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The Big South champion Liberty men's and women's track & field teams will compete in their second conference meet of the 2013 outdoor campaign this weekend. The Flames and Lady Flames will head to Weaver Track & Field Stadium in Princeton, N.J., Friday through Sunday, for the IC4A and ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
The meet will get started Friday at noon with the ECAC heptathlon. Action begins at 9 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, before the three-day event wraps up Sunday afternoon.
How to Follow the Flames and Lady Flames
Live results will be available throughout the meet, courtesy of Lancer Timing.
Periodic updates will also be posted to the Liberty Flames Twitter account (@libertyflames) during all three days of competition.
The weather forecast calls for a very pleasant day on Friday in Princeton, with a high of 79 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The temperature is expected to drop into the 60s on Saturday and Sunday, with a chance of rain showers both days, especially on Saturday.
Liberty's IC4A Entrants
Cody Bingham – Pole Vault, Decathlon
Jeremie Bourget – 5K
Jacob DeValve – Shot Put
Caleb Edmonds – 5K
Aaron Johnson – 4 x 100, Long Jump
Chris Johnson – Triple Jump
Daniel Klase – Javelin
Josh MacDonald – Steeplechase
ConRoy Smith – 100, 200, 4 x 100
Ryan Smith – Shot Put, Discus, Hammer
Andre Washington – 400 Hurdles, 4 x 100
Isaac Wendland – 1,500
Kyle Wheeler – Long Jump, High Jump
Tarell Williams – 100, 4 x 100, Long Jump
Andrew Woodley – Shot Put
Liberty's ECAC Entrants
Audrey Bamford – Heptathlon
Rachel Barnes – Shot Put
Riley Brandon – Heptathlon
Jacy Christiansen – 3K
Mychelle Cumings – Shot Put, Discus
Olivia Davis – 100
Ansley Gebben – 400 Hurdles
Erika Jackson – Heptathlon
Janae Jones – Triple Jump
Khristina Kanagy – 5K
Meredith Mistretta – 10K
Christina Mitchell – Javelin
Jennifer Nicholson – Discus
Melissa Rohwer – Triple Jump
Brittney Webley – 100 Hurdles, 400 Hurdles
Jocelyn Williams – Discus, Hammer
What Do All of These Letters Stand For?
The acronym ECAC is short for Eastern College Athletic Conference. According to the ECAC website, it "is the nation's largest athletic conference and only multi-divisional conference, with approximately 300 member institutions ranging across 16 states from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Illinois." This weekend's women's meet is officially titled the ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championship.
Meanwhile, the concurrent men's meet is called the IC4A Outdoor Track & Field Championship. IC4A stands for Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America, and the name is only applied to the ECAC's Division I men's championships in cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field.
One school located well outside the traditional ECAC/IC4A footprint will be competing in Princeton this weekend, as BYU has entered both men's and women's athletes in the meet.
Tracking the Team Battles
The Liberty men's squad has fared well at the IC4A outdoor meet in recent years, winning back-to-back championships in 2007 and 2008 before finishing second in both 2009 and 2010. The Flames will look to improve upon their tie for 11th place at the 2012 IC4A Outdoor Track & Field Championship.
The Lady Flames placed seventh a year ago, matching the team's highest finish in ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championship history (also 2007).
Christina Mitchell and Jocelyn Williams both enter this weekend's meet with past ECAC event titles to their credit, although neither will compete in those events at Princeton. Mitchell was the 2011 ECAC heptathlon champion, while Williams won the 2012 ECAC weight throw crown.
This week, Mitchell is slated to throw the javelin, with Williams entered in the discus and hammer.
Six Liberty athletes will be making their debut at the IC4A/ECAC level, including Andrew Woodley in the IC4A shot put and Lady Flames Rachel Barnes (shot put), Olivia Davis (100), Ansley Gebben (400 hurdles), Erika Jackson (heptathlon) and Meredith Mistretta (10K).
Big South's Best
A total of eight Flames and Lady Flames are entered in IC4A/ECAC events in which they captured Big South titles last month. The list includes Cody Bingham (men's pole vault), Mychelle Cumings (women's shot put and discus), Caleb Edmonds (men's 5K), Chris Johnson (men's triple jump), Christina Mitchell (women's javelin), Ryan Smith (men's shot put), Andre Washington (men's 400 hurdles) and Isaac Wendland (men's 1,500).
Last season, Liberty's Melinda Bendik successfully completed the Big South/ECAC championship sweep in the women's hammer.
The IC4A/ECAC entry lists will not be made public until Friday, but eight Liberty athletes rank among the top 12 in their respective events on the IC4A and ECAC seasonal performance lists.
On the men's side, the list features Ryan Smith (No. 4 in shot put and No. 10 in hammer), Josh MacDonald (No. 4 in steeplechase), Andre Washington (No. 4 in 400 hurdles), Caleb Edmonds (No. 12 in 5K) and Chris Johnson (No. 12 in triple jump).
Tradition of Excellence
Liberty will be well-represented in the ECAC heptathlon and IC4A decathlon, two events where it has a rich tradition at this meet. The Flames have captured 12 IC4A decathlon titles and two ECAC heptathlon crowns in meet history.
This year, Liberty's four multi-event entrants are all freshmen and sophomores. Redshirt freshman Cody Bingham will compete in the second decathlon of his collegiate career, after scoring 6,785 points in his debut at the Texas Relays.
At the 2013 IC4A and ECAC Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, Bingham placed eighth in the IC4A heptathlon with Bamford finishing eighth in the ECAC pentathlon.
Last Call for Greensboro
The IC4A and ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships will provide athletes' final opportunities to qualify for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, slated for May 23-25 in Greensboro, N.C.
This weekend, the following Liberty athletes currently on the NCAA "bubble" will be looking to improve their chances at receiving one of the 48 bids to Greensboro, which will be announced on May 16 at 1 p.m.
Cody Bingham – men's pole vault
Ansley Gebben – women's 400 hurdles
Aaron Johnson – men's long jump
Janae Jones – women's triple jump
Daniel Klase – men's javelin
Jennifer Nicholson – women's discus
Melissa Rohwer – women's triple jump
Isaac Wendland – men's 1,500
Kyle Wheeler – men's high jump
Jocelyn Williams – women's hammer
Meanwhile, the following Flames and Lady Flames already look like pretty safe bets to compete in Greensboro.
Mychelle Cumings – women's shot put and discus
Caleb Edmonds – men's 5K
Chris Johnson – men's triple jump
Josh MacDonald – men's steeplechase
Christina Mitchell – women's javelin
Ryan Smith – men's shot put and hammer
Andre Washington – men's 400 hurdles
Jocelyn Williams – women's discus