Meet Information Live Video Streaming (Facebook Live) Live Results Jacksonville Weather Liberty Track & Field Twitter (@Liberty_XCTF) The Liberty men's and women's squads will make their first-ever appearance at the ASUN Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Friday and Saturday at North Florida's Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.
The 2019 ASUN Outdoor Track & Field Championships will begin Friday at 9 a.m. with the decathlon. The two-day meet is scheduled to conclude at approximately 8 p.m. Saturday, with the women's 4 x 400 relay wrapping up the championship.
The Liberty men's team wrapped up its tenure in the Big South Conference with 12 consecutive outdoor track & field championships. This week, the Flames will square off with six-time defending ASUN champion Kennesaw State.
Meanwhile, the Lady Flames will attempt to continue their championship streak after winning the last four Big South outdoor titles in a row. Kennesaw State has captured back-to-back ASUN outdoor crowns, following a run of 11 titles in a row by Jacksonville.
The Flames and Lady Flames swept the ASUN men's and women's indoor track & field team titles at home in February. Liberty will try to become the second conference school ever to win all four ASUN track & field championships during the same year. Kennesaw State achieved the feat in 2017.
North Florida is hosting the meet for the 11th consecutive year. Denzel Pratt competed at Hodges Stadium during the 2016 NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, while Floridians Jahquez Durham, Adrianna Mitchell, Jonny Saintil, Abby Thorpe and James Zentmeyer all competed at Hodges Stadium during high school.
The meet will provide athletes with a great final opportunity to post qualifying marks for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet. It will also allow the Flames and Lady Flames to preview the venue for their next meet, as Hodges Stadium will play host to the 2019 NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, May 23-25.
How to Follow the Action Video streaming of the entire meet will be available via Facebook Live on the ASUN Conference's Facebook page.
Live results will be provided by Half-Mile Timing throughout the meet.
Periodic updates will also be posted to the Liberty Track & Field/Cross Country Twitter account (@Liberty_XCTF).
Weather Report The preliminary forecast for Jacksonville appears hot, sunny and dry during the meet.
Friday – High in the mid 80s, sunny Saturday – High around 90, partly cloudy
Men's Meet Preview The men's meet will feature a clash between two teams who are used to winning conference titles. Liberty captured the last 12 Big South outdoor team championships and 23 of the last 25 titles. Meanwhile, Kennesaw State has won six straight ASUN outdoor team crowns and nine of the last 11. The Owls are the only current ASUN member who has ever won this meet, and their last five victories have all come by 122 points or more.
Liberty topped Kennesaw State at the 2019 ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships by a 190-139 score. The last six ASUN men's indoor team champions have gone on to claim the outdoor title as well.
Liberty boasts the No. 1 seed in nine out of 21 events at this week's championship. These include the 100 (Elijah Pierson), 200 (Pierson), 400 (Alejandro Perlaza Zapata), steeplechase (Felix Kandie), 10K (Azaria Kirwa), 4 x 400 relay, long jump (Jeremy Davis), shot put (Kyle Mitchell) and javelin (Denzel Pratt).
The following ASUN indoor champions will try to capture the outdoor titles in their respective events this weekend: Jose Ballivian (shot put), Kirwa (5K), Perlaza Zapata (200 and 400), Jonny Saintil (triple jump) and Reilly Stroot (pole vault).
Men's 100-Meter Dash Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 7:20 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Defending Champion: Cameron Bolden (Kennesaw State) – 10.37 (Second in a row) Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Bolden 2019 Indoor Champion (60 Meters): Bolden – 6.81 2019 Leader: Elijah Pierson (Liberty) – 10.58 Liberty Entrants: Elijah Pierson, Alejandro Perlaza Zapata, Greg Edwards and Jonathan Doss Outlook: Kennesaw State sprinters have won five straight ASUN men's 100 dash titles, including the last two by Cameron Bolden. Bolden also claimed the ASUN 60 dash championship indoors in February but has not completed a 100-meter race during the outdoor season. Liberty ranks No. 1 (Elijah Pierson – 10.58) and No. 2 (Alejandro Perlaza Zapata – 10.61) on the ASUN performance list entering the meet. Pierson has made rapid progress during his first year at Liberty, dropping his 100 time from 11.12 to 10.58. Meanwhile, Perlaza Zapata has only contested the 100-meter distance once during his two years with the Flames. Saturday's event final is scheduled to begin just 30 minutes after Perlaza Zapata runs in the 400 final.
Men's 200-Meter Dash Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 6:35 p.m. Defending Champion: Cameron Bolden (Kennesaw State) – 20.97 (Second in a row) Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Bolden 2019 Indoor Champion: Alejandro Perlaza Zapata (Liberty) – 21.04 2019 Leader: Elijah Pierson (Liberty) – 21.25 Liberty Entrants: Elijah Pierson, Alejandro Perlaza Zapata, Jonathan Doss and Greg Edwards Outlook: Similar to the men's 100, Cameron Bolden is the two-time defending ASUN 200 dash champion, extending the Owls' streak of first-place finishes in this event to five. Bolden has not contested a 200-meter race yet this season and will have to run in lane nine of the "slow" section on Saturday. ASUN indoor champion Alejandro Perlaza Zapata of Liberty ranks just fifth in the conference this season at 21.43 but owns a personal best of 20.85. Teammate Elijah Pierson is the top seed at 21.25, followed closely by the KSU trio of Jordan Hewing (21.27), Aaron Goodwin (21.35) and Omar Diaz (21.39). The last five ASUN men's 100 dash champions have gone on to win the 200 later in the day. Only one ASUN sprinter (Georgia State's Mark Bryant in 2003) has swept the ASUN 200 and 400 titles and no ASUN athlete has ever struck gold in the 100, 200 and 400 as Perlaza Zapata is attempting to do on Saturday.
Men's 400-Meter Dash Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 5 p.m. Defending Champion: Jonathan Imes (Lipscomb) – 47.60 Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Imes 2019 Indoor Champion: Alejandro Perlaza Zapata (Liberty) – 46.15 2019 Leader: Perlaza Zapata – 45.79 Liberty Entrants: Alejandro Perlaza Zapata, Jahquez Durham, Nathanial Kirk and Christian Gilliam Outlook: Lipscomb's Jonathan Imes raced to victory in the ASUN men's 400 final as a freshman last season. He will try to become the first back-to-back champion in this event since ETSU's Tim O'Dell in 2011 and 2012. However, Imes will be chasing Liberty All-American Alejandro Perlaza Zapata. The 2019 ASUN indoor 400 titlist currently ranks No. 12 nationally in the event at 45.79 and could put the meet record of 47.00 in jeopardy. The Flames' Jahquez Durham, seeded third at 48.36, will look to replicate his effort from the 2018 Big South 400 final, where he posted a career-best time of 46.94.
Men's 800-Meter Run Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 5:40 p.m. Defending Champion: Nick Morken (North Florida) – 1:48.52 Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Ryan Speer (Lipscomb) – 2nd place 2019 Indoor Champion: Jonathan Schwind (Lipscomb) – 1:52.30 2019 Leader: Schwind – 1:49.44 Liberty Entrants: Michael Todd and Ally Kipchirchir Outlook: Liberty senior Michael Todd will aim for his first outdoor conference title in the 800 after finishing as the Big South runner-up in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He also looks to improve upon his season-best time of 1:50.24 and qualify for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet. Todd figures to have plenty of competition, headlined by ASUN indoor champion and top seed Jonathan Schwind of Lipscomb (1:49.44 season best). Schwind's teammate Ryan Speer (1:50.89) was the runner-up in this race a year ago. Defending champion Nick Morken of North Florida is out of eligibility, but the host Ospreys will be represented by freshman Timothy Doyle (1:50.03) and indoor runner-up George Escobar (1:51.29). Speer, who won in 2016 and 2017, will try to become the second three-time outdoor men's 800 champion in meet history.
Men's 1,500-Meter Run Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 4:10 p.m. Defending Champion: Tyler Stahl (North Florida) – 3:50.25 Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Christian Conder (North Florida) – 9th place 2019 Indoor Champion (Mile): Jonathan Schwind (Lipscomb) – 4:08.29 2019 Leader: Schwind – 3:46.10 Liberty Entrants: Nick Doan, Felix Kandie and Joe Spitzer Outlook: The men's 1,500 field will not include any of last season's top eight finishers. Additionally, two of the four ASUN runners to clock times of 3:48 or faster this season (indoor mile champion Jonathan Schwind of Lipscomb and North Florida distance ace Noah Perkins) will focus on other events. That leaves North Florida freshmen Jared Vazquez (3:47.80 season best) and Timothy Doyle (3:48.04 season best) as the presumptive favorites. Liberty's Felix Kandie was the ASUN indoor mile runner-up and has run 3:54.87 this season, but he and Nick Doan will be coming back from the previous night's steeplechase final.
Men's 3,000-Meter Steeplechase Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 6:30 p.m. Defending Champion: Fynn Timm (North Florida) – 9:12.87 (Third in a row) Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Timm 2019 Leader: Felix Kandie (Liberty) – 8:55.06 Liberty Entrants: Felix Kandie and Nick Doan Outlook: North Florida senior Fynn Timm enters Friday's steeplechase final as the three-time defending champion. No runner in meet history has ever won this event four times. Timm is seeded third in the ASUN at 9:03.08, trailing Liberty's duo of Felix Kandie (8:55.06) and Nick Doan (9:00.52). Kandie's 8:55.06 clocking came during his only 3,000-meter steeplechase to date, at the Virginia Challenge. North Florida's Leo Queyrou (9:05.46) has also run faster this season than the existing meet record of 9:09.85.
Men's 5,000-Meter Run Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 6:55 p.m. Defending Champion: Tyler Stahl (North Florida) – 14:56.07 Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Noah Perkins (North Florida) – 2nd place 2019 Indoor Champion: Azaria Kirwa (Liberty) – 14:17.38 2019 Leader: Perkins – 14:02.65 Liberty Entrants: Azaria Kirwa, Felix Kandie, Augostine Lisoreng, Benjamin Klemmeck and Nick Doan Outlook: Noah Perkins of North Florida is the top returnee from last year's ASUN 5K final (second place) and owns the conference's fastest time of 2019 at 14:02.65. That puts him two seconds ahead of Liberty's Azaria Kirwa, who raced to victory during this year's ASUN indoor 5K final. Both Perkins and Kirwa are also expected to contend in the 10K Friday night. Northern Kentucky's J.J. Weber (2015) was the last runner to sweep the 5K and 10K titles at this meet.
Men's 10,000-Meter Run Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 7:40 p.m. Defending Champion: William Brancato (NJIT) – 31:00.84 Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Noah Perkins (North Florida) – 2nd place 2019 Leader: Azaria Kirwa (Liberty) – 29:22.05 Liberty Entrants: Azaria Kirwa, Augostine Lisoreng, Benjamin Klemmeck, Paul Squires and James Zentmeyer Outlook: Friday night's men's 10K could feature another showdown between Liberty's Azaria Kirwa and North Florida's Noah Perkins, the two men who have combined to win all of the ASUN's distance titles this year. Kirwa took top honors in cross country and the indoor 5K, while Perkins was victorious in the indoor 3K. Kirwa clocked 29:22.05 during his lone 10K thus far this season, while Perkins appears poised to significantly improve upon his personal best of 31:14.99 from last year's ASUN meet. The Flames' James Zentmeyer will wrap up his collegiate career on the same track where he ran his final high school race, a runner-up performance in the 2015 Florida 4A state 3,200 final. Zentmeyer, who recently returned from injury, could be a wildcard as he boasts a personal best of 30:49.35 from the 2017 season.
Men's 110-Meter Hurdles Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 4:45 p.m. Defending Champion: Wayne Newman (Lipscomb) – 13.82 Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Paris Williams (Kennesaw State) – 2nd place 2019 Indoor Champion (60 Hurdles): Williams – 7.93 2019 Leader: DJ Akindele (Kennesaw State) – 13.92 Liberty Entrant: Kysheen Myrick Outlook: Kennesaw State went 1-2-3 in the ASUN 60 hurdles final indoors and could score big points in the outdoor 110 hurdles as well. Owls DJ Akindele (13.92), Paris Williams (14.03) and Kameron Davis (14.28) occupy the top three spots on the conference performance list. Williams placed second a year ago and was the indoor 60 hurdles champion. Decathlete Kysheen Myrick is Liberty's lone entrant with All-American teammate Jovaine Atkinson sidelined due to injury. Myrick is coming off a personal-best 14.96 effort at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier which ranks fourth in the conference this season. With only six athletes entered in the event, the men's 110 hurdles will be run as a final Saturday afternoon. All six athletes will score points for their respective teams, as long as they finish the race successfully.
Men's 400-Meter Hurdles Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 6:10 p.m. Defending Champion: Wayne Newman (Lipscomb) – 51.28 (Third in a row) Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Alex Ortega (NJIT) – 5th place 2019 Leader: Ortega – 53.10 Liberty Entrants: Michael Fairfax, Isidro Johnson and Branson Rolle Outlook: The men's 400 hurdles is a bit of a wide-open event, as the top four finishers from 2018 are gone, headlined by three-time defending ASUN champion Wayne Newman of Lipscomb. Alex Ortega of NJIT, last year's fifth-place finisher, is the top seed at 53.10 and will try to win the Highlanders' first-ever conference title in this event. Senior Michael Fairfax is Liberty's top seed (tie for No. 5, 55.63) and was a two-time Big South fourth-place finisher in this event (2016 and 2017). The Flames' Branson Rolle is the defending Big South men's 400 hurdles champion with a 52.10 clocking but will be contesting the event for the first time this season on Saturday. Additionally, Rolle will race in the 400 hurdles' dreaded lane one.
Men's 4 x 100 Relay Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 4 p.m. Defending Champion: Kennesaw State – 40.14 (Fifth in a row) 2019 Leader: Kennesaw State – 40.12 Outlook: Kennesaw State is the five-time defending ASUN men's 4 x 100 relay champion and clocked a conference-leading time of 40.12 during the Owls' most recent outing. Liberty is the No. 2 seed at 41.33 but will run without Alejandro Perlaza Zapata on Saturday. KSU is the only current conference team who has ever won an ASUN 4 x 100 relay title.
Men's 4 x 400 Relay Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 7:40 p.m. Defending Champion: Lipscomb – 3:12.13 2019 Indoor Champion: Liberty – 3:11.65 2019 Leader: Liberty – 3:10.04 Outlook: Liberty is the No. 1 seed in the 4 x 400 relay at 3:10.04 and won the ASUN indoor title in February. The Flames will be looking to improve upon their time and boost their chances at qualifying for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet. A fast time would also take down the meet record of 3:12.05 which Troy has held since 1998. It should be noted, though, that Liberty anchor Alejandro Perlaza Zapata will be running his fourth event of the evening when he takes the baton. Defending ASUN outdoor champion Lipscomb is seeded second at 3:13.86.
Men's Long Jump Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 6 p.m. Defending Champion: Tyler Jones (Kennesaw State) – 25-2 (7.67m) Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Paris Williams (Kennesaw State) – 3rd place 2019 Indoor Champion: Branson Rolle (Liberty) – 23-4 (7.11m) 2019 Leader: Jeremy Davis (Liberty) – 23-7.5 (7.20m) Liberty Entrants: Jeremy Davis and Jeremiah McCants Outlook: Liberty decathlete Jeremy Davis has long jumped 23 feet or longer during each of his last three meets, including a personal-best and conference-leading 23-7.5 leap at the Virginia Challenge. Kennesaw State decathlete Paris Williams is the only other ASUN athlete to sail past 23 feet (23-5.25) this season and is the top returnee (third place) from 2018. The Flames' Branson Rolle was a surprise winner of the ASUN indoor men's long jump competition but has been injured all season and will not jump on Friday. Kennesaw State has won this event four straight years with four different athletes doing the honors.
Men's Triple Jump Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 2 p.m. Defending Champion: Qwazon Al-Khaliq (Kennesaw State) – 48-8.75 (14.85m) Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Karl Joeaar (Kennesaw State) – 2nd place 2019 Indoor Champion: Jonny Saintil (Liberty) – 48-10.25 (14.89m) 2019 Leader: Joeaar – 49-10 (15.19m) Liberty Entrants: Jonny Saintil and Jeremiah McCants Outlook: The triple jump is a strong event for Kennesaw State, which has won three straight ASUN titles and boasts the conference's top two jumpers (Karl Joeaar – 49-10 and Tariq Bradford – 49-8.5) of 2019. Joeaar was the runner-up a year ago. Liberty's Jonny Saintil captured the indoor title in this event and reached a career-best 49-0.25 at the Duke Invitational, putting him third behind the KSU duo on the ASUN performance list.
Men's High Jump Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 5 p.m. Defending Champion: Bobby Harris (North Florida) – 6-9.5 (2.07m) Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Harris 2019 Indoor Champion: Jaasiel Torres (North Florida) – 6-7.5 (2.02m) 2019 Leader: Torres – 6-11 (2.11m) Liberty Entrants: Kysheen Myrick, Jacob Burke and Branson Rolle Outlook: North Florida senior Bobby Harris is aiming for his fourth title in this event, but freshman teammate Jaasiel Torres might have something to say about that. Torres won the ASUN indoor high jump crown and has cleared a conference-best 6-11 outdoors. Liberty's Branson Rolle and Jacob Burke placed 2-3 behind Torres indoors, but both will be high jumping for the first time during the outdoor season on Saturday. The Flames' Kysheen Myrick could also be in the mix, coming off a personal-best 6-3.25 clearance at the Virginia Grand Prix. However, he will have already completed the decathlon by the time he high jumps Saturday evening.
Men's Pole Vault Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 6 p.m. Defending Champion: Scott Simpson (Kennesaw State) – 14-7.5 (4.46m) Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Simpson 2019 Indoor Champion: Reilly Stroot (Liberty) – 15-7.25 (4.76m) 2019 Leader: Brenton Rosa (Kennesaw State) – 16-8 (5.08m) Liberty Entrants: Anders Janes, Reilly Stroot and Ryan Fox Outlook: Last year, Kennesaw State's Scott Simpson cleared 14-7.5 to become the Owls' fourth straight winner of this event. Liberty's Reilly Stroot then captured the 2019 indoor title at 15-7.25. It is likely that a vault of something over 16 feet will be required to claim the gold medal on Friday. Four conference vaulters have cleared 16 feet so far this season, including two-time champion Rosa at 16-8, Liberty's Anders Janes at 16-7.5, North Florida freshman Austin Thompson at 16-4.75 and Stroot at 16-2.75. Rosa, who owns the meet record of 16-7.25 from 2017, and Janes are likely bound for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, but Thompson and Stroot will be looking to clear 16-6.75 or higher to join them. Janes has been one of the Flames' biggest breakthrough performers of the season. After arriving at Liberty with a 14-4 personal best, Janes has now broken the Flames' freshman record which previously belonged to All-American Kolby Shepherd.
Men's Shot Put Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 6 p.m. Defending Champion: Tyler Blalock (Kennesaw State) – 51-11.75 (15.84m) Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Blalock 2019 Indoor Champion: Jose Ballivian (Liberty) – 58-8.5 (17.89m) 2019 Leader: Kyle Mitchell (Liberty) – 61-2.75 (18.66m) Liberty Entrants: Kyle Mitchell, Jose Ballivian and Sam Mastro Outlook: Kennesaw State's Tyler Blalock, the No. 2 seed at 59-0.75, will look to become the Owls' fourth straight champion in the men's shot put. No one has won this event in back-to-back years since USC Upstate's Kenneth Sugishita in 2012 and 2013. First-year Flame Kyle Mitchell ranks No. 1 in the ASUN and No. 36 nationally at 61-2.75, sitting just one centimeter away from his coach's (Clendon Henderson) school record of 61-3 set in 2008. No Flame had ever thrown the shot put over 60 feet in consecutive meets prior to this season, but Mitchell has now done so in three straight competitions. Then representing Kansas State, Mitchell came in eighth in the Big 12 outdoor shot put competition a year ago. Indoor shot put champion Jose Ballivian of Liberty enters as the No. 3 seed at 58-1. KSU's Joshua McNair has held the meet record of 55-5 since 2010, but it is likely to fall multiple times on Friday evening.
Men's Discus Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 2 p.m. Defending Champion: Drew Anderson (Kennesaw State) – 162-11 (49.67m) Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Chuck McConville (Kennesaw State) – 2nd place 2019 Leader: Daniel Haugh (Kennesaw State) – 183-11 (56.06m) Liberty Entrants: Jose Ballivian, Kyle Mitchell and Sam Mastro Outlook: The men's discus is one of numerous events which is likely to feature a Liberty-Kennesaw State battle for the scoring positions. The top six entrants all compete for either the Flames or Owls, led by KSU's Daniel Haugh at 183-11. The Flames duo of Jose Ballivian (175-8) and Kyle Mitchell (166-8) will try to deny the Owls a fourth consecutive ASUN championship in this event.
Men's Javelin Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 6 p.m. Defending Champion: Erick McNamara (NJIT) – 179-5 (54.69m) (Second in a row) Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Paris Williams (Kennesaw State) – 3rd place 2019 Leader: Denzel Pratt (Liberty) – 227-1 (69.22m) Liberty Entrants: Denzel Pratt, Caleb Hart, Jeremy Davis and Branson Rolle Outlook: Liberty is seeded No. 1 (Denzel Pratt – 227-1) and No. 2 (Caleb Hart – 184-8) in the men's javelin, which will be the final field event to begin. Pratt, a national qualifier in this event a year ago, threw the javelin in the 2016 NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet at Hodges Stadium as a freshman. Kennesaw State decathlete Paris Williams, the third-place finisher from 2018, is seeded third at 175-7. Despite the graduation of two-time defending champion Erick McNamara, this is one of NJIT's better events. Az Zire Johnson (No. 4, 163-0) paces a pair of Highlanders among the top six entrants. No one has thrown over 60 meters (196-10) in the ASUN men's javelin final since Gardner-Webb's Jerel Langley reached a meet-record 210-10 in 2008.
Men's Hammer Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 3 p.m. Defending Champion: Chuck McConville (Kennesaw State) – 183-2 (55.82m) Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: McConville 2019 Indoor Champion (Weight): McConville – 60-11.25 (18.57m) 2019 Leader: Daniel Haugh (Kennesaw State) – 245-4 (74.78m) Liberty Entrant: Sam Mastro Outlook: Chuck McConville is back for Kennesaw State after winning the Owls' sixth consecutive ASUN men's hammer title in 2018. However, his season-best mark of 187-0 sits a distant second to the conference-leading effort of 245-4 by teammate Daniel Haugh at the Virginia Challenge. Haugh, who placed fifth at the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships for Alabama, currently ranks No. 3 on the NCAA national list. Liberty freshman Sam Mastro is seeded third (167-5) in another throwing event where the meet record (211-0) is likely to fall this weekend.
Men's Decathlon Event Schedule: Day One – Begins Friday at 9 a.m.; Day Two – Begins Saturday at 9 a.m. Defending Champion: Paris Williams (Kennesaw State) – 7,236 Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Connor Penrod (NJIT) – 4th place 2019 Indoor Champion (Heptathlon): Kysheen Myrick (Liberty) – 4,768 2019 Leader: Williams – 7,405 Liberty Entrants: Jeremy Davis, Kysheen Myrick and Caleb Rider Outlook: Kennesaw State decathletes have claimed four consecutive conference titles, including Paris Williams' victory a year ago. Williams could be bound for the NCAA national meet as a decathlete, thanks to his score of 7,405 from the Texas Relays, and will focus on individual events this weekend. In his absence, Liberty's Jeremy Davis (No. 1 seed, 6,376) and Kysheen Myrick (No. 3 seed, 5,835) are also expected to battle for the victory. Myrick was the ASUN indoor heptathlon champion with NJIT's Pritinder Singh (No. 2 seed, 5,910) coming in second.
Women's Meet Preview Liberty, which won the last four Big South women's outdoor championships, will square off against traditional ASUN powers Kennesaw State and Jacksonville. KSU has won the last two titles following the Dolphins' impressive run of 11 consecutive crowns from 2006 to 2016. The Owls and Dolphins have finished 1-2 at this meet for seven straight years.
The host Lady Flames were victorious at the ASUN indoor meet, defeating Jacksonville by 38 points (187 to 149). Kennesaw State was the last women's team to sweep the ASUN indoor and outdoor championships, doing so in 2017.
The Lady Flames own the ASUN's top mark of 2019 in 11 of 21 events, including the 100 (Ty'Asia Dansbury), 800 (Tanner Ealum), 1,500 (Delaney McDowell), 10K (Noel Palmer), 100 hurdles (Jada Thomas), 400 hurdles (Kylie Polsgrove), long jump (Makenzy Mizera), triple jump (Adrianna Mitchell), shot put (Naomi Mojica), discus (Chelsea Igberaese), hammer (Igberaese) and javelin (Mackenzie Hainley).
Taylen Langin (pole vault) and Mojica (shot put) will look to complete an ASUN indoor/outdoor sweep in their events, while the Lady Flames will also aim to match their indoor 4 x 400 relay title outdoors.
Women's 100-Meter Dash Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 5:35 p.m. Defending Champion: Sarah Hill (USC Upstate) – 11.49 Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Shalah Smiling (Jacksonville) – 2nd place 2019 Indoor Champion (60 Meters): Jacquelyn Baldwin (Jacksonville) – 7.43 2019 Leader: Ty'Asia Dansbury (Liberty) – 11.68 Liberty Entrants: Alexis Wilson and Alexis Rolan Outlook: Interestingly, the ASUN's two fastest women's 100-meter dash performers of 2019 (Liberty's Ty'Asia Dansbury – 11.68 and Jacksonville's Nicole Smith – 11.69) will not contest the event this weekend. In their absence, Jacksonville's Jacquelyn Baldwin is the top seed at 11.70. The reigning ASUN indoor 60 dash victor is trying to become the second three-time ASUN women's 100 dash champion in meet history. Shalah Smiling was second to teammate Baldwin in the 60 and is this race's top returnee (second place) from 2018. Liberty's top hopes lie with sophomore Alexis Wilson. The Big South's fourth-place finisher a year ago clocked a season-best time of 11.98 at last week's Liberty Twilight Qualifier, making her one of four entrants who have broken 12 seconds this season.
Women's 200-Meter Dash Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 6:45 p.m. Defending Champion: Sarah Hill (USC Upstate) – 23.64 Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Savyon Toombs (Jacksonville) – 3rd place 2019 Indoor Champion: Toombs – 23.90 2019 Leader: Toombs – 23.11 Liberty Entrants: Ty'Asia Dansbury and Alexis Wilson Outlook: Jacksonville fashioned an impressive 1-2-3-4 sweep during the ASUN indoor women's 200 final but will not repeat that feat on Saturday. Two-time ASUN 200 champion Jacquelyn Baldwin and 2018 runner-up Shalah Smiling are not entered in the event this year. The Dolphins' Savyon Toombs, who won the indoor title, appears to be a strong favorite after racing to a wind-legal time of 23.11 in her most recent effort. Liberty's Ty'Asia Dansbury, who owns a season-best time of 23.88, was the 2018 Big South outdoor champion in this event. Dansbury could be in the running to become the first ASUN women's athlete to win the 200 and 400 at the same meet since 2013 (Jacksonville's Courtney Walker). The last four ASUN women's 100-meter champions have gone on to win the 200.
Women's 400-Meter Dash Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 5:15 p.m. Defending Champion: Pashen Williams (Jacksonville) – 53.96 Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Williams 2019 Indoor Champion: Savyon Toombs (Jacksonville) – 53.98 2019 Leader: Toombs – 53.73 Liberty Entrants: Ty'Asia Dansbury and Cortney Dowling Outlook: The ASUN women's indoor 400 final featured a memorable battle, with Jacksonville's Savyon Toombs holding off Liberty's Cortney Dowling for the victory, 53.98 to 53.99. Toombs will not contest the 400 on Saturday, but the field should still be competitive with Dowling (No. 2 seed, 54.05) along with defending champion Pashen Williams of Jacksonville (No. 3 seed, 54.38) and Liberty's Ty'Asia Dansbury (No. 1 seed, 53.84) in the field. Dansbury and Dowling are both on the bubble for qualification to the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet entering the weekend. If either of them runs well, the meet record (53.60) and school record (53.61) could both be in play.
Women's 800-Meter Run Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 5:55 p.m. Defending Champion: Michelle Howell (Jacksonville) – 2:08.36 Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Skye Zeller (North Florida) – 2nd place 2019 Indoor Champion: Sonja Andenmatten (North Florida) – 2:07.15 2019 Leader: Tanner Ealum (Liberty) – 2:06.65 Liberty Entrants: Tanner Ealum, Delaney McDowell and Naomi Bowser Outlook: Liberty boasts a potent 1-2 punch in the women's 800 in the form of Tanner Ealum (No. 1 seed, 2:06.65) and Delaney McDowell (No. 2 seed, 2:06.70), both of whom will be back at Hodges Stadium for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet in two weeks. McDowell (2017) and Ealum (2018) won the last two Big South outdoor women's 800 titles. They will try to hold off two conference freshmen who have broken 2:10 this season, Kennesaw State's duo of Sarah Hendrick (2:08.97) and Brenda Ayuk (2:09.92). Indoor champion Sonja Andenmatten of North Florida is not entered in the event.
Women's 1,500-Meter Run Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 4:25 p.m. Defending Champion: Michelle Howell (Jacksonville) – 4:31.71 Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Clare Losito (Lipscomb) – 6th place 2019 Indoor Champion (Mile): Hayleigh Palotti (Jacksonville) – 4:58.60 2019 Leader: Delaney McDowell (Liberty) – 4:29.99 Liberty Entrants: Calli Parlier, Heidi Smith and Jessica Rogers Outlook: Liberty's Delaney McDowell owns the ASUN's fastest 1,500 time of 2019 (4:29.99) but will focus on other events in Jacksonville. Behind her, nine conference runners have posted times between 4:33-4:39 this season, including seven freshmen. Kennesaw State freshman Brenda Ayuk is the top seed at 4:33.85, just ahead of North Florida freshman Lydia Van Dijk (4:33.93) and ASUN indoor mile champion Hayleigh Palotti (4:35.56) of Jacksonville. Appropriately, two of Liberty's three entrants are freshmen, paced by Calli Parlier at 4:37.92. Parlier placed fourth in the ASUN indoor mile final.
Women's 3,000-Meter Steeplechase Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 6:45 p.m. Defending Champion: Caitlin Marino (Jacksonville) – 10:56.47 Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Clare Losito (Lipscomb) – 3rd place 2019 Leader: Hayleigh Palotti (Jacksonville) – 10:35.51 Liberty Entrants: Chelsea Stocki, Katie MacDougall and Kyley Sorg Outlook: Three ASUN athletes ran 10:46 or faster in the steeplechase at the Florida Relays, including Jacksonville's Hayleigh Palotti (10:35.51), Kennesaw State's Katie Meyer (10:41.59) and North Florida's Audrey Carpenter (10:46.24). Chelsea Stocki is Liberty's top entrant, seeded sixth at 11:39.15. She could take aim at the Lady Flames' freshman record of 11:27.17.
Women's 5,000-Meter Run Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Defending Champion: Courtney Brenner (Lipscomb) – 16:39.03 Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Brenner 2019 Indoor Champion: Brenner – 16:40.19 2019 Leader: Brenner – 16:28.84 Liberty Entrants: Noel Palmer, Greer Wilson, Katie MacDougall and Calli Parlier Outlook: Courtney Brenner of Lipscomb is attempting to win back-to-back ASUN 5K titles and earn the Bisons' seventh 5K championship in the last eight years. The junior is the top seed (16:28.84) and has captured the ASUN cross country, indoor 3K and indoor 5K championships thus far this year. Lipscomb runners own six of the ASUN's eight fastest 5K times this season, but Jacksonville's Nora McUmber (16:50.10) and Liberty's Noel Palmer (16:53.69) join Brenner as the only sub-17:00 runners in 2019. Palmer will be fresh for the event after foregoing the 10K at this meet. She has placed second in all three conference 5K finals during her career, including the 2018 Big South indoor and outdoor events and the 2019 ASUN indoor 5K.
Women's 10,000-Meter Run Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 8:20 p.m. Defending Champion: Eden Meyer (North Florida) – 36:23.80 (Fourth in a row) Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Lindsey Marriott (Lipscomb) – 6th place 2019 Leader: Noel Palmer (Liberty) – 33:56.67 Liberty Entrants: Greer Wilson, Jamie Anderson, Emma Bower and Kammi Kurtz Outlook: Four-time defending ASUN women's 10K champion Eden Meyer graduated from North Florida last year, and none of last year's top five finishers are back for Friday night's race. With Liberty's Noel Palmer and Lipscomb's Courtney Brenner focusing on the 5K this weekend, Lady Flame Greer Wilson is seeded No. 1 with a personal-best time of 36:13.41 from the Raleigh Relays. Kammi Kurtz will make her 10K season debut for the Lady Flames in an event where she finished second in the Big South in 2017. Jacksonville's Nora McUmber, North Florida's Camryn Cooney, and Lipscomb's Lauren Flynt, all of whom will be making their 10K debuts on Friday, are likely podium contenders.
Women's 100-Meter Hurdles Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 7:10 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 4:50 p.m. Defending Champion: Jocselyn Powell (Kennesaw State) – 13.23 (Second in a row) Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Jirah Simpkins (Kennesaw State) – 3rd place 2019 Indoor Champion (60 Hurdles): Jada Thomas (Liberty) – 8.62 2019 Leader: Thomas – 13.72 Liberty Entrants: Jada Thomas, Jaiden Mulder and Katie Dodson Outlook: Liberty's Jada Thomas raced to the ASUN 60 hurdles title indoors and is coming off a program freshman record and ASUN-leading 13.72 clocking in her last 100 hurdles race. Another freshman, Corbin McLean of Kennesaw State, is right on her tail with a season-best time of 13.73. No freshman has won this event since Jacksonville's Charlene Charles in 2010. KSU's Jirah Simpkins (14.11 season best) also figures to contend. She placed third in this event a year ago and was the runner-up to Thomas indoors. Liberty's Kylie Polsgrove was the 2018 Big South women's 100 hurdles champion but will not contest the hurdles in Jacksonville.
Women's 400-Meter Hurdles Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 6:25 p.m. Defending Champion: Jocselyn Powell (Kennesaw State) – 59.30 (Third in a row) Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Jade Sullivan (North Florida) – 3rd place 2019 Leader: Kylie Polsgrove (Liberty) – 1:01.09 Liberty Entrant: Kylie Polsgrove Outlook: Liberty senior Kylie Polsgrove has only run two 400 hurdles races this season, but they have resulted in the ASUN's fastest times of 2019 (1:01.09 and 1:01.18). Liberty's lone entrant in this event, Polsgrove is favored to win Saturday's final, but the race will be her 10th and final event of the two-day meet. North Florida's Jade Sullivan is the only other conference runner to break 62 seconds this season (1:01.71). She placed third in the 2018 final as a freshman.
Women's 4 x 100 Relay Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 4:05 p.m. Defending Champion: Jacksonville – 45.43 2019 Leader: Jacksonville – 44.30 Outlook: Liberty has won the women's 4 x 100 relay conference title in school-record fashion during three of the last four years, clocking times of 45.68 (2015), 45.60 (2016) and 44.80 (2018). The Lady Flames may need to set another record to win on Saturday, as Jacksonville has already run 44.30 this year. The defending champion Dolphins (7 titles) and No. 2 seed Kennesaw State (3 titles) have combined to win the last 10 ASUN championships in this event.
Women's 4 x 400 Relay Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 7:45 p.m. Defending Champion: Jacksonville – 3:40.35 2019 Indoor Champion: Liberty – 3:41.74 2019 Leader: Jacksonville – 3:34.18 Outlook: The women's 4 x 400 relay will be the meet's final event Saturday evening, and it could be a doozy. Both Jacksonville (3:34.18) and Liberty (3:37.22) have run faster than the existing meet record (3:40.35) this season, and both teams are likely bound for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round. Liberty held off the Dolphins by 1.13 seconds to capture the indoor 4 x 400 relay title. The Lady Flames' program record of 3:36.56 could be in jeopardy.
Women's Long Jump Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 3 p.m. Defending Champion: De'Von Johnson (Kennesaw State) – 19-11 (6.07m) Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Adja Sackor (Jacksonville) – 3rd place 2019 Indoor Champion: Jordan Gray (Kennesaw State) – 19-10.25 (6.05m) 2019 Leader: Makenzy Mizera (Liberty) – 19-9.5 (6.03m) Liberty Entrants: Makenzy Mizera, Fiona Barnes, Alexis Rolan, Adrianna Mitchell and Hannah Andrews Outlook: Liberty has not won a conference outdoor women's long jump title since Danielle McNaney's victory in 2003. Makenzy Mizera, who just broke McNaney's freshman record at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier, enters as the top seed at 19-9.5. Mizera broke Liberty's 34-year-old long jump record with a 19-1.5 leap for third place at the ASUN indoor meet. The Lady Flames' outdoor program record (20-0.5) has stood for 35 years, and Mizera will take aim at it on Friday, while also trying to qualify for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet. Kennesaw State, which has claimed three ASUN outdoor long jump titles in a row, is paced by indoor champion Jordan Gray. Jacksonville's Adja Sackor also figures to be in the mix, after placing third outdoors a year ago and second to Gray indoors. Seven Lady Flames have long jumped 18 feet or longer this season, and five of them will compete on Friday. No freshman has won the ASUN outdoor women's long jump championship since 2013 (Jacksonville's Taylor Story).
Women's Triple Jump Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 5 p.m. Defending Champion: Stormm Phillips (Jacksonville) – 43-0.5 (13.12m) Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Brittany Bowald (Jacksonville) – 3rd place 2019 Indoor Champion: Da'Yona Henry (Kennesaw State) – 40-6.75 (12.36m) 2019 Leader: Adrianna Mitchell (Liberty) – 40-9 (12.42m) Liberty Entrants: Adrianna Mitchell, Makenzy Mizera, Hannah Andrews and Fiona Barnes Outlook: Kennesaw State's Da'Yona Henry captured the ASUN indoor triple jump title, while Jacksonville's Brittany Bowald (third place) is the top returnee from last year's outdoor competition. However, it is the Liberty duo of Adrianna Mitchell (40-9) and Makenzy Mizera (40-4.75) which is seeded 1-2 entering Saturday's competition. A jump of 41 feet or longer will likely be necessary for NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round qualification. It has been 10 years since Jacksonville's Natasha Harvey was the most recent woman to sweep the long jump and triple jump championships at this meet.
Women's High Jump Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 2 p.m. Defending Champion: Aliyah Whisby (Kennesaw State) – 5-6.5 (1.69m) Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Adja Sackor (Jacksonville) – 3rd place 2019 Indoor Champion: Julija Tarvide (Kennesaw State) – 5-8.75 (1.75m) 2019 Leader: Tarvide – 5-9.25 (1.76m) Liberty Entrants: Abby Thorpe, Kylie Polsgrove and Fiona Barnes Outlook: Kennesaw State has posted four straight victories in the ASUN outdoor women's high jump, including a 2017 title by top seed Julija Tarvide. The Latvia native captured the ASUN indoor championship and has cleared 5-9.25 outdoors. Liberty will counter with the heptathlon duo of Kylie Polsgrove and Abby Thorpe, who placed 2-3 behind Tarvide indoors. Polsgrove will high jump shortly after wrapping up the heptathlon 800 on Saturday. Hometown favorite Thorpe will be competing less than 20 miles from her high school alma mater (Creekside).
Women's Pole Vault Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 3 p.m. Defending Champion: Erica Sergeant (Kennesaw State) – 13-1.75 (4.01m) (Second in a row) Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Sergeant 2019 Indoor Champion: Taylen Langin (Liberty) – 12-7.5 (3.85m) 2019 Leader: Sergeant – 13-6.25 (4.12m) Liberty Entrants: Taylen Langin, Rachel Milnes and Naomi Bowser Outlook: Liberty freshman Taylen Langin captured the ASUN indoor pole vault title with a meet-record 12-7.5 clearance. At 13-2.5, Langin is one of two ASUN vaulters (also Kennesaw State's Erica Sergeant at 13-6.25) who have gone higher than the outdoor meet record of 13-1.75 in 2019. Sergeant is the two-time defending champion and will try to become the first women's athlete in meet history to win three pole vault titles. KSU's Michelle Quimby was the last freshman to win this event, doing so in 2010. Behind Langin and Sergeant, Liberty's Rachel Milnes and KSU's Jordan Gray are other podium contenders in an event which only includes entrants from their two schools. Milnes is the No. 3 seed at 12-2.75, while Gray has not pole vaulted outdoors in 2019 but was the indoor runner-up to Langin.
Women's Shot Put Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 4:30 p.m. Defending Champion: Noelle Parker (Jacksonville) – 47-5.75 (14.47m) (Second in a row) Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Parker 2019 Indoor Champion: Naomi Mojica (Liberty) – 49-5 (15.06m) 2019 Leader: Mojica – 52-3.75 (15.94m) Liberty Entrants: Naomi Mojica and Chelsea Igberaese Outlook: Jacksonville shot putters have won five consecutive ASUN outdoor titles, including back-to-back crowns by Noelle Parker. Parker was one of four athletes to break the meet record during the ASUN indoor shot put competition, which was won by Liberty sophomore Naomi Mojica. The outdoor meet record of 48-2.75 could also be threatened, as Mojica (52-3.75), teammate Chelsea Igberaese (49-9.75) and Jacksonville's Sade Meeks (49-7) have all thrown longer this season. Mojica is three-for-three in winning conference shot put titles during her career, sweeping the 2018 Big South indoor and outdoor championships prior to her ASUN indoor victory in February.
Women's Discus Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 5 p.m. Defending Champion: Megan Douglas (Kennesaw State) – 152-10 (46.59m) Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Douglas 2019 Leader: Chelsea Igberaese (Liberty) – 179-6 (54.71m) Liberty Entrants: Chelsea Igberaese and Marvalyn Vernon Outlook: Liberty's Chelsea Igberaese has enjoyed a breakthrough sophomore season in the discus. Her top mark of 179-6 from the Texas Relays is nearly 35 feet better than that of No. 2 seed Bryana Scott from Kennesaw State (144-11). Fellow Owl Megan Douglas is the defending champion in this event but enters as the No. 3 seed with a season-best mark of 140-9. Igberaese could challenge the meet record (172-6 by Jacksonville's Kree Clark in 2016) as she previews the venue for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet.
Women's Javelin Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 4 p.m. Defending Champion: Jordan Gray (Kennesaw State) – 129-7 (39.51m) (Second in a row) Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Gray 2019 Leader: Mackenzie Hainley (Liberty) – 138-4 (42.16m) Liberty Entrants: Mackenzie Hainley, Paige Demetriades, Kylie Polsgrove, Savannah Pidkaminy and Jamie Gray Outlook: If the Lady Flames need to make a surge in the women's team standings on Saturday, it could come in the javelin. Liberty throwers are seeded No. 1 (Mackenzie Hainley – 138-4), No. 2 (Paige Demetriades – 136-1), No. 3 (Kylie Polsgrove – 124-1), No. 4 (Savannah Pidkaminy – 124-0) and No. 6 (Jamie Gray – 115-10). The only interloper within the top six seeds is Gray's older sister Jordan Gray (No. 5 seed – 123-7), the two-time defending ASUN champion for Kennesaw State. No one has won this event three years in a row since North Florida's Emily Kohler (2006-08). Hainley and Demetriades will each be looking to qualify for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet with something in the neighborhood of 150 feet.
Women's Hammer Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 1:30 p.m. Defending Champion: Nia Seldon (Kennesaw State) – 179-11 (54.84m) Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Seldon 2019 Indoor Champion (Weight): Chelsea Igberaese (Liberty) – 64-7.75 (19.70m) 2019 Leader: Igberaese – 181-7 (55.36m) Liberty Entrants: Chelsea Igberaese, Marvalyn Vernon and Naomi Mojica Outlook: Friday's women's hammer competition is difficult to forecast, with less than five feet separating the top three seeds. Liberty's Chelsea Igberaese leads the way at 181-7 but is followed closely by teammate Marvalyn Vernon (177-0) and Jacksonville's Sade Meeks (176-10). Vernon defeated Igberaese head-to-head at last week's Liberty Twilight Qualifier. Kennesaw State's Nia Seldon won this event a year ago but enters with the No. 5 seed at 170-8. Liberty's Naomi Mojica is another thrower to watch after improving from 152-9 at the season-opening Jim Settle Spring Break Invitational to 168-5 at last week's Liberty Twilight Qualifier. With Igberaese in contention to win both events, it should be noted that four of the last five ASUN women's hammer champions have also taken top honors in the discus.
Women's Heptathlon Event Schedule: Day One – Begins Friday at 9:30 a.m.; Day Two – Begins Saturday at 10 a.m. Defending Champion: Aliyah Whisby (Kennesaw State) – 5,028 Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Jessica Watkins (Kennesaw State) – 2nd place 2019 Indoor Champion (Pentathlon): Jordan Gray (Kennesaw State) – 4,202 2019 Leader: Gray – 5,681 Liberty Entrants: Kylie Polsgrove and Jamie Gray Outlook: Kennesaw State's Jordan Gray ranks No. 7 nationally with a heptathlon score of 5,681. With an NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships berth secured, Gray will focus on individual events this weekend. As a result, Liberty's Kylie Polsgrove will be a significant favorite to capture her third straight conference heptathlon title. She ranks No. 29 nationally with 5,333 points and will be looking to move into the top 24 and qualify for the NCAA national meet herself. The battle for the remaining podium positions should be one to watch, including 2018 heptathlon runner-up Jessica Watkins of Kennesaw State, 2019 pentathlon third-place finisher Emily Myslinski of Jacksonville and Liberty freshman Jamie Gray, who posted an impressive score of 4,566 in her collegiate heptathlon debut.
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