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Liberty Track Sets 2017 Schedule

October 19, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty will host three meets at its new indoor track & field facility in 2017.

Liberty will host three meets at its new indoor track & field facility in 2017.

2017 Liberty Track & Field Schedule

Liberty's first three home meets at its new state-of-the-art indoor track & field facility highlight the Flames' 2017 season schedule.

New Home
Liberty's new indoor facility is a 169,000-square-foot structure which features a 6-lane hydraulically banked 200-meter track, accommodations for field events, locker rooms, weight and training rooms, coaches' offices, concessions and seating for 1,500 spectators. It is slated to open in January 2017, and the Flames will host three meets there this season.

Liberty will open its 2017 indoor season with back-to-back home meets, including the Liberty Kickoff (Jan. 20-21) and the third annual Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational (Jan. 27-28). The Flames will also host the inaugural Liberty Elite Invitational (Feb. 10-11), a high-level, invitation-only event.

Outdoor Outlook
The Flames will host three outdoor meets at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex, including the Liberty Collegiate Invitational (April 7-8), the Liberty Triangular (April 15) and the Liberty Twilight Qualifier (May 3).

The Liberty Triangular will pit the Flames against competitors from Coastal Carolina and High Point.

What's New?
For the first time since 2005, Liberty will open its outdoor track & field season somewhere other than Coastal Carolina. The Flames will remain in South Carolina, but will preview the facility for the 2017 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the season-opening CSU Spring Break Invitational, March 17-18 in Charleston, S.C.

One week later, the Flames will head to Tallahassee, Fla., for their first appearance in the FSU Relays since 2005. Liberty will be matched up with Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Southern Miss and host Florida State.

Big South Beat
The 20th Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships will take place at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C., Feb. 25-26.

Charleston Southern will then play host to the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the first time since 2010, May 10-12.

NCAA Notes
The 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships are scheduled for March 10-11 at Gilliam Indoor Track in College Station, Texas.

For the first time, the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet will take place at the University of Kentucky Outdoor Track & Field Facility in Lexington, Ky., May 25-27.

The top 12 finishers in each event at Lexington will advance to the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. That meet will be held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., for the fifth straight year, June 7-10.