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Team-Scored Virginia Cup Next for Liberty Track
Final Time Schedule
For the second year in a row, Liberty will compete against a number of other Commonwealth schools at the Virginia Cup, Saturday at Lannigan Field in Charlottesville, Va.
Liberty will face Hampton, James Madison, Norfolk State, Radford and Virginia during the single-day event, with each head-to-head matchup being scored as a dual meet. The men's hammer will be the first event to get started at 11:30 a.m. The rarely-contested women's 2,000-meter steeplechase will open the slate of running events at 2:05 p.m.
How to Follow the Flames and Lady Flames
Live results will be available during the meet, courtesy of Flash Results.
Charlottesville is forecasted to enjoy one of its warmest days of 2014 on Saturday, with a high temperature in the low 70s under mostly cloudy skies and only a 10 percent chance of precipitation.
A Look Back at Last Year
Last year, Liberty enjoyed a successful day at the Virginia Cup. The Flames and Lady Flames won 16 event titles and were victorious in every dual matchup.
The Liberty men's squad defeated Radford (104-69), VCU (96-87) and Virginia (99-66.5). Meanwhile, the Lady Flames took down James Madison (110-66), Radford (121-51), VCU (109-64) and Virginia (102-66).
Several Liberty athletes are back to defend their Virginia Cup event championships from 2013, including Daniel Klase (men's javelin), Janae Jones (women's triple jump) and Jennifer Nicholson (women's discus). Additionally, Tarell Williams hopes to be a part of the winning men's 4 x 100 relay quartet for the second year in a row.
Liberty opened the 2014 outdoor track & field season at last weekend's Coastal Carolina Invitational, but some of the Flames' top performers sat out that meet and will make their season debut on Saturday. The list includes Jacob DeValve, Stephen Racanelli, Meghan Burggraf, Jacy Christiansen and Ansley Gebben.
Who You Won't See in Charlottesville
A few of Liberty's top competitors from the 2013-14 indoor track & field season are expected to be redshirted during the 2014 outdoor campaign, including throwers Fred Fulton, Mychelle Cumings and Jocelyn Williams and heptathlete Audrey Bamford.
A number of Liberty school record holders will be in action in their specialty events on Saturday.
On the women's side, outdoor 100 and 200-meter dash record holder Abigail Flower is entered in both of those events, alongside indoor 60 and 200 dash record holder Oasis Hernandez. In the 400 hurdles, Ansley Gebben shares the school record of 1:00.57 and will run the event for the first time in 2014 on Saturday.
Gebben helped the Lady Flames set the indoor 4 x 400 relay record of 3:46.28, along with Mary Witmer, Corinn Bedell and Meghan Burggraf. The same quartet will now set their sights on the outdoor program record of 3:41.00, which has stood since 2007.
The quartet of Jacob Onifer, Colin Schultz, Trevor Hope and John Sherret set the program men's indoor 4 x 800 relay record of 7:29.15 at the IC4A meet. All four of them are scheduled to run the 800 on Saturday.