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Duke, Winthrop Twilight Meets Set for Sunday

May 4, 2012
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Melanie Sims will attempt to qualify for the ECAC meet in the 400 hurdles, Sunday at the Winthrop Twilight in Rock Hill, S.C.

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Durham, N.C. Weather

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Rock Hill, S.C. Weather

For the second consecutive week, Liberty's track & field athletes will be divided between two different meets. Some Flames and Lady Flames are entered in Sunday's Duke Twilight in Durham, N.C. Others will compete in the Winthrop Twilight, slated for Sunday in Rock Hill, S.C.

Field events at the Duke Twilight will begin at 2 p.m., with running events to follow at 5 p.m. The Winthrop Twilight will follow a very similar plan, with field events also starting at 2 p.m. and running events getting under way at 5 p.m.

These two meets will mark athletes' final opportunity to qualify for the IC4A and ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Those two meets will be contested concurrently at Weaver Track & Field Stadium in Princeton, N.J., May 11-13.

How to Follow the Flames and Lady Flames
Live results will be available for both the Duke Twilight and Winthrop Twilight, with links available at the top of this release and on the track & field schedule/results page on LibertyFlames.com.

Weather Report
Temperatures should be quite pleasant in both Durham and Rock Hill on Sunday, with high temperatures projected to be in the low 80s in both locations. Rain is a bit more likely at the Winthrop Twilight than the Duke Twilight, with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms in Rock Hill.

Chasing Qualifiers
Liberty has seen 40 different individuals qualify for the IC4A and ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships so far this season. The following are a few of the Flames and Lady Flames who hope to add their names to that list this weekend.

Duke Twilight
Betel Yosef
– Women's 3,000-meter steeplechase – 11:01.58 season best; needs 10:50.24

Winthrop Twilight
ConRoy Smith
– Men's 100-meter dash – 10.93 season best; needs 10.85
ConRoy Smith – Men's 200-meter dash – 21.84 season best; needs 21.80
Melanie Sims – Women's 400-meter hurdles – 1:02.97 season best; needs 1:02.04
Melissa Rohwer – Women's triple jump – 39-0.25 season best; needs 39-6.5

In order to compete at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, May 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla., athletes will need to be among the top 48 declared competitors in the East Region in their respective events. The following Liberty athletes are currently "on the bubble" for qualification to the NCAA Preliminary Round meet and will attempt to improve their performances on Sunday.

Duke Twilight
Tim Abbott
– Men's discus
David Scouten – Men's discus
Ryan Smith – Men's discus
Jennifer Klugh – Women's 1,500-meter run

Winthrop Twilight
Kolby Shepherd
– Men's pole rault
Steve Feister – Men's javelin
Mia Aghaji – Women's triple jump

Bouncing with Bendik
Redshirt senior Melinda Bendik has been on a roll lately. The last two weeks have seen the Texas native win the Big South women's hammer championship, improve her school record in the women's hammer to 197-10 and be named Big South Women's Field Athlete of the Week.

Currently ranked No. 7 in the East Region and No. 20 nationally in the women's hammer, Bendik will throw both the hammer and discus at the Duke Twilight on Sunday afternoon.

Bendik's season-best discus mark of 136-5 leaves her three feet away from becoming the fourth Lady Flame to notch an ECAC qualifier in the women's discus this season.

Preparing Her Defense
Christina Mitchell will attempt to defend her heptathlon title at next weekend's ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In preparation, she has a busy day of activity scheduled at the Winthrop Twilight. Mitchell is entered in the 200-meter dash, 100-meter hurdles, shot put and javelin during the one-day meet on Sunday.

Coaches Celebrate
Regardless of how Sunday's meets turn out, this has already been a successful week for two of Liberty's coaches. Assistant coach Clendon Henderson and his wife, Brenda, had their second child, Cheyanne, Thursday morning at 9:32 a.m. Their new daughter is also the seventh grandchild for head coach Brant Tolsma and his wife, Nancy.