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Liberty Track Set for Quad, Tyson Invite

February 6, 2013  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty sophomore Kyle Wheeler is part of a talented field in the men's high jump at the Liberty Quad, with the event set for a 7 p.m. start Friday evening.

Liberty sophomore Kyle Wheeler is part of a talented field in the men's high jump at the Liberty Quad, with the event set for a 7 p.m. start Friday evening.

Liberty Quad Time Schedule

Liberty Quad Performance List

Liberty Quad Live Results

Tyson Invitational Meet Information

Tyson Invitational Live Results

Tyson Invitational Video Streaming

For the second time this season, the Liberty men's and women's indoor track & field athletes will be divided between two meets this week. Most of the Flames and Lady Flames will compete in the team's final home meet of the 2012-13 indoor campaign, the seventh annual Liberty Quad, Thursday and Friday at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center. Meanwhile, 14 athletes will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., for the prestigious Tyson Invitational, Friday and Saturday.

The Liberty Quad, which will see the Flames and Lady Flames compete against athletes from Appalachian State, Elon, James Madison, Lynchburg College, Richmond and VMI, will get under way on Thursday at 2:30 p.m., with the first four events of the heptathlon. All other events will take place Friday, beginning with the heptathlon 60-meter hurdles at 2 p.m.

Melissa Rohwer will be the first Liberty competitor in action at the Tyson Invitational, beginning the women's long jump Friday at 1 p.m. Eastern. Saturday's events will begin at noon Eastern, with Mychelle Cumings in the women's shot put and Rohwer and Janae Jones in the women's triple jump.

How to Follow the Flames and Lady Flames
Live results will be available throughout both the Liberty Quad and Tyson Invitational and are accessible by clicking the appropriate "live results" links at the top of this page or the "live stats" links on the track & field schedule/results page of

For a fee, video streaming coverage of the Tyson Invitational will be available through Arkansas' RazorVision Premium portal. Links to the RazorVision page may be found at the top of this page and on the track & field schedule/results page.

Last Tune-up
The Liberty Quad and Tyson Invitational will mark Liberty's final meets prior to the 2013 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, which are slated for Feb. 21-22 in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Flames and Lady Flames will take next weekend off from competition.

Liberty will be seeking its fourth consecutive Big South women's indoor track & field title, while the Flames will aim to make it 16 Big South men's indoor track & field championships in a row.

Chasing Qualifiers
A number of Liberty athletes will attempt to attain IC4A/ECAC qualifying marks this weekend, so they do not have to worry about chasing certain marks at the Big South Championships. Here are a few of the Flames and Lady Flames who are close to the standard in their events.

Jacy Christiansen – Women's 3K (Standard is 9:58.94; her season best is 10:04.12)
Mychelle Cumings – Women's Weight Throw (Standard is 52-6; her season best is 52-5.5)
Leonard Robbins – Men's 400 (Standard is 49.20; his season best is 49.27)

Fond Memories of Fayetteville
Arkansas' Randal Tyson Track Center, which will play host to the Tyson Invitational, is also the site of this year's SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships and NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.

The Randal Tyson Track Center was the site of Liberty's first-ever NCAA Division I individual national championship, as Heather Sagan won the women's mile title there in 2002. Additionally, Sam Chelanga clocked the fastest 5K time of his collegiate career at the Randal Tyson Track Center, a 13:19.79 effort at the 2009 Tyson Invitational.

Regional Rankings
After finishing sixth at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup, the Liberty men's indoor track & field team is ranked a season-high 10th in the Southeast Region of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Regional Index this week. However, the Lady Flames dropped out of the Regional Index top 15 listing for the first time this season.

Liberty's Competition Schedule at the Tyson Invitational
(All Times Listed are Eastern)
Friday, Feb. 8
1 p.m. – Women's Long Jump (Melissa Rohwer)
2 p.m. – Men's Long Jump (Aaron Johnson, Kevin Reddington, Tarell Williams)
3 p.m. – Men's 400 (Leonard Robbins, Andre Washington)
4 p.m. – Women's Weight Throw (Mychelle Cumings)
4:30 p.m. – Men's 60 Hurdles Prelim (Andre Washington)
5:40 p.m. – Women's 60 Prelim (Abigail Flower)
6:10 p.m. – Men's 60 Prelim (Roderick Spruel)
7 p.m. (approx.) – Men's Weight Throw (Ryan Smith)
7:30 p.m. – Men's 60 Hurdles Semifinals (Andre Washington) – if necessary
7:40 p.m. – Women's 60 Semifinals (Abigail Flower) – if necessary
7:45 p.m. – Men's 60 Semifinals (Roderick Spruel) – if necessary
7:55 p.m. – Women's 5K (Khristina Kanagy)
8:40 p.m. – Men's 60 Hurdles Final (Andre Washington) – if necessary
8:50 p.m. – Women's 60 Final (Abigail Flower) – if necessary
8:55 p.m. – Men's 60 Final (Roderick Spruel) – if necessary

Saturday, Feb. 9
Noon – Women's Shot Put (Mychelle Cumings)
Noon – Women's Triple Jump (Janae Jones, Melissa Rohwer)
2 p.m. – Women's 200 (Abigail Flower)
3 p.m. – Men's Shot Put (Ryan Smith)
3:15 p.m. – Men's 200 (Leonard Robbins)
4:15 p.m. – Women's 3K (Jacy Christiansen)
4:30 p.m. – Men's 3K (Caleb Edmonds)

10 Liberty Quad Events You Won't Want to Miss
Listed in chronological order

Friday, 4:15 p.m. – Women's Pole Vault – Appalachian State boasts a strong group of women's pole vaulters, led by Cassandra Crawford and Chelsea Farr. Both of them own a personal best of 12-9.5. Crawford has competed at the NCAA Preliminary Round meet each of the last two seasons, while Farr was the Southern Conference indoor pole vault runner-up in 2012. Liberty senior Shelley Parker's personal-best clearance is 12-7.5. She won the pole vault title at the 2011 Liberty Quad, the same year that she swept the Big South indoor and outdoor crowns.

Friday, 4:30 p.m. – Men's Long Jump – Liberty's Walt Aikens has long jumped over 23 feet in each of his first two collegiate meets, including a 23-2.5 leap at the Liberty Open on Jan. 26. That effort ranks him No. 5 nationally among football players competing in track & field. He will be challenged by Appalachian State freshman Henry Bustle, who reached 23-6.25 in his collegiate debut. The Flames' Kyle Wheeler is coming off of a season-best 22-6.5 long jump at Saturday's Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup. If he can reach 23-0.5 on Saturday, he would become Liberty's fifth men's long jumper to hit the IC4A standard this season.

Friday, 4:30 p.m. – Women's Weight Throw – Competing unattached, Liberty's Jocelyn Williams has won the women's weight throw at each of the Flames' first two home meets this season. On Friday, her top competitor could be James Madison's DaQuaa Scott, who won this event at the 2012 Liberty Quad and qualified for last year's ECAC meet. The field also features Ana DeLeon of Appalachian State, who tops the 2013 Southern Conference performance list at 57-0.25. Elon's Charlise Morgan, the 2012 Southern Conference weight throw runner-up, is scheduled to compete as well.

Friday, 5:55 p.m. – Men's Mile – The men's mile meet record of 4:09.82, set in 2010 by William & Mary's Lewis Woodard, could be in jeopardy on Friday. The race's top runners are aiming to go through the half-mile mark in around 2:05. Richmond assistant coach Jon Molz, who owns the meet record in the 1,000 (2:29.58), is entered, as are some of his team's top runners. Last week at the Armory in New York, Richmond's Matthew Groff clocked a time of 4:14.32, while teammate Jason Skipper finished in 4:16.93. Andrey Dmitriev of VMI is the defending Big South champion in the men's mile and also figures to be in the hunt during his season debut race. Some of Liberty's top distance runners, led by Jeremie Bourget, Ngetich Kipchirchir and Josh MacDonald, will step down and try their hand at a shorter event.

Friday, 6 p.m. – Men's Shot Put – With Liberty's Ryan Smith out of town competing at the Tyson Invitational, Appalachian State's Jared Stalling becomes the favorite in the men's shot put. The senior swept the Southern Conference indoor and outdoor shot put titles in 2012. Liberty's David Scouten won the Liberty Quad shot put crown in Smith's absence a year ago and will attempt to defend his championship while competing unattached.

Friday, 6:30 p.m. – Women's 400 – The 400-meter dash could be one of the more competitive women's races of the day. Elon teammates Bria Bell and Veronica Luedke finished second and third, respectively, in the 400 at the Liberty Kickoff meet. Appalachian State's Shenita Martin is the Southern Conference's defending champion in the 400 hurdles. The Lady Flames' entrants are paced by freshmen Mary Echols and Corinn Bedell, who went 1-2 in this event at the Liberty Open.

Friday, 6:45 p.m. – Men's 800 – The men's 800 could shape up as a head-to-head battle between Liberty and VMI. For the Flames, Jarred Cornfield will make his 800-meter season debut after posting times of 2:29.76 in the 1,000 and 4:15.33 in the mile earlier this year. Teammate Trevor Hope ran an impressive 1:55 split in the 4 x 800 relay at the Liberty Open two weeks ago. The Keydets' Jacob Lysher finished seventh in the 800-meter final at the 2012 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, while teammate Avery Martin has clocked 2:30.27 for the 1,000 this year.

Friday, 7 p.m. – Women's Shot PutRachel Barnes, the 2011 Liberty Quad women's shot put champion, will be the Lady Flames' top entrant with teammate Mychelle Cumings competing in Arkansas this weekend. Elon's Charlise Morgan was the Southern Conference outdoor shot put runner-up a year ago, while Appalachian State's Jasmine Suydam came in third in this event at both the Southern Conference indoor and outdoor meets in 2012. VMI sophomore Renee Reives ranks third on the Big South women's shot put list this season, at 45-1.5.

Friday, 7 p.m. – Men's High Jump – VMI freshman Avion Jones has burst onto the scene and currently tops the Big South high jump list at 6-11.75. Friday evening will mark his first head-to-head matchup against Liberty's Kyle Wheeler, who won the Big South indoor and outdoor high jump crowns as a freshman in 2012. Wheeler and teammate Walt Aikens have both topped out at 6-6.25 this season. The Keydets' Antonio Wood, who won the heptathlon at the Liberty Open, should also be a strong contender in this event. His personal-best high jump clearance is 6-9.5.

Friday, 7:15 p.m. – Women's 1,000 – A small but talented field could produce an entertaining race in the women's 1,000-meter run. VMI senior Jenna Moye leads the Big South in the mile this season, with a converted time of 4:55.62. The Lady Flames will be led by Meredith Mistretta, who will drop down in distance after slicing her 5K personal best down to 18:00.12 at last weekend's Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup.