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Perlaza Zapata Named ASUN Men's Most Outstanding Track Performer

May 17, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Perlaza Zapata Named ASUN Men's Most Outstanding Track Performer

Liberty senior Alejandro Perlaza Zapata was voted ASUN Conference Men's Most Outstanding Track Performer by the league's head coaches after a record-breaking performance at last weekend's ASUN Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Perlaza Zapata, who previously won the same award indoors, became the second runner in meet history to win the men's 200, 400 and 4 x 400 relay titles at the same championship. The native of Cali, Colombia broke a pair of meet records while helping first-year conference member Liberty capture the men's team title.

Perlaza Zapata's first meet record came in the 400, thanks to a season-best 45.56 clocking. The 2016 Olympian won the race by more than a second with a time which ranks No. 9 in the NCAA this season.

The senior later sprinted to victory in the 200 final, clocking a season-best time of 21.03 into a headwind.

Perlaza Zapata, Nathanial Kirk, Jahquez Durham and Michael Todd then punctuated the Flames' team championship by winning the 4 x 400 relay in a meet-record time of 3:10.38. Perlaza Zapata split 45.7 seconds for the anchor leg.

Perlaza Zapata is one of 17 Flames who qualified for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, slated for May 23-25 at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. He will aim to return to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 400.

Men's Most Outstanding Track Performer
Alejandro Perlaza Zapata, Liberty

Men's Most Outstanding Field Performer
Daniel Haugh, Kennesaw State

Men's Most Outstanding Freshman Performer
DJ Akindele, Kennesaw State

Women's Most Outstanding Track Performer
Savyon Toombs, Jacksonville

Women's Most Outstanding Field Performer
Jordan Gray, Kennesaw State

Women's Most Outstanding Freshman Performer
Hayleigh Palotti, Jacksonville