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BSC Outdoor Track Championships-Men's Preview

April 17, 2012
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Jacob DeValve is one of four Liberty athletes entered in the decathlon, which will begin Thursday at 2:20 p.m. with the 100-meter dash.

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Both the Liberty men's and women's squads are expected to contend for team titles at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which will be contested Thursday through Saturday at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The Liberty men's squad will aim for its sixth consecutive team championship at this meet. A victory would also wrap up the Flames' sixth straight Big South "Triple Crown," after Liberty previously captured Big South titles in men's cross country and men's indoor track & field this year.

The 19th edition of the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championship will begin Thursday at 1 p.m., with the women's hammer. The three-day meet is scheduled to conclude at approximately 4:35 p.m. Saturday, with the men's 4 x 400 relay wrapping up the championship.

How to Follow the Action
All three days of competition will be video streamed live on the Big South Network, for a small fee.

Live results will be available throughout the meet, thanks to TimingInc.com.

LibertyFlames.com will be on hand for all three days of the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and an interactive CoveritLive blog will be available on the website each day.

Periodic updates will also be posted to the official Liberty Flames Twitter account (@libertyflames).

Weather Report
It appears that the weather in Myrtle Beach should be pretty favorable for competition Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with high temperatures expected to reach the low 70s each day. There is a chance of thunderstorms both Thursday and Saturday.

Men's Meet Preview
The Liberty men's track & field team has won 16 titles in the 18-year history of the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including the last five in a row. Liberty has been especially dominant in recent years, winning each of its last five outdoor championships by 74 or more points. Last season, the Flames enjoyed a 76-point margin of victory (187.5-111.5) over runner-up Coastal Carolina.

The host Chanticleers could present the greatest challenge to the Flames this weekend. Coach Jeff Jacobs' Coastal Carolina squad has finished in the top two at this meet nine times in the last 10 years, including a victory over Liberty in 2006. That was the last time Coastal Carolina hosted the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Two of the top Flames to watch are redshirt senior Kolby Shepherd and redshirt junior Ryan Smith. Shepherd will aim for his second straight Big South outdoor men's pole vault title and the third of this career. Meanwhile, Smith is attempting to claim his third Big South outdoor men's shot put crown in a row. If successful, he would become the first men's shot putter in conference history to accomplish that feat.

Freshmen Leonard Robbins and Kyle Wheeler will look to build upon their indoor success. The Co-Big South Men's Freshmen of the Year each won Big South event titles in February, as Robbins claimed the 400-meter dash title and Wheeler took top honors in the high jump.

The Flames will also try to capture their first relay title at this meet since 2005, as they enter the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships seeded first in the 4 x 400 and second in the 4 x 100 relay.

Men's 100-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 5:20 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:10 p.m.
Defending Champion: Javon Young (Charleston Southern) – 10.43 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Young
2012 Indoor Champion (60 Meters): Javon Young (Charleston Southern) – 6.71
2012 Leader: Evan Emery (High Point) – 10.28 (Tied for No. 18 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Guifaly Christolin – 2002)
Liberty Entrants: Tarell Williams, Anthony Settje, Roderick Spruel and Maxwell Asante
Outlook: Liberty boasts its most sprinting depth in recent years, with five runners (Maxwell Asante, Kyle Gill, Anthony Settje, Roderick Spruel and Tarell Williams) who have qualified for the IC4A meet in the 100-meter dash. However, the Big South Conference as a whole is also strong in this event, with 14 runners who have clocked 100-meter times of 10.80 seconds or faster this season. Up front, fans could be treated to a memorable matchup between Charleston Southern senior Javon Young and High Point sophomore Evan Emery. Young will try to become the first men's runner ever to capture three straight Big South 100-meter dash titles. However, Emery enters this weekend's meet as the top seed at 10.28 seconds, compared to Young's season best of 10.35.

Men's 200-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 7:20 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 3:35 p.m.
Defending Champion: Javon Young (Charleston Southern) – 20.96
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Young
2012 Indoor Champion: Javon Young (Charleston Southern) – 20.97
2012 Leader: Evan Emery (High Point) – 20.87
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Guifaly Christolin - 2002)
Liberty Entrants: Leonard Robbins, ConRoy Smith, Lachaddrick Ellis and Roderick Spruel
Outlook: As in the 100-meter dash, the Big South Conference is quite deep at 200 meters. Liberty's Leonard Robbins, ConRoy Smith and Lachaddrick Ellis are three of the conference's 16 sprinters who have cracked the 22-second barrier this spring. Charleston Southern's Javon Young will aim to defend his conference title from 2011 and make it eight straight seasons that a Buccaneer sprinter has won this event. Again, Young will have to contend with High Point's Evan Emery, who has clocked a time of 20.87 seconds this year while Young's season best is 20.89.

Men's 400-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 4:40 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 1:55 p.m.
Defending Champion: Dantwan Spreads (Charleston Southern) – 47.53
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Spreads
2012 Indoor Champion: Leonard Robbins (Liberty) – 48.70
2012 Leader: Justin Doehr (High Point) – 47.93
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Chad Wilson – 2002)
Liberty Entrants: Leonard Robbins, Kyle Gill, Andre Washington and Tyler Weigandt
Outlook: Charleston Southern runners have won the Big South 400-meter dash title seven years in a row, but that streak could be in jeopardy on Saturday. Defending champion Dantwan Spreads has only run the 400-meter dash twice this season and ranks No. 14 in the conference at 49.53 seconds. Liberty freshman Leonard Robbins won the Big South indoor 400-meter title and will now attempt to become the first Flame to win the one-lap event outdoors since Chad Wilson in 2002. Other top contenders could be High Point freshman Justin Doehr, who is the only Big South runner to crack 48 seconds this season (47.93), and Radford junior Kaise White.

Men's 800-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 5:55 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Felix Kitur (VMI) – 1:48.91 (Fourth in a row)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Kitur
2012 Indoor Champion: Adam Leroux (Winthrop) – 1:57.66
2012 Leader: Felix Kitur (VMI) – 1:48.14 (No. 13 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Chris Lyons - 2005)
Liberty Entrants: Paul Arslain, John Sherret and Trevor Hope
Outlook: VMI senior Felix Kitur is the story in the 800-meter run this weekend, as he is the heavy favorite to claim his unprecedented fifth consecutive Big South title in this event. The Keydet standout is ranked No. 13 nationally with his season-best time of 1:48.14, putting him more than three seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. Big South indoor champion Adam Leroux of Winthrop looks to be Kitur's top contender. Liberty junior Paul Arslain also hopes for a strong finish. He placed fourth at the Big South indoor meet, just eight-thousandths of a second behind second place.

Men's 1,500-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 3:20 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 1 p.m.
Defending Champion: Felix Kitur (VMI) – 3:55.39
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Kitur
2012 Indoor Champion (Mile): Andrey Dmitriev (VMI) – 4:17.50
2012 Leader: Jacob Smith (High Point) – 3:48.14
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Sam Chelanga - 2009)
Liberty Entrants: Jarred Cornfield, Jacob Onifer, Andrew Rigler and Will Reeves
Outlook: It will be interesting to see who enters the 1,500-meter run. VMI's Felix Kitur is the defending champion and High Point's Jacob Smith is the Big South's No. 1 seed this year, but both could focus on other events. Andrey Dmitriev of VMI was last year's conference runner-up and captured the Big South indoor mile title in February, but he has only clocked 3:58.34 for the 1,500 this season. Campbell sophomore Chris Schulist was a close second behind Dmitriev indoors and also bears watching. Liberty sophomore Jarred Cornfield came in fourth in this event a year ago and is the Flames' top hope in the "metric mile."

Men's 3,000-Meter Steeplechase
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 8 p.m.
Defending Champion: Evans Kigen (Liberty) – 8:53.32 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Jacob Smith (High Point) – 2nd place
2012 Leader: Josh MacDonald (Liberty) – 9:06.03
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Evans Kigen - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Josh MacDonald, Pedro Carela and Nate Jones
Outlook: Liberty sophomore Josh MacDonald is the Big South's top seed in the steeplechase by nearly 10 seconds and will attempt to capture his first conference title. His stiffest competition is likely to come from several High Point Panthers. Last season, MacDonald finished fourth in this event, with High Point's Jacob Smith in second and Dakota Peachee in third. The Panthers' Patrick Crawford, who came in fifth in 2011, is seeded second behind MacDonald at 9:15.91.

Men's 5,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 4:05 p.m.
Defending Champion: Evans Kigen (Liberty) – 14:35.32 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Neal Darmody (High Point) – 14:47.96 – 2nd place
2012 Indoor Champion: Jacob Smith (High Point) – 14:30.42
2012 Leader: Jacob Smith (High Point) – 14:01.66
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Evans Kigen – 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Caleb Edmonds, David Ricksecker, Josh MacDonald and Ngetich Kipchirchir
Outlook: Four different Liberty runners have combined to win the last seven Big South outdoor men's 5K titles, dating back to 2005. Caleb Edmonds is the Flames' most likely candidate to extend the impressive streak. He owns Liberty's fastest 5K time of the season at 14:29.17 and is the only one of the Flames' four entrants who will be entering Saturday's race fresh. Edmonds will square off against High Point standout Jacob Smith, the reigning Big South indoor 5K champion who posted an impressive conference-leading time of 14:01.66 earlier this month.

Men's 10,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 8:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Neal Darmody (High Point) – 30:48.36
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Darmody
2012 Leader: Josh MacDonald (Liberty) – 30:57.09
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Josh McDougal – 2007)
Liberty Entrants: Ngetich Kipchirchir and David Ricksecker
Outlook: The 10K race is difficult to call, with defending champion Neal Darmody of High Point not in top racing form and top seed Josh MacDonald of Liberty focusing on other events. The Flames' Ngetich Kipchirchir has run the fastest 10K this season (30:59.80) of anyone who will compete in Thursday evening's race. Meanwhile, teammate David Ricksecker will look for a strong performance in his 10K debut. Coastal Carolina's Kyle Kling was the 10K runner-up a year ago and could be one of the top contenders once again in front of his home fans.

Men's 110-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 4:10 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 1:35 p.m.
Defending Champion: Keary Simms (Winthrop) – 14.23
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Milan Ristic (UNC Asheville) – 3rd place
2012 Indoor Champion (60 Hurdles): Milan Ristic (UNC Asheville) – 7.91
2012 Leader: Milan Ristic (UNC Asheville) – 13.94 (Tied for No. 23 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Micah Brinkley - 2004)
Liberty Entrants: None
Outlook: The men's 110-meter hurdles is the only event at this weekend's meet which will not feature any Liberty entrants. The race should be a showdown between UNC Asheville sophomore Milan Ristic and Radford freshman Vincent Wyatt, who own the Big South's fastest times by far. Ristic took the Big South indoor 60 hurdles crown in February and will attempt to become the Bulldogs' first-ever Big South 110 hurdles champion.

Men's 400-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 6:35 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 3:05 p.m.
Defending Champion: Brett Olinger (Radford) – 52.33
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Olinger
2012 Leader: Taylor Courtney (Liberty) – 52.46
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Tim O'Donnell - 2009)
Liberty Entrants: Taylor Courtney, Riley White and Marc Jackson
Outlook: Last year, Liberty's Taylor Courtney made a bid to win Big South titles in both the 400-meter dash and 400-meter hurdles, but fell just short in both races. This time around, Courtney will focus his attention on the 400 hurdles, an event where he owns the Big South's fastest time in 2012, 52.46 seconds. He should receive a strong challenge from Radford senior Brett Olinger. The defending Big South champion in this event has clocked a time of 52.90 this season.

Men's 4 x 100 Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 12:40 p.m.
Defending Champion: Charleston Southern – 40.30 (Sixth in a row)
2012 Leader: Charleston Southern – 40.26
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (2005)
Outlook: Charleston Southern has dominated the men's 4 x 100 relay in recent years, winning six Big South titles in succession. The Javon Young-led Buccaneers are favored to win again, after posting a time of 40.26 at the UNF Invitational. Liberty is seeded second, with its time of 40.71 from the Texas Relays. The Flames were the last team other than CSU to win this event, claiming the title in 2005.

Men's 4 x 400 Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Radford – 3:16.02 (Fourth in a row)
2012 Indoor Champion: Liberty – 3:14.70
2012 Leader: Liberty – 3:13.76
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (2001)
Outlook: The men's 4 x 400 relay was one of the most exciting events at this year's Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, as the top three teams were separated by just 0.33 seconds. Liberty, which pulled out a narrow victory over Radford and Charleston Southern in that race, has notched the Big South's fastest time this season at 3:13.76. The Flames will seek their first Big South outdoor men's 4 x 400 relay championship since 2001. Radford enters as the four-time defending conference champions in this event, which will be the final race of the weekend.

Men's Long Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 4 p.m.
Defending Champion: Lavon Allen (Charleston Southern) – 24-1.5 (7.35m)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Allen
2012 Indoor Champion: Lavon Allen (Charleston Southern) – 24-10.5 (7.58m)
2012 Leader: Lavon Allen (Charleston Southern) – 24-11.75 (7.61m) (Tied for No. 17 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 10 (Clarence Powell - 2010)
Liberty Entrants: Kevin Reddington, Kyle Wheeler, Tarell Williams and Eric Schmidt
Outlook: Liberty will attempt to improve upon their showing in the men's long jump at the 2011 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which saw the Flames shut out of the team scoring. Liberty should be well equipped to do just that, as Kevin Reddington is ranked No. 3 in the conference at 23-6 and freshman Kyle Wheeler placed third at the Big South indoor meet. Charleston Southern's Lavon Allen enters Thursday's competition as a significant favorite. The reigning Big South indoor and outdoor long jump champion has jumped 24-11.75 this year, tying him for No. 17 on the national list.

Men's Triple Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 2 p.m.
Defending Champion: Chris Johnson (Liberty) – 48-10.75 (14.90m)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Ademola Titcombe (VMI) – 3rd place
2012 Indoor Champion: Ademola Titcombe (VMI) – 48-3.5 (14.72m)
2012 Leader: Burton Jones (Coastal Carolina) – 48-3.5 (14.72m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Chris Johnson - 2011)
Liberty Entrant: Kyle Wheeler
Outlook: Liberty has won the Big South outdoor men's triple jump title three of the past four seasons but has only one entrant this time around, freshman Kyle Wheeler. Wheeler placed sixth in this event at the Big South indoor meet and is seeded No. 4 outdoors at 46-1.5. Two jumpers to watch include VMI's Ademola Titcombe and Coastal Carolina's Burton Jones. Titcombe won the Big South indoor triple jump crown, while Jones boasts the Big South's longest outdoor triple jump thus far in 2012, 48-3.5.

Men's High Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jacques Watson (Coastal Carolina) – 7-0.25 (2.14m) (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Dexter Young (Winthrop) – 4th place
2012 Indoor Champion: Kyle Wheeler (Liberty) – 6-8.75 (2.05m)
2012 Leader: Kyle Wheeler (Liberty) – 6-11.75 (2.13m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Anthony Bryant - 2009)
Liberty Entrants: Kyle Wheeler and Daniel Klase
Outlook: Liberty freshman Kyle Wheeler and Winthrop senior Dexter Young battled for the men's high jump championship at the Big South indoor meet, before Wheeler came away as the champion. Wheeler tops the Big South outdoor performance list at 6-11.75 and has a chance to become the first Liberty high jumper ever to claim Big South indoor and outdoor titles in the same year. Young has cleared 6-9.75 this season and is the top returnee from 2011, when he finished fourth. VMI's Antonio Wood is also a strong high jumper with a 6-9.5 season best. However, he will have already completed all 10 decathlon events by the time the men's high jump begins Friday afternoon.

Men's Pole Vault
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 1 p.m.
Defending Champion: Kolby Shepherd (Liberty) – 17-0.75 (5.20m)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Shepherd
2012 Indoor Champion: Kolby Shepherd (Liberty) – 16-5.25 (5.01m)
2012 Leader: Kolby Shepherd (Liberty) – 16-6.75 (5.05m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 12 (Kolby Shepherd - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Kolby Shepherd, Jon Drablos, Cody Fridgen and Matthew Thompson
Outlook: Liberty's pole vault quartet of Kolby Shepherd, Cody Fridgen, Jon Drablos and Matthew Thompson finished first, second, third and fifth, respectively, at this year's Big South indoor meet, racking up 28 team points. Entering this weekend's meet, the same four Flames own the top four spots on the Big South performance list. As a result, Liberty has a chance to finish 1-2-3-4 in the Big South outdoor men's pole vault for the first time since 2000. Leading the charge is Shepherd, who will try to defend his title from last year and claim the seventh Big South championship of his career, including the indoor and outdoor conference meets. The redshirt senior owns the Big South's highest clearance this season, 16-6.75. Liberty's Fridgen is also a past Big South champion in this event, taking the 2010 outdoor crown.

Men's Shot Put
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 3:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Ryan Smith (Liberty) – 53-7.75 (16.35m) (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Smith
2012 Indoor Champion: Ryan Smith (Liberty) – 60-1.75 (18.33m)
2012 Leader: Ryan Smith (Liberty) – 59-0 (17.98m) (No. 26 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Ryan Smith - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Ryan Smith, David Scouten, Jacob DeValve and Tim Abbott
Outlook: The Flames' Ryan Smith is five-for-five in winning Big South shot put titles so far in his career. He captured the 2010 and 2011 Big South outdoor shot put crowns, to go along with three straight indoor championships (2010, 2011 and 2012). This time around, Smith is favored heavily once again. His top mark of 59-0 is more than five and a half feet longer than that of Gardner-Webb's Carson Sears, who ranks No. 2 in the Big South. If Smith wins, he would become the first-ever three-time Big South outdoor men's shot put champion. Behind Smith, David Scouten, Jacob DeValve and Tim Abbott hope to make this a big event for Liberty. At the 2012 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, the same Liberty quartet scored 23 points in the shot put.

Men's Discus
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Elliot Galeone (Liberty) – 162-4 (49.47m) (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Carson Sears (Gardner-Webb) – 2nd place
2012 Leader: Mark Britton (Winthrop) – 165-4 (50.40m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 12 (Elliot Galeone - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Ryan Smith, David Scouten and Tim Abbott
Outlook: The men's discus has traditionally been one of Liberty's strongest events at the Big South meet. The Flames have won this event five straight years and 12 times overall in the 18-year history of the championship. Five Big South throwers have notched marks between 160-11 and 165-4 this season, with three of them being Liberty Flames (Ryan Smith, David Scouten and Tim Abbott). Winthrop freshman Mark Britton tops the Big South performance list at 165-4, followed by Coastal Carolina's Cameron Griggs at 162-7. Gardner-Webb's Carson Sears was the runner-up behind Liberty's Elliot Galeone a year ago but ranks only eighth in the conference thus far in 2012, at 151-8.

Men's Javelin
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 2 p.m.
Defending Champion: Elliot Galeone (Liberty) – 229-5 (69.93m)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Jason Flanagan (Coastal Carolina) – 2nd place
2012 Leader: Jason Flanagan (Coastal Carolina) – 239-1 (72.87m) (No. 9 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Elliot Galeone - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Steve Feister, Jacob DeValve, Daniel Klase and Gabriel Percival
Outlook: Liberty has fared well in the men's javelin this season, with four throwers reaching 183-8 or longer. Leading the way for the Flames is freshman Steve Feister, who ranks No. 5 in the Big South at 198-1. However, it will be difficult for Liberty to score big points in the event, with three Big South javelin throwers ranked among the top 22 in the nation. Coastal Carolina's Jason Flanagan highlights the field. He has broken the Big South javelin record with a 239-1 heave and currently sits No. 9 in the nation. Flanagan won the 2010 Big South javelin title, before placing second to Liberty's Elliot Galeone in 2011.

Men's Hammer
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Christoph Hutschalik (Gardner-Webb) – 199-6 (60.81m)
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Carson Sears (Gardner-Webb) – 2nd place
2012 Indoor Champion (Weight): Ryan Smith (Liberty) – 63-6.25 (19.36m)
2012 Leader: Carson Sears (Gardner-Webb) – 211-6 (64.48m) (No. 12 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 3 (Jon Hart - 2008)
Liberty Entrants: Ryan Smith and David Scouten
Outlook: Gardner-Webb's Christoph Hutschalik is the defending champion in the men's hammer but has since graduated. In his place, another Runnin' Bulldog is a strong favorite to win on Thursday. Gardner-Webb sophomore Carson Sears placed second to his teammate in 2011 and owns the conference's best mark this season (211-6) by almost 22 feet. Liberty's Ryan Smith ranks a distant second on the Big South performance list at 189-8. Smith will look to continue his upward progression in this event, after placing fifth in 2010 and fourth in 2011.

Men's Decathlon
Event Schedule: Day One – Begins Thursday at 2:20 p.m.; Day Two – Begins Friday at Noon
Defending Champion: Geren Woodbridge (Liberty) – 6,926
Top Returnee from 2011 Meet: Antonio Wood (VMI) – 2nd place
2012 Indoor Champion (Heptathlon): Antonio Wood (VMI) – 5,168
2012 Leader: Antonio Wood (VMI) – 6,657
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Geren Woodbridge - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Nick Fifelski, Tevan McIntire, Harrison Allen and Jacob DeValve
Outlook: Liberty decathletes have won the Big South title eight times in the 11 years the event has been contested at the conference meet. However, it is VMI's Antonio Wood who enters this year's competition as the favorite. Wood is the reigning Big South heptathlon champion and decathlon runner-up. He enters this weekend's competition as the Big South's top seed and will try to become VMI's first Big South decathlon champion since his coach, Garrett Brickner, won the title in 2005. Harrison Allen is Liberty's top returnee from last season, after placing sixth in 2011. The Flames' Jacob DeValve could be a darkhorse in the competition. He has not contested a decathlon yet this season, but has notched strong marks in the 400 (49.22), shot put (48-7.25), discus (146-5) and javelin (194-7).