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On Track Open to Feature Sprints, Hurdles

January 24, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Andrea Beckles (second from left), Liberty's school record holder at 60 meters, will be one of the featured sprinters at Saturday's On Track Open.

Andrea Beckles (second from left), Liberty's school record holder at 60 meters, will be one of the featured sprinters at Saturday's On Track Open.

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Performance List

On a busy day of athletics, which promises to have Flames fans scurrying about campus to take in all the action, the sprinting and hurdling events will highlight Liberty's second home indoor track & field meet of the season, the On Track Open. The two-day event will begin Friday at 3 p.m. and resume Saturday at 8:30 a.m., at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center.

The 2008 indoor track & field campaign, still in its early stages, has already seen Josh McDougal (Sr., Peru, N.Y.) run world-leading times for 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters, three Flames—Jon Hart (Sr., Wyomissing, Pa.), Clendon Henderson (Sr., Meadow, Texas) and Matt Parker (Jr., Rome, N.Y.)—provisionally qualify for the NCAA national meet and four school records fall.

This weekend, Liberty will host athletes from 20 universities, including Big South rivals High Point and UNC Asheville, as well as South Carolina and Virginia. Some top-flight professional athletes will also be in attendance, a list which features Anwar Moore, the fourth-ranked 110-meter hurdler in the world in 2007, according to Track & Field News.

A chronological meet preview follows.

Friday, Jan. 25
3 p.m. – The meet gets underway with the pentathlon 60-meter hurdles. Three Liberty women will be entered, including freshman Jennifer Healey (Virginia Beach, Va.), who placed seventh in the event at the Liberty Kickoff in her collegiate debut. James Madison's Christine Nicewonger, who won the Liberty Kickoff pentathlon title, returns to Liberty in search of another crown.

3:15 p.m. – The 60-meter dash will open the two-day heptathlon for the 10 entrants. Liberty's Daniel Newell (Jr., Roanoke, Va.) hopes to improve upon his 4,878 points and fifth-place finish from the Liberty Kickoff.

7:30 p.m. – The pentathlon (and the first day's events) will draw to a close with the 800-meter run.

Saturday, Jan. 26
8:30 a.m. – Liberty's pair of standout senior men's throwers will get the day off to a fast start, as Hart and Henderson are the top two entrants in the weight throw. Hart set a school record with his winning throw of 65-2 at the Liberty Kickoff, a mark which is tied for 10th on the national performance list. Henderson, steadily improving in the event, stretched the tape to a personal-best 62-1 at the Virginia Tech Invitational.

9:30 a.m. – Freshman Mia Aghaji (Chester, Va.) has made an immediate impact in the triple jump and is already No. 3 on Liberty's all-time performance list, with a mark of 39-1.25. She will set her sights on becoming the Lady Flames' second 40-foot jumper in program history.

11 a.m. – Prelims of the women's 60-meter hurdles will be first up on the track, and the two-year-old facility record of 8.15 could be in jeopardy. Former Alabama All-American Beau Walker is entered with a time of 8.00. Liberty's best hopes in the event could lie in the hands of another freshman, Rachel Houseknecht (Hughesville, Pa.).

Immediately following women's 60-meter hurdles prelims – The men's 60-meter hurdles will follow, giving fans their first look at Moore, who ran 13.12 for the 110 hurdles a season ago and won both the Rome and Oslo Grand Prix titles. He set the facility record at 7.66 in 2006. Freshman Jeff Ferris (Culpeper, Va.) and Parker have both run well over the barriers during Liberty's first two meets.

11:35 a.m. – The hurdles will be cleared off the track in preparation for the men's 60-meter dash, the largest event on the card with 68 entrants. Newcomers Jacey Bailey (Fr., Tamarac, Fla.) and Durell Cull (So., Rome, N.Y.) will be joined by Flames football players Dominic Bolden (Jr., Orlando, Fla.) and Donald Manns (So., Jacksonville, Fla.) to form a solid group of Liberty sprinters. Tim Walls and Moore are also found near the top of the performance list.

Immediately following men's 60-meter dash prelims – Andrea Beckles (Jr., Lynchburg, Va.) heads the contingent of Lady Flames sprinters. The school record holder in the event, Beckles is only 0.01 seconds from qualifying for the ECAC Championships.

12:10 p.m. – A rapid-fire succession of hurdle and sprint finals will commence with the men's 60-meter hurdles final. The women's hurdle final is set to follow at 12:15, the men's 60-meter dash at 12:20 and the women's 60-meter dash at 12:25.

12:50 p.m. – Two Lady Flames will highlight the last of four heats of the women's mile. Kati Albright (Fr., Wake Forest, N.C.) broke the 5-minute barrier in her first race as a Lady Flame, the Liberty Kickoff. She will be joined by seasonal debutant Rebekah Ricksecker (Jr., Laurel, Del.), the defending Big South 1,500-meter champion.

1:20 p.m. – The Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships are over a month away, but the women's 400-meter dash will feature conference foes battling it out for first place. High Point's Jasmine-Jones Green has the top entry time at 55.80 seconds. Liberty's Chenoa Freeman (So., Lincoln, Del.) and Charlene Hibbert (Sr., Mississauga, Ontario) figure to be nipping at her heels, though. Freeman ran a 56.69 at Virginia Tech, leaving her just shy of the hand-timed 16-year-old school record of 56.3.

2:15 p.m. – Phil Leineweber (Jr., New Freedom, Pa.) will look to remain unbeaten this season at the 400 and 500-meter distances. Last week's ECAC Men's Track Athlete of the Week, Leineweber hopes to improve his facility 500-meter dash record of 1:05.11, which he set as a freshman.

3:40 p.m. – Most of the men's 60-meter dash protagonists are signed up to double in the 200, which begins at this time. Walls, who owns the track record at 21.82, headlines the 66 entrants. Bailey and Cull will return to the track for the Flames.