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2016 Big South Outdoor Track - Men's Preview

May 8, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Liberty men's team is seeking its 10th straight title at this week's Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The Liberty men's team is seeking its 10th straight title at this week's Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

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For the first time since 2013 and the eighth time in meet history, Liberty will host the 2016 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Tuesday through Thursday at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex. Both the Flames and Lady Flames enter as the defending conference champions.

The Liberty men's squad will aim for its 10th consecutive team championship and its 21st overall title at this meet. The Flames have won 19 straight Big South indoor and outdoor men's track & field championships since 2007, including dominating performances at the most recent indoor (110-point victory) and outdoor (106-point victory) meets.

Meanwhile, the Lady Flames will attempt to win their first back-to-back titles at this meet since finishing on top at each of the first 10 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships (1994 through 2003). Liberty, which edged Coastal Carolina by 11.5 points last season, has notched 14 women's team championships in the 22-year history of this meet.

This week's meet will mark the final Big South Conference battle between long-time rivals Liberty and Coastal Carolina, with the Chanticleers set to join the Sun Belt Conference next season.

The 2016 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships will begin Tuesday at 12:30 p.m., with the women's discus. The three-day meet is scheduled to conclude at approximately 4:45 p.m. Thursday, with the men's 4 x 400 relay wrapping up the championship.

All events, with the exception of the men's and women's hammer, will be contested within the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex at Osborne Stadium. The hammer throw will take place on Liberty's Campus East.

Liberty has swept the men's and women's team titles each of the previous seven times it has hosted the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including the inaugural event in 1994, as well as 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2013.

The Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held in May for the second year in a row. The meet will provide athletes with a great chance to post qualifying marks for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, set for May 26-28 in Jacksonville, Fla.

How to Follow the Action
For fans traveling to Liberty for the meet, admission to the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex will be free of charge.

All three days of the meet will be video streamed, free of charge, on the Big South Network.

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 preliminary forecast for Lynchburg appears warm but potentially unsettled.

Tuesday – High around 80, scattered thunderstorms, 60 percent chance of rain
Wednesday – High around 80, scattered thunderstorms, 50 percent chance of rain
Thursday – High around 80, isolated thunderstorms, 30 percent chance of rain

Men's Meet Preview
The Liberty men's track & field team has captured 20 titles in the 22-year history of the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including the last nine in succession. Liberty has often won in dominating fashion, as a 54.5-point triumph over Coastal Carolina in 2014 was the Flames' narrowest margin of victory during its current nine-year winning streak.

The Chanticleers are expected to present the greatest challenge to the Flames again this week, boasting impressive depth in the sprints and hurdles in addition to an improved throws crew. Coach Jeff Jacobs' Coastal Carolina squad has finished in the top two at this meet 13 times in the last 14 years, including a victory over Liberty in 2006.

The Flames' greatest strength lies in their overall team depth across the board. Liberty boasts at least three of the top six Big South performers in the following events: 400 (1-5-6), 800 (1-2-3-5), 1,500 (3-4-6), 400 hurdles (2-4-6), pole vault (1-3-4), javelin (1-3-6) and decathlon (2-4-5-6). The Flames have at least one athlete ranked in the top eight of every event except the 100 and 10K.

Seven of Liberty's nine event champions from last season are back to defend their titles, including Stephen Racanelli (400), Ryan Davis (400 hurdles), Aklesso Agama (triple jump), Ken Ritchey (pole vault), Fred Fulton (shot put and discus) and Steve Feister (javelin). Davis will seek his third consecutive victory in the 400 hurdles this week.

David Scouten was the 2014 Big South men's discus champion, while the trio of Michael Todd (800), Darrel Jones (triple jump) and Zach Gilroy (heptathlon) each captured their first Big South titles indoors this year.

Feister is the Flames' top performer from a national perspective, as he is currently ranked 24th in the nation for the men's javelin at 234-7.

Men's 100-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Wednesday at 5:40 p.m.; Final – Thursday at 2:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: James House (High Point) – 10.45
Top Returnee from 2015 Meet: House
2016 Indoor Champion (60 Meters): House – 6.87
2016 Leader: Tashinga Chitambira (Campbell) – 10.46
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (ConRoy Smith – 2014)
Liberty Entrant: Greg Edwards
Outlook: High Point's James House was the men's 100 champion as a freshman last season but will have plenty of competition if he hopes to repeat. With a season best of 10.49 seconds, House is one of eight Big South sprinters who have clocked times between 10.46 and 10.57 this season. Other top contenders include fellow sophomores Kahlim Denmark (10.51 season best) and Therius Styles (10.47) of Coastal Carolina, who placed second and third, respectively, a year ago. Campbell's Tashinga Chitambira defeated House head-to-head at last week's Liberty Twilight Qualifier and took over the conference lead at 10.46. Freshman Greg Edwards is Liberty's lone entrant. He clocked a personal best of 10.83 at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier but will be hard-pressed to make the final. Liberty has been represented in the Big South men's 100 final every year in meet history except 2011.

Men's 200-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.; Final – Thursday at 3:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Alexander Hass (Coastal Carolina) – 21.53
Top Returnee from 2015 Meet: Stephen Racanelli (Liberty) – 2nd place
2016 Indoor Champion: Racanelli – 21.59
2016 Leader: Khai McLin (Campbell) – 21.09
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Guifaly Christolin - 2002)
Liberty Entrants: Stephen Racanelli, Greg Edwards and Spencer Jamison
Outlook: Liberty's Stephen Racanelli has won back-to-back Big South indoor 200 titles and finished second outdoors a year ago. He will try to become the Flames' first champion in this event since Guifaly Christolin in 2002 but is seeded just sixth at 21.66. Coastal Carolina claimed its first-ever title in this race last season and boasts two strong contenders this year in sophomores Kahlim Denmark (21.21 season best) and Therius Styles (21.31). Campbell's Fabian Jarrett took top honors as a freshman in 2014, but it is his freshman teammate Khai McLin who enters as this year's top seed at 21.09. Four freshmen rank among the conference's top eight, also including the Flames' Greg Edwards at No. 7 (21.69).

Men's 400-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Wednesday at 5:05 p.m.; Final – Thursday at 2:10 p.m.
Defending Champion: Stephen Racanelli (Liberty) – 47.52
Top Returnee from 2015 Meet: Racanelli
2016 Indoor Champion: Racanelli – 47.92
2016 Leader: Racanelli – 47.71
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 10 (Stephen Racanelli – 2015)
Liberty Entrants: Stephen Racanelli, Spencer Jamison, Levi Mack and Jeff Jacobs
Outlook: The Flames' Stephen Racanelli has won each of the last three Big South 400-meter finals, including the 2015 and 2016 indoor titles and last year's outdoor championship. He is the top seed at 47.71 and will look to become the first back-to-back champion in this event since CSU's Levi Brooks in 2009 and 2010. This race should be a key battle in the team championship race, as the conference's top seven performers include four Liberty Flames (Racanelli, Spencer Jamison, Levi Mack and Jeff Jacobs) and three Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (Braylon Wilkerson, Deion Wellington and Kahlim Denmark). Liberty went 1-2-3 in the indoor 400 final for the second straight year and adds Jamison to the mix for his Big South debut after an injury-riddled career to date.

Men's 800-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Prelims – Wednesday at 6:10 p.m.; Final – Thursday at 2:40 p.m.
Defending Champion: Paul O'Donoghue (High Point) – 1:53.53
Top Returnee from 2015 Meet: O'Donoghue
2016 Indoor Champion: Michael Todd (Liberty) – 1:52.43
2016 Leader: Todd – 1:51.11
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Isaac Wendland - 2013)
Liberty Entrants: Michael Todd, Bradley Prentice, Colin Schultz and Andrew Crowell
Outlook: The 800 has the potential to be a high-scoring event for the Flames, as Liberty ranks No. 1 (Michael Todd, 1:51.11), No. 2 (Bradley Prentice, 1:51.16), No. 3 (Colin Schultz, 1:51.54) and No. 5 (Andrew Crowell, 1:53.05) on the Big South performance list, sandwiching defending champion Paul O'Donoghue of High Point (No. 4, 1:52.27). A freshman, Todd defeated O'Donoghue in the Big South indoor 800 final, with Crowell, Schultz and Prentice placing third through fifth. Both Todd and fellow freshman Prentice have notched head-to-head wins over O'Donoghue during the outdoor season.

Men's 1,500-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 1:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Vinny Todaro (High Point) – 3:54.58
Top Returnee from 2015 Meet: Todaro
2016 Indoor Champion (Mile): Todaro – 4:20.12
2016 Leader: Alejandro Juan Torres (High Point) – 3:47.19
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Caleb Edmonds - 2014)
Liberty Entrants: Cameron Francis, Colin Schultz and Luke Jelen
Outlook: The 1,500 could be one of High Point's strongest events, as freshman Alejandro Juan Torres (3:47.19) and defending champion Vinny Todaro (3:50.10) have clocked the Big South's two fastest times of 2016. Todaro, Juan Torres and teammate Benji Szalai made it a 1-2-3 High Point podium sweep in this year's Big South indoor mile final. Liberty sophomore Cameron Francis hopes for his first top-three finish, after placing fourth in the indoor mile and sixth in last season's 1,500 final. He is coming off of a career-best 3:50.18 effort in last week's Liberty Twilight Qualifier, in a race which saw Francis outkick Juan Torres down the homestretch to win. Flames Colin Schultz (No. 4, 3:54.72) and Luke Jelen (No. 6, 3:56.46) also hope for lofty finishes. Campbell distance standouts Lawrence Kipkoech and Amon Terer are wild cards, as neither has competed in a 1,500-meter race this season. However, Kipkoech ran 3:52.75 at the 2015 Liberty Twilight Qualifier and Terer boasts a mile personal best of 4:09.81 from 2014.

Men's 3,000-Meter Steeplechase
Event Schedule: Final – Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Defending Champion: Chris Colo (High Point) – 9:02.99
Top Returnee from 2015 Meet: Jacob Kipserem (Campbell) – 2nd place
2016 Leader: Josh Showalter (Liberty) – 9:11.20
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Josh MacDonald - 2014)
Liberty Entrants: Josh Showalter and Louis Paone
Outlook: Four of last season's top six finishers in the Big South men's steeplechase are back, including runner-up Jacob Kipserem of Campbell, third-place Kevin Mills of Winthrop, fifth-place Josh Showalter of Liberty and sixth-place Benji Szalai of High Point. They have recorded the four fastest times in the Big South this season, paced by Showalter at 9:11.20. However, Kipserem and Szalai both have sub-9:00 steeplechase times to their credit in past years. Liberty sophomore Louis Paone has made steady progress in this event this season, dropping his time from 10:04.29 to 9:46.59, making him the No. 5 seed. Liberty and High Point have combined to win the last six Big South men's steeplechase championships.

Men's 5,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 4 p.m.
Defending Champion: Lawrence Kipkoech (Campbell) – 14:53.09
Top Returnee from 2015 Meet: Kipkoech
2016 Indoor Champion: Amon Terer (Campbell) – 14:50.21
2016 Leader: Kipkoech – 13:57.77
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Caleb Edmonds – 2013)
Liberty Entrants: James Zentmeyer, Jeremie Bourget, Azaria Kirwa and Cameron Francis
Outlook: Campbell's Lawrence Kipkoech (13:57.77 season best) and Amon Terer (13:58.32) have both clocked sub-14:00 5Ks this season and are the prohibitive favorites to claim the top two spots in Thursday's race. Kipkoech was victorious last year as a freshman and looks to join Liberty's Evans Kigen (2010 and 2011) as the only back-to-back winners of this event in meet history. Terer has won each of the last three Big South indoor 5K titles for the Camels. In a key event late in the meet, Liberty appears to have the upper hand on Coastal Carolina. James Zentmeyer, Jeremie Bourget, Azaria Kirwa and Cameron Francis have all run 15:13.61 or faster this season, while no Chanticleer has posted a time faster than 15:51.00 in 2016.

Men's 10,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Tuesday at 8:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Lawrence Kipkoech (Campbell) – 29:51.02
Top Returnee from 2015 Meet: Kipkoech
2016 Leader: Amon Terer (Campbell) – 28:54.42
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (David Ricksecker – 2013)
Liberty Entrants: Jeremie Bourget, Azaria Kirwa and James Zentmeyer
Outlook: Just like the men's 5K, the Campbell duo of Amon Terer (28:54.42 season best) and Lawrence Kipkoech (29:11.00) is expected to dominate Tuesday evening's 10K. Last season, Kipkoech, Terer and teammate Evan Darm made it a 1-2-3 Campbell sweep. Darm is back in 2016 but has yet to contest a 10K. In fact, only five Big South runners have completed a 10K in 2016 prior to this week. Liberty's Jeremie Bourget owns a trio of top-five finishes in the Big South 10K during his career. Freshman teammate James Zentmeyer, the Flames' top 5K runner this season at 14:48.93, will be making his debut at the 10K distance immediately after older sister Terrill Zentmeyer runs her first-ever 10K for the Lady Flames.

Men's 110-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 1:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Desmond Wallace (Coastal Carolina) – 13.80
Top Returnee from 2015 Meet: Wallace
2016 Indoor Champion (60 Hurdles): Ryan Davis (Liberty) – 8.26
2016 Leader: Wallace – 13.68
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Micah Brinkley - 2004)
Liberty Entrants: Ryan Davis and Michael Fairfax
Outlook: Coastal Carolina is poised to make a big move in the 110 hurdles, with four of the conference's top five seeds. These include defending champion Desmond Wallace (No. 1, 13.68), Kevondre Hunt (No. 2, 14.16), Dee Jennings (No. 3, 14.50) and Jerome Coaxum (No. 5, 14.85). It will be up to Liberty's Ryan Davis to break up the Chanticleers' party. The reigning indoor 60 hurdles champion placed third in this event last season, becoming the Flames' first All-Big South performer in the 110 hurdles since 2010. Davis enters as the No. 4 seed thanks to his 14.59 clocking at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier. This race will go straight to a final for the second straight year, with only eight athletes entered.

Men's 400-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule: Prelims – Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.; Final – Thursday at 3:05 p.m.
Defending Champion: Ryan Davis (Liberty) – 51.23 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2015 Meet: Davis
2016 Leader: Jerome Coaxum (Coastal Carolina) – 52.30
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 12 (Ryan Davis - 2015)
Liberty Entrants: Ryan Davis and Michael Fairfax
Outlook: Liberty has claimed 12 Big South men's 400 hurdles titles in the 22-year history of this meet, including the last three in a row. Ryan Davis enters as the two-time defending champion and will look to join former Flame Marlon Tanner (1997-99) as the only runners ever to win three straight men's 400 hurdles titles at this meet. This could be a key event in the team standings, as the top five entrants include three Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (Jerome Coaxum, Terrill Stanley and Dee Jennings) and two Liberty Flames (Davis and Michael Fairfax). Coaxum is the top seed at 52.30, just superior to Davis' season best of 52.43.

Men's 4 x 100 Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 12:55 p.m.
Defending Champion: Coastal Carolina – 40.26 (Third in a row)
2016 Leader: Campbell – 40.60
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (2005)
Outlook: Coastal Carolina is the three-time defending Big South 4 x 100 relay champion. However, Campbell took over the top seed with its 40.60 clocking at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier. Liberty has posted the Big South's third-fastest time of the year (41.12) and is seeking its sixth straight top-three finish in this event.

Men's 4 x 400 Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Coastal Carolina – 3:12.53
2016 Indoor Champion: Liberty – 3:17.08
2016 Leader: Coastal Carolina – 3:10.01
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (2001)
Outlook: Defending champion Coastal Carolina owns the conference's fastest time of 2016 by far, at 3:10.01. Liberty claimed the Big South indoor 4 x 400 crown in the Chanticleers' absence and is seeded second at 3:14.93, just ahead of Campbell (3:15.72). The Flames won the 4 x 400 at seven of the first eight Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships but have not been back on top since 2001.

Men's Long Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Tuesday at 5:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Kyle Wheeler (Liberty) – 24-0.25 (7.32m)
Top Returnee from 2015 Meet: Darrel Jones (Liberty) – 3rd place
2016 Indoor Champion: Will Narramore (High Point) – 24-1.5 (7.35m)
2016 Leader: Braxton Drummond (Charleston Southern) – 26-7 (8.10m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 11 (Kyle Wheeler - 2015)
Liberty Entrants: Aklesso Agama and Darrel Jones
Outlook: Charleston Southern long jumpers have been victorious the last four times the Buccaneers have competed in this meet, and that streak could continue on Tuesday. Braxton Drummond is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation with his conference-record 26-7 leap at the Miami Hurricane Alumni Invitational. Drummond is a two-time All-American and a three-time Big South long jump champion, including the 2013 and 2014 indoor titles and the 2014 outdoor crown. The field also includes the past two Big South indoor champions, Aklesso Agama of Liberty (2015) and Will Narramore of High Point (2016), and three other athletes who have gone past 24 feet during their careers (Winthrop's Quemell Brave, Liberty's Darrel Jones and Campbell's Lorne Jenkins).

Men's Triple Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Aklesso Agama (Liberty) – 50-3.5 (15.33m)
Top Returnee from 2015 Meet: Agama
2016 Indoor Champion: Darrel Jones (Liberty) – 50-5.5 (15.38m)
2016 Leader: EJ Reddick (Charleston Southern) – 51-3.5 (15.63m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 10 (Aklesso Agama - 2015)
Liberty Entrants: Darrel Jones, Aklesso Agama and Jonny Saintil
Outlook: The last seven Big South outdoor men's triple jump champions have alternated between Liberty and Coastal Carolina. Most recently, the Flames have had the upper hand in Big South triple jumping. Aklesso Agama swept the 2015 indoor and outdoor titles, before teammate Darrel Jones was victorious at the 2016 indoor championship. The top five finishers from last year's meet return, but they are all chasing top-seeded EJ Reddick of Charleston Southern, who recorded a mark of 51-3.5 at the Florida Relays. If Agama can repeat, he would become the first back-to-back champion in this event since High Point's Eugene Galloway in 2006 and 2007.

Men's High Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 12:55 p.m.
Defending Champion: Reggie Nelson (Coastal Carolina) – 7-1 (2.16m) (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2015 Meet: Davian Rhodes (Campbell) – 3rd place
2016 Indoor Champion: Rhodes – 6-11 (2.11m)
2016 Leader: Rhodes – 7-0.25 (2.14m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Kyle Wheeler - 2012)
Liberty Entrant: Zach Davis
Outlook: Campbell's Davian Rhodes enters as the top seed (7-0.25), the top returnee from 2015 (third place) and the two-time defending Big South indoor champion. Liberty's lone entrant, Zach Davis, is a three-time All-Big South high jumper and owns the facility record of 7-0.25. However, he has only made it over 6-7 this season and will be competing on the heels of Tuesday and Wednesday's decathlon competition. Coastal Carolina's Brandon Richardson is the No. 2 seed at 6-8.75 after placing fifth last season as a freshman.

Men's Pole Vault
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at Noon
Defending Champion: Ken Ritchey (Liberty) – 16-3.25 (4.96m)
Top Returnee from 2015 Meet: Ritchey
2016 Indoor Champion: Austin Miller (High Point) – 16-9.25 (5.11m)
2016 Leader: Carson Waters (Liberty) – 16-9.5 (5.12m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 15 (Ken Ritchey - 2015)
Liberty Entrants: Carson Waters, Ken Ritchey, Alex Geniesse and Zach Gilroy
Outlook: The men's pole vault competition will be a battle between Liberty and High Point, as seven of the top eight entrants hail from one of the two schools. Headlining the list is the trio of High Point's Austin Miller and Liberty's Ken Ritchey and Carson Waters. Miller is a three-time conference champion (2014 outdoor, 2015 indoor, 2016 indoor) and has cleared 16-8.75 this season. Ritchey, the defending outdoor champion, owns a season best of 16-3.25. Waters defeated both Miller and Ritchey head-to-head at last week's Liberty Twilight Qualifier, thanks to a career-best 16-9.5 clearance. Liberty has won 15 men's pole vault titles in the meet's 22-year history, including five in the last six years. No Big South men's pole vaulter has cleared 17 feet outdoors since Liberty's Kolby Shepherd at the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. However, Miller made it over 17-1.5 during the 2016 indoor season.

Men's Shot Put
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 11 a.m.
Defending Champion: Fred Fulton (Liberty) – 57-10.25 (17.63m)
Top Returnee from 2015 Meet: Fulton
2016 Indoor Champion: Fulton – 55-3.5 (16.85m)
2016 Leader: Zach Bolton (Coastal Carolina) – 54-11.25 (16.74m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 12 (Fred Fulton - 2015)
Liberty Entrants: Fred Fulton, Robert Detz and David Scouten
Outlook: Liberty throwers have won six consecutive Big South outdoor men's shot put championships and 10 of the last 12. Defending champion Fred Fulton has won the shot put at all three of his previous Big South appearances, including 2014 indoor, 2015 outdoor and 2016 indoor. However, Fulton's season-best mark of 54-1 ranks second to Coastal Carolina's Zach Bolton (54-11.25). No. 3 seed Jordan Smith of Gardner-Webb was the 2015 indoor champion in this event. Liberty boasts good depth, as freshman Robert Detz is coming off of a personal-best 52-5.25 heave and redshirt senior David Scouten (51-11.75 season best) is a five-time All-Big South shot putter for his career.

Men's Discus
Event Schedule: Final – Wednesday at 11 a.m.
Defending Champion: Fred Fulton (Liberty) – 184-7 (56.27m)
Top Returnee from 2015 Meet: Fulton
2016 Leader: Fulton – 182-9 (55.71m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 15 (Fred Fulton - 2015)
Liberty Entrants: Fred Fulton, David Scouten and Robert Detz
Outlook: The Flames have won eight of the last nine Big South men's discus championships and 15 titles overall in the meet's 22-year history. Liberty will not repeat its 1-2-3-4 sweep of this event from 2015, but the Flames' entry list does feature the last two conference champions in David Scouten (2014) and Fred Fulton (2015). Fulton tops the Big South performance list at 182-9, while Scouten ranks third at 166-6. Sandwiched between them is Coastal Carolina freshman Devontaye Edwards at 173-3.  

Men's Javelin
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 2:10 p.m.
Defending Champion: Steve Feister (Liberty) – 220-3 (67.13m)
Top Returnee from 2015 Meet: Feister
2016 Leader: Feister – 234-7 (71.51m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 10 (Steve Feister - 2015)
Liberty Entrants: Steve Feister, Denzel Pratt and Zach Davis
Outlook: Liberty and Coastal Carolina have won a combined 19 of 22 Big South men's javelin titles in meet history, including the last 10 in a row. The two schools account for three of the top four seeds, in No. 1 Steve Feister of Liberty (school-record 234-7), No. 3 Denzel Pratt of Liberty (Liberty freshman-record 220-1) and No. 4 Robert Castellani of Coastal Carolina (208-5). High Point could also be a factor, as Christian Spaulding (225-7) and Drew Francoeur (207-3) are ranked second and fifth, respectively. Liberty's Zach Davis owns a season best of 195-11 but has reached 202-2 previously in his career. This could be one of the strongest events of the meet, with as many as five Big South javelin throwers bound for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet. If Feister is victorious, he would join Liberty's Ryan Werner (1995-96) and Coastal Carolina's Thomas Jordan (2006-08) as the only back-to-back champions in meet history.

Men's Hammer
Event Schedule: Final – Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Nathan Padfield (Gardner-Webb) – 191-2 (58.26m)
Top Returnee from 2015 Meet: Ryan Minor (Coastal Carolina) – 2nd place
2016 Indoor Champion (Weight): Fred Fulton (Liberty) – 63-3.5 (19.29m)
2016 Leader: Minor – 199-8 (60.85m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 3 (Jon Hart - 2008)
Liberty Entrants: David Scouten and Fred Fulton
Outlook: Gardner-Webb has won five straight Big South men's hammer titles, but Andrew White is the top-ranked Runnin' Bulldog this season at No. 4 in the conference (170-10). Last year's runner-up, Ryan Minor of Coastal Carolina, tops the Big South chart by 15 feet at 199-8. He is trailed by Liberty's duo of David Scouten (184-11) and Fred Fulton (181-5). Fulton came in third and Scouten was fifth last season. The Flames have not won this event since Jon Hart in 2008.

Men's Decathlon
Event Schedule: Day One – Begins Tuesday at 2 p.m.; Day Two – Begins Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Tevan McIntire (Liberty) – 7,182
Top Returnee from 2015 Meet: Zach Davis (Liberty) – 2nd place
2016 Indoor Champion (Heptathlon): Zach Gilroy (Liberty) – 4,820
2016 Leader: Nicholas Seabright (Coastal Carolina) – 6,245
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 10 (Tevan McIntire - 2015)
Liberty Entrants: Zach Gilroy, Lewis Williams and Zach Davis
Outlook: Liberty has claimed 10 of 15 Big South decathlon titles all-time, including Tevan McIntire's victory a year ago. The Flames' Zach Davis finished second to his teammate last season with a career-best 7,171 points. This will be his first decathlon competition since then. If Davis can score somewhere in that same range, he could have a chance at qualifying for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In Davis' absence, fellow Liberty junior Zach Gilroy was the 2016 Big South indoor heptathlon champion. Coastal Carolina's Nicholas Seabright enters as the No. 1 seed at 6,245 points and will try to become the Chanticleers' first-ever Big South decathlon champion. Only six athletes will compete in the decathlon.