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Liberty Men's Indoor Track Tabbed as BSC Favorite
The Liberty men's indoor track & field team was a unanimous pick to win its 17th consecutive Big South title, as voted upon by the conference's head coaches. Meanwhile, the Lady Flames were tabbed second behind Coastal Carolina.
Head coach Brant Tolsma's men's squad, which has won all 16 Big South indoor team championships ever contested, took all eight first-place votes and 72 points. High Point, the 2013 runner-up, received 63 points for second place, followed by Charleston Southern in third place with 43 points. VMI (fourth place, 42 points) and Gardner-Webb (fifth place, 40 points) rounded out the men's top five.
Campbell finished with 36 points for the sixth position, just two points ahead of seventh-place Radford's 34 tallies. Similarly, there was a two-point spread between eighth place (Winthrop, 15 points) and ninth place (UNC Asheville, 13 points).
Defending women's champion Coastal Carolina was picked to repeat in 2014, garnering nine out of 10 first-place votes and 99 of a possible 100 points. After finishing second last season, Liberty was placed in the same spot to open the 2013-14 campaign, earning the other first-place votes and 91 points.
Charleston Southern was projected for third place in the women's championship with 75 points, with Gardner-Webb (fourth place, 62 points) and Campbell (fifth place, 60 points) following.
High Point collected 55 points for sixth place, while Radford and UNC Asheville shared the seventh position with 32 points each. Winthrop's 23 points were good for ninth place, with VMI's 21 markers putting the Keydets in 10th.
The 2013-14 indoor track & field season officially got underway in the Big South Conference on Wednesday and Thursday, when High Point, Liberty and Radford all had athletes compete in the Liberty Kickoff at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center.
The 2014 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships will be contested inside Virginia Tech's Rector Fieldhouse in Blacksburg, Va., Feb. 28 and March 1.
2013-14 Big South Conference Men's Indoor Track & Field Preseason Poll
1) Liberty (8 first place votes) – 72 points
2) High Point – 63
3) Charleston Southern – 43
4) VMI – 42
5) Gardner-Webb – 40
6) Campbell – 36
7) Radford – 34
8) Winthrop – 15
9) UNC Asheville – 13
2013-14 Big South Conference Women's Indoor Track & Field Preseason Poll
1) Coastal Carolina (9 first-place votes) – 99 points
2) Liberty (1) – 91
3) Charleston Southern – 75
4) Gardner-Webb – 62
5) Campbell – 60
6) High Point – 55
7T) Radford – 32
7T) UNC Asheville – 32
9) Winthrop – 23
10) VMI – 21