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Houseknecht, Matthews Runners-Up at VMI

March 28, 2009  Lexington, Va.  RSS
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Rachel Houseknecht was the pole vault runner-up, Saturday at the VMI/Washington & Lee Track & Field Carnival.

Rachel Houseknecht was the pole vault runner-up, Saturday at the VMI/Washington & Lee Track & Field Carnival.

Liberty's men's and women's track & field athletes are not slated to compete in either the decathlon or heptathlon until next weekend. However, several Lady Flames got a nice multi-event simulation on Saturday at the inaugural VMI/Washington & Lee Track & Field Carnival, excelling in multiple disciplines at VMI's Foster Stadium.

Jennifer Healey (So., Virginia Beach, Va.), Rachel Houseknecht (R-Fr., Hughesville, Pa.), Krystle Matthews (So., Chesapeake, Va.) and Melanie Sims (Fr., Cleveland Heights, Ohio) all posted more than one top four finish during Saturday's action.

Healey finished third in both the 400-meter hurdles (1:06.93) and the triple jump (36-4.25). The sophomore's triple jump was the longest by a Lady Flame thus far this season.

Houseknecht recorded the best outdoor pole vault clearance of her career, 10-4, nabbing second place in the event. She also clocked a hand-timed 15.6 seconds for fourth place in the 100-meter hurdles.

Matthews was the Lady Flames' other event runner-up on Saturday, tying Washington & Lee's Stacy Doornbos for second place in the 100-meter hurdles. Both runners stopped the watch in 15.4 seconds. Matthews additionally placed fourth in both horizontal jumps. The sophomore long jumped 17-4 and triple jumped 35-11.5.

Sims finished just ahead of Matthews in the long jump, stretching the measuring tape to 17-6. She also earned a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles, in an official time of 1:09.45.

The Lady Flames' final third-place competitor was freshman Laura Haugland (Park Rapids, Minn.), who was successful at 4-10.25 in the high jump.

A pair of Liberty women's athletes posted sixth-place finishes, on the strength of notable personal-best efforts. Ashley Teer (Sr., Abbotsford, British Columbia) crossed the line in 2:17.53 in the 800-meter run, while Bree Knauff (Fr., Bainbridge, Ohio) sent the hammer flying 124-6.

Freshman Isaac Wendland (Charles City, Iowa) was the most impressive performer on the Liberty men's squad on Saturday. He notched a personal-best 1:55.80 to place ninth in a very fast 800-meter field.

Liberty will host its first home track & field meet of the 2009 outdoor season next Friday and Saturday, at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex. The two-day invitational will begin Friday at 1 p.m., with the opening event of the decathlon, the 100-meter dash.