meet, traveling to Charlottesville on Saturday for the team-scored Virginia Cup. The one-day meet, which will pit the Flames and Lady Flames against James Madison, Radford, VCU and host Virginia, is set for a 10 a.m. start at Lannigan Field.