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Davis, Babbitt Shine on Thursday at Texas Relays

March 26, 2015  Austin, Texas  RSS
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Yana Babbitt placed ninth in section B of the women's javelin, Thursday at the Texas Relays.

Yana Babbitt placed ninth in section B of the women's javelin, Thursday at the Texas Relays.

Despite breezy conditions at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Thursday, Liberty sophomore Ryan Davis notched a personal-best time of 52.53 in the men's 400 hurdles. Classmate Yana Babbitt added a ninth-place finish in section B of the women's javelin, representing another of the day's highlights at the 88th Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.

Davis improved upon his previous 400 hurdles best of 52.79 seconds, moving up to No. 7 on Liberty's all-time list in the process. He finished 23rd of the 81 entrants during the preliminary round.

Babbitt's first-round javelin throw of 139-3, the second-longest toss of her career, stood up as her best effort of the day. As a result, the redshirt sophomore came in ninth in section B.

Fred Fulton heaved the hammer a season-best 179-9 to place 19th in the event and climb to No. 8 in program history.

Both Ansley Gebben and Mary Witmer were able to record season-best 400-meter hurdles times on Thursday. Gebben clocked 1:01.56 for 29th place in the event prelims, while Witmer crossed the line in 1:02.95 for 48th place.

The Flames' quartet of Andrew Crowell, Trevor Hope, Jacob Onifer and John Sherret placed 14th in the men's 4 x 800 relay with a time of 7:51.78.

Liberty athletes will compete in two different time zones on Friday. The Texas Relays will resume at 10:30 a.m. Eastern. Meanwhile, a contingent of Flames and Lady Flames will also take part in the Raleigh Relays, starting at 9:30 a.m.