Kyle Wheeler will seek his fifth career Big South men's high jump title this weekend.
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The Liberty men's and women's squads both figure to be in contention for team titles at the 2015 Big South Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The 22nd edition of the meet will be contested Thursday through Saturday at High Point's Vert Stadium in High Point, N.C.
The Liberty men's squad will aim for its ninth consecutive team championship and its 20th overall title at this meet. The Flames have won 17 straight Big South indoor and outdoor men's track & field championships, including an 89-point victory over runner-up Campbell at the 2015 Big South indoor meet.
Meanwhile, the Lady Flames will attempt to win their first team title at this meet since claiming victory on their home track in 2013. Liberty, which placed second to Coastal Carolina a year ago, has notched 13 women's team championships in the 21-year history of this meet.
The 2015 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships will begin Thursday at 11 a.m., with the women's discus. The three-day meet is scheduled to conclude at approximately 5 p.m. Saturday, with the women's 4 x 400 relay wrapping up the championship.
High Point is hosting the Big South meet for the first time, and this will be only the second time that the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships have ever been contested in North Carolina. The 2000 Big South meet was hosted by UNC Asheville in Asheville, N.C.
The Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which have been traditionally contested in mid-April, will be held in May for the first time. The meet will provide athletes with one final chance to qualify for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, set for May 28-30 in Jacksonville, Fla.
How to Follow the Action For fans traveling to High Point for the meet, admission to Vert Stadium will be $5 per day.
The meet will be video streamed, free of charge, on the Big South Network. The video stream will go live in time for the start of track events each day.
Live results will be available throughout the meet, courtesy of Flash Results, Inc.
Periodic updates will also be posted to the Liberty Gameday Twitter account (@LUGameday) during the meet.
Weather Report The last four Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships have seen schedule changes due to inclement weather. However, the preliminary weekend forecast for High Point appears promising.
Thursday – High in the upper 70s, partly cloudy, 0 percent chance of rain Friday – High in the lower 80s, partly cloudy, 10 percent chance of rain Saturday – High in the upper 80s, partly cloudy, 10 percent chance of rain
Men's Meet Preview The Liberty men's track & field team has captured 19 titles in the 21-year history of the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including the last eight in succession. Liberty has often won in dominating fashion, as last year's 54.5-point triumph over Coastal Carolina was the Flames' narrowest margin of victory during its current eight-year winning streak.
The Chanticleers are expected to present the greatest challenge to the Flames again this weekend, boasting impressive depth in the sprints and hurdles. Coach Jeff Jacobs' Coastal Carolina squad has finished in the top two at this meet 12 times in the last 13 years, including a victory over Liberty in 2006.
The Flames' greatest strength lies in the field events and team depth across the board. Liberty boasts at least three of the top six Big South performers in the following events: pole vault (2-4-5-6), long jump (1-3-6), shot put (1-3-5), discus (1-2-3-6), hammer (2-5-6), javelin (1-2-5) and decathlon (1-2-5).
Ryan Davis (400 hurdles) and David Scouten (discus) will each attempt to defend their conference titles from the 2014 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Scouten will be challenged by redshirt junior teammate Fred Fulton, who is projected as a big point scorer during his Big South outdoor championship debut. Fulton enters the meet ranked first in the Big South in both the shot put and discus and No. 2 in the hammer.
Stephen Racanelli (200 and 400) and Aklesso Agama (long jump and triple jump) were both double event winners at the 2015 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships and will look to build upon that success outdoors.
Kyle Wheeler is a four-time Big South men's high jump champion during his career but will be seeking his first outdoor conference crown since his freshman season of 2012.
Zach Davis (No. 35 in decathlon, 7,049 points) and Steve Feister (No. 37 in javelin, 225-11) are the Flames' top two men's athletes on the NCAA national performance list entering the weekend, and both will be in search of their first career Big South title. Davis will be one of the busiest athletes at the meet, competing in the decathlon's 10 events plus the long jump, high jump and javelin.
Men's 100-Meter Dash Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 5:25 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:20 p.m. Defending Champion: ConRoy Smith (Liberty) – 10.65 Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Carlo Raiteri (Winthrop) – 10th place 2015 Indoor Champion (60 Meters): Tashinga Chitambira (Campbell) – 6.92 2015 Leader: Alexander Hass (Coastal Carolina) – 10.52 Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (ConRoy Smith – 2014) Liberty Entrants: Joey Imhoff and Marquis Gilchrist Outlook: In a unique situation, none of the eight men's 100 dash finalists from 2014 are back in 2015. Coastal Carolina's Alexander Hass tops the Big South list at 10.52 seconds but has only run the 100 once this season and will focus on the 200 and 400 this weekend. Behind him are a trio of freshmen, including High Point's James House (10.53) and the Coastal Carolina duo of Therius Styles (10.56) and Kahlim Denmark (10.60). Redshirt senior Joey Imhoff has made steady progress during his first season as a Flame and currently ranks seventh in the conference at 10.82.
Men's 200-Meter Dash Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 7 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 3:20 p.m. Defending Champion: Fabian Jarrett (Campbell) – 21.33 Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Jarrett 2015 Indoor Champion: Stephen Racanelli (Liberty) – 21.93 2015 Leader: Alexander Hass (Coastal Carolina) – 20.99 Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Guifaly Christolin - 2002) Liberty Entrants: Stephen Racanelli, Joey Imhoff and Marquis Gilchrist Outlook: Coastal Carolina has never won the Big South men's 200 dash title, but boasts three legitimate championship contenders in Alexander Hass (20.99), Therius Styles (21.31) and Kahlim Denmark (21.61). With no Chanticleers present, Stephen Racanelli raced to the 2015 Big South indoor 200 crown. The Flames have not won the half-lapper outdoors since Guifaly Christolin did so in 2002. Campbell's Fabian Jarrett was a surprise champion in this event last year as a freshman. His season best is just 21.83, but Jarrett did defeat Styles head-to-head at the Campbell Invitational on April 18.
Men's 400-Meter Dash Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 4:50 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:05 p.m. Defending Champion: Alexander Hass (Coastal Carolina) – 48.73 Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Hass 2015 Indoor Champion: Stephen Racanelli (Liberty) – 49.13 2015 Leader: Hass – 47.03 Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Leonard Robbins – 2012) Liberty Entrants: Stephen Racanelli, Jeff Jacobs and Levi Mack Outlook: Led by top seed Alexander Hass (47.03), Coastal Carolina finished 1-2-3 in the men's 400 a year ago. The Chanticleers appear poised for a strong showing again in 2015, with four of the top five names on the Big South performance list. Liberty went 1-2-3 at 400 meters at the 2015 Big South indoor meet, but indoor champion Stephen Racanelli (season best of 48.09) may be just trying to prevent a Coastal Carolina podium sweep outdoors. Indoor runner-up Ryan Davis and third-place finisher Ryan Versen are focusing on the hurdles for the Flames this weekend. Liberty freshman Levi Mack came in sixth in the Big South indoor 400 final.
Men's 800-Meter Run Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 5:55 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:35 p.m. Defending Champion: Eddie Whitlock (High Point) – 1:54.22 Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: John Sherret (Liberty) – 2nd place 2015 Indoor Champion: Morgan Timiney (Campbell) – 1:55.46 2015 Leader: Paul O'Donoghue (High Point) – 1:50.99 Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Isaac Wendland - 2013) Liberty Entrants: John Sherret, Jacob Onifer, Colin Schultz and Trevor Hope Outlook: The top three finishers in the 2015 Big South men's indoor 800 final were separated by just 0.32 seconds, and another tight battle is expected this weekend. Morgan Timiney of Campbell won the indoor title, completing an impressive mile-800 double. High Point's Paul O'Donoghue, the indoor runner-up, owns the Big South's top outdoor clocking of 2015 at 1:50.99. Liberty senior John Sherret came in third indoors, garnering his third career All-Big South honor at 800 meters. Sherret placed a close second to Eddie Whitlock of High Point in this race a year ago and will now have one final chance to claim a Big South 800-meter title. The Flames are deep in this event, as Jacob Onifer placed fourth in the 2014 outdoor 800 final, while Trevor Hope came in fourth indoors this season.
Men's 1,500-Meter Run Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 1:10 p.m. Defending Champion: Caleb Edmonds (Liberty) – 3:55.72 Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Paul O'Donoghue (High Point) – 3rd place 2015 Indoor Champion (Mile): Morgan Timiney (Campbell) – 4:14.89 2015 Leader: Timiney – 3:47.07 Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Caleb Edmonds - 2014) Liberty Entrants: Stalline Kurgat, Cameron Francis, Jeremy Miekley and Luke Jelen Outlook: Campbell's Morgan Timiney won the 2015 Big South indoor mile title and is the top seed at 1,500 meters, with a time of 3:47.07. Paul O'Donoghue of High Point placed third in this event last season, but is only the fifth-fastest 1,500 runner on his team in 2015 and is not entered in Saturday's race. Leading the strong contingent of Panthers is Vinny Todaro, who is in the midst of a breakthrough sophomore season. After failing to qualify for the 1,500 final as a freshman, he has clocked 3:47.10 this year. Liberty will enter four freshmen in this event, including Cameron Francis, who finished sixth in the 2015 Big South indoor mile final. Classmate Stalline Kurgat has posted a 4:16.20 mile during his inaugural outdoor campaign.
Men's 3,000-Meter Steeplechase Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 6:45 p.m. Defending Champion: Josh MacDonald (Liberty) – 8:55.02 Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Chris Colo (High Point) – 4th place 2015 Leader: Jacob Kipserem (Campbell) – 8:58.62 Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Josh MacDonald - 2014) Liberty Entrants: Graham Hansel and Josh Showalter Outlook: Despite the graduation of three sub-9:00 runners from the conference last season, the steeplechase is as deep as ever in 2015. Eight Big South athletes have recorded times of 9:19 or faster this season, led by Campbell's Jacob Kipserem (8:58.62), High Point's Chris Colo (9:01.10) and High Point's Benji Szalai (9:01.51). Kipserem recently defeated 2014 Big South steeplechase champion Josh MacDonald at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier. Colo is the top returnee from 2014, when he finished fourth. Szalai, the 2013 Big South steeplechase runner-up, posted a time of 8:43.65 two years ago. Liberty is paced by the duo of freshman Graham Hansel (9:17.47) and junior Josh Showalter (9:18.71). Liberty and High Point competitors have combined to win the last five Big South men's steeplechase crowns.
Men's 5,000-Meter Run Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 3:35 p.m. Defending Champion: Jacob Smith (High Point) – 14:28.12 Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Paddy Grandinali (High Point) – 5th place 2015 Indoor Champion: Amon Terer (Campbell) – 14:33.70 2015 Leader: Lawrence Kipkoech (Campbell) – 13:53.97 Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Caleb Edmonds – 2013) Liberty Entrants: Titus Koech, Sam Hibbs, Josh Showalter and Jeremie Bourget Outlook: The last 10 Big South outdoor men's 5K champions have hailed from either Liberty or High Point, but that streak is in serious jeopardy. Campbell's Amon Terer, Lawrence Kipkoech and Evan Darm placed 1-2-3 in the 2015 Big South indoor 5K. Kipkoech (13:53.97) and Terer (14:02.09) own the conference's fastest outdoor 5K times this season, by far. Liberty freshman Titus Koech is one of the greatest threats to a possible Camels sweep of the podium. He finished fourth in this event indoors and has run 14:57.43 outdoors this season.
Men's 10,000-Meter Run Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 8 p.m. Defending Champion: Amon Terer (Campbell) – 29:51.19 Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Terer 2015 Leader: Lawrence Kipkoech (Campbell) – 29:20.11 Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (David Ricksecker – 2013) Liberty Entrants: Jeremie Bourget, Sam Hibbs and Titus Koech Outlook: Three Big South runners dipped under 30 minutes for the 10K at the Raleigh Relays on March 27, including Campbell's Lawrence Kipkoech (29:20.11), teammate and defending Big South 10K champion Amon Terer (29:22.59) and High Point's Paddy Grandinali (29:40.93). Grandinali will focus on other events this weekend, however. Liberty will enter three runners who have yet to complete a 10K this season, but all three own impressive credentials at the distance. Jeremie Bourget (30:56.07 personal best) has finished in the top five of this event during each of the last two seasons. Sam Hibbs (31:02.65 personal best) came in sixth in the 2014 Big South 10K. Titus Koech came in 28th at the 2014 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championship for cross country, a 10K race.
Men's 110-Meter Hurdles Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 1:40 p.m. Defending Champion: Dennis Crawford (High Point) – 14.35 Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Crawford 2015 Indoor Champion (60 Hurdles): Crawford – 8.35 2015 Leader: Desmond Wallace (Coastal Carolina) – 14.08 Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Micah Brinkley - 2004) Liberty Entrants: Ryan Davis and Blake Kohring Outlook: High Point's Dennis Crawford is the defending Big South indoor 60 hurdles and outdoor 110 hurdles champion, but ranks only fifth in the conference this season at 14.97. Coastal Carolina's Desmond Wallace (14.08) and Carrington Fernandors (14.71) own the top two spots on the 2015 Big South list, followed by Liberty sophomore Ryan Davis at 14.77. Davis was the 2015 Big South indoor men's 60 hurdles runner-up. This event will be run as a final only on Saturday. Thus, Davis and Blake Kohring will be the Flames' first Big South 110 hurdles finalists since 2010.
Men's 400-Meter Hurdles Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 6:15 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:55 p.m. Defending Champion: Ryan Davis (Liberty) – 53.07 Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Davis 2015 Leader: Andrew Chavous (Winthrop) – 52.03 Liberty Event Titles (Last): 11 (Ryan Davis - 2014) Liberty Entrants: Ryan Davis and Ryan Versen Outlook: Liberty has claimed 11 Big South men's 400 hurdles titles in the 21-year history of this meet. Sophomore Ryan Davis, who has clocked 52.53 seconds this season, will look to make it three in a row for the Flames and two straight for himself. However, he is currently looking up at Winthrop senior Andrew Chavous (52.03) on the conference and NCAA East Region lists. The top seven 400 hurdlers in the Big South this year are all from either Coastal Carolina, Liberty or Winthrop. The Flames' Ryan Versen, an NAIA 400 hurdles All-American at Cornerstone, has steadily improved his time to 54.25 seconds in 2015.
Men's 4 x 100 Relay Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 12:40 p.m. Defending Champion: Coastal Carolina – 41.10 (Second in a row) 2015 Leader: Coastal Carolina – 40.54 Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (2005) Outlook: With the most sprint depth in the conference, Coastal Carolina is a solid favorite to win its third straight Big South 4 x 100 relay title on Saturday. The Chanticleers are the only conference team to run a sub-41.00 time in 2015, topped by their 40.54 at the Battle of the Beaches. If Coastal Carolina slips up, Liberty could be in position to capitalize. The Flames enter as the No. 2 seed at 41.34.
Men's 4 x 400 Relay Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 4:20 p.m. Defending Champion: Campbell – 3:16.30 2015 Indoor Champion: Liberty – 3:23.25 2015 Leader: Coastal Carolina – 3:12.42 Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (2001) Outlook: Campbell is the defending Big South outdoor 4 x 400 relay champion, while Liberty took the 2015 Big South indoor 4 x 400 title. However, Coastal Carolina is favored to take top honors on Saturday. Four Chanticleers have recorded 400 times of 49.03 or faster in 2015, and they clocked 3:12.42 at the Bill Carson Invitational last month.
Men's Long Jump Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 3 p.m. Defending Champion: Braxton Drummond (Charleston Southern) – 25-1.25 (7.65m) Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Reggie Nelson (Coastal Carolina) – 3rd place 2015 Indoor Champion: Aklesso Agama (Liberty) – 23-6.75 (7.18m) 2015 Leader: Agama – 24-0.25 (7.32m) Liberty Event Titles (Last): 10 (Clarence Powell - 2010) Liberty Entrants: Aklesso Agama, Zach Davis, Darrel Jones and Kyle Wheeler Outlook: Charleston Southern long jumpers have claimed four consecutive Big South titles, but that streak will end this week with CSU not competing in the meet. Liberty sophomore Aklesso Agama won the 2015 Big South indoor long jump title and is the top seed outdoors, at 24-0.25. Four other conference athletes have reached 23-8.75 or longer in 2015, though, making this a tough event to forecast. Coastal Carolina's Raheen Frederick has gone 23-11.75, while teammate Reggie Nelson (23-9) came in third in this event in 2014. Liberty's Zach Davis has boosted his personal best to 23-10.25, but will be long jumping amidst the decathlon competition Thursday afternoon. Finally, Campbell's Lorne Jenkins (23-8.75) placed second to Agama indoors.
Men's Triple Jump Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Defending Champion: Ishmael Kamara (Coastal Carolina) – 47-6.5 (14.49m) Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Derrick Kinloch (Coastal Carolina) – 2nd place 2015 Indoor Champion: Aklesso Agama (Liberty) – 50-2 (15.29m) 2015 Leader: Agama – 49-10.5 (15.20m) Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Chris Johnson - 2013) Liberty Entrants: Aklesso Agama, Darrel Jones, Eric Schmidt and Kyle Wheeler Outlook: The last seven Big South outdoor men's triple jump champions have hailed from either Coastal Carolina or Liberty, and it is Flames sophomore Aklesso Agama who was victorious indoors and boasts the Big South's top outdoor leap of 2015, 49-10.5. Freshman teammate Darrel Jones placed third indoors and is the No. 2 seed at 48-5.25. 2014 Big South outdoor runner-up Derrick Kinloch tops Coastal Carolina's triple jumpers at 47-7.25. Two other competitors to watch are 2015 indoor runner-up Lorne Jenkins of Campbell (46-7.25 season best) and High Point's Will Narramore (47-10).
Men's High Jump Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 4:30 p.m. Defending Champion: Reggie Nelson (Coastal Carolina) – 7-0.25 (2.14m) Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Nelson 2015 Indoor Champion: Davian Rhodes (Campbell) – 6-9 (2.06m) 2015 Leader: Nelson – 7-0.5 (2.15m) Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Kyle Wheeler - 2012) Liberty Entrants: Kyle Wheeler, Zach Davis, Tevan McIntire and Zach Gilroy Outlook: Coastal Carolina's Reggie Nelson, the defending champion in this event, has cleared 6-11 or higher five times this season, including a season best of 7-0.5. He will be challenged by 2015 indoor champion Davian Rhodes of Campbell (6-10.25 season best), four-time Big South high jump champion Kyle Wheeler of Liberty (6-9.75) and 2014 Big South outdoor runner-up Zach Davis of Liberty (6-8), who is entered in the decathlon along with fellow Flames high jump entrants Tevan McIntire (6-4) and Zach Gilroy (6-1.5).
Men's Pole Vault Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Defending Champion: Austin Miller (High Point) – 16-0.75 (4.90m) Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Miller 2015 Indoor Champion: Miller – 16-6.75 (5.05m) 2015 Leader: Miller – 16-7.5 (5.07m) Liberty Event Titles (Last): 14 (Cody Bingham - 2013) Liberty Entrants: Ken Ritchey, Carson Waters, Alexandru Barker and Alex Geniesse Outlook: High Point's Austin Miller is the reigning Big South indoor and outdoor men's pole vault champion and snapped Liberty's four-year run of championships in this event in 2014. Miller vaults well at his home facility, as evidenced by his school-record and Big South-leading 16-7.5 clearance at the VertKlasse Meeting last month. His top contender could be Liberty junior Ken Ritchey. The 2015 Big South indoor pole vault runner-up defeated Miller with a personal-best 16-6.75 effort at the Campbell Invitational on April 18. Liberty placed 2-3-4-6 in this event indoors for 22 points and boasts strong point potential outdoors as well. The Flames' Carson Waters (15-8.25), Alexandru Barker (15-7.25) and Alex Geniesse (14-11) all rank near the top of the Big South yearly list. High Point's Todd Uckermark (16-2 season best) is another strong contender in a field which could see as many as seven of the eight scoring positions claimed by either Liberty or High Point vaulters.
Men's Shot Put Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 3 p.m. Defending Champion: Jacob DeValve (Liberty) – 54-8 (16.66m) Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: David Scouten (Liberty) – 5th place 2015 Indoor Champion: Jordan Smith (Gardner-Webb) – 52-4.5 (15.96m) 2015 Leader: Fred Fulton (Liberty) – 58-8 (17.88m) Liberty Event Titles (Last): 11 (Jacob DeValve - 2014) Liberty Entrants: Fred Fulton, David Scouten, Trevor VanAsselt and Tim Abbott Outlook: Liberty throwers have won five consecutive Big South outdoor men's shot put championships, and 2014 indoor champion Fred Fulton is a considerable favorite to extend that streak to six on Friday. Fulton's season-best mark of 58-8 is more than six feet longer than that of 2015 Big South indoor champion Jordan Smith from Gardner-Webb (52-6.5). The Flames' David Scouten, who has reached 52-1 in 2015, was the runner-up to Smith indoors and is the top returnee from this meet a year ago, where the Michigan native placed fifth. Fulton could be poised to win his second event of the day, if he is victorious in the discus earlier on Friday.
Men's Discus Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 11 a.m. Defending Champion: David Scouten (Liberty) – 158-4 (48.26m) Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Scouten 2015 Leader: Fred Fulton (Liberty) – 180-2 (54.92m) Liberty Event Titles (Last): 14 (David Scouten - 2014) Liberty Entrants: Fred Fulton, David Scouten, Tim Abbott and Trevor VanAsselt Outlook: The Flames have won seven of the last eight Big South men's discus championships and 14 titles overall in the meet's 21-year history. Liberty is well-positioned to continue its proud history in this event, owning the top three marks on the Big South list this season. Fred Fulton has reached 180-2 in his first outdoor campaign as a Flame, followed by defending Big South champion David Scouten (168-0) and Tim Abbott (166-1). The only other two Big South men's discus throwers who have exceeded 150 feet this season are Winthrop's Jake Roberts (153-8) and High Point's Jim Wilson (153-2). Liberty's Trevor VanAsselt, a surprise sixth-place finisher in this event a year ago, is tied for sixth on the Big South list for 2015 at 149-8.
Men's Javelin Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Defending Champion: Jackson Corcoran (Coastal Carolina) – 207-6 (63.26m) Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Daniel Klase (Liberty) – 2nd place 2015 Leader: Steve Feister (Liberty) – 225-11 (68.87m) Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Elliot Galeone - 2011) Liberty Entrants: Steve Feister, Daniel Klase, Zach Davis and Cody Bingham Outlook: Liberty and Coastal Carolina have won a combined 18 of 21 Big South men's javelin titles in meet history, and Flames (Steve Feister – 225-11 and Daniel Klase – 218-7) and Chanticleers (Robert Castellani – 202-3) are the only conference throwers to reach the 200-foot line thus far in 2015. Klase finished second a year ago, just one inch behind champion Jackson Corcoran of Coastal Carolina. Feister, who came in fourth in 2012 and fifth in 2014, is favored to become the Flames' first Big South champion in this event since Elliot Galeone in 2011. Feister is currently ranked No. 37 nationally at 225-11. Liberty sophomore Zach Davis ranks No. 5 in the Big South at 182-4, and the javelin will be the first of his 13 events at this meet. Teammate Cody Bingham, a past Big South pole vault champion, will attempt to score points for the Flames as well. His season-best heave of 173-0 ranks No. 10 entering the meet.
Men's Hammer Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 11 a.m. Defending Champion: Alex Young (Gardner-Webb) – 196-5 (59.88m) (Second in a row) Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Nathan Padfield (Gardner-Webb) – 3rd place 2015 Indoor Champion (Weight): David Scouten (Liberty) – 61-10.25 (18.85m) 2015 Leader: Padfield – 199-6 (60.82m) Liberty Event Titles (Last): 3 (Jon Hart - 2008) Liberty Entrants: Fred Fulton, David Scouten, Trevor VanAsselt and Seth Lewis Outlook: Despite the transfer of two-time defending Big South men's hammer champion Alex Young, Gardner-Webb still has a good chance to claim its fifth straight Big South men's hammer crown on Saturday. The Runnin Bulldogs' Nathan Padfield ranks No. 1 in the conference at 199-6, recording his season-best throw at High Point, at last month's VertKlasse Meeting. Fred Fulton has thrown 195-7 this season, giving him a shot to become the Flames' first Big South men's hammer champion since Jon Hart in 2008. Coastal Carolina's Ryan Minor owns a season best of 188-3 after placing fourth a year ago.
Men's Decathlon Event Schedule: Day One – Begins Thursday at 2:15 p.m.; Day Two – Begins Friday at 1 p.m. Defending Champion: Quincy Murphy (VMI) – 6,543 Top Returnee from 2014 Meet: Tevan McIntire (Liberty) – 2nd place 2015 Indoor Champion (Heptathlon): Tristan Faure (High Point) – 5,017 2015 Leader: Zach Davis (Liberty) – 7,049 Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Jacob DeValve - 2012) Liberty Entrants: Zach Davis, Tevan McIntire, Zach Gilroy and Lewis Williams Outlook: The decathlon will be a fun event to follow on Thursday and Friday, featuring a trio of 6,900-plus point scorers. Leading the way is Liberty sophomore Zach Davis, who broke through for 7,049 points at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational earlier this season. High Point redshirt senior Tristan Faure scored a personal-best 7,002 points to win the 2013 Big South decathlon crown and also took top honors in the 2015 Big South indoor heptathlon. Liberty redshirt senior Tevan McIntire, who tallied 6,903 points at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational, came in second in the 2014 Big South decathlon competition.
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