Michael Todd (left) and Jahquez Durham (right) helped Liberty break a program record that had stood for 21 years.
Liberty's Friday at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Built By The Home Depot featured two new school records. Jovaine Atkinson lowered his men's 110 hurdles standard to 13.79, while the men's sprint medley relay squad of Travis Henderson, Jahquez Durham, Alejandro Perlaza Zapata and Michael Todd clocked a program-record time of 3:20.65 at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Men's Day Three Recap The first Flame to compete in Austin on Friday morning, Atkinson set the tone for his team's successful day. The redshirt sophomore All-American improved his men's 110 hurdles program record from 13.93 to 13.79, moving up to No. 3 in Big South Conference history. Atkinson was the fourth-fastest qualifier to Saturday's event final and also earned a trip to the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet in the process.
Henderson, Durham, Perlaza Zapata and Todd's 3:20.65 clocking was good for second in their heat and seventh place overall in the men's sprint medley relay. Unofficial splits were 21.2 for Henderson's 200-meter leg, 21.3 for Durham's 200-meter leg, 45.6 for Perlaza Zapata's 400-meter leg and 1:51.93 for Todd's 800-meter leg.
The previous Liberty men's sprint medley relay record of 3:22.19 had been held by Jacob Swinton, Pasquale Vescio, Hosein Burch and Chuck Lyngaas since 1997.
It was the second race of the day for all four relay record breakers. Earlier, Durham, Todd, Jeff Jacobs and Perlaza Zapata had won their heat and finished 14th overall in the men's 4 x 400 relay prelims. Their 3:11.37 clocking just missed the 3:10.64 required to make the final.
Henderson's personal-best time of 10.64 in the men's 100 dash prelims was the fastest time by a Flame since ConRoy Smith's 10.45 effort at the 2014 Liberty Twilight Qualifier. Teammate Greg Edwards also raced in the 100 prelims, posting a season-best time of 10.96.
Senior Darrel Jones will be heading to the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet in the men's triple jump for the third straight season, thanks to his performance on Friday. The New York native's wind-aided season-best jump of 51-1 was good for sixth place in Section B of the event.
Denzel Pratt reached a season-best 216-4 in the men's javelin, finishing ninth in Section A.
Women's Day Three Recap Ty'Asia Dansbury, Kimone Green, Cortney Dowling and Tanner Ealum teamed up for a season-best women's 4 x 400 relay time of 3:44.57, placing 14th of 39 teams in the event's prelims. They rank as the sixth-fastest quartet in program history.
Competing in a Liberty uniform for just the second time, Paige Demetriades came in 14th in Section A of the women's javelin at 119-7.
Up Next Liberty's first Saturday event at the Texas Relays will be Section B of the women's discus, featuring Chelsea Igberaese and Patria Vaimaona, at 11 a.m. Eastern.
Liberty's triple jumpers (Hannah Andrews, Josh Hammond, Jeremiah McCants, Miranda Moss and Alyssa Smalley) will get the Flames' Saturday at the Raleigh Relays started, as both the men's and women's triple jump competitions begin at noon.