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Liberty Sweeps ASUN Track Weekly Awards

April 17, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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(Clockwise from top left): Alejandro Perlaza Zapata, Jose Ballivian, Anders Janes, Makenzy Mizera, Kylie Polsgrove, Delaney McDowell

(Clockwise from top left): Alejandro Perlaza Zapata, Jose Ballivian, Anders Janes, Makenzy Mizera, Kylie Polsgrove, Delaney McDowell

Liberty swept all six ASUN Conference weekly track & field honors on Wednesday, including honors for senior Alejandro Perlaza Zapata (Men's Track Athlete of the Week), redshirt sophomore Jose Ballivian (Men's Field Athlete of the Week), redshirt freshman Anders Janes (Men's Freshman of the Week), senior Delaney McDowell (Women's Track Athlete of the Week), senior Kylie Polsgrove (Women's Field Athlete of the Week) and freshman Makenzy Mizera (Women's Freshman of the Week).

This marks the second time Liberty has captured all six ASUN weekly honors, as the Flames previously achieved the feat on Jan. 30 following their first weekend of indoor track & field competition.

Perlaza Zapata (previous honors on Jan. 30 and Feb. 6), Ballivian (previous honors on Jan. 23 and Jan. 30) and McDowell (previous honors on Feb. 13 and March 27) are now three-time ASUN Athletes of the Week. Janes' ASUN Freshman of the Week nod was his second in the last three weeks, following his award on April 3. Polsgrove and Mizera were each recognized by the ASUN for the first time.

Perlaza Zapata made a successful season debut in his specialty event, the 400-meter dash, Saturday at the Gamecock Invitational. The All-American from Colombia placed second with a 45.79 clocking, a time which ranks No. 1 in the ASUN, No. 6 in the NCAA and No. 20 in the world for 2019. Perlaza Zapata later posted a 200 time of 21.43, the fifth-fastest effort in the ASUN this year.

Ballivian was successful in both of his events at the Gamecock Invitational. His 171-6 effort won the men's discus title by 13 feet over teammate Kyle Mitchell. The Chilean also took third place in the men's shot put with a top mark of 57-7.

Janes cleared 16-6.75 to place second in a crowded field of 28 men's pole vaulters at the Gamecock Invitational, backing up his breakthrough 16-7.5 performance from the Raleigh Relays.

McDowell's first 800 of the season saw the Ohio native clock a personal-best time of 2:06.70 for fifth place at the Tennessee Relays. That leads the ASUN, ranks No. 3 in program history and sits No. 40 on the NCAA national list.

Polsgrove finished fourth in the Tennessee Relays heptathlon with a personal-best score of 5,333 points. The senior from North Carolina ranks No. 1 in the ASUN, No. 2 in program history, No. 11 in the NCAA and No. 26 in the world this year. Polsgrove set personal bests in three of the seven events, including a 37-3 shot put, a 25.17 200 and a 122-11 javelin.

Mizera came in second (personal-best 40-4) in the women's triple jump and seventh (season-best 19-0.5) in the women's long jump at the Gamecock Invitational. The Missouri native's long jump was the best outdoor effort by a Lady Flame since 2006 and ranks No. 7 in program history, while the triple jump performance ranks No. 6 all-time at Liberty. Mizera currently sits No. 2 on the ASUN triple jump list and No. 3 in the long jump this season.

Liberty will send athletes to compete in two different meets this weekend, including the Virginia Challenge and Duke Invitational. Both meets have events scheduled for Friday and Saturday.