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February 20, 2013
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The Liberty men's indoor track & field team will aim for its 16th consecutive Big South team title, Thursday and Friday.

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The Liberty men's and women's track & field teams will both enter Thursday and Friday's Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships attempting to extend conference championship streaks. The men's squad has captured the team title all 15 times the meet has been contested, while the Lady Flames have won three team crowns in a row.

For the first time, the meet will be contested at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C, a facility which is just over a year old and features a 200-meter flat track. The meet will get started Thursday at 10 a.m., with the heptathlon 60-meter dash. Friday's action will also begin at 10 a.m., with the heptathlon 60-meter hurdles and the women's weight throw.
    
How to Follow the Action
Live event-by-event results are expected to be provided throughout the meet, courtesy of TimingInc.com.

LibertyFlames.com will provide live blog coverage of the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships for the fourth consecutive year. However, the interactive blog will only be available during Friday's events, beginning around 9:30 a.m.

Additionally, periodic meet updates will be posted to the Liberty Flames Twitter account (@libertyflames) throughout both days of competition.

Men's Meet Preview
The Liberty men's track & field team has been dominant ever since the inaugural Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships were held in 1998. The Flames have won 15 straight team titles, marking the longest string of conference championships in any sport in Big South Conference history. It is the second-longest active championship streak in NCAA Division I men's indoor track & field, trailing only Manhattan, which captured its 17th consecutive MAAC indoor crown this past weekend.

Liberty's smallest margin of victory during the streak has been 50 points, in 2006. Last season, the Flames tallied 168 points, outdistancing co-runners-up Charleston Southern and Radford by 70 points apiece.

Thanks to its impressive team depth, Liberty is an overwhelming favorite to capture its 16th Big South indoor crown in a row this week. In the latest Big South indoor track & field performance rankings, the Flames are projected to score 279 points with second-place VMI projected at 105 points.

Individually, redshirt senior Ryan Smith is the top Flame to watch. Last season, he swept the men's shot put and weight throw titles at this meet. The Georgia native is seeded first in both events this season and will aim for his unprecedented fourth consecutive Big South men's shot put crown Thursday afternoon.

Leonard Robbins and Kyle Wheeler were both voted Co-Men's Freshman of the Year at the 2012 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, after Robbins was victorious in the men's 400 and 4 x 400 relay and Wheeler took top honors in the men's high jump. Now sophomores, both will attempt to defend their conference titles this week.

Men's 60-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 4:30 p.m.; Final – Friday at 12:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Javon Young (Charleston Southern) – 6.71 (Third in a row)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Rozzie Johnson (Charleston Southern) – 2nd place
2013 Leader: Rozzie Johnson (Charleston Southern) – 6.74 (Tied for No. 40 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Guifaly Christolin – 2002)
Liberty Entrants: Roderick Spruel, Tarell Williams, Brady Shorey and Maxwell Asante
Outlook: Three-time defending Big South 60-meter dash champion Javon Young has graduated, but Charleston Southern still has a good chance of extending its seven-year streak of winning this event. Buccaneer Rozzie Johnson (6.74), the 2012 runner-up, tops the performance list by 0.17 seconds entering the meet. Liberty also hopes for a strong showing in the 60, as Roderick Spruel (6.91) ranks second to Johnson. Spruel has made the Big South 60-meter dash final during each of the last two seasons, highlighted by a fourth-place finish in 2011.

Men's 200-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 6 p.m.; Final – Friday at 1:40 p.m.
Defending Champion: Javon Young (Charleston Southern) – 20.97 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Rozzie Johnson (Charleston Southern) – 2nd place
2013 Leader: ConRoy Smith (Liberty) – 21.67 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Jeremy Wagner - 2003)
Liberty Entrants: Leonard Robbins, Roderick Spruel and Brady Shorey
Outlook: As in the 60-meter dash, Charleston Southern's Rozzie Johnson placed second to teammate Javon Young in last year's 200-meter final and will now try to make it eight consecutive years that a Buccaneer has won the 200 at the Big South meet. However, Johnson is not the clear-cut favorite that he appears to be in the 60. Radford sophomore Joseph Betts, who came in third in 2012, should also be in the hunt. Liberty's ConRoy Smith owns the conference's fastest seed time in the men's 200 but will not compete at the Big South meet due to injury.

Men's 400-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 5 p.m.; Final – Friday at 11:55 a.m.
Defending Champion: Leonard Robbins (Liberty) – 48.70
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Robbins
2013 Leader: Kaise White (Radford) – 48.66 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Leonard Robbins – 2012)
Liberty Entrants: Andre Washington, Leonard Robbins, Paul Arslain and Kyle Gill
Outlook: Liberty's Leonard Robbins swept the Big South indoor and outdoor 400-meter crowns as a freshman a year ago. However, he will be challenged to win the 400 on Friday, as he is seeded behind Radford's Kaise White and his own teammate Andre Washington entering the championship. White was the runner-up to Robbins in the outdoor 400-meter final in 2012. Liberty has won back-to-back Big South indoor men's 400-meter crowns, including Taylor Courtney's come-from-behind title in 2011 and Robbins' crown last season.

Men's 800-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 5:30 p.m.; Final – Friday at 1 p.m.
Defending Champion: Adam Leroux (Winthrop) – 1:57.66
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Gabe Holguin (Winthrop) – 2nd place
2013 Leader: Josiah Stanton-Brooks (Gardner-Webb) – 1:52.72 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Travis Campbell - 2007)
Liberty Entrants: John Sherret and Trevor Hope
Outlook: The men's 800-meter run looks to be a wide-open event, as none of the expected entrants has ever won a Big South individual event title before. Gardner-Webb's Josiah Stanton-Brooks is the top seed and was the 2011 runner-up, while Winthrop's Gabe Holguin took runner-up honors in 2012. Liberty sophomores John Sherret and Trevor Hope inserted their own names into the championship discussion when both qualified for the IC4A meet during their most recent race at the Liberty Quad.

Men's Mile
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 10:50 a.m.
Defending Champion: Andrey Dmitriev (VMI) – 4:17.50
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Dmitriev
2013 Leader: Benji Szalai (High Point) – 4:11.03 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Sam Chelanga - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Jarred Cornfield, Sam Hibbs, Nate Jones and Caleb Edmonds
Outlook: Defending champion Andrey Dmitriev of VMI is back, but has not been in top form this season. He is seeded only 13th entering the meet, with a converted time of 4:22.05. Four top contenders to watch include High Point's Benji Szalai, Radford's Brian Gorwitz, Campbell's Chris Schulist and Liberty's Jarred Cornfield. Schulist was a close second to Dmitriev a year ago. The Flames' Caleb Edmonds could also be a wild card. He sped to a 4:09 clocking on the 1,600-meter anchor leg of the distance medley at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup but will be running the open mile for the first time in 2013. As a result, Edmonds will have to post a fast time in the slow section of the event and see how it holds up. Last season, Liberty's Andrew Rigler clocked a 4:20.79 in the slow section and was able to place fifth overall.

Men's 3,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 3:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jacob Smith (High Point) – 8:20.71
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Caleb Edmonds (Liberty) – 2nd place
2013 Leader: Caleb Edmonds (Liberty) – 8:14.09
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 11 (Evans Kigen - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Caleb Edmonds, Sam Hibbs, Nate Jones and David Ricksecker
Outlook: Liberty and High Point have combined to win 14 out of 15 men's 3K titles in meet history, and there is a good chance that either a Flame or Panther will win on Thursday. Liberty and High Point runners have combined to clock the eight fastest 3K times in the conference this season, led by Caleb Edmonds' personal-best 8:14.09 from the Tyson Invitational. Edmonds placed second to High Point's Jacob Smith in 2012. With Smith redshirting this season, it could be Edmonds' time to win his first career Big South individual crown. The Flames' David Ricksecker is a darkhorse in this race. He finished fourth in this event in 2012 but has not competed yet this season.

Men's 5,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 2:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jacob Smith (High Point) – 14:30.42
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Caleb Edmonds (Liberty) – 3rd place
2013 Leader: Caleb Edmonds (Liberty) – 14:26.36 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Josh Edmonds - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Josh MacDonald, Jeremie Bourget, Zach Barker and Ngetich Kipchirchir
Outlook: Liberty's Josh MacDonald and High Point's Patrick Crawford, both steeplechasers, are two of the top contenders to claim the men's 5K title, with the Flames' Caleb Edmonds focusing on other events. MacDonald placed fourth in the 5K at the 2012 Big South indoor meet, while Crawford was third in this race outdoors. Ngetich Kipchirchir of the Flames also bears watching, after winning a surprise Big South title at the 10K distance a year ago.

Men's 60-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 3:10 p.m.; Final – Friday at 11:25 a.m.
Defending Champion: Milan Ristic (UNC Asheville) – 7.91
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Ristic
2013 Leader: Milan Ristic (UNC Asheville) – 7.75 (Tied for No. 8 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Matt Parker - 2009)
Liberty Entrants: Andre Washington and Silvanous Parchment
Outlook: The men's 60-meter hurdles promises the best head-to-head showdown at this meet, featuring defending champion Milan Ristic of UNC Asheville and sophomore Vincent Wyatt of Radford. Both have eclipsed the previous Big South 60 hurdles record this season, with Ristic clocking 7.75 seconds and Wyatt running a time of 7.76. Additionally, both Ristic and Wyatt rank among the nation's top 10 60-meter hurdlers in 2013. For Liberty, Andre Washington has improved his personal-best time to 8.33 seconds this season and is seeded third. He will attempt to become the Flames' first All-Big South performer in this event since Matt Parker won the Big South 60 hurdles title in 2009.

Men's 4 x 400 Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 2:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Liberty – 3:14.70
2013 Leader: Charleston Southern – 3:16.21 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (2012)
Outlook: Liberty won the men's 4 x 400 relay in dramatic fashion last season and boasts four of the top eight seeds on the conference 400-meter dash list. However, Charleston Southern has recorded the fastest Big South time of the year in the 4 x 400, by nearly three full seconds.

Men's Distance Medley Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 6:35 p.m.
Defending Champion: Winthrop – 10:09.91
2013 Leader: Liberty – 10:01.85
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (2010)
Outlook: Liberty enters with the conference's fastest seed time in the distance medley relay with its impressive 10:01.85 clocking from the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup. However, it is uncertain who the Flames will run on the relay Thursday evening. The Flames' Caleb Edmonds, who split 4:09 for the 1,600-meter anchor leg at the Sykes-Sabock meet, is unlikely to run since he is already entered in the mile and 3K.

Men's Long Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 3:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Lavon Allen (Charleston Southern) – 24-10.5 (7.58m) (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Braxton Drummond (Charleston Southern) – 2nd place
2013 Leaders: Braxton Drummond (Charleston Southern) – 24-1 (7.34m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Matt Parker - 2008)
Liberty Entrants: Aaron Johnson, Walt Aikens, Kevin Reddington and Tarell Williams
Outlook: Charleston Southern's Braxton Drummond will try to become the third straight Buccaneer to win the Big South indoor men's long jump crown, after Lavon Allen was victorious in 2011 and 2012. Drummond placed second a year ago and is the only conference athlete to sail past 24 feet (24-1) so far this season. Behind him, four Flames have qualified for the IC4A meet this season (Aaron Johnson, Walt Aikens, Kevin Reddington and Tarell Williams), and all four are entered in Thursday's competition. Antonio Wood of VMI has long jumped 23-8 this year, but he will also be competing in the heptathlon while this event is taking place.

Men's Triple Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 12:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Ademola Titcombe (VMI) – 48-3.5 (14.72m)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Avery Coe (Charleston Southern) – 2nd place
2013 Leader: Avery Coe (Charleston Southern) – 48-5.25 (14.76m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Clarence Powell - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Aaron Johnson and Chris Johnson
Outlook: Avery Coe of Charleston Southern is the pre-meet men's triple jump favorite, as he is the conference's top seed at 48-5.25 and finished as the 2012 runner-up. Liberty's twin brothers Aaron and Chris Johnson could also contend. Aaron finished fourth in this event a year ago, while Chris was the 2011 Big South outdoor men's triple jump champion. However, Chris Johnson has not triple jumped for the Flames yet this season.

Men's High Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 12:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Kyle Wheeler (Liberty) – 6-8.75 (2.05m)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Wheeler
2013 Leader: Avion Jones (VMI) – 6-11.75 (2.13m) (Tied for No. 49 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Kyle Wheeler - 2012)
Liberty Entrants: Kyle Wheeler, Walt Aikens, Patrick Donigan and Cody Bingham
Outlook: The last 11 indoor Big South men's high jump champions have hailed from one of the conference's Virginia schools (Liberty, Radford and VMI). That streak is likely to continue, with the top four seeds hailing from the Commonwealth, in VMI's Avion Jones (6-11.75), Liberty's Kyle Wheeler (6-8.25), VMI's Antonio Wood (6-7.5) and Liberty's Walt Aikens (6-6.25). Wheeler is the reigning Big South indoor and outdoor men's high jump champion, but has topped out at 6-8.25 this season. Jones has gone higher than that five times as a freshman. Wood and Aikens are wild cards, as Wood is also entered in the heptathlon, while Aikens will be high jumping for just the fourth time in his collegiate career.

Men's Pole Vault
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Kolby Shepherd (Liberty) – 16-5.25 (5.01m)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Cody Fridgen (Liberty) – 2nd place
2013 Leader: Tyler Samotis (Gardner-Webb) – 16-0.75 (4.90m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 10 (Kolby Shepherd - 2012)
Liberty Entrants: Cody Bingham, Cody Fridgen, Ken Ritchey and Alex Barker
Outlook: Liberty dominated the men's pole vault in the Big South Conference last season, placing 1-2-3-5 indoors and 1-2-3-4 outdoors. A repeat performance will be difficult on Thursday, though, as Gardner-Webb freshman Tyler Samotis has vaulted a conference-best 16-0.75 this season and High Point freshman Austin Miller has gone 15-1. The Flames' Cody Fridgen won the 2010 Big South outdoor pole vault title and was the indoor and outdoor runner-up in 2012. However, Liberty redshirt freshman Cody Bingham is the Flames' top seed, after clearing a career-high 15-9 during the heptathlon at the Liberty Quad. Bingham is not entered in the heptathlon this week, so he can focus on individual events.

Men's Shot Put
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 4:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Ryan Smith (Liberty) – 60-1.75 (18.33m) (Third in a row)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Smith
2013 Leader: Ryan Smith (Liberty) – 58-8 (17.88m) (No. 43 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Ryan Smith - 2012)
Liberty Entrants: Ryan Smith, Jacob DeValve and Andrew Woodley
Outlook: Liberty redshirt senior Ryan Smith is seeded first in the men's shot put by nearly five feet over talented freshman Alex Young of Gardner-Webb. Smith will try to become the first four-time men's shot put champion at this meet and make it a perfect seven-of-seven winning Big South shot put titles during his career, including the indoor and outdoor championships. Smith will also aim to extend Liberty's streak to seven straight years of winning this event. Teammate Jacob DeValve, seeded third, will try to earn his first All-Big South shot put honor and post an IC4A-qualifying mark (51-6.25) in the process.

Men's Weight Throw
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at Noon
Defending Champion: Ryan Smith (Liberty) – 63-6.25 (19.36m)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Smith
2013 Leader: Ryan Smith (Liberty) – 64-4 (19.61m) (No. 33 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 3 (Ryan Smith - 2012)
Liberty Entrants: Ryan Smith
Outlook: Last season, Ryan Smith became the first men's thrower in meet history to sweep the shot put and weight throw titles at the same Big South Championship. He will be challenged to repeat that feat this week. Although he enters with the conference's top throw at 64-4, Smith owns just a 1.5-inch advantage over Gardner-Webb freshman Alex Young. Smith and Young are five feet ahead of any other conference weight thrower this season, however.

Men's Heptathlon
Event Schedule: Day One – Begins Thursday at 10 a.m.; Day Two – Begins Friday at 10 a.m.
Defending Champion: Antonio Wood (VMI) – 5,168
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Wood
2013 Leader: Antonio Wood (VMI) – 5,134 (Converted) (No. 49 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Geren Woodbridge - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Tevan McIntire, Harrison Allen and Matthew Thompson
Outlook: With Liberty's Cody Bingham sitting out the heptathlon this week, VMI's Antonio Wood is a strong favorite to repeat his championship from 2012. Liberty's Harrison Allen finished third a year ago, but teammate Tevan McIntire may be the Flame poised to make a run at a lofty finish this time around. McIntire ranks fourth in the conference this season, despite failing to clear a height in the pole vault at the Liberty Open.

Women's Meet Preview
Every time the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships have been contested, either Liberty or Coastal Carolina has claimed the women's championship trophy. So, it should be no surprise that the Lady Flames and Chanticleers appear to be the top two title contenders once again in 2013.

Last season, Liberty pulled out a 12.5-point victory (187-174.5) over the Chanticleers, extending its streak to three consecutive Big South indoor team titles. However, Coastal Carolina is listed as a 268-226 pre-meet favorite over Liberty in the Big South indoor track & field performance rankings, thanks in large part to the Chanticleers' deep and talented group of sprinters and hurdlers.

Only two Lady Flames will be back to defend their Big South crowns from 2012, including Khristina Kanagy in the 5K and Mychelle Cumings in the shot put. However, Christina Mitchell (high jump and pentathlon) and Shelley Parker (pole vault) have also enjoyed individual event championships at this meet during their careers.

Past Big South 800-meter champion Meghan Burggraf and 2012 ECAC weight throw titlist Jocelyn Williams would both be title contenders in their respective events, but each is redshirting this season.

Women's 60-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 4:15 p.m.; Final – Friday at 12:10 p.m.
Defending Champion: Darriale Henley (Coastal Carolina) – 7.47 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Gabrielle Houston (Charleston Southern) – 2nd place
2013 Leader: Erica Peake (Coastal Carolina) – 7.39 (Tied for No. 27 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 0 (None)
Liberty Entrants: Abigail Flower, Sherri Spruel, Olivia Davis and Brittany Crittenden
Outlook: Coastal Carolina's Darriale Henley, a three-time Big South women's 60-meter dash champion, is out of eligibility. However, the Chanticleers' cupboard is far from empty in this event. At 7.39 seconds, Coastal Carolina's Erica Peake is the conference's top seed and is one of six Chanticleers who rank among the Big South's top 10 performers in the 60. Fortunately for Liberty, only four of them can enter the event at the Big South meet. Gabrielle Houston of Charleston Southern was the 2012 runner-up in this race and sits second on the 2013 performance list. Liberty sophomore Abigail Flower is third on the Big South list at 7.57, putting her just one-hundredth of a second away from Andrea Beckles' school record.

Women's 200-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 5:45 p.m.; Final – Friday at 1:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Gabrielle Houston (Charleston Southern) – 24.14
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Houston
2013 Leader: Erica Peake (Coastal Carolina) – 23.61 (Converted) (Tied for No. 14 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Panthera Seymour - 2001)
Liberty Entrants: Abigail Flower and Kiara Bridges
Outlook: Last season, Charleston Southern's Gabrielle Houston snapped Coastal Carolina's run of seven consecutive seasons winning the Big South indoor women's 200-meter dash title. Houston is back to defend her crown, but Chanticleer Erica Peake is seeded first in the Big South and tied for 14th in the nation in 2013. Liberty's Abigail Flower placed third in both the Big South indoor and outdoor 200-meter dash finals last season and broke the program record with her 24.72 clocking at the Tyson Invitational in her most recent race to earn the event's No. 3 seed.

Women's 400-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 4:45 p.m.; Final – Friday at 11:40 a.m.
Defending Champion: Manika Gamble (High Point) – 56.23
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Sharmaine Barnes (Coastal Carolina) – 3rd place
2013 Leader: Jessica Gelibert (Coastal Carolina) – 55.68 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 3 (Jaime Watson - 2010)
Liberty Entrants: Corinn Bedell, Mary Echols, Kelli Ley and Ansley Gebben
Outlook: Coastal Carolina's Sharmaine Barnes is the top returnee from last year's meet, after she finished third as part of a 2-3-4-5 finish by the Chanticleers. However, Barnes is just the fifth-fastest Coastal Carolina 400-meter runner this season and will not contest the event this week. The Big South performance list is topped by conference leader Jessica Gelibert, who is only a freshman at Coastal Carolina. Liberty will enter a quartet of promising freshmen, led by Corinn Bedell, who is seeded seventh. Another freshman, Ansley Gebben, will be competing in only her second collegiate meet for the Lady Flames. Gebben, who clocked 59.90 in the 400 hurdles in high school, was the Lady Flames' top 400-meter runner at the Liberty Quad.

Women's 800-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 5:15 p.m.; Final – Friday at 12:40 p.m.
Defending Champion: Sarah Gentry (UNC Asheville) – 2:11.40
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Gentry
2013 Leader: Sarah Gentry (UNC Asheville) – 2:12.00
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Meghan Burggraf - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Amanda Wimbush, Lauren Cook, Caitlin Spinks and Christieanna Apon
Outlook: UNC Asheville's Sarah Gentry and Liberty's Meghan Burggraf have waged some memorable battles in the 800-meter run the last couple seasons, but that will not be the case this season with Burggraf redshirting. Gentry, the defending Big South indoor and outdoor 800-meter champion, is the conference's top seed at 2:12.00. Ivana Hughes of Gardner-Webb placed third in this event a year ago. Meanwhile, Liberty's Amanda Wimbush has dropped her indoor personal best to 2:16.34 this season and figures to be near the front of the pack.

Women's Mile
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 10:30 a.m.
Defending Champion: Jennifer Klugh (Liberty) – 5:02.41 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Jacy Christiansen (Liberty) – 4th place
2013 Leader: Jenna Moye (VMI) – 4:55.62 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Jennifer Klugh – 2012)
Liberty Entrants: Jacy Christiansen, Courtney Russo, Katie Russo and Caroline Parris
Outlook: Liberty sophomore Jacy Christiansen is the top returnee in the women's mile, after placing fourth last season. She will try to extend the Lady Flames' streak of winning this event to five straight years. However, Christiansen will have plenty of competition. VMI's Jenna Moye is the conference's top seed by more than seven seconds, but she has not raced in a month. Three Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (Emily Marchini, Letitia Saayman and Shelby Nicosia) are all seeded ahead of Christiansen and hope to give their team an advantage in an event which has been key to Liberty's three straight Big South indoor team titles.

Women's 3,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 3:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jennifer Klugh (Liberty) – 10:03.29 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Jacy Christiansen (Liberty) – 2nd place
2013 Leader: Khristina Kanagy (Liberty) – 10:01.66
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Jennifer Klugh – 2012)
Liberty Entrants: Khristina Kanagy, Jacy Christiansen, Betel Yosef and Jessica Gass
Outlook: Last season, Liberty finished 1-2-3 in the women's 3K final. Although champion Jennifer Klugh has graduated, runner-up Jacy Christiansen and third-place Khristina Kanagy are entered in Thursday afternoon's race. Both will try to become the Lady Flames' fifth consecutive Big South women's 3K titlist, as they are seeded first and second. Two of the top potential contenders, VMI's Jenna Moye and Winthrop's Jeanne Stroud, do not appear on the start list.

Women's 5,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 1:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Khristina Kanagy (Liberty) – 17:43.09
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Kanagy
2013 Leader: Jeanne Stroud (Winthrop) – 16:51.61
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Khristina Kanagy - 2012)
Liberty Entrants: Khristina Kanagy, Jacy Christiansen, Meredith Mistretta and Lyndi Fielitz
Outlook: Liberty's Khristina Kanagy is the defending champion in the 5K, but she could be just part of a potentially star-studded field at the 5K start line. Winthrop's Jeanne Stroud became just the second Big South runner ever to crack the 17:00 barrier indoors with her 16:51.61 clocking at the SPIRE NCAA Division I Track Invitational. Coastal Carolina's Letitia Saayman is the defending Big South 10K champion. Meanwhile, Lauren Blackwell set the High Point women's 5K program record at 17:34.51 earlier this season. Lady Flame sophomore Jacy Christiansen could be in the hunt as well, after finishing fourth a year ago.

Women's 60-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 2:55 p.m.; Final – Friday at 11:10 a.m.
Defending Champion: Mulern Jean (Charleston Southern) – 8.44
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Jean
2013 Leader: Mulern Jean (Charleston Southern) – 8.34 (Tied for No. 28 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Arlene Zelinskas - 2007)
Liberty Entrants: Brittney Webley and Erika Jackson
Outlook: Mulern Jean of Charleston Southern swept the women's indoor 60 hurdles and outdoor 100 hurdles championships as a freshman and is a considerable favorite to win on Friday, after running a conference-best time of 8.34 seconds earlier this season. Behind her, Coastal Carolina boasts four of the top seven seeds in the conference. Liberty's top hopes lie with freshman Brittney Webley, who owns the Big South's ninth-fastest effort this season, 8.94.

Women's 4 x 400 Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 2:35 p.m.
Defending Champion: Charleston Southern – 3:51.97
2013 Leader: Coastal Carolina – 3:45.76
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (2008)
Outlook: If the team conference title comes down to the 4 x 400 relay, Coastal Carolina could be in good shape. The Chanticleers' season-best clocking of 3:45.76 is the best in the conference by a wide margin. If Liberty needs to move up a spot or two near the end of the race, freshman Corinn Bedell has already shown the knack for being a strong finisher on the anchor leg.

Women's Distance Medley Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 6:20 p.m.
Defending Champion: Campbell – 12:07.81
2013 Leader: UNC Asheville – 12:06.06 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (2011)
Outlook: The distance medley relay is always one of the most difficult events to forecast at this meet, because it is unknown which athletes will run for each squad. Liberty won the distance medley relay title in 2011 before placing second to Campbell a year ago, but many of the Lady Flames' mid-distance and distance standouts will already have a heavy load of individual events. UNC Asheville is seeded first entering the meet, but any one of five or six teams could potentially take home the title.

Women's Long Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Patria Norman (Charleston Southern) – 19-3.5 (5.88m)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Erica Peake (Coastal Carolina) – 5th place
2013 Leader: Erica Peake (Coastal Carolina) – 18-10.75 (5.76m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Alyssa Pegues - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Melissa Rohwer, Janae Jones, Christina Mitchell and Brittany Crittenden
Outlook: Coastal Carolina's Erica Peake (fifth place) and Liberty's Melissa Rohwer (sixth place) are the top two returnees from the 2012 Big South indoor women's long jump final, and the same two athletes are seeded first and second entering this year's championship. Peake owns a 6.5-inch lead over Rohwer on the conference performance list with her leap of 18-10.75. This could be one of several swing events between the Chanticleers and Lady Flames, as three Coastal Carolina jumpers and three Liberty athletes rank among the conference's top nine entrants.

Women's Triple Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 10:50 a.m.
Defending Champion: Kierra Gabe (Coastal Carolina) – 40-2.75 (12.26m)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Tamisha Foster (Charleston Southern) – 3rd place
2013 Leader: Janae Jones (Liberty) – 39-11.5 (12.18m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 3 (Mia Aghaji - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Janae Jones, Melissa Rohwer and Erika Jackson
Outlook: Charleston Southern senior Tamisha Foster is the top returnee from the 2012 meet, where she finished third. However, Liberty freshman Janae Jones sits 1.5 inches ahead of Foster atop the conference performance list. Jones, who has sailed out to 39-11.5 this season, is a two-time Big South Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week. Teammate Melissa Rohwer, tied for third in the conference at 39-2.5, gives the Lady Flames a strong 1-2 punch. Rohwer took fifth place in this event as a freshman in 2012.

Women's High Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 11 a.m.
Defending Champion: Kierra Gabe (Coastal Carolina) – 5-7 (1.70m) (Third in a row)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Meredith Foster (UNC Asheville) – 5th place
2013 Leader: Meredith Foster (UNC Asheville) and Kristen Willeford (Liberty) – 5-5.75 (1.67m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Christina Mitchell - 2009)
Liberty Entrants: Kristen Willeford, Audrey Bamford, Christina Mitchell and Riley Brandon
Outlook: With the top four women's high jumpers from the 2012 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championship all absent from Friday's competition, this event should be pretty wide open. Liberty hopes to capitalize and make it a big event. Kristen Willeford (5-5.75) and Audrey Bamford (5-5.25) are two of the three Big South athletes (along with UNC Asheville's Meredith Foster) who have jumped higher than 5-5 this season. Christina Mitchell won this event as a freshman in 2009. Meanwhile, Riley Brandon stepped up to place sixth with a 5-5 clearance at the Big South outdoor meet a year ago. Bamford, Mitchell and Brandon are all entered in the pentathlon, but that event will wrap up on Thursday. Coastal Carolina is young in the high jump this year, with its top three competitors (Latesha Simpson, Raven Hamilton and Kelila Naules) all being freshmen.

Women's Pole Vault
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 1 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jennifer Sing (VMI) – 12-10 (3.91m)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Mary Lawrence (Coastal Carolina) – T-4th place
2013 Leader: Taylor Cook (Gardner-Webb) – 12-0.5 (3.67m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Shelley Parker - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Shelley Parker, Chandler Fraley and Grayson Mack
Outlook: The women's pole vault field will be highlighted by a pair of two-time Big South champions in Coastal Carolina's Mary Lawrence (2010 outdoor and 2012 outdoor) and Liberty's Shelley Parker (2011 indoor and outdoor). However, Gardner-Webb senior Taylor Cook tops the conference list at 12-0.5 this season, ahead of Parker's 11-9.75 and Lawrence's 11-5 season bests.

Women's Shot Put
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Mychelle Cumings (Liberty) – 47-9.25 (14.56m)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Cumings
2013 Leader: Mychelle Cumings (Liberty) – 49-1 (14.96m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Mychelle Cumings - 2012)
Liberty Entrants: Mychelle Cumings, Rachel Barnes and Jennifer Nicholson
Outlook: Liberty's Mychelle Cumings became the first Lady Flame ever to win the Big South indoor shot put title last season, on her way to a sweep of the conference indoor and outdoor crowns as a freshman. She owns the Big South's longest throw again this year, at 49-1, putting her two feet ahead of VMI's Renee Reives atop the conference list. Both Rachel Barnes (43-0.25) and Jennifer Nicholson (42-1.5) are coming off of personal-best efforts at the Liberty Quad and hope to complement Cumings effort in this event, which has only one Coastal Carolina Chanticleer listed in the top 12. Last season, Barnes came in fifth place at this meet, matching her seed entering the 2013 championship.

Women's Weight Throw
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 10 a.m.
Defending Champion: Aimee Veatch (Radford) – 60-3 (18.36m)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Ashlei Alexander (Gardner-Webb) – 5th place
2013 Leader: Daisy Whitaker (Charleston Southern) – 58-8.75 (17.90m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 0 (None)
Liberty Entrants: Mychelle Cumings, Bari Minter, Rachel Barnes and Jennifer Nicholson
Outlook: With 2012 ECAC weight throw champion Jocelyn Williams redshirting the season, Mychelle Cumings is the Lady Flames' top entrant in this event at the No. 7 seed. Cumings, who placed 10th a year ago, is just one centimeter away from hitting the ECAC standard. Charleston Southern's Daisy Whitaker leads the conference at 58-8.75, giving her a comfortable advantage over Gardner-Webb's Ashlei Alexander, who is the top returnee after placing fifth in 2012. Keep your eye on Liberty sophomore Bari Minter, who has displayed rapid improvement in this event this year, going from 43-7 to 44-5.5 to 48-4.75 to 49-2.25 the four times she has competed in the weight throw.

Women's Pentathlon
Event Schedule: Begins Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
Defending Champion: Kristen Hurley (Gardner-Webb) – 3,318
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Hurley
2013 Leader: Christina Mitchell (Liberty) – 3,475 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Christina Mitchell - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Christina Mitchell, Audrey Bamford, Jessica Harrison and Riley Brandon
Outlook: The pentathlon is arguably Liberty's deepest event, as the Lady Flames own six of the top seven spots on the Big South performance list. Liberty will enter conference leader Christina Mitchell, No. 2 seed Audrey Bamford, No. 3 seed Jessica Harrison and No. 5 seed Riley Brandon in Thursday's competition. Mitchell won this event in 2011 before redshirting the 2012 season. In her absence, Bamford came in third and Brandon was fourth. Defending champion Kristen Hurley of Gardner-Webb is expected to try to defend her title and enters as the No. 4 seed.