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May 26, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Fifteen Liberty men's and women's track & field athletes will travel to Jacksonville, Fla., this weekend for the 2015 NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet. The three-day event, which will determine the qualifiers for the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, will be contested Thursday through Saturday at North Florida's Hodges Stadium.

Liberty's 15 qualifiers are the Flames' most since the inaugural NCAA Preliminary Round meet in 2010, when Liberty sent 16 athletes to Greensboro, N.C., for the event. Additionally, a program-record seven Lady Flames will compete at this week's NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet.

At both the Jacksonville and Austin, Texas, venues, 48 athletes will compete in each individual event and 24 teams will run in each relay. The top 12 qualifiers in each event at each of the two sites will earn a berth into the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, to be contested June 10-13 in Eugene, Ore.

North Florida is hosting the meet for the second straight year and the third time in the last four seasons. Melinda Bendik (women's hammer) and Kolby Shepherd (men's pole vault) advanced from Jacksonville to Eugene at the 2012 NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet at Hodges Stadium.

Mychelle Cumings will be the first Liberty athlete in action, as the women's shot put is slated for Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

How to Follow the Flames and Lady Flames
Live results will be available throughout the meet, courtesy of Flash Results, Inc. Their services include lap-by-lap splits of the track events and in-progress updates of the field events.

LibertyFlames.com will be on hand for all three days of action in Jacksonville, providing live interactive blog coverage of all Liberty athletes' events.

Periodic updates will also be posted to the Liberty Gameday Twitter feed (@LUGameday) throughout the meet.

Weather Report
The high temperature is expected to reach the upper 80s during all three days of competition, with abundant sunshine in the forecast. However, there is a 60 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms on Saturday.

NCAA Preliminary Round Event Capsules (Organized Chronologically)
Women's Shot Put
Event Schedule: First Round – Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

Liberty Competitor: Mychelle Cumings (R-Jr., Madison, Tenn.)

Entry Mark/Seed: 50-1.25 (15.27m)/No. 33 of 48

How She Got Here: Cumings qualified for the NCAA Preliminary Round women's shot put competition for the third time in her career (also 2012 and 2013) thanks to a season-best mark of 50-1.25 at the Duke Invitational on April 11. Most recently, she threw 48-4 on May 15 to capture her sixth career Big South women's shot put title (three indoor, three outdoor).

Cumings has competed against some high-level opponents in 2015, placing seventh in the championship section at the Penn Relays and ninth in Section A at the Texas Relays.

Cumings' best previous placement in the NCAA Preliminary Round women's shot put is 29th in 2013. In order to compete for one of the top 12 spots, she will likely need to throw in the neighborhood of her personal best of 53-5.5, which came at the 2014 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Field Breakdown: LSU senior Tori Bliss headlines the field in the women's shot put. She placed second at both the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships and 2015 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships and has thrown a nation-leading 60-8 this season.

Kent State junior Danniel Thomas (57-10.5 season best) and Harvard sophomore Nikki Okwelogu (56-10) both placed inside the top seven at the 2015 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Among the top 12 entries, four hail from the ACC and four are from MAC institutions.

Road to Eugene: New this season, all 48 competitors will receive just three attempts apiece in the women's shot put. The athletes with the top 12 marks will advance to Eugene. Last season, the 12th-place thrower at this meet reached 53-7.5.

Women's Pole Vault
Event Schedule: First Round – Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Liberty Competitor: Jessie Glynn (So., Evington, Va.)

Entry Mark/Seed: 13-1.75 (4.01m)/No. 42 of 48

How She Got Here: Glynn has been one of Liberty's most-improved athletes this season. After reaching a season best of 11-1.75 as a freshman, she made it all the way up to 13-1.75 as a sophomore. The 13-1.75 clearance, which came at the Highlander Invitational on April 24, made Glynn only the second Lady Flame ever to vault 13 feet and the first ever to qualify for the NCAA Preliminary Round meet in the women's pole vault.

Glynn tied for fourth at the Big South meet on May 15, but is the only conference women's pole vaulter who qualified for Jacksonville.

Field Breakdown: Memphis senior Carolina Carmichael and Duke junior Megan Clark have each cleared a region-best 14-9 this season. Clark was the national runner-up at the 2015 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, where she was followed by fellow East Region performers Jessie Johnson of Auburn (fifth), Lakan Taylor of Alabama (sixth) and Morgann Leleux of Georgia (seventh). They are all among the eight entrants who have sailed over 14 feet in 2015.

Road to Eugene: After opening at a height of 12-4.75, the pole vault will continue until all athletes have attempted at least one height and there are 12 or fewer remaining in the competition. At that point, the competition will be halted and the top 12 will move on to Eugene, using a jump-off to determine the final qualifiers if necessary. Last year, the 12th-place vaulter at this meet cleared 13-7.25.

Men's 400 Hurdles
Event Schedule: First Round – Thursday at 5 p.m.; Quarterfinals – Friday at 7:45 p.m.

Liberty Competitor: Ryan Davis (So., Lighthouse Point, Fla.)

Entry Mark/Seed: 51.23/No. 20 of 48

How He Got Here: Davis punched his ticket to Jacksonville during the memorable men's 400 hurdles final at the 2015 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 16. He came from behind to overtake Winthrop's Andrew Chavous for his second straight Big South 400 hurdles crown. Davis' winning time of 51.23 cut 1.3 seconds off of his previous best, broke the meet record and made him the second-fastest competitor in the men's 400 hurdles in Liberty and Big South Conference history.

Davis is familiar with the track at Hodges Stadium, as he captured back-to-back Florida 1A state titles in the 300 hurdles there as a junior and senior at Highlands Christian Academy, in 2012 and 2013.

Field Breakdown: Ten of the East Region's 12 Eugene qualifiers return from 2014, including LSU's Quincy Downing and North Carolina's Rilwan Alowonle, who placed third and fifth, respectively, at the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Eight East Region athletes have dipped under the 50-second barrier thus far in 2015, topped by Mississippi State's Scottie Hearn at 49.39.

Road to Eugene: Six first-round heats will be contested on Thursday, with the top three from each heat and the next six time qualifiers advancing to Friday's trio of quarterfinals. On Friday, the top three in each heat and the next three fastest times will move on to Eugene. In 2014, a time of 52.13 was required to reach the quarterfinals and 51.42 was the slowest time which advanced to Eugene.

Women's 100
Event Schedule: First Round – Thursday at 6:30 p.m.; Quarterfinals – Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Liberty Competitor: Abigail Flower (Sr., Lynchburg, Va.)

Entry Mark/Seed: 11.59/No. 46 of 48

How She Got Here: Flower snuck into her first NCAA Preliminary Round meet after running a season-best time of 11.59 in the Big South 100 final on May 16. In the process, the senior won her first Big South 100 dash title and the first by a Lady Flame in 15 years.

Flower has enjoyed a memorable senior year, including five Big South titles (indoor 60, indoor 200, outdoor 100, outdoor 200 and outdoor 4 x 100 relay). She owns the program record of 11.57 seconds, which she set at the 2013 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Field Breakdown: Alabama senior Remona Burchell is the athlete to watch in this field. She is the reigning NCAA champion in the outdoor 100 dash and indoor 60 dash and has clocked a region-best time of 11.04 seconds this season.

LSU freshman Mikiah Brisco (fifth), Florida sophomore Shayla Sanders (sixth) and Kentucky senior Dezerea Bryant (seventh) also recorded top-seven finishes in the 60 dash at the 2015 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Road to Eugene: Six first-round heats will be contested on Thursday, with the top three from each heat and the next six time qualifiers advancing to Friday's trio of quarterfinals. On Friday, the top three in each heat and the next three fastest times will move on to Eugene. In 2014, a time of 11.81 was required to reach the quarterfinals and 11.49 was the slowest time which advanced to Eugene.

Women's 10K
Event Schedule: Semifinals – Thursday at 9 p.m.

Liberty Competitor: Ednah Kurgat (Fr., Eldoret, Kenya)

Entry Mark/Seed: 34:38.75/No. 29 of 48

How She Got Here: Kurgat qualified for Jacksonville during her first-ever 10K race, when the freshman clocked 34:38.75 at the Raleigh Relays on March 27. That time ranks No. 3 in program history and made her one of seven women's 10K runners who used their Raleigh Relays times to punch their NCAA Preliminary Round tickets.

Kurgat's only other 10K race came on May 14, when she placed second to Coastal Carolina's Letitia Saayman in 35:10.16. Kurgat also came in second behind Saayman in the Big South 5K final two days later, earning Big South Women's Freshman of the Year honors.

Field Breakdown: The women's 10K field is relatively wide open, as the East Region's top two seeds (Emily Sisson of Providence and Kate Avery of Iona) both scratched the 10K to focus on the 5K and only four of last season's Eugene qualifiers return in 2015. Tennessee's Chelsea Blaase, the top remaining seed at 32:28.39, placed fourth in the 5K at the 2015 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Kurgat is the fastest of the five freshmen who will toe the line in Jacksonville Thursday evening, one second faster than Madeline Perez of Georgetown.

Road to Eugene: All 48 women's 10K runners will compete together on Thursday, with the first 12 athletes across the finish line moving on to Eugene. A year ago, the 12th-place runner at this meet posted a time of 34:12.45.

Women's Discus
Event Schedule: First Round – Friday at noon

Liberty Competitor: Mychelle Cumings (R-Jr., Madison, Tenn.)

Entry Mark/Seed: 165-10 (50.56m)/No. 31 of 48

How She Got Here: Cumings surpassed 160 feet in the discus four times this season, headlined by a season-best 165-10 effort at the Penn Relays on April 23. Most recently, she was the Big South women's discus runner-up to teammate Jennifer Smith on May 14.

Two years ago, Cumings finished ninth in the women's discus at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet in Greensboro, N.C., advancing to the national meet in Eugene. She owns the program record of 167-0 and is just off the Big South record of 168-6, set by Winthrop's Ashley Howard in 2010.

Field Breakdown: Friday's field features two of the top four finishers from the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including national runner-up Danniel Thomas of Kent State and fourth-place Alexis Cooks of Akron. They are two of the seven MAC women's discus throwers in the field.

The No. 1 seed belongs to a freshman, as Michigan State's Katelyn Daniels threw 193-9 to capture the Big Ten title.

Road to Eugene: All 48 competitors will take three throws, with the top 12 punching their tickets to Eugene. The women's discus was strong in Jacksonville in 2014, with the 12th-place finisher throwing 173-0.

Men's Javelin
Event Schedule: First Round – Friday at noon

Liberty Competitors: Steve Feister (R-Jr., Columbia, Pa.) and Daniel Klase (Sr., Birdsboro, Pa.)

Entry Marks/Seeds: Feister – 225-11 (68.87m)/No. 22 of 48; Klase – 218-7 (66.63m)/No. 30 of 48

How They Got Here: For both Feister and Klase, Friday's competition will mark something of a second chance. Feister qualified for the 2014 NCAA Preliminary Round meet but could not compete due to injury. Meanwhile, Klase finished only two spots out of the coveted 12th place a year ago at this meet.

Big South champion Feister and runner-up Klase have each consistently thrown over 200 feet this season. They each achieved their season-best marks at the Penn Relays on April 25, with Feister reaching 225-11 and Klase stretching the tape to 218-7.

Field Breakdown: The field includes the runner-up (Kentucky's Raymond Dykstra), third-place finisher (Navy's Jay Stell) and sixth-place finisher (Western Kentucky's Tomas Guerra) from the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

However, the top seed and current national leader is John Ampomah from Middle Tennessee. The Conference USA champion threw 267-7 at the Penn Relays.

Road to Eugene: All 48 competitors will take three throws, with the top 12 punching their tickets to Eugene. Hampered by rain, the men's javelin was not quite as strong as usual in 2014, when 12th place only required a throw of 217-9.

Men's Discus
Event Schedule: First Round – Friday at 4 p.m.

Liberty Competitor: Fred Fulton (R-Jr., Fredericksburg, Va.)

Entry Mark/Seed: 184-7 (56.27m)/No. 22 of 48

How He Got Here: Fulton has made steady improvement in the discus this season, reaching a personal-best 184-7 to win the Big South title on May 15. That mark eclipsed the meet record previously held by his coach, Clendon Henderson. The only two Flames ever to throw longer than 184-7 (Henderson and John Talbert) each reached the NCAA national meet.

 The Big South Men's Outstanding Field Performer has won five discus competitions this season and has exceeded 178 feet three times. He anchors a Liberty men's discus crew which impressively finished 1-2-3-4 at the Big South meet.

Field Breakdown: To illustrate the strength of men's discus throwing in the East Region, the West Region's top thrower (Texas Tech's Kole Weldon) would only be the No. 14 seed in the East.

Leading the way in the East are the defending national champion (Alabama's Hayden Reed) and the 2015 NCAA leader (LSU's Rodney Brown at 213-4). Other returning top eight finishers from the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships include Tennessee's Tavis Bailey (third place), Penn's Sam Mattis (fifth) and Virginia's Filip Mihaljevic (eighth).

Road to Eugene: All 48 competitors will take three throws, with the top 12 punching their tickets to Eugene. In 2014, a throw of 188-4 qualified for Eugene. However, it could be tougher this time around, as 12 East Region men's discus throwers have surpassed 60 meters (196-10) thus far in 2015.

Men's Pole Vault
Event Schedule: First Round – Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Liberty Competitor: Ken Ritchey (Jr., Forest, Va.)

Entry Mark/Seed: 16-6.75 (5.05m)/No. 48 of 48

How He Got Here: Ritchey pole vaulted a personal-best 16-6.75 to win the Campbell Invitational title on April 18. But it turned out that his berth in Jacksonville was not secure until he captured the Big South title with a 16-3.25 clearance on May 14. That mark helped Ritchey win a tiebreaker for the final entry into the NCAA Preliminary Round meet.

Ritchey will hope to follow in the footsteps of former Liberty vaulter Kolby Shepherd. One of the final qualifiers for the 2012 NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet in Jacksonville, Shepherd not only advanced to the national meet but tied for fifth to earn All-America honors.

Field Breakdown: The field is very top-heavy, led by reigning NCAA indoor champion Shawn Barber of Akron (19-4.75 season best) and NCAA indoor runner-up Jake Blankenship of Tennessee (19-0.25). Behind them, things drop off quickly. Only 23 East Region men's pole vaulters have cleared 17-0.75 or higher in 2015, as compared with 40 in the West Region.

Ritchey will be joined in Jacksonville by Big South rival Austin Miller of High Point. Miller defeated runner-up Ritchey to claim the 2015 Big South indoor pole vault title, before Ritchey reversed the order at the 2015 Big South outdoor championship.

Road to Eugene: After opening at a height of 15-11, the pole vault will continue until all athletes have attempted at least one height and there are 12 or fewer remaining in the competition. At that point, the competition will be halted and the top 12 will move on to Eugene, using a jump-off to determine the final qualifiers if necessary. Last year, the 12th-place vaulter at this meet cleared 17-5.5.

Men's High Jump
Event Schedule: First Round – Friday at 5 p.m.

Liberty Competitors: Kyle Wheeler (Sr., Wilson, Texas) and Zach Davis (So., Sparta, N.J.)

Entry Marks/Seeds: Wheeler – 6-11 (2.11m)/No. 22 of 48; Davis – 6-9.75 (2.08m)/No. 46 of 48

How They Got Here: Wheeler and Davis each notched their best high jump marks of the season at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Wheeler cleared 6-11 for second place in the high jump, while Davis' 6-9.75 high jump propelled him to a runner-up finish in the decathlon.

Wheeler, a four-time Big South men's high jump champion, will high jump at the NCAA Preliminary Round meet for the third time, while Davis will high jump in Jacksonville for the second straight year.

Both Wheeler and Davis have cleared seven feet before. Wheeler shares the outdoor program record at 7-1, while Davis owns a personal best of 7-0.25.

The high jump will be the only event for Wheeler and Davis in Jacksonville, after the duo kept busy at the Big South meet. Wheeler was the long jump champion, high jump runner-up and placed eighth in the triple jump. Meanwhile, Davis came in second in the decathlon, fourth in the high jump, fifth in the javelin and eighth in the long jump.

Field Breakdown: The men's high jump is another event which is stronger in the West Region than the East. A total of 23 West Region athletes have cleared 7-1 or higher in 2015, as compared with nine in the East Region. Mississippi State senior Marcus Jackson tops the East Region list at 7-5.75, but finished only fifth at the SEC meet.

The men's high jump competition in Jacksonville will have a strong Big South flavor. In addition to Wheeler and Davis, the field also includes the 2015 Big South indoor (Campbell's Davian Rhodes) and outdoor (Coastal Carolina's Reggie Nelson) champions, as well 2013 Big South outdoor champion Avion Jones of East Carolina, who was then competing for VMI. Jones and Nelson each advanced to Eugene in 2014.

Road to Eugene: After opening at a height of 6-6.25, the high jump will continue until all athletes have attempted at least one height and there are 12 or fewer remaining in the competition. At that point, the competition will be halted and the top 12 will move on to Eugene, using a jump-off to determine the final qualifiers if necessary. Last year, the 12th-place high jumper at this meet cleared 7-0.25.

Women's 200
Event Schedule: First Round – Friday at 8 p.m.; Quarterfinals – Saturday at 7:35 p.m.

Liberty Competitor: Abigail Flower (Sr., Lynchburg, Va.)

Entry Mark/Seed: 23.71/No. 41 of 48

How She Got Here: As in the 100-meter dash, Flower qualified for Jacksonville in the 200 during the final meet of the season, the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She clocked a season-best time of 23.71 in the preliminaries before running 23.81 in the final to complete a sweep of the 2015 Big South indoor and outdoor women's 200 titles.

Flower, the program record holder at 23.48, became the first Lady Flame to capture the Big South outdoor women's 200 championship since 1999. She is the first Liberty runner ever to qualify for either the 100 or 200 at the NCAA Preliminary Round meet.

Field Breakdown: The field features five SEC sprinters who have clocked times of 23.00 or faster this season, including 2015 NCAA indoor national champion Kyra Jefferson of Florida (22.39) and indoor third-place finisher Dezerea Bryant of Kentucky (22.65).

Road to Eugene: Six first-round heats will be contested on Friday, with the top three from each heat and the next six time qualifiers advancing to Saturday's trio of quarterfinals. On Saturday, the top three in each heat and the next three fastest times will move on to Eugene. In 2014, a time of 23.80 was required to reach the quarterfinals and 23.60 was the slowest time which advanced to Eugene.

Women's Hammer
Event Schedule: First Round – Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Liberty Competitors: Jocelyn Williams (R-Sr., Hamilton, N.J.) and Jennifer Smith (Sr., Charleston, Mo.)

Entry Marks/Seeds: Williams – 200-10 (61.21m)/No. 10 of 48; Smith – 184-8 (56.30m)/No. 47 of 48

How They Got Here: Williams and Smith both recorded personal-best throws at the Big South meet on May 16, with Williams reaching 200-10 for second place and Smith throwing 184-8 for the fourth position in one of the conference's strongest events.

Williams, the No. 10 seed in the East Region, is nearing the program record of 202-7 set by Melinda Bendik in 2012. That mark came at the NCAA Preliminary Round meet in Jacksonville, enabling Bendik to advance to the national meet.

Smith threw the discus at this meet each of the past two years and recently captured her second consecutive Big South women's discus title. However, she will only throw the hammer in Jacksonville this week. Smith's personal best stood at 166-6 before she threw 176-11 at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier (April 29) and then the aforementioned 184-8 at the Big South meet.

Field Breakdown: Headlining the field are the defending national champion (Princeton's Julia Ratcliffe, 224-10 season best) and last year's NCAA third-place finisher (Bowling Green's Brooke Pleger, 228-9).

The Big South hopes for a strong showing in Jacksonville, as two-time reigning conference champion Marthaline Cooper of Winthrop currently ranks No. 6 in the East Region at 209-5 and Williams sits 10th at 200-10. The conference will also be represented by Smith, Gardner-Webb's Krista Chauvin and Radford's Ashlen Veatch during Saturday's competition.

Road to Eugene: All 48 competitors will take three throws, with the top 12 punching their tickets to Eugene. In 2014, a throw of 196-4 qualified for Eugene, a mark which Williams has surpassed at two different meets so far this season.

Women's Triple Jump
Event Schedule: First Round – Saturday at 4 p.m.

Liberty Competitor: Janae Jones (Jr., Matoaca, Va.)

Entry Mark/Seed: 41-2.25 (12.55m)/No. 42 of 48

How She Got Here: Jones earned her first NCAA Preliminary Round berth thanks to her personal-best leap of 41-2.25 which enabled the junior to capture her second straight Big South outdoor triple jump title. One of only three Lady Flames ever to jump 41 feet, Jones has recorded 40-foot jumps at four different meets this season.

Field Breakdown: The top four women's triple jumpers at the 2015 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships all hail from the East Region, including national champion Ciarra Brewer of Florida, runner-up Keturah Orji of Georgia, third-place Nadia Eke of Columbia and fourth-place Simone Charley of Vanderbilt. They are among the East Region's dozen triple jumpers who have reached 13 meters (42-8) in 2015, as compared with six who have done so in the West Region.

Coastal Carolina's Amirah Al-Bayyinah will also triple jump in Jacksonville on Saturday. She is a three-time Big South women's triple jump champion and has reached 41-10.5 in 2015.

Road to Eugene: All 48 competitors will take three jumps, with the top 12 punching their tickets to Eugene. Last season, a jump of 42-10.25 was good for 12th place at this meet.

Men's Shot Put
Event Schedule: First Round – Saturday at 5 p.m.

Liberty Competitor: Fred Fulton (R-Jr., Fredericksburg, Va.)

Entry Mark/Seed: 58-8 (17.88m)/No. 37 of 48

How He Got Here: Fulton threw the shot put a season-best 58-8 at the Virginia Cup on March 21 and went on to become the Big South champion with a winning throw of 57-10.25 on May 15.

Fulton is making his NCAA Preliminary Round debut this week, but he does have previous NCAA national appearance at the Division III level. Fulton was the 2013 NCAA Division III indoor national runner-up in the shot put at Messiah College.

Field Breakdown: Fulton will square off against a star-studded field, including seven men who have placed in the top seven at either the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships or the 2015 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. Florida's Stipe Zunic was this year's indoor national champion for the men's shot put, while Cornell's Stephen Mozia placed second outdoors a year ago.

The top seed is Penn State Darrell Hill at 68-5.25. He is one of six men's shot putters in the East Region who have recorded a 20-meter (65-7.5) throw during the 2015 outdoor campaign.

Road to Eugene: All 48 competitors will take three throws, with the top 12 punching their tickets to Eugene. In 2014, a throw of 61-10.25 qualified for Eugene.

Men's Triple Jump
Event Schedule: First Round – Saturday at 7 p.m.

Liberty Competitor: Aklesso Agama (So., Miramar, Fla.)

Entry Mark/Seed: 50-3.5 (15.33m)/No. 40 of 48

How He Got Here: Agama has been at his best at the right times this season, triple jumping 50-2 to win the Big South indoor title and reaching a personal-best 50-3.5 to capture the Big South outdoor crown. In the process, he became the fifth Flame ever to triple jump 50 feet.

Agama kept busy during his most recent meet at Hodges Stadium, the 2012 Florida 1A state meet. He won the long jump and triple jump state titles, while placing second in the 4 x 400 and fourth in the 4 x 100, helping Dade Christian earn the team state runner-up trophy.

Field Breakdown: Defending NCAA indoor and outdoor national champion Marquis Dendy of Florida has triple jumped 56-11.25 this season and headlines a deep field of men's triple jumpers in the East Region.

The field features five of the top seven finishers at the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including Dendy, South Florida's Matthew O'Neal (fourth), Penn State's Steve Waithe (fifth), Eastern Michigan's Donald Scott (sixth) and Virginia's Ryan Satchell (seventh).

Additionally, seven of the top nine men's triple jumpers at the 2015 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships will compete in Jacksonville, including Dendy, Scott (second), Louisville's Ben Williams (third), O'Neal (sixth), Florida's KeAndre Bates (seventh), Mississippi's Phillip Young (eighth) and Alabama's Jeremiah Green (ninth).

Road to Eugene: All 48 competitors will take three jumps, with the top 12 punching their tickets to Eugene. Last season, a jump of 51-1 was good for 12th place at this meet.