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February 22, 2012
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Last year, the Liberty men's indoor track & field team claimed its unprecedented 14th straight Big South title.

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The Liberty men's and women's track & field teams will both enter Friday and Saturday's Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships attempting to extend championship streaks. The men's squad has won the team title all 14 times the meet has been contested, while the Lady Flames have won back-to-back team crowns.

The two-day meet will be contested at Virginia Tech's Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va., for the ninth time in conference history, but the first since 2005. The meet will get started Friday at 10 a.m., with the heptathlon 60-meter dash. The heptathlon will also be the first event on Saturday's program, with the 60 hurdles set for a 9 a.m. start time.
    
How to Follow the Action
Live event-by-event results are expected to be provided throughout the meet, courtesy of CFPI Timing.

LibertyFlames.com will provide live blog coverage of the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships for the third consecutive year. However, the interactive blog will only be available during Friday's events, beginning around 9:30 a.m.

Finally, periodic meet updates will be posted to the Liberty Flames Twitter account (@libertyflames) throughout both days of action.

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 in 1998 at Rector Field House. The Flames have won 14 straight team titles, marking the longest string of conference championships in any sport in Big South Conference history. Moreover, Liberty's smallest margin of victory during the streak has been 50 points, in 2006.

A year ago, the Flames finished with 198 points, outscoring runner-up VMI by 85 points. Charleston Southern, which placed third in 2011, could be Liberty's top competitor this time around. In the most recent Southeast Regional Index, the Buccaneers were ranked No. 14, one spot ahead of No. 15 Liberty.

Individually, a pair of Flames will attempt to defend Big South event titles they won last season, including Taylor Courtney in the 400 and Ryan Smith in the shot put. Smith, who has won each of the last two conference shot put championships, was voted the 2011 Big South Men's Outstanding Field Performer.

Kolby Shepherd was redshirted last season, after capturing three straight Big South pole vault titles in 2008, 2009 and 2010. He will attempt to become the first four-time men's pole vault champion in meet history.

Men's 60-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 4:15 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 1 p.m.
Defending Champion: Javon Young (Charleston Southern) – 6.73 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Young
2012 Leader: Javon Young (Charleston Southern) – 6.70 (Tied for No. 23 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Guifaly Christolin – 2002)
Liberty Entrants: Roderick Spruel (No. 4 seed), Maxwell Asante (Tied for No. 7 seed), Tarell Williams (Tied for No. 7 seed) and Anthony Settje
Outlook: The 60-meter dash has been a strong event for Liberty this season, with four sprinters qualifying for the IC4A meet. Leading the way is Roderick Spruel, who placed fourth in this event at last year's Big South Championship. However, the Charleston Southern duo of Javon Young (6.70 seed time) and Rozzie Johnson (6.72) will make it tough for anyone to snap the Buccaneers' six-year streak of winning the Big South 60-meter dash title. Young will attempt to join former Charleston Southern standout Alonzo Spurley (2006-08) as the only three-time Big South champions in this event.

Men's 200-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 5:45 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:10 p.m.
Defending Champion: Javon Young (Charleston Southern) – 21.36
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Young
2012 Leader: Javon Young (Charleston Southern) – 21.18 (converted; Ranked No. 20 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Jeremy Wagner - 2003)
Liberty Entrants: Leonard Robbins (No. 3 seed), Anthony Settje, Kyle Gill and Roderick Spruel
Outlook: The 200-meter dash is always one of Charleston Southern's strongest events, and this year is no different. Four Buccaneers appear inside the Big South's top seven performers entering the conference meet, led by defending Big South champion Javon Young. He will aim to repeat as Big South 200-meter dash titlist and extend Charleston Southern's streak to seven consecutive years winning this event. At 21.84 seconds, Liberty freshman Leonard Robbins is the Flames' fastest indoor 200-meter runner since 2005 and will aim for an All-Big South (top three) finish.

Men's 400-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 4:45 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Taylor Courtney (Liberty) – 48.62
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Courtney
2012 Leader: Andre Washington (Liberty) – 48.79
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Taylor Courtney – 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Andre Washington (No. 1 seed), Kyle Gill (Tied for No. 2 seed), Leonard Robbins (No. 7 seed) and Taylor Courtney
Outlook: Last year, Liberty's Taylor Courtney passed Charleston Southern's Dantwan Spreads on the final straightaway to become the Flames' first indoor Big South 400-meter champion since 2003. This time around, Courtney figures to have some friendly company and competition in the final, as teammates Andre Washington, Kyle Gill and Leonard Robbins have all run faster times than he has this season. For the second straight year, Washington owns the fastest seed time entering the meet, 48.79 seconds.

Men's 800-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 5:15 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 1:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Felix Kitur (VMI) – 1:53.93
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Josiah Stanton-Brooks (Gardner-Webb) – 2nd place
2012 Leader: Isaac Wendland (Liberty) – 1:52.79
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Travis Campbell - 2007)
Liberty Entrants: Paul Arslain (No. 5 seed), Jacob Onifer, Trevor Hope and Chris Boyd
Outlook: Three-time Big South 800-meter champion Felix Kitur of VMI is out of indoor eligibility, while top seed Isaac Wendland of Liberty will miss this year's meet due to injury. So, 2011 finalists Josiah Stanton-Brooks (Gardner-Webb), Adam Leroux (Winthrop) and Jacob Lysher (VMI) should all contend for top honors on Saturday. Liberty's top hopes lie with junior Paul Arslain, who has run well at 500, 600 and 800 meters this season.

Men's Mile
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
Defending Champion: Sam Chelanga (Liberty) – 4:16.88 (Third in a row)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Isaac Wendland (Liberty) – 2nd place
2012 Leader: Jacob Smith (High Point) – 4:08.69 (converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Sam Chelanga - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Andrew Rigler and Will Reeves
Outlook: Liberty has won the Big South men's mile title for seven straight years, but will have a difficult time extending that streak in 2012, with three-time defending champion Sam Chelanga lost to graduation and 2011 runner-up Isaac Wendland out of the meet due to injury. High Point looks to fill the resulting void, as Panthers own three of the Big South's four fastest performances this season. Leading the way is junior Jacob Smith, with a stellar converted time of 4:08.69.

Men's 3,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 3:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Evans Kigen (Liberty) – 8:26.23
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Andrey Dmitriev (VMI) – 2nd place
2012 Leader: Jacob Smith (High Point) – 8:23.07
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 11 (Evans Kigen - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Caleb Edmonds (No. 2 seed) and David Ricksecker (No. 7 seed)
Outlook: Liberty runners have captured the Big South men's 3K title 11 times in 14 years, including Evans Kigen's championship a year ago. Sophomore Caleb Edmonds has the Flames' best chance of extending the team's championship tradition in this event, ranking No. 2 in the Big South at 8:28.74. High Point's Jacob Smith owns the conference's top seed time at 8:23.07. In last year's 3K final, Smith placed fifth while Edmonds was seventh.

Men's 5,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 2:40 p.m.
Defending Champion: Josh Edmonds (Liberty) – 14:22.65
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Neal Darmody (High Point) – 2nd place
2012 Leader: Adam Freudenthal (Winthrop) – 14:32.02
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Josh Edmonds - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Caleb Edmonds (No. 2 seed), Josh MacDonald (No. 3 seed), Ngetich Kipchirchir (No. 4 seed) and David Ricksecker (No. 5 seed)
Outlook: After winning the Big South men's cross country team title this past fall, the Liberty distance runners will look for a successful performance in the longest event of this meet, the 5K. Flames are ranked No. 2, 3, 4 and 5 heading into Saturday's race, led by Caleb Edmonds at 14:46.02. Edmonds' older brother Josh Edmonds is the defending Big South champion in this event. Liberty's top competition figures to come from High Point's Neal Darmody and Winthrop's Adam Freudenthal, who finished second and third to Josh Edmonds, respectively, in the 2011 final.

Men's 60-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 2:55 p.m.; Final – Saturday at Noon
Defending Champion: Keary Simms (Winthrop) – 8.05 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Alex Fisher (High Point) – 4th place
2012 Leader: Vincent Wyatt (Radford) – 7.95
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Matt Parker - 2009)
Liberty Entrants: Marc Jackson and Silvanous Parchment
Outlook: Radford freshman Vincent Wyatt has posted two of the three sub-8.00 clockings in Big South Conference history in his last two meets, stamping himself as the favorite to become the first Big South men's 60-meter hurdles champion in school history. However, he figures to be challenged by UNC Asheville's Milan Ristic, who has run 8.00 this season. Liberty did not score a point in this event last season and is not projected to score once again in 2012.

Men's 4 x 400 Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 3:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Charleston Southern – 3:18.32 (Second in a row)
2012 Leader: Liberty – 3:14.65
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (2009)
Outlook: Liberty's 4 x 400 relay quartet of Leonard Robbins, Andre Washington, Kyle Gill and Taylor Courtney sped to a time of 3:14.65 in its most recent outing, at the Valentine Invitational on Feb. 11. As a result, the Flames are favored to win their first Big South 4 x 400 crown since 2009 and could even make a run at the meet record of 3:13.67. Two-time defending champion Charleston Southern should be Liberty's top competitor.

Men's Distance Medley Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 6:20 p.m.
Defending Champion: VMI – 10:16.31
2012 Leader: VMI – 10:17.05
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (2010)
Outlook: The distance medley relay is always difficult to project at this meet, without knowing who will run for each team. Based upon each school's number of mid-distance and distance standouts, though, Liberty, High Point and defending champion VMI should have the best chances to win this event.

Men's Long Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 10:50 a.m.
Defending Champion: Lavon Allen (Charleston Southern) – 24-4.5 (7.43m)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Allen
2012 Leader: Lavon Allen (Charleston Southern) – 25-2.75 (7.69m) (Ranked No. 11 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Matt Parker - 2008)
Liberty Entrants: Tarell Williams (No. 5 seed), Kevin Reddington (No. 6 seed), Aaron Johnson (No. 7 seed) and Kyle Wheeler
Outlook: Charleston Southern senior Lavon Allen, the defending Big South long jump champion, will be tough to beat Saturday morning. He ranks No. 11 nationally in the event at 25-2.75, which has Allen nearly a foot past his nearest conference rival. VMI senior Ademola Titcombe won this event in 2010 and should be among the top contenders again this year. Liberty's trio of Tarell Williams, Kevin Reddington and Aaron Johnson will aim to score a nice chunk of points for the Flames, while Reddington and Johnson chase the IC4A standard of 23-0.5.

Men's Triple Jump
Event Schedule:
Final – Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Clarence Powell (Liberty) – 50-1.75 (15.28m) (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Antonio Miller (Radford) – 3rd place
2012 Leader: Avery Coe (Charleston Southern) – 47-9.75 (14.57m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Clarence Powell - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Aaron Johnson (No. 4 seed), Kyle Wheeler (No. 6 seed) and Kevin Reddington
Outlook: Last year, Liberty won both the indoor and outdoor Big South triple jump titles, courtesy of Clarence Powell and Chris Johnson. Neither of them is on the Flames' roster this year, making the triple jump a rather wide-open event. Radford's Antonio Miller earned All-Big South honors in this event a year ago with a third-place finish, while Charleston Southern's Avery Coe enters as the top seed at 47-9.75. Aaron Johnson, who came in seventh in 2011, is the Flames' top entrant.

Men's High Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Dennis James (VMI) – 6-8.75 (2.05m)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Dexter Young (Winthrop) – 4th place
2012 Leader: Dexter Young (Winthrop) – 6-10.25 (2.09m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Clarence Powell - 2010)
Liberty Entrants: Kyle Wheeler (No. 4 seed) and Tevan McIntire (No. 6 seed)
Outlook: The last 10 indoor Big South men's high jump champions have hailed from one of the conference's Virginia schools (Liberty, Radford and VMI). Winthrop's Dexter Young, who placed fourth both indoors and outdoors last season, hopes to end that streak. He owns the conference's best jump so far in 2012, at 6-10.25. Fittingly, his toughest competitors should come from Radford (Travis Hudson), VMI (Antonio Wood) and Liberty (Kyle Wheeler).

Men's Pole Vault
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 11 a.m.
Defending Champion: TJ Brancaccio (High Point) – 15-3 (4.65m)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Sean Zatt (Radford) – 7th place
2012 Leader: Kolby Shepherd (Liberty) – 17-1 (5.21m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Kolby Shepherd - 2010)
Liberty Entrants: Kolby Shepherd (No. 1 seed), Jon Drablos (Tied for No. 2 seed), Cody Fridgen (Tied for No. 2 seed) and Matt Thompson (No. 5 seed)
Outlook: After redshirting the 2011 indoor season, Liberty's Kolby Shepherd is back and is favored to become the first four-time men's indoor pole vault champion in meet history. Shepherd has vaulted well at Rector Field House during his career, highlighted by his 17-7.25 clearance during his 2011 redshirt season. The Flames are projected to score big points in this event, as Jon Drablos and 2010 Big South outdoor pole vault champion Cody Fridgen have both cleared 15-9 this season. Gardner-Webb's Clint McManus, who placed second to Shepherd at the 2011 Big South outdoor meet, has the best chance of preventing a potential Liberty sweep of the podium.

Men's Shot Put
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Defending Champion: Ryan Smith (Liberty) – 57-0.75 (17.39m) (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Smith
2012 Leader: Ryan Smith (Liberty) – 58-4.75 (17.80m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Ryan Smith - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Ryan Smith (No. 1 seed), David Scouten (No. 2 seed), Tim Abbott (No. 4 seed) and Jacob DeValve (No. 6 seed)
Outlook: Liberty redshirt junior Ryan Smith, seeded first in the men's shot put by almost five feet, will attempt to continue several streaks. If he is victorious on Saturday, Smith would make it six straight years that a Liberty thrower has won this event. He would become the first three-time men's shot put champion in meet history and would improve to five-for-five in winning Big South shot put titles during his career, including the indoor and outdoor championships. Smith will be backed up by teammates David Scouten, Tim Abbott and Jacob DeValve, all of whom rank among the conference's top six in the event.

Men's Weight Throw
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Christoph Hutschalik (Gardner-Webb) – 63-2.75 (19.27m)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Ryan Smith (Liberty) – 2nd place
2012 Leader: Ryan Smith (Liberty) – 63-3.5 (19.29m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Jon Hart - 2008)
Liberty Entrants: Ryan Smith (No. 1 seed), David Scouten (No. 5 seed) and Tim Abbott
Outlook: Seeded No. 1 by three and a half feet, the Flames' Ryan Smith will attempt to become the first men's thrower in meet history to sweep the shot put and weight throw championships in the same year. He would also be Liberty's first Big South weight throw winner since Jon Hart in 2008. Smith's top competitors will most likely be Gardner-Webb's Travis Rogers and Radford's Curtis Hodge. Last season, Smith finished as the conference runner-up, with Rogers third and Hodge fifth in the event.

Men's Heptathlon
Event Schedule: Day One – Begins Friday at 10 a.m.; Day Two – Begins Saturday at 9 a.m.
Defending Champion: Geren Woodbridge (Liberty) – 5,042 (Third in a row)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Antonio Wood (VMI) – 2nd place
2012 Leader: Antonio Wood (VMI) – 5,106
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Geren Woodbridge - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Tevan McIntire (No. 3 seed), Harrison Allen (Tied for No. 4 seed) and Nick Fifelski
Outlook: Liberty has won the men's heptathlon all six years it has been contested at the Big South indoor meet. However, VMI's Antonio Wood looks to put an end to that run this season. The 2011 Big South heptathlon runner-up scored a conference-best 5,106 points earlier this year. Liberty will field a promising trio of freshmen and sophomores, led by redshirt freshman Tevan McIntire. His personal-best score of 4,502 points at the Liberty Kickoff has him seeded No. 3.

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. So, it should be no surprise that the Lady Flames and Chanticleers appear to be the top two title contenders once again in 2012.

Liberty came from behind last season to defeat Coastal Carolina by 20 points, wrapping up its second straight team championship and the ninth indoor title in program history. It was the slimmest margin of victory at this meet since the Lady Flames edged the Chanticleers by 3.5 points in 2005.

For the second year in a row, both Liberty and Coastal Carolina squared off in the team-scored Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup, contested Feb. 4 in University Park, Pa. As they did in 2011, the Chanticleers got the upper hand on the Lady Flames at the meet, scoring seven more points than Liberty (31-24).

The Lady Flames won eight individual event titles in 2011, and six of those athletes are back this season. Jennifer Klugh won both the mile and 3K crowns a year ago, on her way to winning Big South Women's Outstanding Track Performer accolades. The team's other returning conference champions include Meghan Burggraf (800), Alyssa Pegues (long jump), Mia Aghaji (triple jump) and Shelley Parker (pole vault).

Women's 60-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 4:30 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 1:10 p.m.
Defending Champion: Darriale Henley (Coastal Carolina) – 7.58
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Henley
2012 Leader: Gabrielle Houston (Charleston Southern) – 7.51
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 0 (None)
Liberty Entrants: Abigail Flower (No. 4 seed), Meme Layne (No. 7 seed), Sherri Spruel and Alyssa Pegues
Outlook: Coastal Carolina scored 23 points in the women's 60-meter dash final a year ago, led by Darriale Henley, who is back to chase the third Big South 60 title of her career. Charleston Southern senior Gabrielle Houston is the top seed at 7.51 seconds and hopes to end the Chanticleers' run of four straight years winning this event. Liberty's Alyssa Pegues placed fifth in the 60 final last season but is battling back from injury this season. So, Lady Flame freshmen Abigail Flower and Meme Layne are Liberty's most likely point scorers in the 60 dash.

Women's 200-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 6 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Erica Peake (Coastal Carolina) – 24.64
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Peake
2012 Leader: Erica Peake (Coastal Carolina) – 24.06 (converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Panthera Seymour - 2001)
Liberty Entrants: Olivia Charnuski (No. 5 seed), Abigail Flower (No. 8 seed) and Meme Layne
Outlook: Coastal Carolina is also very strong in the 200-meter dash, as Chanticleer sprinters have won seven consecutive conference titles in this event. Erica Peake is favored to defend the Big South 200-meter crown she won a year ago, and three of her teammates rank among the conference's top seven in the one-lap event. Liberty's Olivia Charnuski is the program record holder in the indoor 200-meter dash at 24.87 seconds. She came in fourth in 2011 and is seeded fifth entering this year's meet.

Women's 400-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 5 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 12:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Santresa Jamison (Coastal Carolina) – 56.68
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Jamison
2012 Leader: Manika Gamble (High Point) – 55.80 (converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 3 (Jaime Watson - 2010)
Liberty Entrants: Melanie Sims, Kylie McMichael and Kiara Bridges
Outlook: Santresa Jamison of Coastal Carolina will aim to defend her women's 400-meter dash title from last season. However, she could face a strong challenge in the form of High Point's Manika Gamble. Best known for her hurdling exploits, Gamble owns the Big South's fastest time this season. Senior Melanie Sims is Liberty's top entrant, seeded No. 9, but sophomore teammate Kiara Bridges stepped up for a fourth-place finish in this event a year ago.

Women's 800-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 5:30 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 1:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Meghan Burggraf (Liberty) – 2:14.52
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Burggraf
2012 Leader: Meghan Burggraf (Liberty) – 2:12.08
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Meghan Burggraf - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Meghan Burggraf (No. 1 seed), Amanda Wimbush (No. 8 seed) and Caroline Parris
Outlook: Liberty junior Meghan Burggraf has won the 800-meter run at the last three Big South Championships, including the 2010 and 2011 outdoor meets and the 2011 indoor edition. With a seed time of 2:12.08, Burggraf is favored to cross the finish line first once again on Saturday. Her toughest competition figures to come from UNC Asheville's Sarah Gentry, who was last year's indoor runner-up and outdoor third-place finisher in this event. Lady Flame Amanda Wimbush hopes to complement Burggraf's performance as she did a year ago, when Wimbush came in fifth at the Big South indoor meet.

Women's Mile
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 11:45 a.m.
Defending Champion: Jennifer Klugh (Liberty) – 4:59.44
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Klugh
2012 Leader: Jennifer Klugh (Liberty) – 4:55.91
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Jennifer Klugh – 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Jennifer Klugh (No. 1 seed), Jacy Christiansen (No. 2 seed), Betel Yosef and Katie Russo
Outlook: Liberty has gotten a big boost toward its team title hopes with its performance in the mile each of the last two years. The Lady Flames hope that this year is no different, with defending champion Jennifer Klugh and talented freshman Jacy Christiansen owning the Big South's top two seed times. Like Klugh and Christiansen, Coastal Carolina freshman Sophie Perry has dipped under the 5:00 mark this season. Perry hopes to negate some of the Lady Flames' potential advantage in this event. Not to be forgotten is VMI junior Jenna Moye, who has clocked a 4:55 mile during her career and has finished inside the top four each of the past two years in this race.

Women's 3,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 3:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jennifer Klugh (Liberty) – 10:01.10
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Klugh
2012 Leader: Jennifer Klugh (Liberty) – 9:44.62
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 3 (Jennifer Klugh – 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Jennifer Klugh (No. 1 seed), Jacy Christiansen (No. 2 seed), Khristina Kanagy (No. 5 seed) and Meredith Mistretta
Outlook: Liberty hopes to get an early jump on Coastal Carolina in the team battle during Friday afternoon's 3K final, after outscoring the Chanticleers, 16-4, in last year's 3K. Jennifer Klugh is the defending Big South champion in the event, and ran a school-record time of 9:44.62 at Rector Field House earlier this season. Meanwhile, Lady Flames teammate Jacy Christiansen is seeded No. 2 and Khristina Kanagy sits at No. 5. The Coastal Carolina duo of Letitia Saayman and Emily Marchini will try to break up the group of Lady Flames at the front of the pack. VMI's Jenna Moye could also be a factor here, after finishing second to Klugh a year ago in the 3K.

Women's 5,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 3 p.m.
Defending Champion: Dacia Bushman (Liberty) – 17:22.39
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Jennifer Klugh (Liberty) – 2nd place
2012 Leader: Jennifer Klugh (Liberty) – 16:48.32
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Dacia Bushman - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Jennifer Klugh (No. 1 seed), Khristina Kanagy (No. 3 seed), Jacy Christiansen (No. 4 seed) and Alicia Guridy
Outlook: If Liberty and Coastal Carolina are battling it out for the women's team championship late Saturday afternoon, the 5K could be very interesting to watch. The only five Big South runners who have broken the 18:00 mark this season are Lady Flames (Jennifer Klugh, Khristina Kanagy and Jacy Christiansen) and Chanticleers (Letitia Saayman and Emily Marchini). Klugh finished as the Big South 5K runner-up to teammate Dacia Bushman last season at both the indoor and outdoor championship meets. In 2011, Liberty outscored Coastal Carolina by a 20-4 margin in this event to help seal its team championship.

Women's 60-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 3:10 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 12:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Amber Church (Radford) – 8.66
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Church
2012 Leader: Mulern Jean (Charleston Southern) – 8.55
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Arlene Zelinskas - 2007)
Liberty Entrants: Rachel Houseknecht (No. 2 seed) and Olivia Charnuski (No. 7 seed)
Outlook: The women's 60-meter hurdles should be an interesting event to watch this weekend. The reigning Big South 60 hurdles (Radford's Amber Church) and outdoor 100 hurdles (Liberty's Olivia Charnuski) champions are entered, and the top six finishers from last year's 60 hurdles final are back this season. However, the top two seeds heading into the meet (Charleston Southern freshman Mulern Jean and Liberty redshirt senior Rachel Houseknecht) did not compete at the 2011 indoor championship.

Women's 4 x 400 Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 3:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Coastal Carolina – 3:53.17 (Second in a row)
2012 Leader: Coastal Carolina – 3:47.05 (converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (2008)
Outlook: If the team conference title comes down to the 4 x 400 relay, Coastal Carolina could have the upper hand. The Chanticleers are the two-time defending champions and own the season's fastest time among Big South teams by 10 seconds.

Women's Distance Medley Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 6:35 p.m.
Defending Champion: Liberty – 12:19.31
2012 Leader: Liberty – 11:58.50
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (2011)
Outlook: Liberty is the defending Big South distance medley relay champion and ran a conference-leading time of 11:58.50 on Jan. 21 at the Hokie Invitational. However, Jennifer Klugh and Jacy Christiansen ran the two longest legs of that relay but are unlikely to do so on Friday, with a heavy load of individual events slated. As a result, this race could be a wide-open battle between the Lady Flames, Coastal Carolina, High Point and UNC Asheville.

Women's Long Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 1:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Alyssa Pegues (Liberty) – 18-7 (5.66m)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Pegues
2012 Leader: Patria Norman (Charleston Southern) – 19-2 (5.84m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Alyssa Pegues - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Melissa Rohwer, Mia Aghaji, Alyssa Pegues and Melanie Sims
Outlook: Led by reigning Big South outdoor women's long jump champion Patria Norman, Charleston Southern athletes own the top three spots on the conference performance list, followed by two Winthrop jumpers. However, both Liberty and Coastal Carolina could perform better than their seeds in this event. Lady Flames senior Alyssa Pegues is the defending conference champion in the indoor long jump, and Liberty's other three entrants have all jumped over 18 feet during their career. Meanwhile, Coastal Carolina's Darriale Henley is a past Big South long jump champion.

Women's Triple Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 3:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Mia Aghaji (Liberty) – 39-9.75 (12.13m)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Aghaji
2012 Leader: Mia Aghaji (Liberty) – 40-2 (12.24m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 3 (Mia Aghaji - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Mia Aghaji (No. 1 seed), Melissa Rohwer (No. 4 seed), Bari Minter and Alyssa Pegues
Outlook: At both the Big South indoor and outdoor championships last season, Liberty's Mia Aghaji won the women's triple jump while Charleston Southern's Tamisha Foster came in second. The same pair could battle it out for first place once again on Friday. The Lady Flames also hope for significant points from freshman Melissa Rohwer, who is seeded No. 4 in the Big South, and Alyssa Pegues, who placed third in this event in 2011. Only one Coastal Carolina athlete, Kierra Gabe. has triple jumped this season. But she was an All-Big South triple jumper outdoors in 2011, thanks to a third-place finish. Last year, the women's triple jump was a key swing event for the Lady Flames on their way to the team championship, as Liberty posted 16 points to Coastal Carolina's five.

Women's High Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 9:45 a.m.
Defending Champion: Kierra Gabe (Coastal Carolina) – 5-8 (1.73m) (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Gabe
2012 Leader: Mia Aghaji (Liberty) – 5-8 (1.73m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Christina Mitchell - 2009)
Liberty Entrants: Mia Aghaji (No. 1 seed), Marianne Wheeler (Tied for No. 3 seed), Kristen Willeford (Tied for No. 3 seed) and Audrey Bamford (No. 7 seed)
Outlook: Two of the top contenders for the women's high jump championship hail from Coastal Carolina and Liberty. The Chanticleers' Kierra Gabe has won back-to-back Big South indoor high jump titles. Meanwhile, Lady Flames redshirt senior Mia Aghaji tops the Big South performance list at 5-8. She swept the conference indoor and outdoor high jump championships as a freshman in 2008. Liberty boasts a considerable amount of depth in this event, as the Lady Flames have four of the seven Big South women's high jumpers who have leapt 5-3.75 or higher in 2012.

Women's Pole Vault
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 3 p.m.
Defending Champion: Shelley Parker (Liberty) – 11-9.75 (3.60m)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Parker
2012 Leader: Jennifer Sing (VMI) – 12-6 (3.81m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Shelley Parker - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Rachel Houseknecht (No. 2 seed), Shelley Parker (No. 4 seed) and Tami Tolsma
Outlook: The women's pole vault field will include the last four Big South champions, including VMI's Kate Collins (2010 indoor), Coastal Carolina's Mary Lawrence (2010 outdoor) and Liberty's Shelley Parker (2011 indoor and outdoor). However, the top two seeds are seniors looking for their first Big South championship, VMI's Jennifer Sing (12-6) and Liberty's Rachel Houseknecht (12-5.5). Last season, Parker won the event with an 11-9.75 clearance. It will likely take a higher clearance than that to claim this year's title, as four Big South pole vaulters have sailed 12-1.5 or higher.

Women's Shot Put
Event Schedule:
Final – Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Ashlei Alexander (Gardner-Webb) – 44-0 (13.41m)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Alexander
2012 Leader: Mychelle Cumings (Liberty) – 51-3 (15.62m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 0 (None)
Liberty Entrants: Mychelle Cumings (No. 1 seed), Emily Woods (No. 2 seed), Rachel Barnes (Tied for No. 6 seed) and Jocelyn Williams
Outlook: Gardner-Webb's Ashlei Alexander and Charleston Southern's Daisy Whitaker finished first and second, respectively, at both the 2011 Big South Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Both throwers are back in 2012, but Liberty newcomers (Mychelle Cumings and Emily Woods) rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the conference entering the weekend. Cumings tops the Big South performance list by more than seven feet, making the freshman a strong favorite to win Liberty's first-ever Big South indoor women's shot put championship.

Women's Weight Throw
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 4:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Shantelle Patterson (Coastal Carolina) – 55-9 (16.99m)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Patterson
2012 Leader: Jocelyn Williams (Liberty) – 59-8.5 (18.20m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 0 (None)
Liberty Entrants: Jocelyn Williams (No. 1 seed), Melinda Bendik (No. 5 seed), Mychelle Cumings (No. 8 seed) and Emily Woods
Outlook: Friday afternoon's women's weight throw final will feature the athletes who have won this event the last three years. Radford's Aimee Veatch took the title in 2009 and 2010, before Coastal Carolina's Shantelle Patterson won the 2011 crown. Liberty has never won this event at the Big South meet, but both Jocelyn Williams and Melinda Bendik should be in the hunt, after finishing third and fourth, respectively, in 2011. Williams ranks No. 1 in the conference entering the meet, as her school-record throw of 59-8.5 is one inch ahead of Veatch's top mark this season.

Women's Pentathlon
Event Schedule: Begins Friday at 10:30 a.m.
Defending Champion: Christina Mitchell (Liberty) – 3,497
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Patria Norman (Charleston Southern) – 2nd place
2012 Leader: Audrey Bamford (Liberty) – 3,012
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Christina Mitchell - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Audrey Bamford (No. 1 seed), Riley Brandon (No. 3 seed) and Erin Carney
Outlook: Liberty has claimed five out of six pentathlon titles in meet history, but defending champion Christina Mitchell is redshirting the season. In her absence, Lady Flames freshman Audrey Bamford tops the Big South performance list with 3,012 points. It will be interesting to see who enters the multi event on Friday, as only five conference athletes have completed a pentathlon this season. Charleston Southern's Patria Norman was the Big South pentathlon and heptathlon runner-up to Mitchell in 2011, and she will be favored if she competes.