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Liberty Set To Kick Off Track And Field Season
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The Liberty men's and women's indoor track and field teams will open the 2006-07 season this weekend at the Liberty Kickoff. The two-day meet, featuring athletes from 12 universities, will begin at 3:45 p.m. on Friday and at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center.
A number of the Flames' top athletes will compete against foes from Elon, James Madison, Lynchburg College, North Carolina A & T, Richmond, Roanoke, St. Augustine's (NC), St. Paul's, Virginia Tech, VMI and Washington & Lee. "We are looking forward to getting started," Liberty Head Track and Field Coach Brant Tolsma observed. "We have been training all fall and this is our first opportunity to compete."
On the men's side, head coach Brant Tolsma picked out multi-event athletes Brandon Hoskins (Jr., Garden City, Texas) and Daniel Newell (So., Roanoke, Va.) as two faces to watch. Both Hoskins and Newell are aiming for national qualifying marks early in the season. Hoskins was an All-American in the heptathlon as a freshman in 2005.
Most of the Liberty men's cross country runners will sit the meet out, but middle-distance standout Travis Campbell (Sr., Candler, N.C.) will compete after redshirting last season.
Junior Clendon Henderson (Meadow, Texas) highlights the men's throwing corps. "We're expecting good things from him this season," stated Tolsma.
Arlene Zelinskas (Sr., Dayton, Ohio) will look to pick up where she left off last season. The multi-event performer was the named the Women's Outstanding Track Performer at the 2006 Big South Indoor Track and Field Championships after winning the pentathlon and the 60-meter hurdles.
The Lady Flames' top two cross country runners during the recently-completed season, Carol Jefferson (Jr., Schwenksville, Pa.) and Piper Newby (Jr., Hayden Lake, Idaho), will both be in action in Saturday's distance events.
The first four events of the men's heptathlon are slated for Friday, beginning with the 60-meter dash at 3:45 p.m. All other events will be contested on Saturday. The full meet schedule may be found below.
This is the first of three home meets on the Liberty indoor track and field season schedule and marks the Flames' lone competition of the fall semester. Admission is free to the Liberty Kickoff.
Friday, Dec. 1
3:45 p.m. - Men's Heptathlon 60-Meter Dash
4:30 p.m. - Men's Heptathlon Long Jump
5:45 p.m. - Men's Heptathlon Shot Put
6:45 p.m. - Men's Heptathlon High Jump
Saturday, Dec. 2
9 a.m. - Men's Weight Throw
9:30 a.m. - Women's Triple Jump, Men's Long Jump
10 a.m. - Women's Weight Throw, Women's Pole Vault
11:40 a.m. - Women's Pentathlon High Jump
After Women's Weight Throw - Men's Shot Put
After Women's Pole Vault - Men's Heptathlon Pole Vault
After Men's Shot Put - Women's Pentathlon Shot Put
1:30 p.m. - Women's Long Jump, Women's Pentathlon Long Jump, Men's Triple Jump, Women's High Jump
2 p.m. - Women's Shot Put, Men's Pole Vault
3 p.m. - Men's High Jump
11 a.m. – Women's Pentathlon 60-Meter Hurdles
11:10 a.m. – Women's 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
11:25 a.m. – Men's 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
11:35 a.m. – Men's Heptathlon 60-Meter Hurdles
11:45 a.m. – Men's 60-Meter Dash (Prelims)
Noon – Women's 60-Meter Dash (Prelims)
12:20 p.m. – Men's 60-Meter Hurdles (Two-Section Final)
12:30 p.m. – Women's 60-Meter Hurdles (Two-Section Final)
12:40 p.m. – Men's 60-Meter Dash (Two-Section Final)
12:50 p.m. – Women's 60-Meter Dash (Two-Section Final)
1 p.m. – Men's Mile Run
1:10 p.m. – Women's Mile Run
1:20 p.m. – Men's 400-Meter Dash
1:45 p.m. - Women's 400-Meter Dash
2:10 p.m. – Men's 800-Meter Run
2:25 p.m. - Women's 800-Meter Run
2:40 p.m. – Men's 200-Meter Dash
3:05 p.m. - Women's 200-Meter Dash
3:35 p.m. – Men's 5K
3:55 p.m. – Women's 5K
4:20 p.m. – Men's 4 x 400 Relay
4:35 p.m. – Women's 4 x 400 Relay
Men's Heptathlon 1,000-Meter Run and Women's Pentathlon 800-Meter Run (To be determined)