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February 27, 2014
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Last season, the Liberty men's squad won its 16th consecutive Big South indoor team title. This weekend, the Flames will attempt to extend the streak to 17.

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When the 2014 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships get started Friday morning in Blacksburg, Va., the Liberty squads expect a familiar theme. The men's team is favored to win its 17th consecutive conference title, while the Lady Flames will likely battle defending champion Coastal Carolina for top honors once again.

For the 10th time in conference history, the two-day competition will be held at Virginia Tech's Rector Field House, which features a 200-meter banked track. The meet will get under way Friday at 10 a.m., with the heptathlon 60-meter dash. Saturday's action will also begin at 10 a.m., with the heptathlon 60-meter hurdles.
    
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 fifth 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 new Liberty Gameday Twitter account (@LUGameday) 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 at Rector Field House in 1998. The Flames have won 16 straight team titles, marking the longest string of conference championships in any sport in Big South Conference history. It is also the longest active championship streak in NCAA Division I men's indoor track & field, after Manhattan's string of 17 straight MAAC indoor crowns was halted by Monmouth last weekend.

Liberty's smallest margin of victory during the streak has been 50 points, in 2006. Last season, the Flames tallied 163.5 points, outdistancing High Point by 65 tallies.

Liberty could be more susceptible to defeat this season than usual, due to a large number of injuries which have plagued the Flames all year. On paper, Campbell appears to be the Flames' most likely challenger, despite finishing only seventh in 2013. The Camels are strong in nearly every track event, while Liberty should own the advantage in the field events.

The Flames' talented distance crew boasts the defending champions in both the 3K (Caleb Edmonds) and 5K (Josh MacDonald). Junior Kyle Wheeler has won back-to-back Big South indoor high jump titles, but has competed in only one meet this season due to injury. Meanwhile, redshirt sophomore Cody Bingham, who swept the 2013 Big South indoor and outdoor pole vault crowns, will miss this year's championship with an ankle injury.

Liberty has been buoyed by a strong group of newcomers this season, headlined by high jump conference leader Zach Davis (6-9.75) and shot put conference leader Fred Fulton (57-1.5). Fulton is part of arguably the Flames' best event grouping, as Liberty boasts four of the top five shot putters on the Big South performance list entering the conference meet.

Men's 60-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 4:15 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2 p.m.
Defending Champion: Rozzie Johnson (Charleston Southern) – 6.82
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Johnson
2014 Leader: Stanley Hicks (Campbell) – 6.85
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Guifaly Christolin – 2002)
Liberty Entrants: ConRoy Smith, Stephen Racanelli, Tarell Williams, Stephen Hayes
Outlook: Charleston Southern's Rozzie Johnson is back to defend his title from 2013 and will try to become the Buccaneers' ninth straight Big South 60-meter champion. However, he will have plenty of competition, as nine Big South sprinters have clocked times between 6.85 and 6.95 seconds this season. That list includes three Campbell Camels, headlined by conference leader Stanley Hicks (6.85), as well as High Point's Evan Emery, the 2013 Big South outdoor 100 and 200-meter dash champion. Liberty hopes for a strong showing in the event, as ConRoy Smith and Stephen Racanelli have both posted times of 6.92 or faster this year, while Tarell Williams is back after placing seventh in 2013.

Men's 200-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 5:45 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 3:10 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jayshawn Campbell (Campbell) – 21.85
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Campbell
2014 Leader: Stanley Hicks (Campbell) – 21.65 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Jeremy Wagner - 2003)
Liberty Entrants: Stephen Racanelli, Stephen Hayes
Outlook: Last season, Campbell's Jayshawn Campbell snapped Charleston Southern's seven-year streak of winning the Big South indoor 200-meter dash championship. This time around, Campbell is one of four Camels ranked among the Big South's top six in the one-lap event. Liberty freshman Stephen Racanelli will look to build upon his breakthrough 21.73 clocking at the Don Kirby Collegiate Elite Invitational and break up a potential podium sweep by Campbell. High Point's Evan Emery won the 2013 Big South outdoor 200 crown but ranks only 14th in the conference entering this weekend's meet. The top four finishers are back from last year's final, including Campbell, Charleston Southern's Rozzie Johnson (second), Radford's Joseph Betts (third) and Charleston Southern's Braxton Drummond (fourth).

Men's 400-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 4:45 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jayshawn Campbell (Campbell) – 48.91
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Campbell
2014 Leader: Jarad Jeter (Charleston Southern) – 47.78 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Leonard Robbins – 2012)
Liberty Entrant: Tyler Weigandt
Outlook: The 400-meter dash features a clash between the 2013 Big South indoor (Campbell's Jayshawn Campbell) and outdoor (Charleston Southern's Jarad Jeter) champions. Campbell and High Point's Dennis Crawford are the only two runners returning from last year's indoor final. Seeded eighth, Liberty's Tyler Weigandt is the Flames' lone entry and will attempt to qualify for the first Big South final of his career.

Men's 800-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 5:15 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jacob Lysher (VMI) – 1:56.48
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Lysher
2014 Leader: Eddie Whitlock (High Point) – 1:52.25 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Travis Campbell - 2007)
Liberty Entrants: John Sherret, Colin Schultz, Jacob Onifer
Outlook: VMI senior Jacob Lysher is the defending champion at 800 meters, but was recently defeated head-to-head by Liberty junior John Sherret (third place in 2013) at the Liberty Quad. They are both looking up at a pair of High Point sophomores (Eddie Whitlock and Paul O'Donoghue) on the conference performance list. Junior college All-American Kuaniyal Chol has been impressive in his first year at Charleston Southern and will aim to become the Buccaneers' first champion in this event since 2001.

Men's Mile
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Brian Gorwitz (Radford) – 4:12.63
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Chris Schulist (Campbell) – 2nd place
2014 Leader: Schulist – 4:04.99 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Sam Chelanga - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Caleb Edmonds, Jarred Cornfield, Sam Hibbs, Nate Jones
Outlook: Campbell senior Chris Schulist is the top returnee from 2013, as he finished second in last year's final. He is also the mile's top seed in 2014, thanks to his sterling time of 4:08.11 on the flat surface at the JDL Fast Track. VMI senior Andrey Dmitriev was the 2012 conference champion in this event and should be among the top contenders. Liberty hopes for a strong showing, as last year's third-place (Caleb Edmonds) and fourth-place (Jarred Cornfield) finishers are back this season for the Flames. Edmonds sped to a personal-best time of 4:10.57 at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup and will get to run in the fast section this season after competing in the mile's slow section in 2013.

Men's 3,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 3:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Caleb Edmonds (Liberty) – 8:20.14
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Edmonds
2014 Leader: Jacob Smith (High Point) – 8:13.52 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 12 (Caleb Edmonds - 2013)
Liberty Entrants: Caleb Edmonds, Josh MacDonald, Sam Hibbs, Josh Showalter
Outlook: Liberty's Caleb Edmonds captured the first Big South individual title of his career by winning last year's 3K title. In order to repeat, he will need to defeat High Point's Jacob Smith, the 2012 conference champion. Coming off of a redshirt season in 2013, Smith is the top seed entering Friday's race. However, Smith only defeated Campbell freshman Amon Terer by 0.15 seconds at the Hilton Garden Innvitational earlier this season. High Point boasts four of the top seven seeds in the 3K. Meanwhile, Edmonds will be backed up by teammates Josh MacDonald (the 2013 5K champion) and Sam Hibbs (seventh place in the 2013 3K final). Liberty has won the men's 3K title 12 times in the 16-year history of the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, its most of any event.

Men's 5,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 3:40 p.m.
Defending Champion: Josh MacDonald (Liberty) – 14:27.62
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: MacDonald
2014 Leader: MacDonald – 14:27.31
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 10 (Josh MacDonald - 2013)
Liberty Entrants: Josh MacDonald, Jeremie Bourget, Zach Barker, Caleb Edmonds
Outlook: Liberty's Josh MacDonald, the defending champion in this race, is one of only two Big South runners to break 15:00 in the 5K this season. However, that number should change on Saturday, as many of the conference's top distance runners will be racing in their first 5K of the season. Among MacDonald's teammates, Caleb Edmonds was the 2013 Big South outdoor 5K champion and Jeremie Bourget placed third in both the indoor and outdoor 5K finals a year ago. High Point's Jacob Smith was the 2012 Big South 5K champion, while fellow Panther Patrick Crawford is the reigning Big South individual cross country titlist. If Campbell's mid-distance aces Chris Schulist and Amon Terer step up to the 5K, this race really could be one to watch closely. If Campbell is still within striking distance of Liberty in the team standings at this stage of the meet, even more intrigue will be added to the equation.

Men's 60-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 2:55 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 1 p.m.
Defending Champion: Milan Ristic (UNC Asheville) – 7.79 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Vincent Wyatt (Radford) – 2nd place
2014 Leader: Wyatt – 7.78 (No. 15 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Matt Parker - 2009)
Liberty Entrants: Richard Whitted, Caleb Fraley
Outlook: After two-time defending Big South 60 hurdles champion Milan Ristic transferred from UNC Asheville to California, the stage was set for Radford junior Vincent Wyatt to claim his first Big South title. At 7.78 seconds, Wyatt ranks 15th nationally and tops the Big South performance list by a wide margin of 0.41 seconds over freshman teammate Ashad Johnson-Conley. Liberty has not had an All-Big South performer in this event since Matt Parker captured the conference title in 2009.

Men's 4 x 400 Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 4:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Liberty – 3:20.66 (Second in a row)
2014 Leader: Campbell – 3:16.03 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (2013)
Outlook: Liberty has won the 4 x 400 relay in dramatic fashion each of the last two years at this meet, but the Flames are seeded only sixth entering this year's championship. Campbell is the pre-meet favorite, featuring three of the top seven runners on the Big South performance list. Liberty and Charleston Southern have combined to win every 4 x 400 relay title at this meet since 2007. 

Men's Distance Medley Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 6:20 p.m.
Defending Champion: Campbell – 10:05.11
2014 Leader: High Point – 9:56.18 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (2010)
Outlook: Depending on who is entered in this relay, four different teams (Liberty, High Point, Campbell and VMI) all have the potential to approach the meet record of 9:57.99, achieved by VMI in 2009.

Men's Long Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Braxton Drummond (Charleston Southern) – 24-0.25 (7.32m)
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Drummond
2014 Leader: Drummond – 25-3.5 (7.71m) (Tied for No. 12 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Matt Parker - 2008)
Liberty Entrants: Kenny Scott, Aklesso Agama, ConRoy Smith, Tarell Williams
Outlook: Charleston Southern's Braxton Drummond is a heavy favorite to defend his long jump title, as his season-best leap of 25-3.5 is tied for 12th in the nation and puts him two feet ahead of his nearest conference competitor, Campbell's Christopher Cleare (23-4). Behind Drummond and Cleare, it appears to be a wide-open battle for the other scoring places. Liberty's Kenny Scott, also a defensive back on the Flames' football team, currently ranks third in the conference with a 22-9.75 effort in his only meet this season. Freshman teammate Aklesso Agama follows as the fourth seed at 22-7.75. Liberty senior Tarell Williams was the fifth-place finisher in this event a year ago.

Men's Triple Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 11:50 a.m.
Defending Champion: Terry Davis (Gardner-Webb) – 47-4.25 (14.43m)
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Davis
2014 Leader: EJ Reddick (Charleston Southern) – 49-7 (15.11m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Clarence Powell - 2011)
Liberty Entrant: Aklesso Agama
Outlook: The top four triple jumpers from last year's competition return, highlighted by defending champion Terry Davis of Gardner-Webb and this year's top seed, EJ Reddick of Charleston Southern (49-7). Liberty freshman Aklesso Agama has also thrown his name into the title discussion, thanks to a 48-7.25 mark at the Liberty Kickoff. Last season, the triple jump was one of the meet's most competitive events, with only 1.25 inches separating first and third place.

Men's High Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Kyle Wheeler (Liberty) – 6-9.5 (2.07m) (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Wheeler
2014 Leader: Zach Davis (Liberty) – 6-9.75 (2.08m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 10 (Kyle Wheeler - 2013)
Liberty Entrants: Zach Davis, Patrick Donigan, Kyle Wheeler
Outlook: The last 12 indoor Big South men's high jump champions have hailed from one of the conference's Virginia schools (Liberty, Radford and VMI). This year's top two seeds are freshmen from the Commonwealth, in Liberty's Zach Davis (6-9.75) and Radford's Anthony Aviles (6-8.25). Davis has been a consistent performer this season, but the high jump will be his fifth event of the day on Friday, following four heptathlon disciplines. The Flames' Kyle Wheeler is the two-time defending conference champion, but just made his season debut with a 6-4.25 clearance at the Liberty Quad on Feb. 17. Teammate Patrick Donigan was a surprise third-place finisher a year ago, but has only been over 6-4.25 in 2014. Campbell's duo of Christopher Cleare and Davian Rhodes appear to be the top threats to the Commonwealth dominance of this event, both sporting season-best clearances of 6-7.

Men's Pole Vault
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at Noon
Defending Champion: Cody Bingham (Liberty) – 15-5 (4.70m)
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Bingham
2014 Leader: Tyler Craig (Gardner-Webb) – 16-8.75 (5.10m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 11 (Cody Bingham - 2013)
Liberty Entrants: Harrison Allen, Ken Ritchey, Alex Geniesse, Matthew Thompson
Outlook: Liberty dominated the men's pole vault in the Big South Conference during the last two seasons, sweeping the top three places at three of the four conference meets, including the indoor and outdoor championships. Things could change this time around, however. Reigning indoor and outdoor conference champion Cody Bingham will miss the meet due to injury, leaving Harrison Allen as the Flames' top hope. He has cleared 15-3 this season and placed third in the Big South outdoor pole vault final a year ago. Gardner-Webb's duo of Tyler Craig and Tyler Samotis top the conference performance list and were the top two vaulters at the recent Liberty Quad. Meanwhile, High Point's Austin Miller will look to contend, following his third-place finish at the 2013 indoor championship. This is an event dominated by youth, as Allen is the only vaulter on the Big South's top 20 list who is not a freshman or a sophomore.

Men's Shot Put
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
Defending Champion: Ryan Smith (Liberty) – 59-0.25 (17.99m) (Fourth in a row)
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Alex Young (Gardner-Webb) – 2nd place
2014 Leader: Fred Fulton (Liberty) – 57-1.5 (17.41m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Ryan Smith - 2013)
Liberty Entrants: Fred Fulton, David Scouten, Constand Van Rooyen, Jacob DeValve
Outlook: Despite the graduation of four-time defending shot put champion Ryan Smith, Liberty still appears poised to win this event for the eighth straight year. Newcomer Fred Fulton is the top seed entering Saturday's competition, at 57-1.5. His top competitor will likely be Gardner-Webb sophomore Alex Young, the indoor and outdoor runner-up to Smith a year ago. Jacob DeValve came in third in the Big South indoor and outdoor shot put finals in 2013, but he is only the Flames' fourth-best shot putter so far this season. Teammates David Scouten (52-2.5) and Constand Van Rooyen (51-7) rank third and fourth, respectively, on the conference performance list. DeValve will shoot for a throw of 51-6.25 or better, which would enable him to join Fulton, Scouten and Van Rooyen at the IC4A meet.

Men's Weight Throw
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Alex Young (Gardner-Webb) – 67-11.75 (20.72m)
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Young
2014 Leader: Young – 68-9 (20.95m) (No. 14 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 3 (Ryan Smith - 2012)
Liberty Entrants: David Scouten, Fred Fulton, Tim Abbott, Jacob DeValve
Outlook: Defending champion Alex Young of Gardner-Webb has been dominant in the weight throw in 2014. He ranks 14th nationally and tops the Big South performance list by 7.5 feet with his mark of 68-9. Coming off of a redshirt season, Liberty redshirt sophomore David Scouten has made marked improvement in the weight throw this year, becoming just the fifth Flame ever to top 60 feet (61-2.75). Scouten and teammate Fred Fulton should each battle for All-Big South honors in the event.

Men's Heptathlon
Event Schedule: Day One – Begins Friday at 10 a.m.; Day Two – Begins Saturday at 10 a.m.
Defending Champion: Antonio Wood (VMI) – 5,153 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Tevan McIntire (Liberty) – 3rd place
2014 Leader: Cody Bingham (Liberty) – 5,045 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Geren Woodbridge - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Tevan McIntire, Zach Davis, Zach Gilroy
Outlook: Two-time defending heptathlon champion Antonio Wood of VMI has graduated, 2013 runner-up Tristan Faure of High Point is redshirting the season and top seed Cody Bingham of Liberty will miss this year's meet due to injury. That leaves VMI's Quincy Murphy and Liberty's Tevan McIntire as the pre-meet favorites. Last season, McIntire placed third and Murphy was fourth. However, Murphy has posted a score of 5,000 points in 2014, putting him just ahead of McIntire's mark of 4,961. Liberty freshmen Zach Davis and Zach Gilroy could also be in the mix for a top-three placement. Liberty and VMI have combined to win all eight heptathlon competitions in meet history.

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. That string is anticipated to continue this year, with the Chanticleers and Lady Flames projected to duke it out for first place once again.

Last season, Coastal Carolina claimed a 40-point victory (182-142) over Liberty, ending the Lady Flames' three-year run as conference champions. Liberty then gained a measure of revenge by defeating the Chanticleers at the 2013 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The Lady Flames return a trio of conference champions from 2013, in Jacy Christiansen (3K), Kristen Willeford (high jump) and Mychelle Cumings (shot put). Cumings has won all four Big South shot put competitions, indoor and outdoor, thus far in her career.

Back from a redshirt season, Meghan Burggraf is the heavy favorite to win her fourth career Big South 800-meter title. Jocelyn Williams, who was also redshirted in 2013, is ranked a clear first in the weight throw.

The women's weight throw and women's 60-meter dash are the only two events Liberty has never won at this meet, and the Lady Flames' school-record holders are seeded first in both events. Williams has pushed her program record in the weight throw to 66-6.5 this season, while freshman Oasis Hernandez has clocked a record-setting time of 7.52 seconds in the 60-meter dash.

Women's 60-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 4:30 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:10 p.m.
Defending Champion: Erica Peake (Coastal Carolina) – 7.39
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Mulern Jean (Charleston Southern) – 3rd place
2014 Leader: Oasis Hernandez (Liberty) – 7.54 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 0 (None)
Liberty Entrants: Oasis Hernandez, Abigail Flower, Rajon Stinnett-Perry, Shaneil Fairclough
Outlook: The women's 60-meter dash could see a changing of the guard this weekend. Last year's top two finishers (Coastal Carolina's Erica Peake and Charleston Southern's Gabrielle Houston) graduated. Meanwhile, the conference's top two performers thus far in 2014 have been freshmen (Liberty's Oasis Hernandez and Campbell's Anna Scott). Hernandez recently broke the Liberty record with a 7.52 clocking in Albuquerque, while Scott has posted a time of 7.62 seconds this season. Liberty junior Abigail Flower has made an inspiring comeback from a horrific automobile accident in December and currently ranks third in the Big South at 7.63. Looking at the team battle, Hernandez and Flower will aim to finish in front of a pack of four Coastal Carolina Chanticleers who are ranked among the Big South's top seven in the 60 dash this season. Hernandez and Flower could also make history, as Liberty has never won the women's 60-meter dash title in the 16-year history of this meet.

Women's 200-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 6 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 3:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Erica Peake (Coastal Carolina) – 24.07
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Abigail Flower (Liberty) – 4th place
2014 Leader: Christal Green (Coastal Carolina) – 24.80
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Panthera Seymour - 2001)
Liberty Entrants: Abigail Flower, Oasis Hernandez, Rajon Stinnett-Perry, Kate Flower
Outlook: Despite the graduation of defending champion Erica Peake, Coastal Carolina is again strong at 200 meters in 2014. Chanticleers own four of the top five positions on the conference performance list, led by newcomer Christal Green's 24.80 clocking. Liberty junior Abigail Flower is the top returnee from the 2013 final, where she placed fourth. The Lady Flames' indoor and outdoor school record holder, Flower ranks fourth in the Big South entering the weekend, with a season-best mark of 24.99 seconds. Freshman teammate Oasis Hernandez was a three-time high school state champion at 200 meters in Kansas and hopes for a breakthrough performance this weekend.

Women's 400-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 5 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 1:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jessica Gelibert (Coastal Carolina) – 56.66
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Gelibert
2014 Leader: Christal Green (Coastal Carolina) – 54.79
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 3 (Jaime Watson - 2010)
Liberty Entrants: Ansley Gebben, Corinn Bedell, Mary Witmer, Mary Echols
Outlook: Coastal Carolina's Jessica Gelibert is back to defend her title at 400 meters, but ranks second to teammate Christal Green entering the Big South meet. Green's time of 54.79 seconds at the Armory Collegiate Invitational made her the third-fastest performer in conference history. Camille Hurley rounds out a Coastal Carolina sweep of the top three seeds in this event. Liberty will counter with a pair of talented sophomores in Ansley Gebben and Corinn Bedell. Gebben has steadily improved her time this season, and her 56.65 effort has her ranked sixth. Bedell, whose season-best time stands at 57.48, came in fifth a year ago as a freshman. Don't sleep on Campbell junior Lynette Akai either. She was the 2013 Big South outdoor 400-meter champion, after placing third indoors.

Women's 800-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 5:30 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Sarah Gentry (UNC Asheville) – 2:12.38 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Colleen Hollowood (High Point) – 3rd place
2014 Leader: Meghan Burggraf (Liberty) – 2:07.18 (Converted) (No. 37 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Meghan Burggraf - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Meghan Burggraf, Susan Tenberg, Megan Versen, Samantha Winecki
Outlook: Liberty's Meghan Burggraf, the 2011 champion in this event, is heavily favored to capture her second Big South indoor 800-meter title this weekend. She is the top seed in the conference by more than four seconds, thanks to her personal-best 2:07.90 clocking at altitude in Albuquerque. Burggraf will face Charleston Southern school record holder Mary Elliott (2:13.13) and Coastal Carolina freshman Aynslee Van Graan, who is just 0.01 second off of the Chanticleers' school record at 2:13.76. Van Graan's teammate Emily Marchini was the Big South outdoor 800-meter runner-up a year ago.

Women's Mile
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 12:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jenna Moye (VMI) – 5:04.43
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Emily Marchini (Coastal Carolina) – 2nd place
2014 Leader: Aynslee Van Graan (Coastal Carolina) – 4:51.19 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Jennifer Klugh – 2012)
Liberty Entrants: Jacy Christiansen, Katie Russo, Courtney Russo, Kat Bouton
Outlook: Liberty junior Jacy Christiansen will look to continue her upward climb in the Big South mile final, after placing fourth as a freshman and third as a sophomore. Her personal-best time of 4:54.65 from the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup ranks second in the conference behind Coastal Carolina freshman Aynslee Van Graan, who clocked a school-record time of 4:51.66 earlier this season. Last year's runner-up, Coastal Carolina senior Emily Marchini, has posted a time of 5:00.20, but ranks just fifth in the Big South in 2014. Liberty sisters Courtney and Katie Russo are both entered in this event. Courtney Russo placed fifth as a freshman last season.

Women's 3,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 3:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jacy Christiansen (Liberty) – 10:00.65
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Christiansen
2014 Leader: Christiansen – 9:45.98
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Jacy Christiansen – 2013)
Liberty Entrants: Jacy Christiansen, Lindsey Bray, Jessica Gass
Outlook: Liberty's Jacy Christiansen will attempt to defend her Big South 3K title and become the Lady Flames' sixth consecutive conference champion in this event. She is the No. 1 seed, thanks to her personal-best 9:45.98 effort at Rector Field House a month ago. However, three other Big South runners have cracked the 10:00 barrier this season, including Radford's Teresa Williamson, who is ranked among the conference's top four in four different events. Coastal Carolina is strong in the 3K, as Kyla Van Graan, Letitia Saayman and Shelby Nicosia have all posted times of 10:04 or faster this season.

Women's 5,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 4 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jeanne Stroud (Winthrop) – 17:10.55
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Stroud
2014 Leader: Kyla Van Graan (Coastal Carolina) – 16:53.40
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Khristina Kanagy - 2012)
Liberty Entrants: Jacy Christiansen, Jessie Proehl, Chelsea Page, Caroline Parris
Outlook: Winthrop's Jeanne Stroud is the defending Big South indoor and outdoor 5K champion, but sits only eighth in the conference this year with a season-best time of 18:19.54. The top four finishers from the 2013 Big South Cross Country Championships also rank first through fourth in the 5K on the track, topped by Coastal Carolina's Kyla Van Graan (16:53.40) and Liberty's Jacy Christiansen (17:00.08). The last time that the Big South Championship was contested at Rector Field House (2012), Liberty outscored Coastal Carolina by a 23-7 count in the 5K to seal its team title. This time around, Christiansen will hope for some support from teammates Jessie Proehl and Chelsea Page during her third race in two days.

Women's 60-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 3:10 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 1:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Mulern Jean (Charleston Southern) – 8.57 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Jean
2014 Leader: Jean – 8.28 (Tied for No. 24 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Arlene Zelinskas - 2007)
Liberty Entrants: Audrey Bamford, Mary Witmer, Brittany Crittenden
Outlook: Mulern Jean of Charleston Southern, the two-time defending Big South women's 60 hurdles champion, is coming off of a conference-record time of 8.28 seconds in her most recent outing. She is tied for No. 24 nationally in the event, but expects a strong challenge from Coastal Carolina's Jessica Gelibert, who has clocked a time of 8.34 seconds this year. Gelibert is one of four Chanticleers ranked among the Big South's top seven hurdlers this season. With last year's fifth-place finisher Brittney Webley redshirting the season, Liberty will rely upon junior Audrey Bamford to score points in this event. She has dropped her personal-best time from 9.10 to 8.86 this year and is seeded eighth in the Big South entering the weekend.

Women's 4 x 400 Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 4:40 p.m.
Defending Champion: Coastal Carolina – 3:47.78
2014 Leader: Coastal Carolina – 3:42.44
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (2008)
Outlook: At 3:51.93, Liberty has run its fastest indoor 4 x 400 relay time since 2010 this year. However, the Lady Flames rank only third in the conference, trailing Coastal Carolina's conference-record time of 3:42.44 and Charleston Southern's program-record mark of 3:46.74.

Women's Distance Medley Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 6:35 p.m.
Defending Champion: UNC Asheville – 12:05.85
2014 Leader: Coastal Carolina – 11:55.70
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (2011)
Outlook: Coastal Carolina is a clear No. 1 seed in the distance medley relay at 11:55.70, but defending champion UNC Asheville, Liberty, High Point and Campbell could all be in the mix as well, depending on which athletes run for each squad.

Women's Long Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 3:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Erica Peake (Coastal Carolina) – 19-2.75 (5.86m)
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Kelila Naules (Coastal Carolina) – 2nd place
2014 Leader: Amirah Al-Bayinnah (Coastal Carolina) – 18-9 (5.71m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Alyssa Pegues - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Oasis Hernandez, Audrey Bamford, Melissa Rohwer, Janae Jones
Outlook: Last season, Coastal Carolina outscored Liberty by a 23-6 margin in the long jump, but the Lady Flames hope to turn the tables this year. All four of Liberty's entrants rank among the Big South's top six long jumpers, headlined by freshman Oasis Hernandez (No. 2 at 18-7). Coastal Carolina still has plenty of point-scoring potential in this event, though, including No. 1 seed Amirah Al-Bayinnah (18-9) and last year's runner-up, Kelila Naules.

Women's Triple Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 1:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Tamisha Foster (Charleston Southern) – 40-9.75 (12.44m)
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Janae Jones (Liberty) – 2nd place
2014 Leader: Amirah Al-Bayinnah (Coastal Carolina) – 40-8.75 (12.41m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 3 (Mia Aghaji - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Janae Jones, Oasis Hernandez, Melissa Rohwer, Erica Carney
Outlook: Liberty sophomore Janae Jones will aim for her first Big South title after placing second in the indoor and outdoor triple jump finals a year ago. She is one of three Lady Flames ranked among the Big South's top five in this event, along with freshman Oasis Hernandez and junior Melissa Rohwer. Coastal Carolina's Amirah Al-Bayinnah was the 2013 Big South outdoor triple jump champion and owns the conference's top mark of the 2014 indoor campaign, at 40-8.75. Charleston Southern freshman Ariel Walker inserted herself into the championship discussion with a 40-0.5 leap at the Alex Wilson Invitational last weekend.

Women's High Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 11 a.m.
Defending Champion: Kristen Willeford (Liberty) – 5-5 (1.65m)
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Willeford
2014 Leader: Kayin Mujahid (Gardner-Webb) – 5-7 (1.70m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Kristen Willeford - 2013)
Liberty Entrants: Riley Brandon, Kristen Willeford, Audrey Bamford, Erika Jackson
Outlook: The top four finishers return from last year's competition, headlined by the reigning indoor (Liberty's Kristen Willeford) and outdoor (Coastal Carolina's Latesha Simpson) conference champions. However, how the high jump will shake out on Saturday is anybody's guess. Gardner-Webb freshman Kayin Mujahid has cleared a conference-best 5-7 this season, while Liberty's Riley Brandon is coming off of a career-best 5-6 clearance at the Liberty Quad. The high jump will be Brandon's sixth event of the meet, following the five pentathlon disciplines on Friday.

Women's Pole Vault
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 4 p.m.
Defending Champion: Mary Lawrence (Coastal Carolina) – 11-9 (3.58m)
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Megan Melton (Gardner-Webb) – 4th place
2014 Leader: Kate Collins (VMI) – 12-3.5 (3.75m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Shelley Parker - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Brooke Shelton, Jessie Glynn, Kellie Glynn, Grayson Mack
Outlook: VMI redshirt senior Kate Collins, a two-time Big South pole vault champion during her career, is the only athlete among the Big South's top 11 who is not a freshman or a sophomore. She is the lone Big South vaulter to go over 12 feet this season, clearing 12-3.5 at the UAlbany Great Dane Classic. High Point sophomore Alyssa Palenchar (11-11.75) and Gardner-Webb freshman Elise Moffatt (11-10.5) have come close to the 12-foot standard. Freshman Brooke Shelton headlines a youthful quartet of Liberty pole vaulters. Shelton, who cleared 12-0.5 during her high school career, boasts a season best of 11-5.75 to rank fourth in the conference.

Women's Shot Put
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Mychelle Cumings (Liberty) – 51-4.25 (15.65m) (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Cumings
2014 Leader: Cumings – 51-3.75 (15.64m) (No. 42 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Mychelle Cumings - 2013)
Liberty Entrants: Mychelle Cumings, Rachel Barnes, Jocelyn Williams, Jennifer Nicholson
Outlook: Liberty junior Mychelle Cumings has won all four Big South shot put crowns she has ever competed for, including the indoor and outdoor championships. She is favored to keep that streak going on Saturday, as Cumings' season-best mark of 51-3.75 is the best in the conference by five and a half feet. Last year's runner-up (VMI's Renee Reives) and third-place finisher (Charleston Southern's Joshlyn Noga) are back and figure to contend for All-Big South honors again. Liberty hopes to gain ground on Coastal Carolina in the team standings, as all four of the Lady Flames' entrants rank among the Big South's top seven, while the top Chanticleer (Jalacy Green) sits at No. 10 in the conference. Liberty's Jocelyn Williams and Jennifer Nicholson will shoot for the ECAC standard of 44-3.5 in hopes of joining teammates Cumings and Rachel Barnes in Boston next weekend.

Women's Weight Throw
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 4:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jessica Dunston (Campbell) – 56-4 (17.17m)
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Jasmine Miles (Gardner-Webb) – 5th place
2014 Leader: Jocelyn Williams (Liberty) – 66-6.5 (20.28m) (No. 25 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 0 (None)
Liberty Entrants: Jocelyn Williams, Jennifer Nicholson, Mychelle Cumings
Outlook: Liberty redshirt junior Jocelyn Williams is enjoying an incredible season in the women's weight throw, adding four feet to her school record. She currently ranks No. 25 nationally with her mark of 66-6.5. Now Williams will attempt to become the Lady Flames' first Big South women's weight throw champion. Winthrop freshman Marthaline Cooper could be Williams' chief competitor. She threw a season-best 60-10 last weekend at the Virginia Tech Challenge and is one of three Eagles who currently rank among the Big South's top six in the event. The top four finishers from 2013 are all either graduated or redshirting, leaving Gardner-Webb's Jasmine Miles (fifth place) as the top returnee. Liberty's Mychelle Cumings finished seventh a year ago, but has not thrown the weight thus far in 2014.

Women's Pentathlon
Event Schedule: Begins Friday at 10:30 a.m.
Defending Champion: Kristen Hurley (Gardner-Webb) – 3,487 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2013 Meet: Audrey Bamford (Liberty) – 3rd place
2014 Leader: Bamford – 3,630 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Christina Mitchell - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Riley Brandon, Jessica Harrison, Erika Jackson, Ashley Eubank
Outlook: Gardner-Webb's Kristen Hurley, the two-time defending Big South pentathlon titlist, is redshirting this season, 2013 runner-up Christina Mitchell of Liberty graduated and last year's third-place finisher (Liberty's Audrey Bamford) is focusing on individual events this weekend. That leaves Liberty junior Riley Brandon as the favorite to become the fifth different Lady Flame to win a Big South pentathlon title. She is coming off of a career-best score of 3,486 at the Liberty Quad. Teammates Jessica Harrison (3,274), Erika Jackson (3,263) and Ashley Eubank (2,948) rank 2-3-6 among the pentathlon entrants, giving Liberty significant point potential. Last season, the Lady Flames racked up 19 points in the pentathlon to Coastal Carolina's one.