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Liberty Track Closes Regular Season with 6 ASUN Honors

May 8, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Clockwise from top left: Jada Thomas, Makenzy Mizera, Tanner Ealum, Kyle Mitchell, Alejandro Perlaza Zapata and Nathanial Kirk

Clockwise from top left: Jada Thomas, Makenzy Mizera, Tanner Ealum, Kyle Mitchell, Alejandro Perlaza Zapata and Nathanial Kirk

Liberty swept all six ASUN track & field weekly awards during the final week of the 2019 outdoor regular season. The Flames' award winners included Alejandro Perlaza Zapata (Men's Track Athlete of the Week), Kyle Mitchell (Men's Field Athlete of the Week), Nathanial Kirk (Men's Freshman of the Week), Tanner Ealum (Women's Track Athlete of the Week), Makenzy Mizera (Women's Field Athlete of the Week) and Jada Thomas (Women's Freshman of the Week).

This is the third time Liberty athletes have claimed all six weekly awards during the Flames' first season of ASUN Conference competition. Liberty previously did so on Jan. 30 and April 17.

Perlaza Zapata (previous honors on Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and April 17) is now a four-time ASUN Men's Track Athlete of the Week, while Mitchell (previous honor on May 1) and Ealum (previous honor on Jan. 30) each garnered their second honors of the year. Mizera picked up her first ASUN Women's Field Athlete of the Week nod after previously being recognized as Freshman of the Week on April 17 and 24. Kirk and Thomas each earned their first ASUN accolades on Wednesday.

Perlaza Zapata celebrated Senior Day by winning both of his events at last Wednesday's Liberty Twilight Qualifier. The native of Cali, Colombia took top honors in the men's 400 (46.19) and 4 x 400 relay (3:10.58). Perlaza Zapata split 45.11 seconds for the anchor leg of the relay squad, helping the Flames hold off Hampton for the victory.

Mitchell, who has now claimed back-to-back ASUN Men's Field Athlete of the Week honors, was the Liberty Twilight Qualifier men's shot put champion. His winning mark of 60-5 landed just one inch away from the facility record and put the Kingston, Jamaica native over 60 feet for the third consecutive meet. Mitchell also came in third in the discus with a personal-best 166-3 heave.

Kirk led off for the Flames' victorious men's 4 x 400 relay squad at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier. Earlier in the day, the Lynchburg, Va., native had notched a 400 personal-best time of 49.43 for sixth place of 29 competitors in the event.

Ealum placed a close second in the Liberty Twilight Qualifier women's 800 with a personal-best time of 2:06.65. The junior from Anchorage, Alaska eclipsed the previous facility record, notched the fastest time in the ASUN this season and punched her ticket to the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet.

Mizera was a double event champion at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier, thanks to personal-best efforts in both the long jump (19-9.5) and triple jump (40-4.75). The native of Maryville, Mo., broke the Liberty freshman long jump record and now ranks No. 2 in program history. Entering the conference meet, Mizera ranks No. 1 in the ASUN for the women's long jump and No. 2 for the triple jump.

Thomas lowered her own Liberty freshman record to 13.72 while placing second overall and first among collegiate entrants in the Liberty Twilight Qualifier women's 100 hurdles final. The time ranks the Kingston, Jamaica native first in the ASUN this season and second in program history.

The 2019 ASUN Outdoor Track & Field Championships will take place Friday and Saturday at North Florida's Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.