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3 Flames to Compete at Roanoke on Thursday
Liberty's trio of Yana Babbitt, Oasis Hernandez and Colin Schultz will compete in the Roanoke/Virginia Tech Twilight Qualifier, Thursday at Roanoke's C. Homer Bast Track in Salem, Va.
All of the events will take place at Bast Track except the men's and women's pole vault, which will be held at Virginia Tech's Johnson-Miller Track Complex in Blacksburg, Va. Things will get underway with the women's long jump at 3 p.m. The women's 100 hurdles will be the one-day meet's first running event, slated for a 3:20 p.m. start.
Thursday's weather forecast in Salem is very summer-like, with sunny skies and a high of 88 degrees.
Yana Babbitt – Women's Javelin
Babbitt will look to continue her successful comeback from Tommy John surgery. In her first competition of the year, the sophomore threw the javelin a personal-best 124-10 to place fourth in the Big South. Most recently, Babbitt pushed her personal best to 128-6 at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier, moving up to No. 10 on Liberty's all-time list.
On Thursday, Babbitt will look to extend her season, as the Connecticut native will be chasing the ECAC qualifying standard of 135-10. The women's javelin will follow the men's javelin, which is set for a 4:45 p.m. start time.
Oasis Hernandez – Women's Triple Jump
Coming off of a season-best triple jump of 40-6.25 at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier, Hernandez has already qualified for the ECAC meet. The freshman will now attempt to punch her ticket to the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet and the USATF Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Hernandez currently ranks No. 56 in the East Region with her mark of 40-6.25. The top 48 declared athletes in the region will earn the right to compete in the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, May 29-31 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Meanwhile, Hernandez is just two inches shy of the 40-8.25 qualifier for the USATF Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships. That meet will take place at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., July 5 and 6.
The women's triple jump competition at Roanoke will begin following the women's and men's long jump events. The women's long jump starts at 3 p.m.
Colin Schultz – Men's 800
A freshman, Schultz is a potential leg for Liberty's men's 4 x 400 and 4 x 800 relays, should the Flames contest either of them at the IC4A meet. On Thursday, he will try to earn an IC4A qualifier for the 800-meter run.
Schultz, whose season-best clocking of 1:53.58 came at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier, needs to run 1:51.80 or faster to punch his IC4A ticket. If successful, the Nevada native would become the 11th Flame ever to clock a sub-1:52 800.
Another goal time for Schultz will be 1:52.14, the men's 800 qualifying standard for the USATF Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.
The men's 800 will be the first event of the evening session at the Roanoke/Virginia Tech Twilight Qualifier, beginning at 6:10 p.m.