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Fulton, Women's 4 x 400 Shine on Saturday

March 19, 2016  Myrtle Beach, S.C.  RSS
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Ansley Gebben helped the Lady Flames clock a 4 x 400 relay time of 3:45.17 on Saturday, claiming the No. 2 spot in program history.

Ansley Gebben helped the Lady Flames clock a 4 x 400 relay time of 3:45.17 on Saturday, claiming the No. 2 spot in program history.

Fred Fulton's 173-5 effort in the men's discus and the Lady Flames' 4 x 400 clocking of 3:45.17 were among Liberty's top performances on a busy final day of action at the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational, Saturday at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.

Women's Day Three Recap
Less than a month after setting the program record for the indoor 4 x 400 relay, the Lady Flames opened their outdoor season of 4 x 400 running in impressive fashion on Saturday. The quartet of Nicole Leonzo, Ansley Gebben, Olivia Behymer and Erin Edmond placed fourth in a time of 3:45.17, aided by Edmond's 54.78 clocking on the anchor leg. The quartet claimed the No. 2 spot on Liberty's all-time outdoor 4 x 400 list with the Lady Flames' fastest effort since 2007.

The Lady Flames also displayed their depth in the event, as their "B" team of Dana Mercer, Bailey Reeves, Delaney McDowell and Mary Witmer came in 12th in 3:53.39. McDowell's 56.93 carry was the fastest among that foursome.

Earlier in the day, Leonzo (15th place, 56.21), Behymer (18th, 56.44) and Reeves (28th, personal-best 58.33) had all competed in the women's 400 dash. Leonzo's time moves the freshman into ninth place in program history.

Witmer also fared well in the women's 400 hurdles, posting a season-best time of 1:01.88 for eighth place.

The Lady Flames' throwers had a successful day, paced by Mychelle Cumings' third-place discus finish (152-6). Holly Arey added a 14th-place finish in the event, reaching 130-10.

Brenna Smith threw the javelin a season-best 138-3 for seventh place, while fellow sophomore Dasiana Larson came in ninth in the women's shot put with an outdoor personal-best heave of 44-0.5. Larson, who added 11 inches to her previous outdoor best, now ranks No. 3 all-time for the Lady Flames.

Terrill Zentmeyer won her heat of the women's 3K and finished 11th overall in a time of 10:23.86. Torree Scull was 12th in 10:25.04, while Aryn Embretson's personal-best 10:39.83 clocking was good for 19th place.

Kat Bouton was the fastest of the Lady Flames' trio of milers, crossing the line in 5:14.16 for 13th place. Alexis Taylor won her heat with a 72.98-second final lap, closing out a personal-best time of 5:14.74 and a 14th-place finish. McDowell followed in 21st place in 5:20.20 while running double her customary distance. Lady Flames Assistant Coach Rebekah Ricksecker placed third in the event, clocking a 4:58.75 mile.

Hannah Scherlacher was the lone Lady Flame to crack the 2:20 barrier in the 800 on Saturday, finishing 23rd in a personal-best time of 2:19.17.

Liberty's "B" team of Enajah Winbush, Leonzo, Rajon Stinnett-Perry and Oasis Hernandez posted a 4 x 100 relay time of 47.88 seconds for 14th place.

Competing in the unseeded section of the women's long jump, Allison Corbin reached 16-10 for eighth place.

Men's Day Three Recap
Fulton's 173-5 discus throw placed third in the event and should put the redshirt senior in contention for a berth at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet. Classmate David Scouten threw a season-best 162-9 for seventh place, while freshman Robert Detz's season-best 141-8 mark netted 17th place.

Sophomore Cameron Francis was the Flames' top finisher on the day, claiming runner-up honors in the men's mile with a personal-best time of 4:14.08. He was followed by Jacob Onifer (11th place, 4:24.09) and Colin Schultz (14th, personal-best 4:25.82).

One day after placing second in the men's steeplechase, Josh Showalter won his heat and finished third overall in the men's 3K. His time of 8:31.57 ranks No. 5 on Liberty's all-time list. Sam Hibbs was 13th in 8:44.69, with Jeremie Bourget clocking 8:45.38 for the 15th position.

The Flames had two runners break 49 seconds in the men's 400, as Stephen Racanelli ran 48.22 for 10th place and Jeff Jacobs clocked 48.93 for 14th place. Jacobs' time improved upon his previous outdoor best by a second.

Jacobs and Racanelli bookended the Flames' top 4 x 400 squad, which also featured Darrel Jones and Michael Todd. The quartet clocked 3:17.35 for seventh place, helped by Todd's 48.76 third leg and Racanelli's 48.24 anchor split.

In Saturday's other men's relay, Ryan Davis, Racanelli, Marquis Gilchrist and Greg Edwards posted a 4 x 100 time of 42.13 seconds to come in 11th.

Carson Waters (fourth place), Alex Geniesse (sixth) and Ken Ritchey (seventh) all cleared 15-1 in the seeded men's pole vault. The effort set a new outdoor personal best for Geniesse.

Ritchey also long jumped for the first time in his collegiate career on Saturday, finishing 11th in the event's unseeded section with a leap of 19-0.5.

Luke Moffett placed fifth in the unseeded men's pole vault, clearing 13-7.25.

In Detz's second event of the day, he threw the shot put 47-11.25 for 15th place.

Blake Kohring's 400 hurdles debut resulted in a time of 55.22 seconds and an 18th-place showing.

Liberty will divide its team between a pair of meets next weekend, with some Flames and Lady Flames competing in the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C., and others bound for the Winthrop Invitational in Rock Hill, S.C. Both meets will take place on Friday and Saturday.