Redshirt sophomore Ansley Gebben lowered the Liberty women's 400 hurdles record to 1:00.42 on Thursday at the Texas Relays.
Liberty redshirt sophomore Ansley Gebben got things off to a fast start at the 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Thursday at Mike A. Myers Stadium, breaking the program record with her 400-meter hurdles time of 1:00.42. The previous mark of 1:00.57 had been set twice, including by Gebben herself at the 2013 Big South Championship at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex. Danielle McNaney was the first Lady Flame to clock 1:00.57, doing so at the 2005 Big South Championship at VMI. Gebben, who finished 14th out of 62 entrants in the event, now ranks sixth all-time in Big South Conference history for the 400 hurdles. Freshman teammate Mary Witmer also excelled in the 400 hurdles on Thursday, clocking an ECAC-qualifying time of 1:02.04 for 35th place. The Pennsylvania native now ranks No. 7 on Liberty's all-time list for the event. The Flames' quartet of Jacob Onifer, Colin Schultz, Jarred Cornfield and John Sherret came in 10th in the men's 4 x 800 relay. Their official time was 7:40.36. Steve Feister threw the javelin 182-0 to place 13th in Section B of the event, while Daniel Klase's 174-9 heave placed him 14th. Action at the Texas Relays will resume Friday at 10:30 a.m. Eastern. Liberty athletes will also compete at the Raleigh Relays and Winthrop Invitational, beginning Friday morning.