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2013 Big South Outdoor Track - Women's Preview

April 17, 2013
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Christina Mitchell will attempt to defend her Big South titles in the women's javelin and heptathlon.

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For the first time since 2007, Liberty will host the Big South Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Thursday through Saturday at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex. This week's meet will mark the 20th Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships and the seventh time the event has been contested in Lynchburg.

The Liberty men's squad will aim for its seventh consecutive team championship at this meet. A victory would also wrap up the Flames' seventh straight Big South "Triple Crown," after Liberty previously captured Big South titles in men's cross country and men's indoor track & field this year.

Meanwhile, the Lady Flames will attempt to recapture the Big South outdoor team championship, which they most recently claimed in 2010. Coastal Carolina has won two outdoor women's titles in a row and seven of the last nine championships.

The Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships will begin Thursday at 11 a.m., with the men's hammer. The three-day meet is scheduled to conclude at approximately 4:35 p.m. Saturday, with the men's 4 x 400 relay wrapping up the championship.

All events, with the exception of the men's and women's hammer, will be contested within the newly-renovated Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex. The hammer throw will take place on Liberty's Campus East.

Liberty has swept the men's and women's team titles each of the previous six times it has hosted the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including the inaugural event in 1994, as well as 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002 and 2007.
    
How to Follow the Action
All three days of competition will be video streamed live on the Big South Network, for a small fee.

Live results will be available throughout the meet.

Periodic updates will also be posted to the official Liberty Flames Twitter account (@libertyflames).

Weather Report
Thursday is forecasted to be the nicest day of the meet, weather-wise, with a high of 82 degrees under partly cloudy skies. The weather will be more unsettled Friday, with a high of 76, a steady south breeze and scattered thunderstorms. Saturday's weather is supposed to produce afternoon sunshine with a high of 64 degrees.

Women's Meet Preview
In 10 of the last 11 seasons, Liberty and Coastal Carolina have claimed the women's team championship and runner-up trophies at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships. So, it should be no surprise that the Lady Flames and Chanticleers are expected to battle it out for first place once again this weekend. Coastal Carolina enters the meet ranked No. 10 in the Southeast Region, followed closely by Liberty at No. 11.

Coastal Carolina has won seven of the last nine women's team crowns at this meet, including a hard-fought 234-214.5 home victory over Liberty a year ago. The Lady Flames' most recent outdoor championship came in 2010 at Charleston Southern, sealing Liberty's Big South "Double Triple." In February, the Chanticleers ended the Lady Flames' string of three consecutive Big South indoor titles with a 182-142 victory.

If Liberty hopes to win the team championship this weekend, it will need a big performance from its throwers. Last season, the Lady Flames took first place in all four throwing events. Three of those conference champions are back in 2013, including Mychelle Cumings (shot put and discus) and Christina Mitchell (javelin). A sophomore, Cumings has already won four Big South event titles during her career and is seeded first in the shot put and discus.

Mitchell will have a busy schedule this weekend, as the redshirt senior also attempts to become the first woman ever to capture three consecutive Big South heptathlon championships. She enters the meet as a five-time Big South event champion and a nine-time All-Big South honoree.

Led by past Big South indoor event champions Jacy Christiansen and Khristina Kanagy, the Lady Flames are also poised to score well in the distance events. Both Christiansen and Kanagy will be in search of their first Big South outdoor titles.

Women's 100-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 4 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:05 p.m.
Defending Champion: Erica Peake (Coastal Carolina) – 11.75
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Peake
2013 Indoor Champion (60 Meters): Erica Peake (Coastal Carolina) – 7.39
2013 Leader: Erica Peake (Coastal Carolina) – 11.58
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Panthera Seymour - 2000)
Liberty Entrants: Abigail Flower, Olivia Davis, Sherri Spruel and Asten Lopez
Outlook: The top two seeds in the women's 100-meter dash, Erica Peake of Coastal Carolina and Gabrielle Houston of Charleston Southern, will each be seeking their second career Big South title in this event. Peake is the defending champion, while Houston won in 2010. Liberty sophomore Abigail Flower is seeded third, after dropping her personal-best time to 11.75 seconds at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational. Flower, who finished third to Peake and Houston in 2012, hopes to partially offset an expected strong showing by Coastal Carolina. Five Chanticleers rank among the conference's top seven athletes in the 100-meter dash.

Women's 200-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 6 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 3:20 p.m.
Defending Champion: Erica Peake (Coastal Carolina) – 23.70
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Peake
2013 Indoor Champion: Erica Peake (Coastal Carolina) – 24.07
2013 Leader: Erica Peake (Coastal Carolina) – 23.35
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Panthera Seymour - 1999)
Liberty Entrants: Abigail Flower, Olivia Davis, Sherri Spruel and Brittany Crittenden
Outlook: Coastal Carolina senior Erica Peake is a considerable favorite at the 200-meter distance, as she is the reigning Big South indoor and outdoor champion in the event and ranks No. 19 nationally at 23.35 seconds. Liberty's Abigail Flower placed third in 2012 as a freshman and is seeded No. 2 this year, with a personal-best 24.21 clocking. CSU's Gabrielle Houston, who finished second behind Peake in 2012, has yet to race a 200-meter dash during the 2013 outdoor campaign but is entered this weekend. This is another strong event for Coastal Carolina, with eight Chanticleers listed among the Big South's top 11.

Women's 400-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 3:25 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 1:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Ivana Hughes (Gardner-Webb) – 55.81
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Hughes
2013 Indoor Champion: Jessica Gelibert (Coastal Carolina) – 56.66
2013 Leader: Qwontajah Thompson (Coastal Carolina) – 54.74
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Jaime Watson - 2010)
Liberty Entrants: Corinn Bedell, Kelli Ley, Le'Ambre Punch and Angela Bosco
Outlook: Coastal Carolina freshman Jessica Gelibert captured the Big South indoor women's 400-meter dash crown in February, but has focused on the 400 hurdles during the outdoor season. As a result, the indoor runner-up (Coastal Carolina's Qwontajah Thompson) and third-place finisher (Campbell's Lynette Akai) are the top two seeds entering the meet. Akai fared well in her first race at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex this season, winning the 400 at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational. Gardner-Webb's Ivana Hughes, the defending champion, is seeded No. 6. Liberty freshman Corinn Bedell will look to build upon a fifth-place finish at the Big South indoor meet.

Women's 800-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 4:40 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:20 p.m.
Defending Champion: Sarah Gentry (UNC Asheville) – 2:11.99
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Gentry
2013 Indoor Champion: Sarah Gentry (UNC Asheville) – 2:12.38
2013 Leader: Sarah Gentry (UNC Asheville) – 2:08.96
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 10 (Meghan Burggraf - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Amanda Wimbush, Lauren Cook, Christieanna Apon and Caitlin Spinks
Outlook: With Liberty's Meghan Burggraf redshirting the season, Asheville's Sarah Gentry is a prohibitive favorite in the 800. The defending Big South indoor and outdoor champion has lowered her school-record time to 2:08.96, putting her more than four seconds ahead of her nearest conference rival. The Lady Flames' Amanda Wimbush sits second on the conference performance list, after lowering her personal best to 2:13.39 at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational. She will aim to improve upon her fifth-place finish from 2012. Gardner-Webb's Ivana Hughes, the 2013 Big South indoor runner-up, also figures to contend.

Women's 1,500-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 2 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 12:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jennifer Klugh (Liberty) – 4:29.87 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Jenna Moye (VMI) – 5th place
2013 Indoor Champion (Mile): Jenna Moye (VMI) – 5:04.43
2013 Leader: Shelby Nicosia (Coastal Carolina) – 4:33.54
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Jennifer Klugh - 2012)
Liberty Entrants: Jacy Christiansen, Courtney Russo, Stephanie Buda and Katie Russo
Outlook: VMI's Jenna Moye is the top returnee in the women's 1,500, after finishing fifth in 2012. She captured the Big South indoor mile title in February and is seeded No. 2 in the conference at 4:35.97. Coastal Carolina's Shelby Nicosia, who came in sixth a year ago, is the No. 1 seed with a 4:33.54 clocking. Liberty sophomore Jacy Christiansen will try to offset the loss of the graduated Jennifer Klugh, who was victorious in the Big South 1,500-meter run in 2011 and 2012. Christiansen, who came in third in the Big South indoor mile, is the conference's No. 6 seed at 4:40.64.

Women's 3,000-Meter Steeplechase
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 6:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Adrienne Cuff (Charleston Southern) – 11:00.69
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Cuff
2013 Leader: Emma Bussard (UNC Asheville) – 10:40.79
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Hailey Neal – 2010)
Liberty Entrants: Betel Yosef, Jessica Gass, Caroline Parris and Kaitlyn Hutchins
Outlook: Charleston Southern's Adrienne Cuff will attempt to become the first back-to-back women's steeplechase champion in meet history. However, Emma Bussard of UNC Asheville will be tough to beat after racing to a time of 10:40.79 at the Duke Invitational. Liberty senior Betel Yosef, who placed a close third in the 2012 final, is seeded sixth with a time of 11:11.33.

Women's 5,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 3:40 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jennifer Klugh (Liberty) – 17:25.87
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Letitia Saayman (Coastal Carolina) – 2nd place
2013 Indoor Champion: Jeanne Stroud (Winthrop) – 17:10.55
2013 Leader: Jeanne Stroud (Winthrop) – 17:07.49
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Jennifer Klugh - 2012)
Liberty Entrants: Khristina Kanagy, Jacy Christiansen, Meredith Mistretta and Betel Yosef
Outlook: The 5K is always tough to project, since it is the meet's next-to-last running event. As a result, it is uncertain which athletes will start the race and most competitors will already have previous races under their belts. Winthrop's Jeanne Stroud captured the Big South indoor 5K title and is seeded first at 17:07.49. Coastal Carolina's Letitia Saayman is the top returnee from 2012, after notching a runner-up finish a year ago. Liberty's Khristina Kanagy is a past Big South indoor 5K champion. Meanwhile, Asheville's Emma Bussard was competitive with Stroud at the Charlotte 49er Classic while posting a time of 17:12.68.

Women's 10,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 8:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Letitia Saayman (Coastal Carolina) – 36:30.13
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Saayman
2013 Leader: Jeanne Stroud (Winthrop) – 35:10.44
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Dacia Bushman - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Khristina Kanagy, Meredith Mistretta, Lyndi Fielitz and Chelsea Page
Outlook: Prior to this season, only seven Big South women had ever run 36:00 or faster in the 10K. Four conference athletes accomplished the feat in the same race at the Raleigh Relays, setting the stage for a competitive race Thursday evening. Winthrop's Jeanne Stroud led the way that day at 35:10.44 and will look to build upon her indoor 5K conference title. Liberty's Khristina Kanagy, the conference runner-up in 2012, was next at 35:21.97. Defending Big South champion Letitia Saayman followed Kanagy closely in 35:23.37. High Point's Kelsey Hunt rounded out the quartet, racing to a school-record time of 36:00.70.

Women's 100-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 2:45 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 1:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Mulern Jean (Charleston Southern) – 13.45
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Jean
2013 Indoor Champion (60 Hurdles): Mulern Jean (Charleston Southern) – 8.57
2013 Leader: Mulern Jean (Charleston Southern) – 13.46
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Olivia Charnuski - 2011)
Liberty Entrant: Brittney Webley
Outlook: Charleston Southern sophomore Mulern Jean captured the 2012 Big South women's 100 hurdles crown in a conference-record time of 13.45 seconds and is favored to repeat in 2013. Behind her, four Coastal Carolina hurdlers have notched times below 14.30 in 2013, led by last year's third-place finisher, Ashley Davis (13.77). Liberty's lone entrant is freshman Brittney Webley, who is seeded eighth at 14.35, just 0.01 second away from the ECAC standard.

Women's 400-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 5:15 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Manika Gamble (High Point) – 59.56 (Fourth in a row)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Christina Davis (Coastal Carolina) – 3rd place
2013 Leader: Jessica Gelibert (Coastal Carolina) – 58.25
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Arlene Zelinskas - 2007)
Liberty Entrants: Brittney Webley, Ansley Gebben, Mary Echols and Christina Mitchell
Outlook: Manika Gamble of High Point dominated the 400-meter hurdles in the Big South Conference during her career, winning four straight titles. Upon her graduation, this year's conference performance list features all freshmen and sophomores in the first eight spots. Leading the way is Coastal Carolina freshman Jessica Gelibert. The indoor Big South Women's Freshman of the Year has already broken Gamble's conference record with a time of 58.25 seconds, ranking the rookie No. 16 nationally in the event. Teammate Christina Davis sits No. 2 in the conference after finishing third in 2012. Liberty is paced by the freshman duo of Brittney Webley (No. 4 seed) and Ansley Gebben (No. 5 seed). Gebben, previously a member of the Liberty volleyball team, clocked a time of 59.90 seconds in high school. Her top effort this season is 1:02.89. The Lady Flames' Christina Mitchell will contest the 400 hurdles for the first time this season. She placed third in the event at the 2011 Big South meet.

Women's 4 x 100 Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Coastal Carolina – 45.63 (Second in a row)
2013 Leader: Coastal Carolina – 45.24
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (2007)
Outlook: Led by Erica Peake, Coastal Carolina is a significant favorite to win its third Big South women's 4 x 100 crown in succession on Saturday. The Chanticleers raced to a season-best time of 45.24 seconds at the UNF Invitational, putting them well ahead of Charleston Southern's top 2013 clocking of 46.99. The 2012 Big South runner-up, Liberty clocked a season-best time of 47.25 at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational and is seeded fourth in the conference.

Women's 4 x 400 Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 4:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Coastal Carolina – 3:45.72 (Second in a row)
2013 Indoor Champion: Coastal Carolina – 3:47.78
2013 Leader: Coastal Carolina – 3:38.24
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (2004)
Outlook: Coastal Carolina set the Big South 4 x 400 relay record with its time of 3:38.24 at the Auburn Tiger Classic, putting the Chanticleers in good position to claim their third straight conference title in this event. Liberty also looks for a strong showing after displaying impressive depth at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational. The Lady Flames' "A" and "B" teams swept the top two spots in the race, led by the "A" squad's season-best clocking of 3:54.43.

Women's Long Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 4 p.m.
Defending Champion: Erica Peake (Coastal Carolina) – 19-1.5 (5.83m)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Peake
2013 Indoor Champion: Erica Peake (Coastal Carolina) – 19-2.75 (5.86m)
2013 Leader: Latesha Simpson (Coastal Carolina) – 18-10.5 (5.75m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Danielle McNaney - 2003)
Liberty Entrants: Melissa Rohwer, Janae Jones and Brittany Crittenden
Outlook: Erica Peake, the reigning Big South indoor and outdoor women's long jump champion, headlines Coastal Carolina's strong contingent in the event. She currently ranks second in the conference behind freshman teammate Latesha Simpson's 18-10.5 leap. At this year's Big South indoor meet, Peak, Kelila Naules and Simpson finished 1-2-4, scoring 23 big points for the Chanticleers. Charleston Southern senior Patria Norman could also contend, after winning the 2010 and 2011 Big South outdoor long jump crowns. Liberty's Melissa Rohwer and Janae Jones came in fifth and seventh, respectively, indoors.

Women's Triple Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at Noon
Defending Champion: Mia Aghaji (Liberty) – 41-0.5 (12.51m) (Third in a row)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Tamisha Foster (Charleston Southern) – 4th place
2013 Indoor Champion: Tamisha Foster (Charleston Southern) – 40-9.75 (12.44m)
2013 Leader: Tamisha Foster (Charleston Southern) – 41-0.25 (12.50m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Mia Aghaji - 2012)
Liberty Entrants: Janae Jones and Melissa Rohwer
Outlook: Charleston Southern's Tamisha Foster has stamped herself as the favorite in the women's triple jump, as she is the top returnee from 2012 (fourth place), the 2013 Big South indoor champion and the top seed during the 2013 outdoor season at 41-0.25. Behind her, Liberty hopes for a nice quantity of points from Janae Jones and Melissa Rohwer. Jones placed second and Rohwer third at this year's Big South indoor meet. Jones is currently seeded second to Foster at 39-8.75.

Women's High Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 3:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Kierra Gabe (Coastal Carolina) – 5-9.25 (1.76m)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Meredith Foster (UNC Asheville) – 4th place
2013 Indoor Champion: Kristen Willeford (Liberty) – 5-5 (1.65m)
2013 Leader: Latesha Simpson (Coastal Carolina) – 5-7 (1.70m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Mia Aghaji - 2008)
Liberty Entrants: Kristen Willeford, Riley Brandon, Audrey Bamford and Sadalia Ellis
Outlook: Friday's women's high jump competition will be an intriguing event. Liberty's Kristen Willeford was somewhat of a surprise conference champion indoors and enters as the No. 2 seed behind Coastal Carolina's Latesha Simpson (5-7). Also expected to be in the mix are a pair of multi-event athletes and a pair of multi-sport competitors. Liberty's Audrey Bamford and Riley Brandon will both high jump after completing the heptathlon. Asheville's Meredith Foster, who also plays volleyball for the Bulldogs, placed second to Willeford at the Big South indoor meet. Meanwhile, Liberty freshman Sadalia Ellis will be a wild card. She cleared 5-7 in high school, but will be competing in just her second meet after playing point guard for the Lady Flames on the hardwood.

Women's Pole Vault
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 3:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Mary Lawrence (Coastal Carolina) – 12-5.5 (3.80m)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Lawrence
2013 Indoor Champion: Mary Lawrence (Coastal Carolina) – 11-9 (3.58m)
2013 Leader: Mary Lawrence (Coastal Carolina) – 12-1.5 (3.70m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Shelley Parker – 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Shelley Parker and Chandler Fraley
Outlook: The women's pole vault will feature three past Big South champions, led by three-time titlist Mary Lawrence of Coastal Carolina (2010 outdoor, 2012 outdoor and 2013 indoor). Liberty senior Shelley Parker swept the 2011 indoor and outdoor conference titles, while VMI's Kate Collins was the 2010 indoor champion. Lawrence is the lone Big South vaulter to go over 12 feet so far in 2013, clearing 12-1.5 at the Chanticleer Classic this past weekend.

Women's Shot Put
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Mychelle Cumings (Liberty) – 50-6.25 (15.40m)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Cumings
2013 Indoor Champion: Mychelle Cumings (Liberty) – 51-4.25 (15.65m)
2013 Leader: Mychelle Cumings (Liberty) – 49-11.75 (15.23m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Mychelle Cumings - 2012)
Liberty Entrants: Mychelle Cumings, Rachel Barnes, Jennifer Nicholson and Jocelyn Williams
Outlook: Liberty sophomore Mychelle Cumings has been the class of Big South women's shot putters during her first two seasons, winning two indoor conference titles and one outdoor championship. She is favored to add to her collection of hardware on Friday, as her season-best mark of 49-11.75 is more than four feet longer than that of her closest conference rival, VMI's Renee Reives. The Lady Flames also hope for points from Rachel Barnes (No. 4 seed), Jennifer Nicholson (No. 6) and Jocelyn Williams (No. 10) in an event where they have a decided advantage over Coastal Carolina on paper.

Women's Discus
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Mychelle Cumings (Liberty) – 159-6 (48.61m)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Cumings
2013 Leader: Mychelle Cumings (Liberty) – 164-0 (50.00m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Mychelle Cumings - 2012)
Liberty Entrants: Mychelle Cumings, Jocelyn Williams and Jennifer Nicholson
Outlook: Liberty has undergone a rapid renaissance in the women's discus. The Lady Flames scored only one point in the event in 2011 and had never won a Big South discus title until Mychelle Cumings' conference championship a year ago. This season, Liberty's Cumings (164-0), Jocelyn Williams (163-10) and Jennifer Nicholson (153-2) rank 1-2-3 entering the Big South meet. Coastal Carolina senior Anjulia Nicholson appears to have the best chance of breaking up a potential Lady Flames sweep of the podium. She placed second to Cumings in 2012 and has thrown 146-9 this season. VMI's Mary Grace Lemon was the 2011 Big South women's discus champion as a freshman.

Women's Javelin
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 10:30 a.m.
Defending Champion: Christina Mitchell (Liberty) – 144-7 (44.07m)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Mitchell
2013 Leader: Christine Rickert (High Point) – 156-9 (47.78m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Christina Mitchell - 2012)
Liberty Entrants: Christina Mitchell, Jennifer Nicholson, Nicole Bishop and Riley Brandon
Outlook: Liberty's Christina Mitchell is the defending Big South women's javelin champion and has boosted her school record to 151-4 this season. However, she faces a couple notable challenges in her attempt to defend her title. First, she will be throwing the javelin in the midst of her second day of heptathlon competition. Second, she will face High Point standout freshman Christine Rickert, who threw a school-record and conference-leading 156-9 to win the javelin competition at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational. Behind Mitchell, Jennifer Nicholson (No. 6 seed), Nicole Bishop (No. 7) and Riley Brandon (No. 9) will also aim to score points for the Lady Flames.

Women's Hammer
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 1:30 p.m. (Campus East)
Defending Champion: Melinda Bendik (Liberty) – 189-7 (57.79m)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Jessica Dunston (Campbell) – 3rd place
2013 Indoor Champion (Weight): Jessica Dunston (Campbell) – 56-4 (17.17m)
2013 Leader: Daisy Whitaker (Charleston Southern) – 185-3 (56.46m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Melinda Bendik - 2012)
Liberty Entrants: Jocelyn Williams, Jennifer Nicholson and Bari Minter
Outlook: Charleston Southern's Daisy Whitaker owns the Big South's best mark in the women's hammer this season by more than 11 feet over Gardner-Webb's Ashlei Alexander, at 185-3. Three other potential contenders went head-to-head at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational, with Campbell's Jessica Dunston winning, Liberty's Jocelyn Williams placing second and Radford's Ashlen Veatch coming in third. Dunston placed third a year ago and won the Big South weight throw title in 2013. Veatch is the younger sister of three-time Big South women's hammer champion Aimee Veatch (2009, 2010, 2011), also of the Highlanders.

Women's Heptathlon
Event Schedule: Day One – Begins Thursday at 2 p.m.; Day Two – Begins Friday at 11:30 a.m.
Defending Champion: Christina Mitchell (Liberty) – 4,513 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2012 Meet: Mitchell
2013 Indoor Champion (Pentathlon): Kristen Hurley (Gardner-Webb) – 3,487
2013 Leader: Riley Brandon (Liberty) – 4,446
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Christina Mitchell - 2012)
Liberty Entrants: Riley Brandon, Audrey Bamford, Erika Jackson and Christina Mitchell
Outlook: Liberty has won the Big South heptathlon title eight times in the 12 years it has been contested, and two-time defending champion Christina Mitchell will attempt to become the first Big South competitor ever to win three heptathlon crowns in a row. However, neither she nor perennial contender Patria Norman of Charleston Southern has completed a heptathlon at this stage of the season. Liberty's Riley Brandon (4,446 points), Audrey Bamford (4,343) and Erika Jackson (4,011) rank 1-2-3 on the current conference performance list. Gardner-Webb's Kristen Hurley should also be in the hunt, after winning back-to-back Big South indoor pentathlon crowns.