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Liberty to Resume Indoor Track Season Wednesday

January 17, 2012
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Senior Olivia Charnuski will attempt to defend her title in the women's 55-meter hurdles from last year's Hornet Sprints, Jumps and Throws Challenge.

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More than six weeks removed from their most recent competition, the Liberty men's and women's indoor track & field teams will take part in a pair of meets this week. The first will take the Flames and Lady Flames across town to the Hornet Sprints, Jumps and Throws Challenge, set for Wednesday evening at Lynchburg College's Wake Field House.

The one-day meet will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature exclusively Virginia-based squads. Liberty will compete against athletes from Bridgewater, Eastern Mennonite, Roanoke, Virginia University of Lynchburg and the host Lynchburg College squad.

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LibertyFlames.com will be on hand at Wake Field House for the Hornet Sprints, Jumps and Throws Challenge. Periodic updates will be posted to the official Twitter account of Liberty Flames Athletics (twitter.com/libertyflames).

A Look Back at Last Year
Liberty competed in the Hornet Sprints, Jumps and Throws Challenge for the first time last season, Jan. 19, 2011 inside Wake Field House. Both the Flames and Lady Flames were successful, as Liberty men's athletes won six events, while women's athletes took home five event titles.

All five of the victorious Lady Flames will attempt to defend their titles this season, including Olivia Charnuski in the 55-meter hurdles, Christina Mitchell in the high jump, Shelley Parker in the pole vault, Rachel Barnes in the shot put and Melinda Bendik in the weight throw. However, Mitchell will be competing unattached on Wednesday, as she is expected to redshirt the 2011-12 indoor campaign.

Records Beware
New school records were set in both women's throwing events at the season-opening Liberty Kickoff on Dec. 2-3. Jocelyn Williams set the Liberty weight throw standard at 56-8.5, one day before Mychelle Cumings boosted the shot put mark to 45-1. Both Williams and Cumings will be back in action in those events on Wednesday.

Nice to Meet You
Four athletes are expected to make their debut in a Liberty uniform at the Hornet Sprints, Jumps and Throws Challenge on Wednesday evening. They include Nick Fifelski, Marc Jackson, Daniel Klase and Abigail Flower.

What's Next?
Liberty will wrap up its week at the Hokie Invitational, which will be contested Friday and Saturday at Virginia Tech's Rector Field House. The competitive meet will give the Flames and Lady Flames a look at the venue for the 2012 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships.