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IC4A/ECAC Championships Next Up for Liberty Track

February 28, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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IC4A/ECAC Championships Next Up for Liberty Track

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For the second straight weekend, the Liberty men's and women's indoor track & field teams will battle for conference championships. After sweeping the Big South team titles, the Flames and Lady Flames will now compete in the 2018 IC4A and ECAC Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, Friday through Sunday at the Boston University Track & Tennis Center.

The meet will get started Friday at 2:30 p.m. with the ECAC pentathlon 60-meter hurdles. Saturday's events will begin with the IC4A heptathlon 60-meter hurdles at 9:30 a.m. Sunday's first events include the IC4A triple jump and ECAC shot put at 9:30 a.m.

How to Follow the Flames and Lady Flames
Live results will be available throughout the meet, courtesy of Lancer Timing.

Periodic updates will be posted to the Liberty Track & Field Twitter account (@Liberty_XCTF).

Liberty's IC4A Entrants
Markus Ballengee – Pole Vault, Heptathlon
Andrew Crowell – Distance Medley
Jeremy Davis – Heptathlon
Nick Doan – 3K, Distance Medley
Jahquez Durham – 200, 400, 4 x 400
Greg Edwards – 200
Travis Henderson – 60, 200
Jeff Jacobs – 400, 4 x 400
Darrel Jones – Triple Jump
Azaria Kirwa – 3K, 5K
William Partridge – Weight Throw
Alejandro Perlaza Zapata – 200, 400, 4 x 400
Bradley Prentice – 1,000, Distance Medley
Samuel Proctor – 3K
Branson Rolle – 60 Hurdles, Distance Medley
Jonny Saintil – Triple Jump
Colin Schultz – Mile
Brad Smalley – Long Jump
Michael Todd – 800, 4 x 400
Carson Waters – Pole Vault

Liberty's ECAC Entrants
Holly Arey – Shot Put, Weight Throw
Olivia Behymer – 400, Distance Medley
Ty'Asia Dansbury – 400, 4 x 400
Katie Dodson – 60 Hurdles
Cortney Dowling – 400, 4 x 400
Tanner Ealum – 500, 4 x 400
Jessie Glynn – Pole Vault
Kimone Green – 200, 400, 4 x 400
Alyssa Karle – Distance Medley
Dasiana Larson – Shot Put, Weight Throw
Delaney McDowell – 800
Rachel Milnes – Pole Vault
Naomi Mojica – Shot Put
Jaiden Mulder – 60 Hurdles
Catherine Oyarzun – Weight Throw
Noel Palmer – 3K, 5K
Kylie Polsgrove – High Jump, Pentathlon
Heidi Smith – Distance Medley
Anna Van Wyk – Distance Medley
Alexis Wilson – 60
Erin Zappia – High Jump

What Do All of These Letters Stand For?
The acronym ECAC is short for Eastern College Athletic Conference. According to the ECAC website, it "is the nation's largest athletic conference and only multi-divisional conference, with approximately 300 member institutions ranging across 16 states from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Wisconsin." This weekend's women's meet is officially titled the ECAC Division I Indoor Track & Field Championship.

Meanwhile, the concurrent men's meet is called the IC4A Indoor Track & Field Championship. IC4A stands for Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America, and the name is only applied to the ECAC's Division I men's championships in cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field.

Looking Back at Last Year
The Liberty women's squad posted its best ECAC finish in program history, placing second at the 2017 ECAC Division I Indoor Track & Field Championship. The Lady Flames racked up 54 points, ending up just eight behind meet champion Albany.

The Flames came in fourth in the final IC4A team standings, trailing only champion Albany and Northeastern and UConn, which shared the runner-up trophy.

Zach Davis (heptathlon) and Azaria Kirwa (5K) both captured IC4A event championships.

Liberty also pulled down four runner-up finishes on the weekend, including Tanner Ealum (ECAC 400), Jessie Glynn (ECAC pole vault), Janae Jones (ECAC triple jump) and Colin Schultz (IC4A 1,000).

Schultz set a new program record of 2:23.01 in the men's 1,000. Liberty also established two new school relay records, including the men's 4 x 400 (3:13.18 – Jahquez Durham, Michael Todd, Jeff Jacobs, Stephen Racanelli) and women's distance medley (11:48.99 – Brooke Turner, Mary Witmer, Delaney McDowell, Hannah Scherlacher).

Tracking the Team Battle
As mentioned above, the 2017 Lady Flames recorded their best-ever ECAC finish, second place. Liberty has never captured an ECAC team title, either indoors or outdoors.

Liberty has hoisted the IC4A team championship trophy three times outdoors (1996, 2007 and 2008), but the Flames are seeking their first indoor team title. Liberty placed second at the 2008 IC4A indoor meet and tied for second place at the 2011 IC4A indoor championship.

Preparing His Defense
On Saturday at 12:25 p.m., junior Azaria Kirwa will attempt to defend his IC4A men's 5K title from 2017. No Flame has won back-to-back IC4A indoor championships in the same event since Josh McDougal took top honors in the IC4A men's 3K in 2005 and 2006.

Kirwa has enjoyed a successful 2018 season, setting new personal bests in the mile (4:11.87), 3K (8:07.04) and 5K (13:55.74).

Big South's Best
Nine different Flames and Lady Flames captured individual event titles at last weekend's Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, and eight of them will be back in action in the same events in Boston. They include Kimone Green (women's 200 and 400), Darrel Jones (men's triple jump), Dasiana Larson (women's weight throw), Delaney McDowell (women's 800), Naomi Mojica (women's shot put), Alejandro Perlaza Zapata (men's 200 and 400), Kylie Polsgrove (women's high jump and pentathlon) and Carson Waters (men's pole vault).

Erika Jackson was Liberty's last athlete to win the same event at the Big South and IC4A/ECAC meets on back-to-back weekends, claiming the 2016 Big South and ECAC pentathlon championships.

Baton Battles
Liberty has enjoyed a successful season of relay running, most recently claiming Big South titles in the men's 4 x 400, women's 4 x 400 and women's distance medley relays last weekend.

On Jan. 27, the quartet of Jahquez Durham, Michael Todd, Jeff Jacobs and Alejandro Perlaza Zapata clocked a program-record 4 x 400 time of 3:12.95.

This weekend, Liberty is entered in the men's 4 x 400, men's distance medley, women's 4 x 400 and women's distance medley relays.

Liberty has captured two IC4A/ECAC relay titles in meet history, including the 1996 outdoor men's 4 x 100 and 1999 outdoor men's 4 x 100. Last season, the Flames' best relay finish at this meet was a third-place showing in the ECAC 4 x 400 final.

Jumping Jones
In three previous appearances in the IC4A men's indoor triple jump competition, senior Darrel Jones has finished second (2016), third (2017) and fourth (2015). On Sunday at 9:30 a.m., he will look to become Liberty's first-ever IC4A triple jump champion.

Jones has triple jumped a program-record 51-0 this season and captured the Big South title with a meet-record leap of 50-11.

Fresh Faces
The 2018 Liberty men's and women's track & field rosters have been bolstered by an infusion of new talent. Sixteen of Liberty's 41 competitors at the IC4A/ECAC meet are in their first season of indoor track & field action for the Flames.

The Flames' newcomers heading to Boston this weekend include Jeremy Davis, Nick Doan, Travis Henderson, William Partridge, Alejandro Perlaza Zapata, Samuel Proctor, Branson Rolle, Ty'Asia Dansbury, Cortney Dowling, Kimone Green, Rachel Milnes, Naomi Mojica, Jaiden Mulder, Noel Palmer, Heidi Smith and Alexis Wilson.

Veteran Leadership
Six Liberty seniors will be making their fourth visit to the IC4A/ECAC indoor meet this weekend, including Andrew Crowell, Jeff Jacobs, Darrel Jones, Colin Schultz, Carson Waters and Erin Zappia.

Local Connection
Liberty's roster does not feature any Massachusetts residents. However, junior Kylie Polsgrove has a local tie to the Boston area. Her father, Scott Polsgrove, is the head men's basketball coach at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass.

Upholding the Tradition
Over the years, Liberty's best events at the IC4A and ECAC meets have been the multi events. The Flames have captured 12 IC4A decathlon titles and two IC4A heptathlon crowns, including Zach Davis' victory in 2017. Meanwhile, the Lady Flames have won two ECAC heptathlon championships and three ECAC pentathlon competitions.

This year, a pair of Flames are entered in the IC4A heptathlon, including No. 1 seed Markus Ballengee and Big South runner-up Jeremy Davis. Ballengee placed third a year ago as a freshman, two points behind Northeastern's Nick Fofana, who is also slated to compete this weekend.

In the ECAC pentathlon, two-time defending Big South champion Kylie Polsgrove is the No. 2 seed behind UMass junior Bridget Deveau, the Atlantic 10 titlist. Polsgrove, who competed in nine events and scored 36 points at last week's Big South meet, placed eighth in the ECAC pentathlon in 2016 and fifth last season.

Changing of Seasons
After this weekend, redshirt sophomore Jovaine Atkinson will be Liberty's only athlete still competing indoors. He will race the men's 60 hurdles at the 2018 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships in College Station, Texas, March 9-10.

The rest of the Flames and Lady Flames will prepare to open the 2018 outdoor campaign at the CSU Spring Break Invitational, March 16-17 in Charleston, S.C.