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Liberty Track to Compete in 3 Time Zones

February 11, 2014
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Freshman Stephen Racanelli is scheduled to run the 200 and 400 at the Don Kirby Collegiate Elite Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.

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The Liberty men's and women's indoor track & field teams will compete in three different time zones this week during their final tuneup for the 2014 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships. The Flames' trio of meets includes the eighth annual Liberty Quad, the Don Kirby Collegiate Elite Invitational and the Husky Classic.

Liberty's final home meet of the 2013-14 indoor season, the Liberty Quad will take place on Thursday and Friday at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center. The meet will feature athletes from Appalachian State, Elon, James Madison, Liberty, Lynchburg College, Richmond and VMI. Action is slated to begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday and at 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

New Mexico will host the Don Kirby Collegiate Elite Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center, site of the 2014 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. The two-day meet is set to begin on Friday at 6 p.m. Eastern.

The Husky Classic, which annually features some of the fastest distance performances in the nation, will be contested at Washington's Dempsey Indoor, a 307-meter track in Seattle. The two-day competition will get started Friday at 7 p.m. Eastern.

How to Follow the Flames and Lady Flames
Live results will be available for all three of Liberty's meets this weekend. In addition, Flotrack will provide live video streaming coverage of the Husky Classic, for a charge.

Liberty Quad Preview
Mapping Out the Multis
A highlight of most Liberty home meets, the multi events will dominate the early part of the Liberty Quad schedule. In fact, the only disciplines scheduled for Thursday are the first four heptathlon disciplines.

Liberty's Tevan McIntire, the third-place finisher in the 2013 Big South heptathlon final, will be making his 2014 heptathlon debut this week.

On the women's side, Lady Flames Audrey Bamford, Riley Brandon, Jessica Harrison and Erika Jackson currently rank first through fourth, respectively, on the Big South pentathlon performance list. All four of them are slated to compete in the pentathlon on Friday.

Mid-Distance Marvels
Friday's first open running event will be a late addition to the schedule, the men's 4 x 800 relay, starting at 3:45 p.m. The Flames will run the event for the first time this season and attempt to qualify for the IC4A meet. The relay will set the stage for what is expected to be a good day of mid-distance competition.

At 6:45, Liberty's John Sherret, Colin Schultz, Jacob Onifer and Trevor Hope will all run the 800, squaring off against reigning Big South indoor men's 800 champion Jacob Lysher of VMI.

Twenty minutes later, Liberty graduate Isaac Wendland, a 2013 NCAA national qualifier at 1,500 meters, will return to the track. He will attempt to pull the Flames' Jarred Cornfield to an IC4A-qualifying performance in the 1,000-meter run. Last year, Wendland ran a facility-record 1,000 time of 2:27.14 at the Liberty Quad.

New Faces to Watch
Two of the newest Flames will compete in their first career home meets, including Constand Van Rooyen in the men's shot put and Kenny Scott in the men's long jump.

Additionally, Kyle Wheeler and Meredith Mistretta will make their 2013-14 indoor season debuts on Friday. Wheeler, a three-time Big South high jump champion, is expected to high jump and long jump. Meanwhile, distance veteran Mistretta is entered in the women's 5K.

Don Kirby Collegiate Elite Invitational Preview
National Aspirations
The Albuquerque Convention Center will play host to the 2014 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 14 and 15. Accordingly, a dozen of the Flames and Lady Flames with the best chances of qualifying for that meet are entered in the Don Kirby Collegiate Elite Invitational.

Liberty's men's entrants include Aklesso Agama (long jump, triple jump), Zach Davis (high jump), Fred Fulton (shot put, weight throw), Stephen Racanelli (200, 400) and David Scouten (weight throw). The Lady Flames set to compete in New Mexico are Meghan Burggraf (800), Mychelle Cumings (shot put), Abigail Flower (60, 200), Ansley Gebben (400), Oasis Hernandez (60, long jump, triple jump), Janae Jones (triple jump) and Jocelyn Williams (shot put, weight throw).

Currently, Cumings and Williams are Liberty's athletes who are the closest to qualifying for the NCAA national meet. Cumings ranks No. 38 nationally in the women's shot put (51-3.75) and Williams sits at No. 38 in the women's weight throw (64-0.25).

Chasing Qualifiers
Several of Liberty's athletes competing in Albuquerque are close to the IC4A/ECAC standards in their respective events. They include Aklesso Agama in the men's long jump (22-7.75 season best; IC4A standard is 23-0.5), Ansley Gebben in the women's 400 (57.05 season best; ECAC standard is 57.04), Oasis Hernandez in the women's long jump (18-7 season best, ECAC standard is 18-8.5) and Jocelyn Williams in the women's shot put (43-10.75 season best, ECAC standard is 44-3.5).

Altitude Adjustment
The Albuquerque Convention Center sits approximately a mile above sea level, a factor which will affect all of this weekend's events to some degree. Liberty's distance runners, who would be most adversely impacted by the thin air at that elevation, will all compete elsewhere this weekend.

Husky Classic Preview
Terrific Trio
Liberty's trio of Jacy Christiansen, Josh MacDonald and Caleb Edmonds enters the Husky Classic in fine form. Christiansen and MacDonald will run 5Ks on Friday, while Edmonds is scheduled to run his first 3K of the season on Saturday.

Christiansen has already set personal bests for the 1,000 (3:05.30), mile (4:54.65) and 3K (9:45.98) this season. Now she appears ready to improve upon her 5K best times of 17:46.29 (indoor) and 17:26.20 (overall) Friday evening, in her season debut at the distance.

MacDonald's personal-best clockings in the mile (4:20.31) and 3K (8:18.38) have both been achieved this season. He is running a 5K for the second week in a row, after winning the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup title with a Big South-leading time of 14:27.31 on Friday.

Saturday's 3K will be Edmonds' longest race of the 2013-14 indoor campaign, after he opened his senior season with a pair of mile races. Most recently, he sped to a personal-best mile time of 4:10.57 on Saturday at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup.

Husky History
Liberty runners have enjoyed success at the Husky Classic in previous years. During the Flames' most recent appearance at the meet, in 2011, Jennifer Klugh set what was then the Liberty and Big South indoor women's 5K record at 16:56.14. The following day, Sam Chelanga automatically qualified for the NCAA national meet with a 3K clocking of 7:50.92.

Current Liberty assistant coach Josh McDougal ran in the 2007 Husky Classic, racing to what was then a program-record 5K time of 13:52.13.