Sherri Spruel helped Liberty win the women's 4 x 100 relay in Charlottesville last season.
Meet Schedule Live Results (Flash Results) The Liberty men's and women's track & field teams will square off against Commonwealth foes James Madison, Radford, VCU and Virginia on Saturday, at the team-scored Virginia Cup. The one-day event will be contested at Lannigan Field in Charlottesville, Va. The women's hammer will get the meet started with a 9 a.m. start time. Running events will commence at 1:30 p.m., with the prelims of the women's 100-meter hurdles.
How to Follow the Flames and Lady Flames Live results will be available throughout the meet, courtesy of Flash Results.
Weather Report One day before snowfall is expected in Virginia, Saturday's weather is expected to be rather pleasant in Charlottesville. The high temperature is projected to reach the mid-50s under partly cloudy skies.
Looking Back at Last Year A year ago, Liberty competed in the same meet at Virginia, which was then called the UVa Team Swashbuckle. Despite resting all of its distance runners, Liberty placed third in both the men's and women's team standings. Mychelle Cumings led the way, winning the women's shot put and discus. Her discus mark of 158-8 broke the school record that had stood for 20 years. The Lady Flames also claimed victory in the women's 4 x 100 relay with a quartet of Sherri Spruel, Abigail Flower, Olivia Charnuski and Meme Layne. On the men's side, David Scouten captured first place in the men's shot put last season. However, he will not be back to defend his title because he is redshirting the 2013 outdoor campaign.
Mighty Mitchell Christina Mitchell's final outdoor track & field season is off to a strong start. She has won the women's javelin title at each of her first two meets (Coastal Carolina Invitational and Shamrock Invitational). Most recently, Mitchell broke her own school record with a 151-4 heave at the Shamrock Invitational on Saturday, earning Big South Women's Field Athlete of the Week honors. Mitchell is entered in the women's javelin at the Virginia Cup, where she will aim for her third straight victory to start the season. Last season in Charlottesville, Mitchell came in fourth in the javelin at the UVa Team Swashbuckle.
Looking Ahead A number of Liberty athletes will either take this meet off from competition or have a lighter workload than usual at the Virginia Cup, in preparation for a big week. The Flames and Lady Flames will be divided between three prestigious, highly-competitive meets next week, including the Raleigh Relays, Texas Relays and Stanford Invitational.
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