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Flower, Fulton, Jones Excel on Friday at Texas

March 27, 2015  Austin, Texas  RSS
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Janae Jones placed fourth in the B section of the Texas Relays women's triple jump with a 40-2.75 leap.

Janae Jones placed fourth in the B section of the Texas Relays women's triple jump with a 40-2.75 leap.

Liberty's Fred Fulton (B section of men's discus) and Janae Jones (B section of women's triple jump) each placed in the top four of their respective events on Friday at the 88th Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Meanwhile, Abigail Flower notched season-best times in three different events during a busy two-hour stretch on a sunny day at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

Fulton heaved the discus a season-best 170-11 for third place in the B section of the event. The longest discus throw by a Liberty athlete since Elliot Galeone's 174-6 effort at the 2011 Texas Relays moves Fulton up to No. 6 in program history and No. 7 on the Big South all-time men's discus ledger.

Jones, the defending Big South outdoor women's triple jump champion, made a successful 2015 outdoor debut in the event. She reached out to 40-2.75 on her sixth and final leap, placing fourth on the day and taking over the conference yearly lead.

Flower got her busy morning started with the 4 x 100 relay at 9:35 a.m. local time. She teamed up with Olivia Davis, Dana Mercer and Kate Flower to place 16th of 50 teams with a season-best time of 46.32. They became the seventh-fastest 4 x 100 quartet in program history.

Flower then tied for 24th place out of 98 runners in the 100 dash prelims, speeding to a season-best time of 11.91 despite a slight headwind.

Flower, Kate Flower, Mary Witmer and Ansley Gebben proceeded to post a 3:48.42 clocking in the 4 x 400 relay for 30th place in the prelims. They are now the eighth-fastest 4 x 400 grouping on Liberty's all-time list.

Facing some of the nation's top javelin throwers, Steve Feister (206-3) and Daniel Klase (204-5) came in 10th and 11th, respectively, in section A of the event.

Aklesso Agama triple jumped 47-1 on his opening attempt, placing the sophomore 14th in section B.

Ryan Davis, John Sherret, Trevor Hope and Stephen Racanelli teamed up for a season-best 4 x 400 relay time of 3:17.50, taking 36th place in the event prelims.

Both the Texas Relays and Raleigh Relays will come to a close on Saturday. The final day of the Texas Relays will begin at 9:15 a.m. Eastern, while Saturday's Raleigh Relays action will commence at 10 a.m.