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February 25, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Jocelyn Williams is the defending Big South women's weight throw champion.

Jocelyn Williams is the defending Big South women's weight throw champion.

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The 2015 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, which begin on Thursday in Winston-Salem, N.C., could feature tight men's and women's team battles. The Liberty men's squad, which will be seeking its 18th straight team title, expects challenges from Campbell and High Point. Meanwhile, the Lady Flames hope to unseat two-time defending champion Coastal Carolina.

For the second time in three years, the two-day competition will be held at the JDL Fast Track, which features a 200-meter flat track. The meet will get under way Thursday at 10 a.m., with the heptathlon 60-meter dash. Friday's slate of events will also begin at 10 a.m., with the heptathlon 60-meter hurdles.

How to Follow the Action
Live event-by-event results will be provided throughout the meet.

Additionally, periodic meet updates will be posted to the Liberty Gameday Twitter account (@LUGameday) throughout both days of competition.

Men's Meet Preview
The Liberty men's track & field team has been dominant ever since the inaugural Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships were held at Virginia Tech's Rector Field House in 1998. The Flames have captured 17 straight team titles, marking the longest string of conference championships in any sport in Big South Conference history. It is also the longest active championship streak in NCAA Division I men's indoor track & field.

Liberty's smallest margin of victory during the streak came last season, when the Flames held off Campbell by 24.5 points (161.5 to 137). The Camels and 2013 Big South runner-up High Point are both expected to be in the hunt this week.

Only six men's teams will compete at the 2015 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, as Liberty, Campbell and High Point will be joined by Gardner-Webb, UNC Asheville and Winthrop. That marks the fewest men's squads competing at this meet since 2003.

Despite the smaller number of men's entrants, the top eight finishers in each event will still score points. That should help a team like Liberty, which boasts impressive team depth across the board.

Senior Kyle Wheeler is the Flames' only returning event champion from 2014, when the Texas native won his third consecutive men's high jump title. On Friday, he will attempt to become the first four-time men's high jump champion in meet history. Fred Fulton, who won the 2014 men's shot put crown, is redshirting this season.

A number of Flames top the Big South performance list in their respective events entering the conference meet. The list includes Stephen Racanelli (200 and 400), John Sherret (800), Zach Davis (high jump), Darrel Jones (triple jump), David Scouten (shot put and weight throw) and Tevan McIntire (heptathlon).

Men's 60-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 4:30 p.m.; Final – Friday at 12:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Evan Emery (High Point) – 6.83
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Tashinga Chitambira (Campbell) – 2nd place
2015 Leader: Lennox Williams (Campbell) – 6.86
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Guifaly Christolin – 2002)
Liberty Entrants: Joey Imhoff, Aklesso Agama, Marquis Gilchrist, Eric Schmidt
Outlook: Campbell's Tashinga Chitambira is the top returnee from last year's Big South indoor 60 (second place) and 100 (fifth place) dash finals. However, he is seeded behind a pair of freshmen, including Camels teammate Lennox Williams (6.86) and High Point's James House (6.87). Following Evan Emery's title in 2014, House is trying to make it two straight victories by High Point Panthers in this event following an eight-year run atop the 60-meter dash podium by Charleston Southern sprinters. Liberty's Stephen Racanelli placed fifth in the 60 final last season but is focusing on other events this week. That leaves redshirt senior Joey Imhoff (season best of 7.04) as the Flames' best hope to score points in the 60 dash for the 18th straight season. Williams, the top seed, is not entered in this event.

Men's 200-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 6 p.m.; Final – Friday at 1:40 p.m.
Defending Champion: Stanley Hicks (Campbell) – 21.28
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Hicks
2015 Leader: Stephen Racanelli (Liberty) – 21.73
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Jeremy Wagner - 2003)
Liberty Entrants: Stephen Racanelli, Joey Imhoff, Marquis Gilchrist, Ryan Versen
Outlook: Campbell has been very strong in the 200-meter dash the last two seasons, winning back-to-back conference titles and claiming three of the top four places in 2014. However, defending indoor champion Stanley Hicks has been off form this season and reigning outdoor titlist Fabian Jarrett has yet to race in 2015. The Flames' Stephen Racanelli was the 2014 Big South runner-up in this event and owns the conference's fastest time (21.73) this season. He is aiming to become Liberty's first Big South indoor men's 200-meter champion since Jeremy Wagner in 2003. High Point freshman James House should contend as well, after clocking a superb time of 22.30 at the JDL Fast Track last month.

Men's 400-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 5 p.m.; Final – Friday at 11:55 a.m.
Defending Champion: Jarad Jeter (Charleston Southern) – 47.81
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Stanley Hicks (Campbell) – 2nd place
2015 Leader: Stephen Racanelli (Liberty) – 49.08
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Leonard Robbins – 2012)
Liberty Entrants: Stephen Racanelli, Ryan Davis, Levi Mack, Ryan Versen
Outlook: Liberty only scored two total points in the men's 400 finals at the 2014 Big South indoor and outdoor meets. The Flames should far exceed that total this week, as they currently rank No. 1 (Stephen Racanelli), No. 2 (Ryan Davis), No. 4 (Levi Mack), No. 6 (Jeff Jacobs) and No. 8 (Ryan Versen) on the Big South list. Campbell's Stanley Hicks was the 2014 indoor 400 dash runner-up, but has yet to crack 51 seconds this season and is not entered in the event.

Men's 800-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 5:30 p.m.; Final – Friday at 1 p.m.
Defending Champion: Eddie Whitlock (High Point) – 1:53.32
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Paul O'Donoghue (High Point) – 3rd place
2015 Leader: John Sherret (Liberty) – 1:51.44
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Travis Campbell - 2007)
Liberty Entrants: John Sherret, Trevor Hope, Andrew Crowell
Outlook: The 800-meter run could be a potential swing event in the team battle, as the conference's top eight seeds all hail from Campbell, High Point and Liberty. The Panthers' Eddie Whitlock swept the 2014 Big South indoor and outdoor 800-meter crowns but is redshirting this season. Liberty senior John Sherret, who finished a close second to Whitlock at the 2014 Big South outdoor meet, is the top seed at 1:51.44. That time is the fastest by a Flame since 2004 and ranks Sherret fourth in conference history. Campbell's Morgan Timiney ran an impressive 1:53.24 at the JDL Fast Track two weeks ago, while High Point's Paul O'Donoghue is the top returnee from last year's final (third place). Trevor Hope and Andrew Crowell make it three Flames who have run sub-1:56 times this season.

Men's Mile
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 10:50 a.m.
Defending Champion: Andrey Dmitriev (VMI) – 4:08.34
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Amon Terer (Campbell) – 4th place
2015 Leader: Morgan Timiney (Campbell) – 4:09.92 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Sam Chelanga - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Cameron Francis, Luke Jelen, Louis Paone, Stalline Kurgat
Outlook: Liberty will look to some young runners to challenge the talented milers from both Campbell and High Point. The top nine names on the Big South performance list are either Camels or Panthers, and that doesn't even include Campbell's Amon Terer, the top returnee from 2014 (fourth place). Camels Morgan Timiney and Lawrence Kipkoech rank No. 1 and 2 in the conference, as both have clocked times of 4:13 on flat tracks this season. Liberty's top hopes could lie with freshman Cameron Francis, coming off a 4:22.55 effort at the Liberty Quad. Fellow freshman Stalline Kurgat is a wild card for the Flames. He ran well during the 2014 cross country season, finishing 15th at the Big South Championship, but will be running his first track race of the year on Friday.

Men's 3,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 3:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jacob Smith (High Point) – 8:14.72
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Amon Terer (Campbell) – 2nd place
2015 Leader: Lawrence Kipkoech (Campbell) – 8:09.35 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 12 (Caleb Edmonds - 2013)
Liberty Entrants: Titus Koech, Graham Hansel, Sam Hibbs, Will Templeton
Outlook: Liberty has won the men's 3K title 12 times in the 17-year history of the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, its most of any event. However, the Flames will be hard-pressed to add to that number in the first men's running event final of the meet Thursday afternoon. Liberty's Titus Koech has run 8:31 this season, but is seeded just seventh. Sam Hibbs has placed seventh in this event at each of the last two Big South meets. Campbell owns the top three spots on the conference list, paced by talented freshman Lawrence Kipkoech (8:15.04) and sophomore Amon Terer, the 2014 3K runner-up.

Men's 5,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 2:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Amon Terer (Campbell) – 14:16.42
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Terer
2015 Leader: Lawrence Kipkoech (Campbell) – 14:11.06
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 10 (Josh MacDonald - 2013)
Liberty Entrants: Sam Hibbs, Titus Koech, Josh Showalter, Jeremie Bourget
Outlook: As the meet's next-to-last running event, the men's 5K will be especially compelling if Campbell, High Point and Liberty are battling for the team championship. All three teams have considerable point-scoring potential in this event, paced by Campbell. Camels are seeded first (freshman Lawrence Kipkoech – 14:11.06), second (sophomore Amon Terer, the defending Big South champion – 14:24.46) and third (senior Evan Darm – 14:28.91). Liberty will counter with junior Sam Hibbs (14:38.79), freshman Titus Koech (14:44.60) and junior Jeremie Bourget, who has yet to run a 5K this season but earned third-place finishes in the 2013 Big South indoor and outdoor 5K finals. High Point has a number of options from its reigning Big South champion men's cross country team, headlined by Paddy Grandinali and Chris Colo.

Men's 60-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule: Prelims – Final – Friday at 11:25 a.m.
Defending Champion: Vincent Wyatt (Radford) – 7.79
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Dennis Crawford (High Point) – 3rd place
2015 Leader: Crawford – 8.27
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Matt Parker - 2009)
Liberty Entrants: Ryan Davis, Caleb Fraley, Blake Kohring
Outlook: Last season, Radford's Vincent Wyatt and Ashad Johnson-Conley finished 1-2 in the men's 60 hurdles final. However, the Highlanders dropped their program, leaving 2014's third-place finisher, Dennis Crawford of High Point, as this year's favorite. Crawford, who captured the 2014 Big South 110 hurdles title outdoors, tops this year's conference list at 8.27 seconds. Liberty redshirt freshman Ryan Davis, who won the 2014 Big South 400 hurdles crown, is next at 8.39. He will try to become the Flames' All-Big South performer in this event since Matt Parker won the 2009 Big South title. Liberty's Caleb Fraley and Blake Kohring could also score decent points in the event, after clocking times of 8.53 and 8.72, respectively, at the Liberty Quad. Fraley came in eighth a year ago. This event will be run as a final on Friday, as only eight athletes are entered, including zero Campbell Camels.

Men's 4 x 400 Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 2:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: VMI – 3:17.90
2015 Leader: Liberty – 3:19.49
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (2013)
Outlook: At 3:19.49, Liberty owns the Big South's fastest 4 x 400 relay time of 2014-15. The Flames boast impressive depth in this event, which could give them an edge over other potential contenders Campbell and High Point. The last time this meet was contested at the JDL Fast Track (2013), Liberty won the men's 4 x 400 in dramatic, come-from-behind fashion, thanks to an outstanding anchor leg by Paul Arslain.  

Men's Distance Medley Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 6:35 p.m.
Defending Champion: High Point – 10:06.18
2015 Leader: High Point – 10:03.27
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (2010)
Outlook: Due to their depth and prowess in the mid-distance events, Campbell, High Point and Liberty figure to be the top contenders on Thursday evening. The Flames are seeking their first Big South distance medley relay title since 2010, when Sam Chelanga anchored the team to victory with a 4:07.3 split for 1,600 meters.

Men's Long Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 3:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Braxton Drummond (Charleston Southern) – 24-7 (7.49m) (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Aklesso Agama (Liberty) – 4th place
2015 Leader: Lorne Jenkins (Campbell) – 23-3.25 (7.09m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Matt Parker - 2008)
Liberty Entrants: Zach Davis, Aklesso Agama, Eric Schmidt, Darrel Jones
Outlook: Charleston Southern All-American Braxton Drummond will not get a chance to claim his third straight Big South indoor long jump title on Thursday, as CSU is not competing in this year's meet. Thus, Campbell's Lorne Jenkins enters as the top seed at 23-3.25. Liberty sophomores Zach Davis (23-0) and Aklesso Agama (22-11.75) are close behind him on the list. Davis will be competing in his fifth event of the day, after his first four heptathlon disciplines. Agama came in fourth a year ago, contributing to Liberty's 15-point haul in this event. Seeds No. 4 through 8 are separated by only 2.75 inches, making this a difficult event to predict.

Men's Triple Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 12:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Christopher Cleare (Campbell) – 49-8.25 (15.14m)
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Lorne Jenkins (Campbell) – 4th place
2015 Leader: Darrel Jones (Liberty) – 48-9.5 (14.87m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Clarence Powell - 2011)
Liberty Entrant: Darrel Jones, Aklesso Agama, Eric Schmidt
Outlook: Liberty has not won the indoor men's triple jump since Clarence Powell's back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011. However, freshman Darrel Jones (48-9.5) and sophomore Aklesso Agama (48-3.25) own a 33-inch advantage over the No. 3 seed, High Point's Will Narramore (45-6.25). Campbell's Lorne Jenkins is the top returnee from 2014, when he placed fourth. Jenkins went on to triple jump a wind-aided 47-11.75 outdoors last season. The Flames' Eric Schmidt has only triple jumped twice in competition, but is seeded fifth at 43-10 entering Friday's event.

Men's High Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 12:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Kyle Wheeler (Liberty) – 6-7.5 (2.02m) (Third in a row)
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Wheeler
2015 Leader: Zach Davis (Liberty) – 6-8.25 (2.04m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 11 (Kyle Wheeler - 2014)
Liberty Entrants: Zach Davis, Kyle Wheeler, Tevan McIntire, Patrick Donigan
Outlook: The last 13 indoor Big South men's high jump champions have hailed from one of the conference's Virginia schools (Liberty, Radford and VMI). It's up to Liberty to keep that streak going, and the Flames boast two of the pre-meet favorites in top seed Zach Davis (6-8.25) and No. 3 seed Kyle Wheeler (6-6.25). Wheeler is the three-time defending champion in this event and will attempt to become the Big South's first four-time men's indoor high jump titlist. Davis, the 2014 Big South outdoor runner-up, will be in the midst of the heptathlon's second day when Friday's competition begins. Liberty junior Patrick Donigan was a surprise third-place finisher in the high jump in 2013 at the JDL Fast Track, but has only cleared 6-0.5 this season. Campbell's Davian Rhodes, who owns a season best of 6-6.75, figures to contend. He was edged by Wheeler on misses at the 2014 Big South indoor meet and shared third place outdoors.

Men's Pole Vault
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Tyler Craig (Gardner-Webb) – 16-2.75 (4.95m)
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Ken Ritchey (Liberty) – 2nd place
2015 Leader: Austin Miller (High Point) – 16-6.75 (5.05m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 11 (Cody Bingham - 2013)
Liberty Entrants: Ken Ritchey, Carson Waters, Alex Geniesse, Alexandru Barker
Outlook: Gardner-Webb's Tyler Craig won the Big South indoor men's pole vault championship as a freshman in 2014, but will not be part of this year's competition. As a result, this will essentially turn into a dual meet between Liberty and High Point. The top 14 athletes on the Big South men's pole vault list are either Flames or Panthers, and eight of the nine entrants in Thursday's competition hail from Liberty and High Point. Leading the way is High Point junior Austin Miller, at 16-6.75. He is the reigning Big South outdoor pole vault champion. Liberty sophomore Ken Ritchey was the 2014 Big South indoor runner-up to Craig and has boosted his personal best to 15-11.25 this season. Teammates Carson Waters (15-9) and Alex Geniesse (15-3) have also set new personal bests in 2015 and hope to continue the Flames' proud tradition in this event. Liberty's Cody Bingham, who captured the 2013 Big South indoor and outdoor pole vault crowns, is still working his way back from injury.

Men's Shot Put
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 4:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Fred Fulton (Liberty) – 57-5.5 (17.51m)
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: David Scouten (Liberty) – 3rd place
2015 Leader: Scouten – 52-6 (16.00m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Fred Fulton - 2014)
Liberty Entrants: David Scouten, Trevor VanAsselt, Tim Abbott
Outlook: Liberty swept all three podium positions in the men's shot put a year ago at this meet. However, champion Fred Fulton is redshirting and runner-up Jacob DeValve graduated. That leaves third-place David Scouten as the Flames' best hope at winning Liberty's ninth straight Big South title in this event. Scouten owns the conference's top mark this season at 52-6, but could be pushed by Gardner-Webb's duo of Jordan Smith (51-8.25) and Andrew White (51-4.5). White finished fourth at the 2014 Big South indoor and outdoor meets. Redshirt freshman Trevor VanAsselt (49-5.75) and redshirt senior Tim Abbott (49-4.5) give Liberty good depth in this event.

Men's Weight Throw
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at Noon
Defending Champion: Alex Young (Gardner-Webb) – 66-7.75 (20.31m) (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: David Scouten (Liberty) – 3rd place
2015 Leader: Scouten – 61-9 (18.82m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 3 (Ryan Smith - 2012)
Liberty Entrants: David Scouten, Trevor VanAsselt, Seth Lewis, Tim Abbott
Outlook: Two-time defending champion Alex Young transferred from Gardner-Webb to Southeastern Louisiana during the offseason. Liberty's David Scouten has filled the void as the Big South's top weight thrower in 2014-15, after finishing third a year ago. Scouten's season-best mark of 61-9 is No. 1 in the conference by nearly seven feet over Winthrop's Jakeb Elliott (54-11.25). Scouten has a chance to join Ryan Smith (2012) as the only Flames to sweep the Big South men's shot put and weight throw titles in the same season. Redshirt freshman teammate Trevor VanAsselt, who has thrown 53-3.75, should battle for All-Big South honors as well.

Men's Heptathlon
Event Schedule: Day One – Begins Thursday at 10 a.m.; Day Two – Begins Friday at 10 a.m.
Defending Champion: Quincy Murphy (VMI) – 5,045
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Tevan McIntire (Liberty) – 2nd place
2015 Leader: McIntire – 5,193 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Geren Woodbridge - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Tevan McIntire, Zach Davis, Zach Gilroy, Lewis Williams
Outlook: VMI won each of the last three Big South heptathlon competitions before departing for the Southern Conference. This season, redshirt senior Tevan McIntire appears poised to become the Flames' seventh Big South heptathlon champion in the 10 seasons this event has been contested at the conference meet. McIntire placed second in the Big South heptathlon and decathlon competitions a year ago and is coming off of a career-best 5,169 points at the Liberty Quad. Sophomore teammate Zach Davis also joined the 5,000-point club (5,054) at the Liberty Quad and gives the Flames another strong contender. Fellow sophomore Zach Gilroy placed third in this event in 2014. High Point redshirt senior Tristan Faure will also be in the mix. He placed second in the 2013 Big South heptathlon with 5,000 points before redshirting a season ago.

Women's Meet Preview
Every time the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships have been contested, either Liberty (10 titles) or Coastal Carolina (seven titles) has claimed the women's championship trophy. That string is anticipated to continue this year, with the Chanticleers and Lady Flames projected to duke it out for first place once again.

Last season, Coastal Carolina earned a 55-point triumph (203 to 148) over Liberty, despite the Lady Flames' five program records during the two-day meet at Virginia Tech. The Chanticleers have now won back-to-back indoor conference titles.

Oasis Hernandez (60), Jocelyn Williams (weight throw) and Riley Brandon (pentathlon) are all back to defend their conference titles from 2014. However, three-time defending women's shot put champion Mychelle Cumings is taking a redshirt this season.

The Lady Flames also hope for big points from the talented distance duo of senior Jacy Christiansen and freshman Ednah Kurgat. Christiansen, who raced to the women's individual title at the 2014 Big South Cross Country Championships, is a two-time Big South champion on the track (2013 indoor 3K, 2014 outdoor 5K). Kurgat will make her Big South meet debut this week, after setting a conference record with a 16:28.29 5K on Feb. 6.

Kurgat is one of four Lady Flames ranked No. 1 in the Big South entering the meet, joining Abigail Flower (60 and 200), fellow freshman Erin Zappia (high jump) and Brandon (pentathlon).

Women's 60-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 4:15 p.m.; Final – Friday at 12:10 p.m.
Defending Champion: Oasis Hernandez (Liberty) – 7.45
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Hernandez
2015 Leader: Abigail Flower (Liberty) – 7.58
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Oasis Hernandez - 2014)
Liberty Entrants: Abigail Flower, Oasis Hernandez, Dana Mercer, Olivia Davis
Outlook: Last season, Liberty freshman Oasis Hernandez won the Lady Flames' first-ever Big South 60-meter dash title in a school-record time of 7.45. This year, Hernandez is seeded second (7.69) to senior teammate Abigail Flower (7.58). A seven-time All-Big South performer in the sprints during her career, Flower is seeking her first Big South title. Behind them, teammates Dana Mercer (7.80) and Olivia Davis (7.84) both figure to contend for spots in Friday's final. The Lady Flames have not had as many as three women make the Big South 60 dash final since 2005.

Women's 200-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 5:45 p.m.; Final – Friday at 1:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Anna Scott (Campbell) – 24.22
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Christal Green (Coastal Carolina) – 2nd place
2015 Leader: Abigail Flower (Liberty) – 24.41
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Panthera Seymour - 2001)
Liberty Entrants: Abigail Flower, Kate Flower, Dana Mercer, Rajon Stinnett-Perry
Outlook: Campbell's Anna Scott claimed the Big South indoor and outdoor 200 titles as a freshman last season but has not competed in 2015. Liberty senior Abigail Flower, who placed second to Scott outdoors, is the conference leader at 24.41 seconds. She will attempt to become the Lady Flames' first Big South champion in this event since Panthera Seymour in 2001. Twin sister Kate Flower has had a breakthrough season and currently ranks fourth in the Big South at 24.96. Lady Flames sophomore Oasis Hernandez was third in the 200 final a year ago but will focus on other events this week. Coastal Carolina's Christal Green and Latesha Simpson finished second and fourth, respectively, in 2014 and are two of the conference's best once again this season.

Women's 400-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 4:45 p.m.; Final – Friday at 11:40 a.m.
Defending Champion: Christal Green (Coastal Carolina) – 53.85
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Green
2015 Leader: Jessica Gelibert (Coastal Carolina) – 54.86
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 3 (Jaime Watson - 2010)
Liberty Entrants: Ansley Gebben, Corinn Bedell, Mary Witmer, Olivia Behymer
Outlook: The 400 dash figures to be a competitive event, as all eight of last season's finalists return in 2015. Paced by Christal Green's conference-record time of 53.85, Coastal Carolina swept the top three places a year ago. The same three Chanticleers (Green, Camille Hurley and Jessica Gelibert) rank 1-2-3 in 2015, topped by Gelibert's 54.86 clocking. Liberty's Ansley Gebben, who placed fourth in 2014, is seeded fourth this year at 56.34. Teammate Corinn Bedell, the No. 6 seed at 57.23, was a Big South 400-meter finalist both indoors and outdoors a year ago. Campbell's Lynette Akai, the 2013 Big South outdoor 400-meter champion, also figures to be in the hunt.

Women's 800-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 5:15 p.m.; Final – Friday at 12:40 p.m.
Defending Champion: Meghan Burggraf (Liberty) – 2:09.26
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Aynslee Van Graan (Coastal Carolina) – 3rd place
2015 Leader: Katie Hickey (Radford) – 2:14.87
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Meghan Burggraf - 2014)
Liberty Entrants: Jasmin Sutton, Megan Versen, Alexis Taylor, Crystal Grierson
Outlook: Liberty's Meghan Burggraf won the 2014 Big South indoor and outdoor 800 titles but has since graduated. Meanwhile, teammate Christieanna Apon took fourth place in the outdoor 800 final but is currently injured. In their absence, no Lady Flame has run a sub-2:19 800 so far this season. This could be a big event for both Radford and Coastal Carolina. Highlander Katie Hickey is the No. 1 seed at 2:14.87, while teammate Teresa Williamson was the 2014 Big South outdoor 800 runner-up. Chanticleer Aynslee Van Graan is the top returnee from the 2014 Big South indoor 800 final (third place), and teammate Imani Boatwright clocked an impressive 2:16.85 at the JDL Fast Track last month.

Women's Mile
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 10:30 a.m.
Defending Champion: Teresa Williamson (Radford) – 4:50.38
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Williamson
2015 Leader: Williamson – 4:50.11
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Jennifer Klugh – 2012)
Liberty Entrants: Ednah Kurgat, Jacy Christiansen, Kat Bouton, Hannah Scherlacher
Outlook: Friday's slate of running event finals starts off with a doozy, featuring four of the top 10 women's milers in Big South history. This includes defending champion and top seed Teresa Williamson of Radford (4:50.11), Coastal Carolina school record holder Aynslee Van Graan (4:51.07) and the Liberty duo of Ednah Kurgat (4:54.15) and Jacy Christiansen (4:55.25). Christiansen previously placed fourth in this event in 2012, third in 2013 and second a year ago. Kurgat has only run the mile once during her young career, placing second behind Van Graan at the Samford Invitational two weeks ago.

Women's 3,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 3:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Teresa Williamson (Radford) – 9:38.66
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Williamson
2015 Leader: Letitia Saayman (Coastal Carolina) – 9:38.83
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Jacy Christiansen – 2013)
Liberty Entrants: Ednah Kurgat, Jacy Christiansen, Jessie Proehl, Lindsey Bray
Outlook: The 2014 Big South women's 3K final was a competitive race, with five runners breaking the previous meet record of 9:52.99. Last year's top four finishers (champion Teresa Williamson of Radford, runner-up Kyla Van Graan of Coastal Carolina, third-place Jacy Christiansen of Liberty and fourth-place Letitia Saayman of Coastal Carolina) are back this year, along with Liberty freshman Ednah Kurgat, who has clocked a time of 9:44.26 in 2015. However, Williamson will focus on other events this week. Christiansen won the Big South 3K title in 2013 at the JDL Fast Track.

Women's 5,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 1:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Letitia Saayman (Coastal Carolina) – 17:01.09
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Saayman
2015 Leader: Ednah Kurgat (Liberty) – 16:28.29
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Khristina Kanagy - 2012)
Liberty Entrants: Ednah Kurgat, Meredith Mistretta, Caroline Parris, Jacy Christiansen
Outlook: Last season's Big South indoor (Coastal Carolina's Letitia Saayman) and outdoor (Liberty's Jacy Christiansen) 5K champions are back in 2015. However, they could both be chasing Liberty freshman Ednah Kurgat, who clocked a program-record 16:28.29 in her 5K debut. Other runners who could be in the mix include 2014 indoor runner-up Kyla Van Graan of Coastal Carolina, 2014 outdoor third-place finisher Julia Zautcke of High Point and Teresa Williamson of Radford. The Lady Flames' Meredith Mistretta is one of four Big South runners who have clocked 5K times under 18:00 thus far this season, running a 17:51.86 at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup.

Women's 60-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 2:55 p.m.; Final – Friday at 11:10 a.m.
Defending Champion: Mulern Jean (Charleston Southern) – 8.23 (Third in a row)
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Jessica Gelibert (Coastal Carolina) – 2nd place
2015 Leader: Lilla Juhasz (Campbell) – 8.53
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Arlene Zelinskas - 2007)
Liberty Entrants: Mary Witmer, Kelsee Derr
Outlook: Mulern Jean of Charleston Southern will not be present to try for her fourth straight Big South women's 60 hurdles title this week. In her absence, this could be a very big event for Coastal Carolina, led by 2014 runner-up Jessica Gelibert. Teammates Camille Hurley and Christina Davis join Gelibert within the top five of the Big South performance list. However, the No. 1 seed is Lilla Juhasz, a talented sophomore from Campbell, at 8.53 seconds. Juhasz placed fifth in this event in 2014. Erika Jackson (9.20) and Riley Brandon (9.25) have recorded the Lady Flames' fastest 60 hurdles times this season, but both will be focusing on other events. That leaves sophomore Mary Witmer (9.47) as Liberty's best chance at scoring points.

Women's 4 x 400 Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 2:35 p.m.
Defending Champion: Coastal Carolina – 3:45.40 (Second in a row)
2015 Leader: Coastal Carolina – 3:41.74 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (2008)
Outlook: With its wealth of talented sprinters, Coastal Carolina is a considerable favorite to win the 4 x 400 relay for the third consecutive season. If anyone can push the Chanticleers, it figures to be either Liberty or Charleston Southern. Last year, the Lady Flames ran a school-record time of 3:46.28 but had to hold off CSU by three-thousandths of a second for the runner-up spot. The Buccaneers then went on to win the Big South outdoor 4 x 400 relay title.

Women's Distance Medley Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 6:20 p.m.
Defending Champion: Liberty – 12:04.07
2015 Leader: Coastal Carolina – 12:02.19
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (2014)
Outlook: Coastal Carolina is a clear No. 1 seed in the distance medley relay at 12:02.19, but this race usually comes down to which grouping each school decides to use. Liberty has two runners back from its 2014 championship squad in sophomores Hannah Scherlacher and Mary Witmer. Campbell, High Point, Radford and UNC Asheville all could put together contending teams, depending on which athletes are entered.

Women's Long Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Lilla Juhasz (Campbell) – 18-10.5 (5.75m)
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Juhasz
2015 Leader: Latesha Simpson (Coastal Carolina) – 18-10.5 (5.75m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Alyssa Pegues - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Dana Mercer, Melissa Rohwer, Janae Jones, Oasis Hernandez
Outlook: Campbell's Lilla Juhasz is the defending Big South indoor long jump champion, while Coastal Carolina's Latesha Simpson edged Juhasz to claim the outdoor title. Simpson owns the top mark in the Big South by eight inches this season, at 18-10.5. The Lady Flames grabbed four of the top eight spots last season and could do so again on Thursday, as Dana Mercer (18-1.5 season best) joins Janae Jones (third place last year), Melissa Rohwer (seventh) and Oasis Hernandez (eighth).

Women's Triple Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 10:50 a.m.
Defending Champion: Amirah Al-Bayinnah (Coastal Carolina) – 40-9.75 (12.44m)
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Al-Bayinnah
2015 Leader: Al-Bayinnah – 40-8.25 (12.40m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 3 (Mia Aghaji - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Janae Jones, Oasis Hernandez, Melissa Rohwer, Allison Corbin
Outlook: Juniors Amirah Al-Bayinnah (Coastal Carolina) and Janae Jones (Liberty) will renew their Big South triple jump rivalry on Friday. At each of the last three Big South championship meets (2013 outdoor, 2014 indoor and 2014 outdoor), the duo has occupied the top two steps on the Big South awards podium. Jones broke through for her first Big South title in a rainy 2014 outdoor triple jump competition. Al-Bayinnah has jumped 40-8.25 this season, which is more than a foot longer than Jones' top mark of 2015 (39-5). Lady Flames senior Melissa Rohwer placed third in the triple jump both indoors and outdoors a year ago. Sophomore teammate Oasis Hernandez owns an impressive triple jump personal best of 41-0.5 but is seeking her first All-Big South honor in the event.

Women's High Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 11 a.m.
Defending Champion: Meredith Foster (UNC Asheville) – 5-7 (1.70m)
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Latesha Simpson (Coastal Carolina) – 2nd place
2015 Leader: Erin Zappia (Liberty) – 5-7 (1.70m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Kristen Willeford - 2013)
Liberty Entrants: Erin Zappia, Riley Brandon, Erika Jackson
Outlook: Liberty freshman Erin Zappia has topped the Big South women's high jump performance list all season, thanks to her 5-7 clearance at the season-opening Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational. She will try to make the women's high jump the first event the Lady Flames have won 10 times at the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships. With a season best of 5-5 and a career best of 5-6, Liberty senior Riley Brandon could also contend. However, she will be high jumping on the heels of Thursday's pentathlon competition. The field also includes two past Big South high jump champions, Coastal Carolina's Latesha Simpson (2013 outdoor) and Gardner-Webb's Kayin Mujahid (2014 outdoor). Campbell freshman Jocelyn Culbreath thrust herself into the title discussion with a 5-6 clearance at last weekend's Kent Taylor Invite in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Women's Pole Vault
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 1 p.m.
Defending Champion: Kate Collins (VMI) – 12-3.5 (3.75m)
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Jill Marois (High Point) – 2nd place
2015 Leader: Alyssa Palenchar (High Point) – 12-2.5 (3.72m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Shelley Parker - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Audrey Rabe, Jessie Glynn, Brooke Shelton, Mariel Finger
Outlook: High Point's Jill Marois captured the 2014 Big South outdoor women's pole vault championship and finished second indoors a year ago. However, it is teammate Alyssa Palenchar who currently ranks first in the Big South at 12-2.5. Behind her, seven other Big South pole vaulters have cleared at least 11-9.75 this season. Three of those seven are Lady Flames, including freshman Audrey Rabe (11-11.75), sophomore Jessie Glynn (11-9.75) and sophomore Brooke Shelton (11-9.75). Liberty was uncharacteristically shut out of the scoring in this event last year, but Shelton was able to tie for fourth place at the 2014 Big South outdoor meet.

Women's Shot Put
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Mychelle Cumings (Liberty) – 53-5.5 (16.29m) (Third in a row)
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Joshlyn Noga (Charleston Southern) – 3rd place
2015 Leader: Jalacy Green (Coastal Carolina) – 45-6.5 (13.88m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 3 (Mychelle Cumings - 2014)
Liberty Entrants: Dasiana Larson, Jennifer Smith, Holly Arey, Jocelyn Williams
Outlook: Liberty's Mychelle Cumings is the three-time defending Big South champion in this event, but is redshirting this season. Three Big South throwers have exceeded the 45-foot mark this season, making themselves the favorites to win the conference title. These include Coastal Carolina's Jalacy Green (2014 outdoor runner-up), Charleston Southern's Joshlyn Noga (2014 indoor third-place finisher) and Radford freshman Shania Williams, who opened her career with a 45-2.5 effort at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational. Liberty freshman Dasiana Larson and senior Jennifer Smith have both thrown over 42 feet in 2015 and are seeded fifth and sixth, respectively.

Women's Weight Throw
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 10 a.m.
Defending Champion: Jocelyn Williams (Liberty) – 67-5.5 (20.56m)
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Williams
2015 Leader: Marthaline Cooper (Winthrop) – 62-11.5 (19.19m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Jocelyn Williams - 2014)
Liberty Entrants: Jocelyn Williams, Jennifer Smith, Dasiana Larson, Holly Arey
Outlook: Liberty redshirt senior Jocelyn Williams became the Lady Flames' first-ever Big South women's weight throw champion last season. In order to repeat, she will need to fend off Winthrop sophomore Marthaline Cooper and Radford junior Ashlen Veatch. Cooper actually owns the Big South's longest throw of the season, 62-11.5, while Veatch just threw a personal-best 58-10 last weekend at Virginia Tech. Jennifer Smith (No. 6 seed, 51-1.5) and Dasiana Larson (No. 11 seed, 49-4.25) also hope to bolster Liberty's advantage over Coastal Carolina in this event. The Chanticleers do not have anyone listed among the Big South's top 16 women's weight throwers entering this week.

Women's Pentathlon
Event Schedule: Begins Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
Defending Champion: Riley Brandon (Liberty) – 3,484
Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Brandon
2015 Leader: Brandon – 3,554 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Riley Brandon - 2014)
Liberty Entrants: Riley Brandon, Erika Jackson, Jessica Harrison, Rebecca Davis
Outlook: Liberty senior Riley Brandon is the reigning Big South pentathlon and heptathlon champion and is the top seed by 156 points entering Thursday's competition. She will attempt to become the first Lady Flame ever to win back-to-back Big South pentathlons. This has the potential to be a big event for Liberty, as 2014's runner-up (Erika Jackson) and fourth-place finisher (Jessica Harrison) are both back this season. The Lady Flames' top competition figures to come from Gardner-Webb's Kristen Hurley, the 2012 and 2013 Big South pentathlon champion.