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Liberty Track to Make VertKlasse Debut

March 30, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Aklesso Agama will compete at High Point for the first time since winning the 2015 Big South men's triple jump title there.

Aklesso Agama will compete at High Point for the first time since winning the 2015 Big South men's triple jump title there.

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For the first time in the event's eight-year history, Liberty will compete in the VertKlasse Meeting, Friday and Saturday at Vert Stadium in High Point, N.C.

The meet will begin Friday at noon with the men's shot put. Saturday's schedule of events will get started with the men's hammer and women's 800 at 9 a.m. The three-hour "main event" will take place between 2:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

How to Follow the Flames and Lady Flames
Live results will be provided throughout the meet, courtesy of Flash Results, Inc.

A live video stream will be available on the Big South Network from 1-6 p.m. on Saturday.

Finally, periodic meet updates will be posted to the Liberty Gameday (@LUGameday) Twitter account.

Weather Report
Friday's weather in High Point could be unsettled, with a chance of thunderstorms throughout the day and a high in the mid 70s. Following some morning rain showers, Saturday afternoon is supposed to be pleasant, with a high temperature around 70 degrees.

What is the VertKlasse Meeting?
According to High Point's website, "The VertKlasse Meeting is a European-style meet that features a small amount of high-level competitors, creating a fast-moving, exciting competition. The name ‘VertKlasse' is based on the Weltklasse Zürich meet (pronounced VELT-class ZUR-ick, German for World Class Zurich), a famed international meet held annually in Switzerland. The name ‘Vert' was added in honor of two of HPU's greatest benefactors and alumni, Dick and Peg Vert, for whom Vert Stadium is named."

Positive Memories
The last time Liberty competed at Vert Stadium (May 14-16, 2015), the Flames and Lady Flames swept the team titles at the 2015 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Although most of Liberty's conference champions from the 2015 Big South meet are competing at the Texas Relays this week, reigning Big South men's triple jump titlist Aklesso Agama is entered in the VertKlasse 100, long jump and triple jump competitions.

Mary Witmer, who clocked a program-record time of 59.92 during the 2015 Big South women's 400 hurdles final, is set to compete in the same event Saturday afternoon.

Go the Distance
Friday's track schedule consists exclusively of mid-distance and distance races, including the men's and women's 1,500, men's and women's steeplechase, men's and women's 5K and men's and women's 10K. Liberty figures to be well-represented in these events, with a total of 18 entries.

Cameron Francis will make his seasonal debut in the men's 1,500, following a personal-best 4:14.08 mile clocking at the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational on March 19. Teammates Josh Showalter (steeplechase, 9:25.71) and Azaria Kirwa (5K, 14:56.89) rank second in the Big South in their respective events heading into Friday's races.

On the women's side, Hannah Scherlacher looks to improve upon her 1,500 personal best of 4:44.60 following a breakthrough indoor season. Freshman teammates Aryn Embretson and Lacie Robinson will each contest the 10K for the first time, after both runners have fared well at the 5K distance in 2016.

Displaying their Depth
Despite sending a number of their top sprinters to the Texas Relays, Liberty still could be competitive in both 4 x 400 relays Saturday afternoon.

The Lady Flames could field a team of Corinn Bedell (56.19 personal best), Bailey Reeves (57.81), Olivia Behymer (56.29) and Mary Witmer (57.87).

Meanwhile, the men's 4 x 400 squad could consist of Greg Edwards (49.57 personal best), Andrew Garrett (50.37), Levi Mack (49.33) and Spencer Jamison (48.20).