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2017 BSC Indoor Track Championships Set for Saturday, Sunday

February 24, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Liberty men's indoor track & field team will aim for its 20th consecutive Big South title, Saturday and Sunday in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The Liberty men's indoor track & field team will aim for its 20th consecutive Big South title, Saturday and Sunday in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Liberty will look to defend its men's and women's team titles at the 2017 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, Saturday and Sunday in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Liberty men's squad will be seeking its 20th consecutive team title, while the Lady Flames will aim to repeat their championship from 2016.

For the third time in five years, the two-day competition will be held at the JDL Fast Track, which features a 200-meter flat track. The meet will get started Saturday at 10 a.m., with the pentathlon 60-meter hurdles. Sunday's slate of events will begin at noon, with the heptathlon 60-meter hurdles, women's high jump and women's weight throw.

How to Follow the Action
Live event-by-event results will be available throughout the meet.

Additionally, periodic meet updates will be posted to the Liberty Gameday Twitter account (@LUGameday) and the Liberty Track & Field Twitter account (@Liberty_XCTF).

Men's Meet Preview
The Liberty men's track & field team has been dominant ever since the inaugural Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships were held at Virginia Tech's Rector Field House in 1998. The Flames have captured 19 straight team titles, marking the longest string of conference championships in any sport in Big South Conference history. It is also the longest active championship streak in NCAA Division I men's indoor track & field.

Liberty's smallest margin of victory during the streak came in 2014, when the Flames held off Campbell by 24.5 points (161.5 to 137). Last season, Liberty outdistanced runner-up High Point by 110 points (258-148), marking the Flames' largest margin of victory at this meet since 2002.

Campbell is expected to provide Liberty's stiffest competition this weekend. The Camels feature a talented group of mid-distance and distance runners which won the 2016 Big South men's cross country title in October.

Liberty returns five conference champions from the 2016 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, including Ryan Davis (60 hurdles), Zach Gilroy (heptathlon), Darrel Jones (triple jump), Stephen Racanelli (200 and 400) and Michael Todd (800). Additionally, Davis, Todd, Jeff Jacobs and Racanelli captured the Flames' second straight Big South 4 x 400 relay crown a year ago.

A number of Flames top the Big South performance list in their respective events entering this weekend's meet. The list includes Racanelli (200), Jahquez Durham (400), Jovaine Atkinson (60 hurdles), Carson Waters (pole vault), Jones (triple jump) and Zach Davis (heptathlon). Liberty also sits atop the Big South 4 x 400 relay list at 3:17.25.

Men's 60-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Saturday at 4:30 p.m.; Final – Sunday at 2:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: James House (High Point) – 6.87
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: House
2017 Leader: Joshua Paramore (Charleston Southern) – 6.94
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Guifaly Christolin – 2002)
Liberty Entrants: Greg Edwards, Ryan Davis, Brad Smalley
Outlook: High Point's James House will attempt to become the first sprinter since Charleston Southern's Javon Young (2010-12) to win back-to-back Big South men's 60 dash titles. His top competition could come from Joshua Paramore of Charleston Southern, the conference leader at 6.94. Paramore placed fourth in this event as a freshman in 2016. Liberty's top entrant is sophomore Greg Edwards, with a season-best time of 7.01. He will look to improve upon his seventh-place finish from 2016. The Flames have scored points in this event at all 19 previous Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships. However, Liberty has not had an All-Big South performer in the 60 since 2010 (Jacey Bailey – 2nd place) and has not won this event since 2002 (Guifaly Christolin).

Men's 200-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Saturday at 6 p.m.; Final – Sunday at 3:40 p.m.
Defending Champion: Stephen Racanelli (Liberty) – 21.59 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Racanelli
2017 Leader: Racanelli – 22.05
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Stephen Racanelli - 2016)
Liberty Entrants: Stephen Racanelli, Jahquez Durham, Greg Edwards, Ryan Davis
Outlook: The conference's top seed at 22.05 seconds, Liberty senior Stephen Racanelli will attempt to become the first Big South runner to claim three 200-meter titles in succession since Charleston Southern's Cornelius Tyler (2008-10). If he wins the 400 earlier on Sunday, Racanelli will have a chance to join Liberty Athletics Hall of Famer Mike Decker (1999-2001) as the only two men's athletes in meet history to win the 200/400 double three years in a row. UNC Asheville's Hunter Koike, the No. 2 seed at 22.09, defeated Racanelli at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational on Jan. 28, but is not entered in the event this weekend. Liberty hopes for big points in the one-lap event, as freshman Jahquez Durham is seeded No. 3 at 22.12 and sophomore Greg Edwards is tied for No. 4 with 2016 runner-up Joshua Paramore of Charleston Southern at 22.26. Liberty's Ryan Davis, who has placed second in the Big South indoor 400 final each of the past two seasons, will step down to the 200 this year. He owns an outdoor personal best of 21.96 in the event.

Men's 400-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Saturday at 5 p.m.; Final – Sunday at 1:55 p.m.
Defending Champion: Stephen Racanelli (Liberty) – 47.92 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Racanelli
2017 Leader: Jahquez Durham (Liberty) – 48.65
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Stephen Racanelli – 2016)
Liberty Entrants: Jahquez Durham, Stephen Racanelli, Jeff Jacobs, Spencer Jamison
Outlook: Liberty has finished 1-2-3 in the men's 400 at each of the last two Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships. Leading the way both times has been senior Stephen Racanelli, who has also claimed back-to-back Big South outdoor 400 titles. Racanelli will attempt to become the first Big South men's sprinter to win three straight indoor 400 crowns since Charleston Southern's Levi Brooks (2008-10). Racanelli enters the meet as the No. 2 seed at 49.00, trailing freshman teammate Jahquez Durham (48.65). Durham will aim to join Leonard Robbins (2012) as the only two freshmen in program history to win the Big South men's indoor 400 crown. Liberty senior Jeff Jacobs, who placed third in 2016, is seeded third once again at 49.37. UNC Asheville freshman Matthew Harding (49.43) is the only other Big South athlete who has clocked a sub-50.00 time this season, but he will focus on the 800 this weekend.

Men's 800-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Prelims – Saturday at 5:30 p.m.; Final – Sunday at 3 p.m.
Defending Champion: Michael Todd (Liberty) – 1:52.43
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Todd
2017 Leader: Matthew Harding (UNC Asheville) – 1:50.93
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Michael Todd - 2016)
Liberty Entrants: Colin Schultz, Michael Todd, Andrew Crowell, Bradley Prentice
Outlook: Liberty's Michael Todd, Andrew Crowell, Colin Schultz and Bradley Prentice placed 1-3-4-5 in the men's 800 final a year ago, and all four Flames return in 2017. However, the competition is expected to be much tougher this time around. UNC Asheville freshman Matthew Harding leads the conference at 1:50.93 and will bid for the Bulldogs' first title in this event since Jim Phillips was victorious at the inaugural Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships in 1998. Campbell's duo of Kelvin Kirui and Meshack Kipruto has also been impressive this season. Kirui just set the school record of 1:52.99 at the JDL Fast Track last weekend. Even though Todd (indoor) and Prentice (outdoor) each won Big South 800 championships as freshmen in 2016, Schultz is the Flames' top entrant at 1:51.25. The 800 final will be contested approximately two hours after Schultz runs the mile on Sunday. Todd will try to become the third back-to-back men's 800 champion in meet history, joining Liberty's Chris Poluikis (1999-2000) and VMI's Felix Kitur (2008-09).

Men's Mile
Event Schedule: Final – Sunday at 12:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Vinny Todaro (High Point) – 4:20.12
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Todaro
2017 Leader: Meshack Kipruto (Campbell) – 4:10.73 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Sam Chelanga - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Colin Schultz, Cameron Francis, Luke Jelen
Outlook: The mile should be a fun race to watch Sunday afternoon, as 12 Big South runners have clocked times of 4:18 or faster this season. Defending champion Vinny Todaro of High Point posted an impressive 4:18.42 effort at the JDL Fast Track two weeks ago but ranks only 10th in the conference. Meanwhile, defending Big South outdoor 1,500 champion Lawrence Kipkoech of Campbell ranks just 11th and will not run the mile on Sunday. Campbell hopes for big points in the event, as Meshack Kipruto, Kelvin Kirui and Amon Kemboi rank 1-2-3 atop the entry list. Liberty's Colin Schultz is the No. 8 seed at 4:14.42, while teammate Cameron Francis is No. 9 at 4:14.48. Francis placed fourth in this event a year ago, before finishing as the men's 1,500 runner-up outdoors.

Men's 3,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 3:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Amon Terer (Campbell) – 8:25.96 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Terer
2017 Leader: Terer – 7:54.40 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 12 (Caleb Edmonds - 2013)
Liberty Entrants: Azaria Kirwa, Stanley Langat
Outlook: Campbell looks to get off to a strong start in the first men's running event final of the meet, the 3K. Two-time defending champion Amon Terer (7:59.92) and freshman teammate Amon Kemboi (8:02.04) own a sizeable lead ahead of all other Big South runners this season. Terer will attempt to join Liberty's Josh McDougal (2005-08) as the only three-time 3K champions in meet history. Liberty sophomore Azaria Kirwa is coming off of a personal-best 8:15.92 clocking at the Liberty Elite Invitational and will be one of the race's other top contenders, along with 2016 3K runner-up Vinny Todaro of High Point.

Men's 5,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Sunday at 4:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Amon Terer (Campbell) – 14:50.21 (Third in a row)
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Terer
2017 Leader: Terer – 13:42.78
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 10 (Josh MacDonald - 2013)
Liberty Entrants: Azaria Kirwa, Stanley Langat, Cameron Francis
Outlook: If the meet is still hanging in the balance late Sunday afternoon, Campbell looks like a strong favorite to place 1-2 in the 5K, thanks to the duo of Amon Terer (13:42.78) and Amon Kemboi (13:52.49). Terer could become the first four-time Big South men's 5K champion in meet history. Liberty's top entrant, seeded No. 3 overall in the conference, is sophomore Azaria Kirwa (14:29.50). He placed third in this event last season. Campbell All-American Lawrence Kipkoech has raced sparingly this season but is entered in the 5K if needed.

Men's 60-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule: Prelims – Saturday at 3:10 p.m.; Final – Sunday at 1:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Ryan Davis (Liberty) – 8.26
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Davis
2017 Leader: Jovaine Atkinson (Liberty) – 7.94
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Ryan Davis - 2016)
Liberty Entrants: Jovaine Atkinson, Ryan Davis, Markus Ballengee, Blake Kohring
Outlook: Liberty redshirt junior Ryan Davis is back to defend his Big South men's 60 hurdles title from 2016 and will attempt to become the Flames' first back-to-back champion in the event in meet history. However, Davis enters as the No. 3 seed behind a pair of freshmen. Liberty redshirt freshman Jovaine Atkinson tops the conference with his school-record time of 7.94, while Charleston Southern freshman Vincent Johnson is No. 2 at 8.17. Liberty's Blake Kohring placed third in 2016. He is seeded No. 7, one spot behind freshman teammate Markus Ballengee, who will run the hurdles while also competing in the heptathlon.

Men's 4 x 400 Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Sunday at 4:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Liberty – 3:17.08 (Second in a row)
2017 Leader: Liberty – 3:17.25
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 11 (2016)
Outlook: Liberty has claimed back-to-back Big South men's 4 x 400 relay titles and four in the last five years. The Flames are favored to win their third straight 4 x 400 championship for the first time since 1998-2003, when Liberty won the first six 4 x 400 relays in meet history. Liberty's top time of the season (3:17.25) is more than four seconds ahead of any other conference team. The Flames will have a wealth of options to compete in the relay, as six of the Big South's top nine seeds in the men's 400 dash hail from Liberty, including No. 1, 2 and 3.

Men's Distance Medley Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 6:35 p.m.
Defending Champion: High Point – 10:17.68
2017 Leader: Campbell – 9:52.49 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (2010)
Outlook: Campbell and High Point have each won a pair of Big South men's distance relay titles in the last four years and rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the 2017 Big South list. The Camels lead the way with their sterling 10:00.53 clocking at the JDL Fast Track three weeks ago. Liberty, which has not run a distance medley relay thus far in 2017, is seeking its first Big South distance medley relay title since 2010. That year, Sam Chelanga anchored the Flames to victory with a 4:07.3 split for 1,600 meters.

Men's Long Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 3:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Will Narramore (High Point) – 24-1.5 (7.35m)
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Lorne Jenkins (Campbell) – 2nd place
2017 Leader: Jenkins – 23-11 (7.29m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Aklesso Agama - 2015)
Liberty Entrants: Zach Davis, Darrel Jones, Brad Smalley
Outlook: No. 1 seed Lorne Jenkins of Campbell (23-11) is the top returnee from the 2016 Big South indoor meet, where he placed second. No. 2 seed Quemell Brave of Winthrop (23-8.25) is the top returnee from the 2016 Big South outdoor meet, where he finished third. Both Jenkins and Brave will attempt to claim their respective school's first Big South title in this event. Behind them, the next six jumpers are separated by only 6.25 inches. These athletes include Liberty's Zach Davis (No. 4 seed, 23-4) and Darrel Jones (No. 8, 22-10.5). Jones placed third a year ago. The Flames' Aklesso Agama was the 2015 champion, but will miss this year's meet due to injury.

Men's Triple Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Darrel Jones (Liberty) – 50-5.5 (15.38m)
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Jones
2017 Leader: Jones – 50-9.25 (15.47m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Darrel Jones - 2016)
Liberty Entrants: Darrel Jones, Andre Wright, Jonny Saintil
Outlook: Liberty junior Darrel Jones won the men's triple jump crown a year ago, headlining a 20-point event for the Flames. Despite an injury to 2015 champion Aklesso Agama, the Flames hope for big points once again this year. Jones tops the conference with his program-record leap of 50-9.25 and will attempt to join Clarence Powell (2009-10) as the Flames' lone back-to-back triple jump titlists at this meet. Freshman Andre Wright ranks No. 3 in the conference at 48-10, followed by redshirt sophomore Jonny Saintil at No. 4 (47-10). Campbell senior Lorne Jenkins will try to break up the Flames' trio and win his first Big South triple jump crown. Jenkins is coming off of a personal-best 50-6.75 effort two weeks ago.

Men's High Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Sunday at 2:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Davian Rhodes (Campbell) – 6-11 (2.11m) (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Rhodes
2017 Leader: Rhodes – 7-0.5 (2.15m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 11 (Kyle Wheeler - 2014)
Liberty Entrants: Zach Davis, Markus Ballengee, Anthony Colangelo
Outlook: Davian Rhodes of Campbell enters Sunday's high jump competition as a clear-cut favorite. The top seed at 7-0.5, Rhodes is the two-time defending Big South champion indoors and also claimed the 2016 outdoor conference title. Liberty senior Zach Davis finished second to Rhodes a year ago and ranks second in the Big South this year at 6-9.75. However, the high jump will be his 10th event of the two-day meet. Charleston Southern's Frankie Thomas has burst onto the scene as a freshman, owning a season-best clearance of 6-8.75. The Flames boast a bit of a wild card in this event, as sophomore Anthony Colangelo will make his debut in a Liberty uniform on Sunday. He cleared 6-8.25 as a freshman at Indiana Wesleyan last season and placed ninth at the 2016 NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Men's Pole Vault
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Austin Miller (High Point) – 16-9.25 (5.11m) (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Carson Waters (Liberty) – 2nd place
2017 Leader: Waters – 16-11 (5.16m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 11 (Cody Bingham - 2013)
Liberty Entrants: Carson Waters, Hudson Hall, Luke Moffett, Zach Davis
Outlook: As has been the case in recent years, the men's pole vault will likely feature a battle between Liberty and High Point. Eight of the last nine Big South men's indoor pole vault champions have been either Flames or Panthers. The top five entrants hail from one of the two schools, headlined by Flames junior Carson Waters. The 2016 Big South indoor and outdoor runner-up has cleared 16-11 this season, putting him more than a foot ahead of his nearest competitor. Liberty freshman Hudson Hall ranks No. 2 in the conference, thanks to his personal-best 15-9 effort at the Liberty Elite Invitational. Hall is one of three freshmen inside the conference's top five this year, along with the High Point duo of Carter Clasper (15-1 season best) and Jordan McClung (14-7.25 season best).

Men's Shot Put
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 4:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Fred Fulton (Liberty) – 55-3.5 (16.85m)
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Marcus Abraham (Gardner-Webb) – 2nd place
2017 Leader: Abraham – 56-10 (17.32m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Fred Fulton - 2016)
Liberty Entrants: None
Outlook: Liberty has won nine of the last 10 Big South men's indoor shot put championships, but will not have any throwers entered in Saturday's competition. Gardner-Webb sophomore Marcus Abraham is a considerable favorite, as his season best of 56-10 tops the Big South list by more than four feet. Abraham placed second indoors in 2016 before winning the outdoor shot put title.

Men's Weight Throw
Event Schedule: Final – Sunday at 2 p.m.
Defending Champion: Fred Fulton (Liberty) – 63-3.5 (19.29m)
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Mike Hajduk (Winthrop) – 4th place
2017 Leader: Hajduk – 54-3.75 (16.55m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Fred Fulton - 2016)
Liberty Entrants: None
Outlook: Liberty's David Scouten and Fred Fulton claimed the last two Big South men's weight throw titles, but each of them graduated in 2016. Thus, the Flames will not have an entry in Sunday's event. Senior Mike Hajduk will try to become Winthrop's first-ever Big South men's weight throw champion. He is the top returnee from 2016 (fourth place) and owns the Big South's best throw of 2017 at 54-3.75.

Men's Heptathlon
Event Schedule: Day One – Begins Saturday at 10:20 a.m.; Day Two – Begins Sunday at Noon
Defending Champion: Zach Gilroy (Liberty) – 4,820
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Gilroy
2017 Leader: Zach Davis (Liberty) – 5,181
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Zach Gilroy - 2016)
Liberty Entrants: Zach Davis, Markus Ballengee, Zach Gilroy, Caleb Rider
Outlook: Liberty's Zach Davis is the defending Big South decathlon champion and will compete in 10 events this weekend. In addition to the seven heptathlon disciplines, Davis is entered in the long jump, high jump and pole vault. He owns the Big South's best score of 2017 (5,181), putting him 238 points ahead of freshman teammate Markus Ballengee. The Flames will also enter the defending Big South heptathlon champion, Zach Gilroy. High Point freshman Pablo Romero Gonzales has the best chance to prevent a possible podium sweep for the Flames. He scored 4,749 points in his multi-event debut at the Liberty Kickoff.

Women's Meet Preview
Every time the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships have been contested, either Liberty (11 titles) or Coastal Carolina (eight titles) has claimed the women's championship trophy. It will be up to the Lady Flames to continue that trend, as the 2017 season marks Coastal Carolina's first as a Sun Belt Conference member.

Last season, Liberty defeated runner-up Coastal Carolina by 69.5 points (178.5-109), marking the Lady Flames' largest margin of victory in meet history. It was Liberty's first Big South indoor title since 2012.

Campbell, which placed third with 108 points a year ago, is expected to provide a strong challenge this weekend. The Camels return five conference champions from the 2016 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, compared with just one returning individual titlist for the Lady Flames.

Delaney McDowell is the Lady Flames' lone defending Big South champion, coming off of her 800-meter title a year ago. Meanwhile, two-time Big South outdoor triple jump champion Janae Jones is back after a redshirt season in 2016.

The Lady Flames won both women's relay events at last year's conference meet and return three members of the distance medley relay squad (Bailey Reeves, McDowell and Hannah Scherlacher) along with Nicole Leonzo from the 4 x 400 relay team.

Liberty's No. 1-ranked athletes entering the Big South meet include Tanner Ealum (400), McDowell (800), Anna Van Wyk (mile), Jessie Glynn (pole vault), Dasiana Larson (shot put) and Kylie Polsgrove (pentathlon). The Lady Flames also lead the conference by more than five seconds in the 4 x 400 relay at 3:46.35.

Women's 60-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Saturday at 4:15 p.m.; Final – Sunday at 2:10 p.m.
Defending Champion: Lilla Juhasz (Campbell) – 7.58
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Juhasz
2017 Leader: Juhasz – 7.66
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Abigail Flower - 2015)
Liberty Entrants: Dana Mercer, Ayanna Johnson
Outlook: Last year, Lilla Juhasz became the first Campbell sprinter to win this event and the first women's runner in conference history to win the 60 dash and 60 hurdles at the same Big South meet. The senior enters as the No. 1 seed at 7.66, just in front of teammate Deonica Reid and High Point freshman Kanajzae Brown at 7.67 each. Campbell boasts four of the top eight entrants, while Liberty's top hopes lie with Dana Mercer. Last year's fifth-place finisher is tied for fifth in the Big South this season at 7.76 seconds.

Women's 200-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Saturday at 5:45 p.m.; Final – Sunday at 3:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jasmine Pilgrim (Charleston Southern) – 24.45
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Pilgrim
2017 Leader: Janai Scott (Campbell) – 24.92 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Abigail Flower - 2015)
Liberty Entrants: Nicole Leonzo, Tanner Ealum, Dana Mercer
Outlook: Defending 200 champion Jasmine Pilgrim of Charleston Southern is back but ranks only fourth on her team and eighth in the Big South this season. Campbell freshmen Janai Scott and Isis Brooks rank first and third, respectively, entering this weekend's meet. Liberty's Nicole Leonzo is coming off of an indoor personal-best 25.10 clocking at the Liberty Elite Invitational and is tied for the No. 4 seed. Teammate Dana Mercer came in seventh in this event in 2016.

Women's 400-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Saturday at 4:45 p.m.; Final – Sunday at 1:40 p.m.
Defending Champion: Erin Edmond (Liberty) – 54.84
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Nicole Leonzo (Liberty) – 3rd place
2017 Leader: Tanner Ealum (Liberty) – 56.27
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Erin Edmond - 2016)
Liberty Entrants: Tanner Ealum, Nicole Leonzo, Bailey Reeves, Mary Witmer
Outlook: Liberty hopes for a good chunk of points in the 400 meters, as freshman Tanner Ealum (56.27) and sophomore Nicole Leonzo (56.60) own the top two seeds. Ealum will try to become the Lady Flames' first-ever freshman to win this event, while Leonzo (third place) is the top returnee from the 2016 final. Charleston Southern's Danielle Burnett was the 2016 Big South outdoor runner-up at 400 meters, while Campbell's Tatiana Wolfe won the 400 hurdles title at that meet. Neither Campbell nor CSU has ever won the Big South indoor 400 crown.

Women's 800-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Prelims – Saturday at 5:15 p.m.; Final – Sunday at 2:40 p.m.
Defending Champion: Delaney McDowell (Liberty) – 2:09.98
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: McDowell
2017 Leader: McDowell – 2:10.31
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 10 (Delaney McDowell - 2016)
Liberty Entrants: Delaney McDowell, Brooke Turner, Christieanna Apon
Outlook: The women's 800 final promises a sophomore showdown between Liberty's Delaney McDowell and Campbell's Roshae Jackson. McDowell, the defending champion, owns the Big South's best time of 2017 at 2:10.31. Jackson, who placed fourth indoors and third outdoors in 2016, clocked a school-record time of 2:11.68 two weeks ago. Liberty redshirt senior Christieanna Apon will look to recapture the magic which saw her place fourth in the 2014 Big South outdoor 800 final.

Women's Mile
Event Schedule: Final – Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Ednah Kurgat (Liberty) – 4:50.82
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Joan Maritim (Campbell) – 3rd place
2017 Leader: Anna Van Wyk (Liberty) – 4:53.88
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Ednah Kurgat – 2016)
Liberty Entrants: Anna Van Wyk, Hannah Scherlacher, Alyssa Karle
Outlook: The women's mile field includes the 2016 Big South outdoor champions in the 1,500 (High Point's Cozette Collin), steeplechase (High Point's Natalia Ocasio) and 5K (Campbell's Joan Maritim). However, they are all looking up at Liberty redshirt freshman Anna Van Wyk's 4:53.88 clocking on the Big South performance list this season. Van Wyk, who will try to become Liberty's first freshman Big South champion in this event, recently displayed fast finishing speed with her school-record 1,000-meter time of 2:51.47 two weeks ago.

Women's 3,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 3:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Ednah Kurgat (Liberty) – 9:32.67 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Joan Maritim (Campbell) – 3rd place
2017 Leader: Maritim – 9:42.97 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Ednah Kurgat – 2016)
Liberty Entrants: Anna Van Wyk, Kammi Kurtz, Terrill Zentmeyer, Alyssa Karle
Outlook: Liberty, which has won the Big South women's 3K title seven times in the last eight years, will enter a strong 1-2 punch of redshirt freshman Anna Van Wyk and sophomore Kammi Kurtz. Van Wyk, who placed second to Campbell's Joan Maritim at the 2016 Big South Cross Country Championships, could battle with Maritim once again on Saturday. Meanwhile, Kurtz is in the midst of a breakthrough year which has seen the Indiana native lop her 3K time from 10:46.07 to 10:07.48.

Women's 5,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Sunday at 3:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Kyla Van Graan (Coastal Carolina) – 17:10.38
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Joan Maritim (Campbell) – 2nd place
2017 Leader: Maritim – 16:48.09
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Khristina Kanagy - 2012)
Liberty Entrants: Terrill Zentmeyer, Kat Bouton, Kammi Kurtz, Anna Van Wyk
Outlook: If the meet is hanging in the balance Sunday afternoon, Campbell will feature pre-meet favorite Joan Maritim. The 2016 Big South outdoor 5K champion and cross country champion posted a sterling time of 16:48.09 two weeks ago at Iowa State. However, Liberty can counter with the No. 4 seed (Terrill Zentmeyer – 18:19.86), the No. 5 seed (Kat Bouton – 18:23.50) and two runners who have excelled in shorter distances this season (Anna Van Wyk and Kammi Kurtz). Van Wyk, Zentmeyer and Kurtz placed second, fifth and eighth, respectively, at the 2016 Big South Cross Country Championships.

Women's 60-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule: Prelims – Saturday at 2:55 p.m.; Final – Sunday at 1:10 p.m.
Defending Champion: Lilla Juhasz (Campbell) – 8.40
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Juhasz
2017 Leader: Juhasz – 8.31
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Arlene Zelinskas - 2007)
Liberty Entrants: Katie Dodson, Kylie Polsgrove
Outlook: The top two returnees from the 2016 women's 60 hurdles final are Campbell Camels, including champion Lilla Juhasz and third-place Tatiana Wolfe. Juhasz is the prohibitive favorite to repeat, thanks to her season-best time of 8.31 seconds last weekend. Charleston Southern freshman TeJyrica Robinson also stamped herself as a podium contender with her winning time of 8.59 at the Liberty Elite Invitational. Liberty's Katie Dodson is one of three freshmen seeded inside the top six, at 8.90. Teammate Kylie Polsgrove will compete in the event as part of her busy weekend. Last year, Polsgrove came in eighth as a freshman.

Women's 4 x 400 Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Sunday at 4:35 p.m.
Defending Champion: Liberty – 3:42.64
2017 Leader: Liberty – 3:46.35
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (2016)
Outlook: The meet's top two team contenders, Liberty and Campbell, also rank 1-2 on the Big South 4 x 400 relay list. However, the Lady Flames sit six seconds ahead of the Camels at 3:46.35. Liberty, which ran a meet and program-record time of 3:42.64 to win in 2016, will attempt to win back-to-back 4 x 400 titles for the first time since 2004 and 2005.

Women's Distance Medley Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 6:20 p.m.
Defending Champion: Liberty – 12:01.92
2017 Leader: Campbell – 11:51.79 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (2016)
Outlook: Defending champion Liberty has not contested a distance medley relay this season, but figures to contend with top seed Campbell Saturday evening. Hannah Scherlacher has been a part of the Lady Flames' last two distance medley relay championship teams (2014 and 2016) and is likely to compete again on Saturday. Liberty is seeking a successful defense of its Big South distance medley relay crown for the first time since winning three in a row between 2000 and 2002.

Women's Long Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Sabina Allen (Campbell) – 19-0 (5.79m)
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Allen
2017 Leader: Shenelle McKay (Campbell) – 19-2 (5.84m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Alyssa Pegues - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Dana Mercer, Janae Jones, Ayanna Johnson
Outlook: The women's long jump could be a key event in the Liberty-Campbell team battle. Camels Shenelle McKay (19-2) and Sabina Allen (18-9.75) top the Big South list, followed by Lady Flames Dana Mercer (18-7.75) and Janae Jones (18-6). Allen will try to become the first back-to-back champion in this event since Radford's Shemelia Brandon in 2008 and 2009. Mercer placed second a year ago, three inches behind Allen.

Women's Triple Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Sunday at 2:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Sabina Allen (Campbell) – 42-8.25 (13.01m)
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Allen
2017 Leader: Allen – 41-7 (12.67m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 3 (Mia Aghaji - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Janae Jones, Mary Witmer, Ayanna Johnson
Outlook: Campbell's Sabina Allen, who swept the 2016 Big South indoor and outdoor triple jump titles, will take on 2014 and 2015 Big South outdoor triple jump champion Janae Jones of Liberty. Jones has set a school record with her 40-8.25 leap this season, but Allen ranks first in the Big South at 41-7. No other Big South triple jumper has come within two feet of Allen or Jones this season. Senior Mary Witmer is a wild card for the Lady Flames. She triple jumped 37-11.5 at Ephrata High School but has only competed in the event once during her four years at Liberty.

Women's High Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Sunday at Noon
Defending Champion: Shenelle McKay (Campbell) – 5-8 (1.73m)
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: McKay
2017 Leader: McKay, Marta Segarra (Campbell) and Kayin Mujahid (Gardner-Webb) – 5-7 (1.70m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Kristen Willeford - 2013)
Liberty Entrants: Kylie Polsgrove, Erin Zappia, Brittany Small
Outlook: Two of the Big South's three high jump co-leaders at 5-7 have won conference titles previously, including Gardner-Webb's Kayin Mujahid (2014 outdoor) and Campbell's Shenelle McKay (2016 indoor). They are joined atop the conference list by Campbell freshman Marta Segarra. Liberty junior Erin Zappia placed second to McKay at this meet a year ago. Kylie Polsgrove will also compete for the Lady Flames, on the heels of a six-event Saturday.

Women's Pole Vault
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 1 p.m.
Defending Champion: Emma Kroger (Coastal Carolina) – 12-9.5 (3.90m)
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Mariel Finger (Liberty) – T-4th place
2017 Leader: Jessie Glynn (Liberty) – 12-3.5 (3.75m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Shelley Parker - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Jessie Glynn, Mariel Finger, Audrey Rabe, Lea Carter
Outlook: Liberty has a chance to get off to a strong start in the team standings, as Lady Flames Jessie Glynn (12-3.5), Mariel Finger (11-11.75) and Audrey Rabe (11-9) rank 1-2-3 in the Big South this season, and no other conference pole vaulter has cleared 11 feet. Liberty has not won this event since Shelley Parker's title in 2011. The top eight names on the Big South performance list include five Liberty Lady Flames and three High Point Panthers. Finger is the top returnee from 2016, when she tied for fourth both indoors and outdoors. Glynn, who redshirted the 2016 season, owns a personal-best clearance of 13-1.75.

Women's Shot Put
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Mychelle Cumings (Liberty) – 51-1 (15.57m)
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Nailha Rose-Delia (Radford) – 3rd place
2017 Leader: Dasiana Larson (Liberty) – 44-2.75 (13.48m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Mychelle Cumings - 2016)
Liberty Entrants: Dasiana Larson, Holly Arey
Outlook: Liberty's Mychelle Cumings dominated the shot put during her time in the conference, winning four indoor titles and four outdoor championships. Following her graduation in 2016, the event is now wide open. The top three throwers in the conference are separated by just 4.75 inches, including Big South leader Dasiana Larson of Liberty (44-2.75), Charleston Southern freshman Alexus Foreman (44-2) and last year's third-place finisher, Naihla Rose-Delia of Radford (43-10).

Women's Weight Throw
Event Schedule: Final – Sunday at Noon
Defending Champion: Marthaline Cooper (Winthrop) – 69-6.25 (21.19m) (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Cooper
2017 Leader: Cooper – 66-8.75 (20.34m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Jocelyn Williams - 2014)
Liberty Entrants: Dasiana Larson, Holly Arey, Catherine Oyarzun
Outlook: Winthrop senior Marthaline Cooper has won back-to-back Big South women's weight throw titles and is favored to make it three in a row on Sunday. The 2016 All-American currently ranks No. 17 nationally for the event at 66-8.75. Liberty's Dasiana Larson, who came in fifth a year ago, has made rapid improvement during her junior season. Larson entered the year with a personal best of 56-1.75 but has now pushed it to 62-3. She ranks No. 2 in program history behind the Lady Flames' only Big South women's weight throw champion, 2014 titlist Jocelyn Williams. Liberty's Holly Arey is seeded seventh at 52-7.5 with teammate Catherine Oyarzun ninth at 52-2. The Lady Flames will try to rack up as many points as possible in the throws, with no Campbell athletes entered in the two events.

Women's Pentathlon
Event Schedule: Begins Saturday at 10 a.m.
Defending Champion: Erika Jackson (Liberty) – 3,595
Top Returnee from 2016 Meet: Jessica Shelton (Radford) – 2nd place
2017 Leader: Kylie Polsgrove (Liberty) – 3,472
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Erika Jackson - 2016)
Liberty Entrants: Kylie Polsgrove, Nicole Gignac
Outlook: Liberty has won eight of the 11 Big South pentathlon competitions all-time, but 2014 and 2015 champion Riley Brandon and 2016 champion Erika Jackson both graduated last season. In their absence, Lady Flames sophomore Kylie Polsgrove is the No. 1 seed at 3,472 after finishing fourth a year ago. Two of the athletes who beat Polsgrove in 2016 are back, including runner-up Jessica Shelton of Radford and third-place Taryn DeLeon of Winthrop. Additionally, Radford freshman Tenae Washington scored 3,285 points in her pentathlon debut. Polsgrove will be the Lady Flames' busiest athlete this weekend, as she is also entered in the 60 hurdles and high jump. The pentathlon will feature a huge 18-member field on Saturday, eight of whom are freshmen, including Liberty's Nicole Gignac.