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Liberty to Host 2018 BSC Indoor Track Championships, Friday & Saturday

February 22, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Host Liberty is hoping to sweep the men's and women's team titles at the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships for the third straight year.
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For the first time in meet history, Liberty will play host to the 2018 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, Friday and Saturday at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex. The Liberty men's squad has won all 20 previous team championships, while the Lady Flames are seeking their third conference title in a row this weekend.

The meet will begin Friday at 10 a.m. with the pentathlon 60-meter hurdles. Saturday's action will commence at noon with the heptathlon 60-meter hurdles. Admission is free of charge.

The Liberty Indoor Track Complex will be hosting its third collegiate conference meet in its two years of existence, following the 2017 CIAA Championships and last weekend's 2018 Atlantic Sun Conference Championships.

Liberty hopes its home track advantage continues indoors, as the Flames and Lady Flames have swept the team titles all eight times the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships have taken place at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex.

How to Follow the Action
Live event-by-event results will be available throughout the meet, along with a virtual scoreboard feature, courtesy of Blue Ridge Timing.

Additionally, periodic meet updates will be posted to 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 20 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.

Last season, Liberty posted its second smallest margin of victory (35 points) in meet history, coming from behind to defeat Campbell on day two, 205-170.

Campbell is expected to challenge the Flames again this season. The Camels are led by a talented group of mid-distance and distance runners which captured their third straight Big South men's cross country championship in October at the Liberty Cross Country Course.

Meanwhile, a resurgent Charleston Southern squad appears poised to contend for its first top-three finish at this meet since 2013.

Liberty returns three conference champions from the 2017 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, including Jovaine Atkinson (60 hurdles), Jahquez Durham (400) and Carson Waters (pole vault). Current Flames Darrel Jones (2016 triple jump) and Michael Todd (2016 800) are also past champions at this meet, while Durham, Todd and Jeff Jacobs are back from the Flames' 4 x 400 relay team which captured its third straight Big South title a year ago.

The Flames own the No. 1 seed in eight different events, including the 60 (Chukwuma Maduka), 200 (Alejandro Perlaza Zapata), 400 (Alejandro Perlaza Zapata), 60 hurdles (Jovaine Atkinson), 4 x 400 relay, triple jump (Darrel Jones), pole vault (Carson Waters) and heptathlon (Markus Ballengee).

The Big South meet will mark athletes' final chance to post a qualifying mark for the 2018 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. It appears that Atkinson is bound for College Station, Texas, in the 60 hurdles but others, including Ballengee, Jones, Perlaza Zapata and Waters, will attempt to record big marks this weekend.

Men's 60-Meter Dash
Event Schedule:
Prelims – Friday at 3:55 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 3:10 p.m.
Defending Champion: Curtis Carr (Campbell) – 6.93
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Carr
2018 Leader: Chukwuma Maduka (Liberty) – 6.90
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Guifaly Christolin – 2002)
Liberty Entrants: Chukwuma Maduka, Travis Henderson, Greg Edwards, Jovaine Atkinson
Outlook: Campbell's Curtis Carr claimed the 2017 Big South men's 60 dash title as a freshman, followed by 2016 champion James House of High Point and 2017 Big South men's outdoor 100 titlist Joshua Paramore of Charleston Southern. All three are back in 2018, but the top five runners on this year's Big South performance list did not compete in the 60 at last year's conference meet. Leading the way is Liberty redshirt sophomore Chukwuma Maduka, who will make his Big South debut as the No. 1 seed. His 6.90 clocking at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational on Feb. 3 was the fastest by a Flame since 2014. Redshirt senior teammate Travis Henderson, the No. 3 seed at 6.94, competed in the CIAA indoor meet at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex a year ago, wearing a Virginia State uniform. The Flames have scored points in this event at all 20 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). The Flames' Jovaine Atkinson is a wild card in this event. If he makes Saturday's final, it will take place 40 minutes after he is heavily favored to capture the men's 60 hurdles title. No runner in meet history has swept the men's 60 dash and 60 hurdles championships.

Men's 200-Meter Dash
Event Schedule:
Prelims – Friday at 4:55 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 3:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Stephen Racanelli (Liberty) – 22.07 (Third in a row)
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Greg Edwards (Liberty) – 2nd place
2018 Leader: Alejandro Perlaza Zapata (Liberty) – 21.39
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Stephen Racanelli - 2017)
Liberty Entrants: Alejandro Perlaza Zapata, Travis Henderson, Greg Edwards, Jahquez Durham
Outlook: Despite the graduation of three-time defending champion Stephen Racanelli, Liberty possesses big point potential in the one-lap event. Alejandro Perlaza Zapata clocked a conference-leading 21.39 in his collegiate 200 debut at the Liberty Elite Invitational two weeks ago. Teammate Travis Henderson ranks No. 3 in the conference (21.88), 2017 indoor 200 runner-up Greg Edwards sits No. 4 (21.91) and 2017 outdoor runner-up Jahquez Durham is listed No. 5 (21.92). The biggest threat to the Flames is Campbell's Khai McLin. The event's No. 2 seed (21.84) captured the 2016 Big South men's outdoor 200 crown at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex in an impressive personal-best time of 20.81.

Men's 400-Meter Dash
Event Schedule:
Prelims – Friday at 3:25 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jahquez Durham (Liberty) – 48.78
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Durham
2018 Leader: Alejandro Perlaza Zapata (Liberty) – 46.80
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 10 (Jahquez Durham – 2017)
Liberty Entrants: Alejandro Perlaza Zapata, Jahquez Durham, Jeff Jacobs
Outlook: Liberty has finished 1-2-3 in the men's 400 at each of the last three Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships and ranks 1-2-3 entering this weekend's meet. Olympian Alejandro Perlaza Zapata tops the chart at 46.80, making him the third-fastest men's 400 runner in conference history. Jahquez Durham, who won the event as a freshman last season, ranks second in 2018 at 48.97. Jeff Jacobs has placed third in both 2016 and 2017 and enters as 2018's No. 3 seed (49.78). UNC Asheville sophomore Tyree McFalling is the only other conference sprinter who has broken 50 seconds (49.85) this season. He came in seventh in the Big South men's indoor and outdoor 400 finals as a freshman in 2017.

Men's 800-Meter Run
Event Schedule:
Prelims – Friday at 4:25 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Matthew Harding (UNC Asheville) – 1:52.57
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Harding
2018 Leader: Harding – 1:49.68
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Michael Todd - 2016)
Liberty Entrants: Colin Schultz, Bradley Prentice, Michael Todd
Outlook: UNC Asheville sophomore Matthew Harding is the runner to beat at 800 meters. He swept the 2017 Big South indoor and outdoor 800 titles and is coming off of a school-record 1:49.68 effort at Marshall two weeks ago. Harding 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). Liberty counters with a talented trio, including 2017 third-place finisher Colin Schultz, 2016 indoor champion Michael Todd and 2016 outdoor champion Bradley Prentice. Campbell's Kelvin Kirui placed second indoors and third outdoors a year ago but has run just one 800 this season, a 1:55.36 at last weekend's UCS Invitational on a flat 200-meter track. If the pace goes out aggressively, Liberty's program record (1:50.7) and the meet record (Todd's winning time of 1:52.43 from 2016) could be challenged.

Men's Mile
Event Schedule:
Final – Saturday at 2:10 p.m.
Defending Champion: Amon Kemboi (Campbell) – 4:09.14
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Kemboi
2018 Leader: Lawrence Kipkoech (Campbell) – 4:06.34
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Sam Chelanga - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Colin Schultz, Andrew Crowell
Outlook: Campbell looks for big things in the mile, boasting the No. 1 (2016 Big South 1,500 champion Lawrence Kipkoech), No. 2 (2017 Big South mile champion Amon Kemboi) and No. 3 (2017 Big South 1,500 champion Kelvin Kirui) seeds in the conference. Kemboi will try to become the first back-to-back champion in this event since Liberty's Sam Chelanga won three in a row between 2009-11. The Flames' Colin Schultz finished third in this event a year ago and enters as the No. 6 seed at 4:11.78. In total, 15 Big South milers have run 4:17 or faster this season and 11 of them are entered in Saturday's race. If the pace dawdles, 800-meter ace Matthew Harding of UNC Asheville will likely be a factor.

Men's 3,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule:
Final – Saturday at 4:20 p.m.
Defending Champion: Amon Terer (Campbell) – 8:15.15 (Third in a row)
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Amon Kemboi (Campbell) – 2nd place
2018 Leader: Lawrence Kipkoech (Campbell) – 7:52.18 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 12 (Caleb Edmonds - 2013)
Liberty Entrants: Azaria Kirwa, Nick Doan, Louis Paone, Jack Tidball
Outlook: Three-time defending 3K champion Amon Terer of Campbell has graduated, but the Big South still boasts three of the top 50 3K runners in the nation, including No. 13 Lawrence Kipkoech of Campbell, No. 31 Amon Kemboi of Campbell and No. 41 Azaria Kirwa of Liberty. Last season, Kemboi was the runner-up to Terer and Kirwa edged High Point's Alejandro Juan Torres for third place. With the 3K scheduled as the meet's next-to-last running event, most runners will have already competed in previous events and valuable team points will be on the line. However, all four of Liberty's entrants will be fresh, also including Nick Doan, Louis Paone and Jack Tidball.

Men's 5,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule:
Final – Friday at 5:35 p.m.
Defending Champion: Amon Terer (Campbell) – 14:27.97 (Fourth in a row)
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Amon Kemboi (Campbell) – 2nd place
2018 Leader: Lawrence Kipkoech (Campbell) – 13:41.17
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 10 (Josh MacDonald - 2013)
Liberty Entrants: Augostine Lisoreng, Samuel Proctor
Outlook: The 5K has moved to day one of the meet this year, giving two of the top five runners in Big South history a chance to race fresh and take aim at the meet record of 14:16.01. Two weeks ago at Iowa State, Campbell's Lawrence Kipkoech became the Big South's No. 3 all-time runner at 13:41.17, while teammate Amon Kemboi moved to No. 5 at 13:43.78. Kipkoech and Kemboi could both be headed to the NCAA meet, as they are currently listed No. 6 and No. 12, respectively, on the national list. Former Camel Amon Terer claimed the last four Big South indoor 5K titles, but Kipkoech claimed back-to-back outdoor 5K crowns in 2015 and 2016 before Kemboi took top honors in the 2017 Big South outdoor 5K. Liberty's Azaria Kirwa, who will focus on the 3K this weekend, owns the 5K facility record of 14:29.50. Samuel Proctor, who will be running his first 5K as a Liberty Flame, was the 2017 WAC runner-up in this event for Grand Canyon, both indoors and outdoors.

Men's 60-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule:
Prelims – Friday at 2:55 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jovaine Atkinson (Liberty) – 8.03
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Atkinson
2018 Leader: Atkinson – 7.75
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Jovaine Atkinson - 2017)
Liberty Entrants: Jovaine Atkinson, Branson Rolle, Jeremy Davis
Outlook: Liberty redshirt sophomore Jovaine Atkinson is a considerable favorite to become the Flames' first back-to-back men's 60 hurdles champion in meet history and the first hurdler to successfully defend his title since UNC Asheville's Milan Ristic in 2012-13. Atkinson tied Ristic's Big South record of 7.75 earlier this season, which currently ranks him No. 7 nationally. The facility (7.78) and meet (7.79) records could come under siege this weekend by the talented Jamaican. Last year, Ryan Davis (second), Markus Ballengee (fourth) and Blake Kohring (fifth) finished closely behind Atkinson. Davis and Kohring have both graduated, while Ballengee will focus on other events. Liberty freshman Branson Rolle enters as the No. 3 seed at 8.14. Other runners to watch include No. 2 seed Vincent Johnson of Charleston Southern and No. 4 seed Chigozie Atavwigho of Campbell. Atavwigho placed third a year ago.

Men's 4 x 400 Relay
Event Schedule:
Final – Saturday at 4:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Liberty – 3:20.38 (Third in a row)
2018 Leader: Liberty – 3:12.95
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 12 (2017)
Outlook: Liberty has claimed three consecutive Big South men's 4 x 400 relay titles and five in the last six years. The Flames are favored to win their fourth 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 program-record time of 3:12.95 from the Liberty Kickoff is more than six seconds faster than any other team in the conference has run in 2018. Three of last year's four legs are back (Jahquez Durham, Jeff Jacobs and Michael Todd), while Alejandro Perlaza Zapata dropped a 45.89-second anchor leg for the record-breaking relay squad earlier this season.

Men's Distance Medley Relay
Event Schedule:
Final – Friday at 6:10 p.m.
Defending Champion: Campbell – 10:03.76
2018 Leader: High Point – 10:00.44
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (2010)
Outlook: Campbell and High Point have combined to win the last five Big South men's distance medley relay titles, including the Camels' victory in 2017. No team has gone back-to-back in this event since Winthrop in 2006 and 2007. The Panthers own the top seed at 10:00.44, setting their school record at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex on Feb. 2. Liberty, which has not run a distance medley relay thus far in 2018, 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 – Friday at 4 p.m.
Defending Champion: Niegel Simmons (Charleston Southern) – 23-10.75 (7.28m)
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Simmons
2018 Leader: Quemell Brave (Winthrop) – 24-0.25 (7.32m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Aklesso Agama - 2015)
Liberty Entrants: Chukwuma Maduka, Jeremy Davis, Darrel Jones, Brad Smalley
Outlook: Charleston Southern's Niegel Simmons took top honors in the Big South long jump as a freshman and is trying to become the third Buccaneer to repeat in the last eight years, along with Lavon Allen (2011-12) and Braxton Drummond (2013-14). Simmons is coming off a season-best 23-7.5 leap at the Liberty Elite Invitational two weeks ago. However, the No. 1 seed is Winthrop's Quemell Brave at 24-0.25. Brave, the 2017 Big South indoor and outdoor runner-up, is aiming for the Eagles' first-ever indoor victory in this event. Liberty senior Darrel Jones is best known as a triple jumper, but placed sixth indoors and fourth outdoors in the Big South long jump competitions in 2017.

Men's Triple Jump
Event Schedule:
Final – Saturday at 3 p.m.
Defending Champion: Lorne Jenkins (Campbell) – 49-1.75 (14.98m)
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Darrel Jones (Liberty) – 2nd place
2018 Leader: Jones – 51-0 (15.54m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Darrel Jones - 2016)
Liberty Entrants: Darrel Jones, Jonny Saintil, Jeremy Davis, Markus Ballengee
Outlook: Liberty senior Darrel Jones has claimed a pair of Big South triple jump titles in his career, including the 2016 indoor crown and the 2017 outdoor championship. He will try to become the conference's first multiple-time indoor triple jump champion since the Flames' Clarence Powell won three times between 2008 and 2011. Jones' school-record leap of 51-0 has him nearly three feet ahead of anyone else in the field, meaning his greatest competition could be his own meet record (50-5.5 from 2016) and the all-time Big South standard (51-3.75 by Charleston Southern's Anthony Reed in 1999). Liberty's Jonny Saintil is tied with CSU's Timothy Davis as the No. 2 seed at 48-2 and will try to earn his first career All-Big South medal.

Men's High Jump
Event Schedule:
Final – Saturday at 1 p.m.
Defending Champion: Davian Rhodes (Campbell) – 6-10.75 (2.10m) (Third in a row)
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Frankie Thomas (Charleston Southern) – 3rd place
2018 Leader: Thomas – 6-6.75 (2.00m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 11 (Kyle Wheeler - 2014)
Liberty Entrants: Markus Ballengee, Jacob Burke, Chukwuma Maduka, Branson Rolle
Outlook: Three-time defending champion Davian Rhodes of Campbell and longtime rival Zach Davis of Liberty both graduated from the Big South high jump ranks in 2017, leaving Charleston Southern sophomore Frankie Thomas as the top returnee. He placed third indoors and second outdoors in 2017 and enters with the Big South's top clearance of 2018, 6-6.75. Charleston Southern has never won this event at the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships. Three of the next four names after Thomas on the Big South performance list are multi-event athletes, including Liberty's Markus Ballengee and Chukwuma Maduka along with High Point's Pablo Romero. It will be interesting to see what they have left in the tank on day two of the meet. Flames redshirt freshman Jacob Burke cleared a personal-best 6-6 in his indoor debut in a Liberty uniform two weeks ago, throwing his name into the mix as well.

Men's Pole Vault
Event Schedule:
Final – Friday at 1 p.m.
Defending Champion: Carson Waters (Liberty) – 17-0.75 (5.20m)
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Waters
2018 Leader: Waters – 17-0.75 (5.20m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 12 (Carson Waters - 2017)
Liberty Entrants: Carson Waters, Markus Ballengee, Ryan McCann, Reilly Stroot
Outlook: As has been the case in recent years, the men's pole vault will likely feature a battle between Liberty and High Point. Nine of the last 10 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 senior Carson Waters. Waters sailed over a meet-record 17-0.75 to win in 2017 and has cleared the same height to top the 2018 Big South performance list. The Sunshine State native will look to become the first Flame since Kolby Shepherd (2008-10) to claim back-to-back titles in this event. Behind Waters, three sophomores have joined the 16-foot club in recent weeks, including teammate Markus Ballengee and the High Point pair of Carter Clasper and Jordan McClung. Clasper placed second to Waters both indoors and outdoors a year ago. Liberty's Reilly Stroot took third place outdoors in 2017 as a freshman.

Men's Shot Put
Event Schedule:
Final – Friday at 4 p.m.
Defending Champion: Marcus Abraham (Gardner-Webb) – 57-1.25 (17.40m)
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: JP Caglione (Charleston Southern) – 3rd place
2018 Leader: Jordan Smith (Gardner-Webb) – 57-7.75 (17.57m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Fred Fulton - 2016)
Liberty Entrant: William Partridge
Outlook: Gardner-Webb's Marcus Abraham took the Big South indoor and outdoor men's shot put championships in 2017 but has since left the Runnin' Bulldogs. In his absence, GWU's Jordan Smith, the 2015 indoor titlist, is the No. 1 seed by three and a half feet at 57-7.75. No. 2 seed Ryan Spiecha, the 2017 outdoor runner-up, will aim to become Charleston Southern's first-ever champion in this event. Liberty will be represented by William Partridge, the No. 5 seed at 48-8. He threw 54-9.25 during his time at Central Arizona College.

Men's Weight Throw
Event Schedule:
Final – Saturday at 3 p.m.
Defending Champion: Mike Hajduk (Winthrop) – 54-3 (16.53m)
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Britton Mann (High Point) – 5th place
2018 Leader: Jordan Smith (Gardner-Webb) – 63-2.25 (19.26m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Fred Fulton - 2016)
Liberty Entrant: William Partridge
Outlook: Britton Mann of High Point is the top returnee from the 2017 Big South men's weight throw competition, where he placed fifth. However, Gardner-Webb's Jordan Smith owns the conference's top mark of 2018, 63-2.25, and could be seeking a sweep of the men's throwing event titles Saturday afternoon. In this event, Smith sits atop the Big South yearly list by more than five feet over Charleston Southern's JP Caglione (57-11). Liberty's William Partridge is the No. 3 seed, thanks to his personal-best 56-9.5 heave from the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational.

Men's Heptathlon
Event Schedule:
Day One – Begins Friday at 10:15 a.m.; Day Two – Begins Saturday at Noon
Defending Champion: Pablo Romero (High Point) – 4,965
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Romero
2018 Leader: Markus Ballengee (Liberty) – 5,523
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Zach Gilroy - 2016)
Liberty Entrants: Markus Ballengee, Jeremy Davis
Outlook: Pablo Romero of High Point stood atop the Big South heptathlon podium as a freshman and will seek the event's first back-to-back championships since VMI's Antonio Wood in 2012-13. Romero is in fine form, as evidenced by his personal-best score of 5,008 from earlier this season, just nine points off the High Point program record. However, fellow sophomore Markus Ballengee of Liberty has emerged as the athlete to beat. After finishing as the 2017 Big South heptathlon runner-up, Ballengee has taken a big step forward in 2018. He set the Big South all-time record with his score of 5,523 at the Liberty Kickoff and currently ranks No. 21 nationally. Ballengee will be looking to score 5,600+ this weekend, which would give him a chance to qualify for the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Women's Meet Preview
Liberty captured the women's team title at the 2017 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, which marked the first conference meet since the Lady Flames' longtime rival Coastal Carolina moved to the Sun Belt Conference. Last year's championship was the Lady Flames' second in a row and 12th in meet history.

Campbell made Liberty work for its trophy in 2017, losing to the Lady Flames by only 33 points (207-174). The Camels and High Point figure to provide Liberty's strongest competition this weekend.

Six Big South individual event champions from 2017 are back for the Lady Flames, including Tanner Ealum (400), Jessie Glynn (pole vault), Dasiana Larson (shot put), Delaney McDowell (800), Kylie Polsgrove (pentathlon) and Erin Zappia (high jump).  

McDowell, who has opened her career with back-to-back Big South women's indoor 800 titles, also helped the Lady Flames repeat as 4 x 400 relay champions in 2017, along with Ealum.

Liberty owns the top seed in nine events this weekend, including the 200 (Kimone Green), 400 (Olivia Behymer), 800 (Delaney McDowell), 60 hurdles (Jaiden Mulder), 4 x 400 relay, high jump (Erin Zappia), shot put (Naomi Mojica), weight throw (Dasiana Larson) and pentathlon (Kylie Polsgrove). The most events the Lady Flames have ever won at a single Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships is nine in 2011.

Women's 60-Meter Dash
Event Schedule:
Prelims – Friday at 3:40 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 3 p.m.
Defending Champion: Kanajzae Brown (High Point) – 7.60
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Deonica Reid (Campbell) – 2nd place
2018 Leader: Diamond Rush (Charleston Southern) – 7.67
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Abigail Flower - 2015)
Liberty Entrant: Alexis Wilson, Nikayla Hoyte
Outlook: Freshmen make up the primary theme at 60 meters. A year ago, freshmen won the Big South indoor 60 (High Point's Kanajzae Brown) and outdoor 100 (Campbell's Janai Scott) titles (although neither is entered in this event). This year's top seed is Charleston Southern freshman Diamond Rush at 7.67, while Liberty's lone entrants are freshmen Nikayla Hoyte and Alexis Wilson. Rush will chase Charleston Southern's first 60 dash title since Audrika Gadson in 2005. Wilson, the No. 4 seed at 7.75, will look to replicate the Big South 60 championship that Lady Flame Oasis Hernandez claimed as a freshman in 2014. With all of this talk about freshmen, one cannot overlook Campbell senior Sabina Allen. Although best known for her long jump/triple jump exploits, Allen has clocked a time of 7.69 this season.

Women's 200-Meter Dash
Event Schedule:
Prelims – Friday at 4:40 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 3:40 p.m.
Defending Champion: Janai Scott (Campbell) – 24.39
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Isis Brooks (Campbell) – 4th place
2018 Leader: Kimone Green (Liberty) – 24.47
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Abigail Flower - 2015)
Liberty Entrants: Kimone Green, Ty'Asia Dansbury, Alexis Wilson, Olivia Behymer
Outlook: Defending indoor and outdoor 200 champion Janai Scott of Campbell has not yet raced the distance in 2018 and is not entered in the one-lap event this weekend. Charleston Southern's Jasmine Pilgrim captured the 2016 indoor title but is seeded only sixth at 25.47. Liberty, which has only captured two indoor 200 titles in meet history, owns the top two seeds despite 2017 indoor third-place finisher Tanner Ealum moving up in distance this season. No. 1 seed Kimone Green (24.47) is in her first year at Liberty but was the 2015 Southland indoor runner-up at 200 meters for Abilene Christian. She is followed on the performance list by freshman teammate Ty'Asia Dansbury (24.90).

Women's 400-Meter Dash
Event Schedule:
Prelims – Friday at 3:10 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:40 p.m.
Defending Champion: Tanner Ealum (Liberty) – 55.45
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: LaTisha Chambers (Radford) – 6th place
2018 Leader: Cortney Dowling (Liberty) – 55.39
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Tanner Ealum - 2017)
Liberty Entrants: Olivia Behymer, Kimone Green, Ty'Asia Dansbury, Maggie McDermott
Outlook: Liberty has won the last four Big South women's indoor/outdoor 400 championships, but 2016 indoor/outdoor champion Erin Edmond graduated and 2017 indoor/outdoor titlist Tanner Ealum has moved up in distance in 2018. Nevertheless, Lady Flames Cortney Dowling (55.39), Olivia Behymer (56.01), Kimone Green (56.15) and Ty'Asia Dansbury (57.26) rank 1-2-3-4 on the 2018 Big South performance list, although Dowling will not race this weekend. Behymer was the outdoor 400 runner-up last season, while Green captured back-to-back Southland indoor 400 titles at Abilene Christian in 2015 and 2016. The lone returnee from last year's final is Radford's LaTisha Chambers (sixth place), who will be running her first 400 of the season on Friday.

Women's 800-Meter Run
Event Schedule:
Prelims – Friday at 4:10 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 3:20 p.m.
Defending Champion: Delaney McDowell (Liberty) – 2:12.25 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: McDowell
2018 Leader: McDowell – 2:11.86
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 11 (Delaney McDowell - 2017)
Liberty Entrants: Delaney McDowell, Tanner Ealum, Natalee Cole, Erin Hansel
Outlook: Liberty has won 11 women's 800-meter titles during the 20 previous Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, the most of any women's event for the Lady Flames. Liberty hopes to add to that number on Saturday with a lineup featuring two-time defending champion Delaney McDowell. The junior will try to join former Liberty standouts Heather Sagan (2000-02) and Jaime Watson (2008-10) as the only runners ever to win three straight Big South 800-meter crowns. McDowell is the No. 1 seed at 2:11.86, with 2017 Big South indoor/outdoor 400 champion Tanner Ealum seeded third at 2:12.64. High Point freshman Caroline Baudinet has been running well of late, clocking the conference's second-fastest time of 2018 (2:12.58) at Liberty two weeks ago. Teammate Keaton Case placed second indoors and fourth outdoors in 2017. Campbell, which has never won this event indoors, boasts junior Roshae Jackson, who has captured a trio of Big South 800-meter bronze medals during her career.

Women's Mile
Event Schedule:
Final – Saturday at 2 p.m.
Defending Champion: Joan Maritim (Campbell) – 5:08.77
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Anna Van Wyk (Liberty) – 2nd place
2018 Leader: Caroline Baudinet (High Point) – 4:50.71 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Ednah Kurgat – 2016)
Liberty Entrants: Anna Van Wyk, Torree Scull, Heidi Smith
Outlook: High Point has not won the Big South women's mile since Sumiyya Hunter's victory in 2008, but that could change Saturday. Panther freshmen Caroline Baudinet and Famke Heinst rank 1-2 on the Big South list this season. Heinst was the Big South women's individual champion at the adjacent Liberty Cross Country Course in October. The top five names on the Big South list hail from five different countries, including Belgium (Baudinet), Netherlands (Heinst), England (Charleston Southern's Georgina Russell), South Africa (Campbell's Shanley Koekemoer) and the United States (Liberty's Anna Van Wyk). Van Wyk was the 2017 Big South indoor mile and outdoor 1,500 runner-up. Defending mile champion Joan Maritim of Campbell is seeded only 18th this season and will not race the mile this weekend.

Women's 3,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule:
Final – Saturday at 4 p.m.
Defending Champion: Joan Maritim (Campbell) – 9:48.22
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Maritim
2018 Leader: Shanley Koekemoer (Campbell) – 9:41.44 (Converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Ednah Kurgat – 2016)
Liberty Entrants: Noel Palmer, Anna Van Wyk, Alyssa Karle, Mary Kate McElroy
Outlook: Freshmen rank 1-2-3 in the women's 3K, including Campbell's Shanley Koekemoer, High Point's Famke Heinst and Liberty's Noel Palmer, the only three conference runners to break 10 minutes this season. Last year's champion (Campbell's Joan Maritim) and runner-up (Liberty's Anna Van Wyk) are seeded No. 10 and No. 5, respectively. High Point is seeking its first 3K title, while Liberty is aiming for its eighth 3K crown in the last 10 years. Current Liberty assistant coach Rebekah Ricksecker was part of that string of success with her 3K championship in 2010.

Women's 5,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule:
Final – Friday at 5:10 p.m.
Defending Champion: Joan Maritim (Campbell) – 17:09.74
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Maritim
2018 Leader: Shanley Koekemoer (Campbell) – 17:09.60
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Khristina Kanagy - 2012)
Liberty Entrants: Mary Kate McElroy, Noel Palmer
Outlook: Defending indoor 5K champion Joan Maritim of Campbell has not contested the distance in 2018 but is entered in Friday's competition. Meanwhile, defending outdoor 5K titlist Anna Van Wyk of Liberty will focus on shorter events this weekend. Only two Big South runners have broken 18 minutes this season, including Campbell freshman Shanley Koekemoer (17:09.60) and High Point sophomore Zoe Geis (17:38.70). The Panthers are in search of their first Big South indoor 5K championship. Liberty's best hopes lie with freshman Noel Palmer, who will be racing her first collegiate 5K Friday afternoon.

Women's 60-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule:
Prelims – Friday at 2:40 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:20 p.m.
Defending Champion: Lilla Juhasz (Campbell) – 8.36 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Katie Dodson (Liberty) – 4th place
2018 Leader: Jaiden Mulder (Liberty) – 8.76
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Arlene Zelinskas - 2007)
Liberty Entrants: Jaiden Mulder, Kylie Polsgrove, Katie Dodson
Outlook: Liberty has not won a Big South women's 60 hurdles title since Arlene Zelinskas in 2007, but the Lady Flames enter a strong trio. Jaiden Mulder is the No. 1 seed (8.76), Katie Dodson is the top returnee from 2017 (fourth place) and Kylie Polsgrove came in sixth a year ago. Outside the Liberty contingent, Radford freshman Karryngton Harrison has been the conference's most consistent hurdler this season. The Highlanders' last title in this event was won by a freshman (Amber Church) in 2012.

Women's 4 x 400 Relay
Event Schedule:
Final – Saturday at 4:35 p.m.
Defending Champion: Liberty – 3:46.28 (Second in a row)
2018 Leader: Liberty – 3:43.39
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (2017)
Outlook: Two-time defending 4 x 400 relay champion Liberty owns the conference's fastest time of 2018 by more than 12 seconds at 3:43.39. The Lady Flames, who will be trying to win their third straight 4 x 400 relay title at this meet for the first time, own a wealth of options. Five of the top six names on the Big South 400 performance list are Lady Flames, with 800-meter standouts Tanner Ealum and Delaney McDowell in the mix as well.

Women's Distance Medley Relay
Event Schedule:
Final – Friday at 5:55 p.m.
Defending Champion: High Point – 11:58.81
2018 Leader: High Point – 11:45.81
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (2016)
Outlook: Liberty has won the women's distance medley relay during the last two even years (2014 and 2016), but the Lady Flames will be challenged to continue that pattern on Friday. High Point ran a conference-record time of 11:45.81 at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex earlier this season and will try to become the event's first back-to-back victor since the Panthers claimed the 2009 and 2010 titles.

Women's Long Jump
Event Schedule:
Final – Friday at 1 p.m.
Defending Champion: Sabina Allen (Campbell) – 18-10 (5.74m) (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Allen
2018 Leader: Allen – 19-7.5 (5.98m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Alyssa Pegues - 2011)
Liberty Entrants: Kylie Polsgrove, Hannah Andrews, Nikayla Hoyte
Outlook: Campbell senior Sabina Allen has swept the Big South indoor/outdoor long jump championships in both 2016 and 2017 and tops this year's conference list by more than two feet at 19-7.5. Accordingly, she is favored to join Coastal Carolina's Chasity Johnson (2005-07) as the only two women's long jumpers ever to claim three straight titles at this meet. Liberty's Kylie Polsgrove is seeded fourth at 17-4 but will have to long jump in the midst of Friday's pentathlon.

Women's Triple Jump
Event Schedule:
Final – Saturday at 1 p.m.
Defending Champion: Janae Jones (Liberty) – 41-0.5 (12.51m)
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Sabina Allen (Campbell) – 2nd place
2018 Leader: Allen – 43-9 (13.33m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Janae Jones - 2017)
Liberty Entrants: Hannah Andrews
Outlook: Campbell's Sabina Allen has won three of the last four Big South women's triple jump competitions, including 2016 indoors and outdoors and 2017 outdoors. She set the Big South all-time record with her 43-9 leap earlier this season, which leads the 2018 Big South list by six feet and ranks No. 6 nationally. Freshman Hannah Andrews is Liberty's lone entrant. She is the No. 6 seed at 35-10.75 but owns a lifetime best of 39-5.5 from Boca Ciega High School. Only eight total women's triple jumpers are entered.

Women's High Jump
Event Schedule:
Final – Friday at 4 p.m.
Defending Champion: Erin Zappia (Liberty) – 5-7.75 (1.72m)
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Zappia
2018 Leader: Zappia – 5-7 (1.70m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 10 (Erin Zappia - 2017)
Liberty Entrants: Erin Zappia, Kylie Polsgrove
Outlook: Liberty's Erin Zappia enters as the defending champion and top seed at 5-7. No women's high jumper has successfully defended her title at this meet since Coastal Carolina's Kierra Gabe won three years in a row (2010-12). Lady Flame Kylie Polsgrove is the No. 3 seed (5-5.75) and placed third at the 2017 Big South outdoor meet. However, the high jump will be her eighth event of the day on Friday. Radford sophomore Alexis Walton will try to earn her team's first Big South indoor high jump crown. She cleared 5-6 earlier this season and came in fourth at the 2017 Big South outdoor championship.

Women's Pole Vault
Event Schedule:
Final – Saturday at 3 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jessie Glynn (Liberty) – 11-11.75 (3.65m)
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Glynn
2018 Leader: Nathalie Elliott (High Point) – 12-9.5 (3.90m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Jessie Glynn - 2017)
Liberty Entrants: Jessie Glynn, Rachel Milnes, Mariel Finger
Outlook: Defending champion Jessie Glynn of Liberty is back in 2018 and has equaled her indoor personal best of 12-5.5 twice this season. However, she figures to have her hands full with freshman teammate Rachel Milnes (12-5.5 season best) and High Point freshman Nathalie Elliott (12-9.5 season best). No women's pole vaulter has claimed back-to-back victories at this meet since Coastal Carolina's Marilyn Testa in 2003 and 2004. The last Lady Flame to do so was All-American Andrea Wildrick in 2001 and 2002. Claire Young of Coastal Carolina was the last freshman champion in this event, taking top honors in 2006. Liberty's third entrant, senior Mariel Finger, finished third a year ago, completing the Lady Flames' podium sweep.

Women's Shot Put
Event Schedule:
Final – Friday at 1:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Dasiana Larson (Liberty) – 44-3.25 (13.49m)
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Larson
2018 Leader: Naomi Mojica (Liberty) – 51-3 (15.62m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Dasiana Larson - 2017)
Liberty Entrants: Naomi Mojica, Dasiana Larson, Holly Arey, Catherine Oyarzun
Outlook: Liberty's Dasiana Larson, the reigning Big South indoor and outdoor women's shot put champion, has boosted her indoor best to 45-3 this season. Gardner-Webb's Sarah Mitchell has returned from a redshirt season to throw a school-record 48-7.5. Charleston Southern's Alexus Foreman is back after finishing as Big South runner-up indoors and outdoors as a freshman in 2017. However, they are all looking up at Liberty freshman Naomi Mojica. The Mexico native has thrown 51-3 this season, equaling Mychelle Cumings' Liberty freshman record. Mojica will try to keep pace with Cumings, who won the first of her four Big South women's indoor shot put titles as a freshman in 2012.

Women's Weight Throw
Event Schedule:
Final – Saturday at 1 p.m.
Defending Champion: Marthaline Cooper (Winthrop) – 69-6.25 (21.18m) (Third in a row)
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Dasiana Larson (Liberty) – 2nd place
2018 Leader: Larson – 65-2.25 (19.87m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Jocelyn Williams - 2014)
Liberty Entrants: Dasiana Larson, Catherine Oyarzun, Holly Arey, Naomi Mojica
Outlook: Winthrop's Marthaline Cooper, who won the last three Big South women's weight throw titles, is out of indoor eligibility. The second through seventh-place finishers from 2017 return, though, paced by Liberty senior Dasiana Larson. Last year's runner-up tops the 2018 Big South list by six and a half feet at 65-2.25. Classmate Catherine Oyarzun enters as the No. 2 seed, after extending her personal best from 52-4.75 to 58-7.25 during the last year. Liberty also boasts the No. 7 (Holly Arey) and No. 8 (Naomi Mojica) seeds. Mojica, who has made rapid improvement this season, is just three inches away from breaking Jocelyn Williams' Liberty freshman record of 53-11.25. Williams is Liberty's only previous winner in this event, claiming victory in 2014.

Women's Pentathlon
Event Schedule:
Begins Friday at 10 a.m.
Defending Champion: Kylie Polsgrove (Liberty) – 3,569
Top Returnee from 2017 Meet: Polsgrove
2018 Leader: Polsgrove – 3,670
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Kylie Polsgrove - 2017)
Liberty Entrants: Kylie Polsgrove
Outlook: Liberty has won nine of the 12 Big South pentathlon competitions all-time, including the last four in a row. Defending champion Kylie Polsgrove will attempt to join former teammate Riley Brandon (2014 and 2015) as the only Lady Flames to win back-to-back titles in this event. Polsgrove, who has scored 3,670 points this season, could also threaten Brandon's meet record of 3,636 from 2015. High Point's CeAnna Soper has done some record setting of her own this season, tallying a program-record score of 3,261 earlier this month.