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Liberty Track Set for 3rd Straight Meet in Palmetto State

March 24, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Ryan Davis is slated to make his 2016 400 hurdles debut on the same track where he captured the 2014 Big South men's 400 hurdles title.

Ryan Davis is slated to make his 2016 400 hurdles debut on the same track where he captured the 2014 Big South men's 400 hurdles title.

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For the third consecutive weekend, the Liberty men's and women's outdoor track & field teams will compete in South Carolina. The Flames and Lady Flames are entered in the Winthrop Invitational, Friday and Saturday at the Irwin Belk Track Complex in Rock Hill, S.C.

The meet will actually begin Thursday afternoon, with the heptathlon and decathlon. However, the Flames will not be competing in the multi events this weekend, leaving the men's hammer as their opening event of the meet, Friday at 2 p.m. Saturday's action will commence at 9 a.m., with the women's triple jump, women's javelin and men's discus.

How to Follow the Flames and Lady Flames
Live results will be available throughout the meet, courtesy of Mitchell Timing.

Weather Report
Friday's forecast for Rock Hill calls for morning thunderstorms and mostly cloudy skies in the afternoon, with a high temperature around 80 degrees. Saturday's weather should be pleasant, with mostly sunny skies and a temperature in the low 70s forecasted.

Scouting the Competition
Athletes from 33 colleges and universities are entered in the Winthrop Invitational, including competitors from Charlotte, Davidson, Gardner-Webb, High Point, North Carolina A&T, Ohio, Radford, UNCW, Winthrop, Wofford and others.

Heading Back to Belk
The Winthrop Invitational will be Liberty's first meet at the Irwin Belk Track Complex since the 2014 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Flames captured their eighth straight Big South outdoor men's team title, while four current athletes won conference championships in their respective events.

Current Flames Ryan Davis (men's 400 hurdles), David Scouten (men's discus), Janae Jones (women's triple jump) and Riley Brandon (women's heptathlon) were all Big South champions in Rock Hill in 2014.

Spearing Records
Liberty has gotten off to an amazing start in the men's javelin this season, as Steve Feister broke the program record with his 234-7 heave at the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational, one week after Denzel Pratt threw a Liberty freshman-record 219-7 at the Coastal Carolina Invitational.

Feister currently ranks No. 10 nationally for the event, while Pratt ranks No. 21, including first among freshmen. Both Feister and Pratt are slated to throw the javelin in Rock Hill on Saturday and could take aim at the facility record of 215-9, set by Coastal Carolina's Thomas Jordan in 2008.

Getting Started
Some of Liberty's top athletes will make their outdoor season debuts in their primary events this weekend. The list includes Michael Todd in the men's 800, Ryan Davis in the men's 400 hurdles, Fred Fulton in the men's shot put and Erin Edmond in the women's 400. Todd's 800-meter final on Saturday falls one day before the freshman's 19th birthday.

Sprinting with the Lady Flames
Liberty boasts a deep and talented crew of women's sprinters this season, as evidenced by their relay results at last weekend's Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational.

The quartet of Dana Mercer, Erin Edmond, Nicole Leonzo and Kate Flower broke the program 4 x 200 relay record with a 1:37.33 clocking. Leonzo, Ansley Gebben, Olivia Behymer and Edmond then ran the No. 2 4 x 400 time in program history, 3:45.17.

The Lady Flames will aim for another fast 4 x 400 relay time on Saturday, while they have entered 15 women in the 200 dash and six competitors in the 400.

Big South's Best
At this early stage of the 2016 outdoor track & field season, Liberty tops the Big South Conference performance list in a number of events.

In men's events, the Flames' conference leaders include Steve Feister (javelin – 234-7), Cameron Francis (1,500 – converted time of 3:55.26), Fred Fulton (discus – 173-5), Azaria Kirwa (5K – 14:56.89) and Josh Showalter (steeplechase – 9:25.71).

Lady Flames who rank No. 1 in the Big South include Mychelle Cumings (discus – 152-6), Alyssa Karle (steeplechase – 11:29.19), Dasiana Larson (shot put – 44-0.5), Mary Witmer (400 hurdles – 1:01.88) and the 4 x 400 relay team of Nicole Leonzo, Ansley Gebben, Olivia Behymer and Erin Edmond (3:45.17).