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Babbitt, Men's 4 x 100 Star on Penn Relays Day 2

April 24, 2015  Philadelphia, Pa.  RSS
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Stephen Racanelli helped the Flames qualify for the IC4A final in the 4 x 100 relay, among his trio of baton carries on Friday.

Stephen Racanelli helped the Flames qualify for the IC4A final in the 4 x 100 relay, among his trio of baton carries on Friday.

Liberty redshirt sophomore Yana Babbitt placed fifth in the women's javelin, while the men's 4 x 100 relay team qualified for the IC4A final on a cool, breezy Friday at the 121st Penn Relays at Franklin Field.

Babbitt unleashed a throw of 144-5 on her very first javelin attempt, improving upon her previous personal best by a foot. That effort stood up as the Connecticut native's best of the afternoon and placed her fifth of 30 competitors in the college section.

Babbitt also made a splash from a conference perspective, defeating Coastal Carolina standout freshman Chloe White (ninth place, 142-1) and climbing to No. 8 on the Big South Conference's all-time list for the women's javelin.

The foursome of Ryan Davis, Stephen Racanelli, Marquis Gilchrist and Joey Imhoff clocked 42.12 seconds for 29th place of 78 men's 4 x 100 relay teams. They qualified for Saturday's IC4A final for the second straight year and the fourth time in the last six Penn Relays.

Davis also led off for the Flames' 4 x 400 relay squad, where he was followed by Jeff Jacobs, Ryan Versen and Racanelli. The quartet posted a time of 3:19.90 for 36th place of 67 squads.

Racanelli made it three relay races on Friday, joining Imhoff as the 200-meter legs on Liberty's sprint medley relay team. Versen then ran the 400, and John Sherret toted the baton for the 800-meter anchor leg, helping the Flames finish 21st in 3:29.28.

In the Lady Flames' lone relay of the day, Abigail Flower, Dana Mercer, Olivia Davis and Kate Flower clocked 1:41.66 in the 4 x 200 relay prelims. They placed 29th of 61 entrants and just one spot out of Saturday's ECAC final.

Fred Fulton threw the shot put 54-1.75 for 19th place in the college men's shot put, while David Scouten followed in 45th place with a mark of 49-4.25.

In the college men's discus, Tim Abbott claimed 23rd place at 152-9, with Fulton following in the 25th position at 137-0.

Liberty's athletes will again compete in two different meets on Saturday. The Flames' day at the Penn Relays will get going at 9 a.m., when Pennsylvania natives Steve Feister and Daniel Klase compete in the college section of the men's javelin.

NBC Sports Network will air live coverage of the Penn Relays from 12:30-3 p.m. During that broadcast window, the Flames will compete in the IC4A 4 x 100 relay final at 1:35.

Meanwhile, day two of the Highlander Invitational in Radford, Va., will also begin at 9 a.m., with the men's discus and women's shot put.