Mary Witmer competed in two events in her home state on Thursday, helping the Lady Flames make the ECAC final of the women's 4 x 400 and running the 400 hurdles.
Liberty's women's 4 x 400 relay quartet of Nicole Leonzo, Mary Witmer, Tanner Ealum and Olivia Behymer qualified to Saturday's ECAC final, highlighting the Flames' performances on the opening day of the 123rd Penn Relays, Thursday at Franklin Field.
Leonzo, Witmer, Ealum and Behymer clocked a time of 3:46.96 in the prelims, placing 25th of 71 squads and advancing to the ECAC final, Saturday at 5:45 p.m. They also became the eighth fastest 4 x 400 grouping in program history.
Witmer had also competed in the women's 400 hurdles about eight and a half hours earlier Thursday morning, placing 27th of 53 entrants with her time of 1:01.57.
Brooke Turner, Ealum, Delaney McDowell and Anna Van Wyk became the third fastest women's distance medley relay quartet in Liberty and Big South history with their clocking of 11:37.64, which placed fourth in their section of the event. Unofficial splits were 3:37 for Turner (1,200 meters), 54.1 for Ealum (400), 2:11 for McDowell (800) and 4:53 for Van Wyk (1,600). Liberty posted a pair of 11th-place finishes in women's throwing events, including Dasiana Larson (182-4) in the women's hammer championship section and Holly Arey (146-7) in the women's discus college section.
Larson and Arey each competed in multiple events on the day, as Larson threw the shot put 44-11.5 for 17th place in the event's college section. Meanwhile, Arey was 20th in the college section of the hammer at 165-2 and 47th in the college section of the shot put with a mark of 39-3.25.
Rounding out the throws, Catherine Oyarzun came in 29th in the women's hammer college section with a 147-11 heave.
Dana Mercer long jumped 18-2.25, finishing 16th of 41 women's long jumpers in the college section.
Up Next The Penn Relays will resume Friday at 9 a.m. Ryan Davis and Blake Kohring will compete in the day's first event, the men's 400 hurdles.