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Liberty Set to Host ASUN Indoor Track Championships, Friday & Saturday

February 26, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Naomi Mojica will look to remain unbeaten in conference shot put competitions at this weekend's ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Naomi Mojica will look to remain unbeaten in conference shot put competitions at this weekend's ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships.

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Liberty is preparing to host the 2020 ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships, Friday and Saturday at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex. The Flames and Lady Flames will both be aiming to defend their team titles from 2019 and remain undefeated at home in conference championships.

The meet will begin Friday at 9:30 a.m. with the pentathlon 60-meter hurdles. Saturday's action will commence at 9:45 a.m. with the heptathlon 60-meter hurdles. Admission is free of charge for both days of competition.

The ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships will take place at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex for the third straight year. Liberty first hosted the event in 2018, prior to joining the ASUN Conference.

Liberty hopes its home track advantage continues this weekend. The Flames and Lady Flames are 10 for 10 in sweeping conference men's and women's team titles in Lynchburg. The unbeaten streak includes eight editions of the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the 2018 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships and the 2019 ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships.

The Liberty men's squad has captured 22 straight indoor conference titles overall, while the Lady Flames have won four in a row.

How to Follow the Action
Live event-by-event results will be available throughout the meet, courtesy of Half-Mile Timing.

The Liberty Flames Sports Network will produce a meet recap show to air on ESPN+, Saturday at 7 p.m.

Additionally, periodic meet updates will be posted to the Liberty Track & Field Twitter account (@Liberty_XCTF).

Men's Meet Preview
The Liberty men's track & field team has never lost a conference meet at the NCAA Division I level, going 22 for 22 in claiming the team championship trophy. The Flames captured the team title at each of the 21 editions of the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships they competed in and won the 2019 ASUN indoor crown, extending the longest active championship streak in NCAA Division I men's indoor track & field.

The Flames expect a strong challenge from Kennesaw State, which had won seven straight ASUN indoor championships prior to last season. The Owls have captured a meet-record nine men's team titles during the 14-year history of the ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships. Last year, Liberty defeated runner-up Kennesaw State by 51 points (190-139) at this meet.

Liberty returns two men's event champions from last year's meet, including Jose Ballivian (shot put) and Branson Rolle (long jump). However, Rolle will focus on other events this weekend.

The Flames own the conference's top mark of 2020 in eight different events, including the 60 (Christian Lyon), 200 (Lyon), 4 x 400 relay, distance medley relay, high jump (Quinten Clay), pole vault (Anders Janes), shot put (Kyle Mitchell) and heptathlon (Zach Wendt).

The ASUN meet will mark athletes' final chance to post a qualifying mark for the 2020 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. At this point, Liberty's standout performers like Lyon and Jovaine Atkinson will likely need to post season-best performances this weekend in order to qualify.

Men's 60-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 5:15 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Cameron Bolden (Kennesaw State) – 6.81 (Third in a row)
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Bolden
2020 Leader: Christian Lyon (Liberty) – 6.75
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Christian Lyon, Elijah Pierson, Jovaine Atkinson
Outlook: Kennesaw State has won the ASUN men's 60 title for six straight years with the last three victories coming from Cameron Bolden. Now a senior, Bolden is looking to become the conference's first four-time champion in this event. However, he will be racing for the first time in over a month. Liberty looks for a strong showing, boasting the conference's top seed (Christian Lyon – 6.75) and last year's fourth-place finisher (Elijah Pierson). Lyon will chase Jacob Swinton's program record of 6.73 seconds which has stood since 1996, two years before Lyon was born. Liberty's Jovaine Atkinson will be a wild card in this event. He won the Big South men's 60 title in 6.79 seconds in 2018 but has not competed in the race since then. Atkinson is the only Flame since 2002 who has captured a conference title in the men's 60 dash.

Men's 200-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Alejandro Perlaza Zapata (Liberty) – 21.04
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Aaron Goodwin (Kennesaw State) – 3rd place
2020 Leader: Christian Lyon (Liberty) – 21.03
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Alejandro Perlaza Zapata – 2019)
Liberty Entrants: Christian Lyon, Elijah Pierson, Brad Smalley
Outlook: Liberty's Alejandro Perlaza Zapata swept the ASUN men's 200 indoor and outdoor titles last season. However, the Flames' Christian Lyon has already broken Perlaza Zapata's Liberty and ASUN records for the event with a 21.03 clocking at the South Carolina Invitational on Feb. 8. That is the conference's fastest time by a wide margin, with Kennesaw State's Omar Diaz ranking No. 2 at 21.54. Lyon's biggest race on Saturday could be against the clock, as he looks to take down the meet record (21.04) and facility record (21.03) while posting a national-qualifying time. At this point in time, it would take a clocking of 20.90 or faster to advance to Albuquerque in the one-lap event.

Men's 400-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 2 p.m.
Defending Champion: Alejandro Perlaza Zapata (Liberty) – 46.15
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Jonathan Imes (Lipscomb) – 2nd place
2020 Leader: Imes – 47.55
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Alejandro Perlaza Zapata – 2019)
Liberty Entrants: Jahquez Durham, Felix Lawrence, Brad Smalley, Michael Rose, Nathanial Kirk
Outlook: Lipscomb junior Jonathan Imes is the men's 400 favorite after winning the 2018 title and finishing second a year ago. He owns the ASUN's top time of 2020 (47.55) and has clocked sub-48.00 for the event three times this season, something no other ASUN runner has done once in 2020. North Florida's George Escobar inserted himself into the title discussion with a program-record 48.05 effort at last Saturday's USC Indoor Open, a mark which ranks No. 4 in ASUN history. Liberty senior Jahquez Durham is seeded No. 3 at 48.71. He will look to bookend his career with conference titles after racing to victory in the Big South indoor 400 as a freshman in 2017. Flames freshman Felix Lawrence is seeded No. 4 (48.80) and will be running this event just 30 minutes after competing in the 60 hurdles final. For the last five seasons (2015 through 2019), Liberty has swept its conference's indoor and outdoor men's 400 dash titles.

Men's 800-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 3 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jonathan Schwind (Lipscomb) – 1:52.30
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Schwind
2020 Leader: Schwind – 1:49.61
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Bradley Prentice, Ally Kipchirchir, Noah Tindale
Outlook: The men's 800 will feature three of the five fastest performers in ASUN history, including conference record holder (1:49.61) and defending champion Jonathan Schwind of Lipscomb, the ASUN's No. 3 all-time performer (Liberty's Bradley Prentice – 1:51.06) and the ASUN's No. 5 all-time performer (Lipscomb's Ryan Bush – 1:51.47). Add in the 2019 ASUN outdoor (Liberty's Ally Kipchirchir) runner-up, and this should be a riveting race to watch. Lipscomb will seek its fourth consecutive conference title in this event, which should see the meet (1:50.97) and facility (1:50.85) records challenged. Additionally, Prentice will take one final stab at the Liberty record of 1:50.7 which Johnny Prettyman has held since 1992. Prentice already owns the Liberty outdoor 800 record of 1:48.70.

Men's Mile
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 12:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jonathan Schwind (Lipscomb) – 4:08.29 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Schwind
2020 Leader: Jared Vazquez (North Florida) – 4:07.90
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Ryan Drew, Joe Spitzer
Outlook: Lipscomb's Jonathan Schwind has begun his career with back-to-back ASUN mile titles as a freshman and sophomore. It will not be easy to become the ASUN's first-ever three-time men's mile champion though, as defending ASUN outdoor 1,500 champ Jared Vazquez of North Florida owns the top seed at 4:07.90. This is another event where records are in peril, including the ASUN all-time mark (4:07.53) and meet record (Schwind's 4:08.15 from 2018), as five ASUN runners have run sub-4:10 times in 2020. First-year Flame Ryan Drew could be a factor after winning the Liberty Kickoff mile in 4:11.68 last month. No Liberty runner has claimed a conference men's mile title since Sam Chelanga in 2011. Chelanga will be competing in the U.S. Olympic Trials men's marathon on Saturday in Atlanta.

Men's 3,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 4 p.m.
Defending Champion: Noah Perkins (North Florida) – 8:12.82
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Zach Israel (Lipscomb) – 3rd place
2020 Leader: Israel – 8:09.26
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Ryan Drew, Joe Spitzer, Felix Kandie
Outlook: North Florida has won the ASUN men's 3K title three of the past four years. However, it is a pair of Lipscomb Bisons (Zach Israel – 8:09.26 and Brent Leber – 8:11.90) who currently top the conference performance list. This is another race where multiple records could be in jeopardy, including the meet (8:12.82), ASUN all-time (8:07.07) and facility (8:06.11) standards. Liberty's Nick Doan, who owns the aforementioned all-time conference record of 8:07.07, placed second in this event in 2019 but will focus on other races this weekend. The Flames' Felix Kandie, an NCAA national qualifier in the steeplechase last season, will make his 2020 debut in this race. Meanwhile, Joe Spitzer is back after placing sixth as a Liberty freshman last season.

Men's 5,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 4:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Azaria Kirwa (Liberty) – 14:17.38
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Zach Israel (Lipscomb) – 3rd place
2020 Leader: Brent Leber (Lipscomb) – 14:01.10
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Azaria Kirwa – 2019)
Liberty Entrants: Nick Doan, Caleb Olson, Benjamin Klemmeck, Ryan Drew, Felix Kandie
Outlook: The 5K could provide a rematch of the 2019 ASUN Cross Country Championships, which saw Lipscomb edge Liberty by a point. The first eight names on the conference performance list are either Bisons or Flames. In cross country, Lipscomb's Brent Leber edged Liberty's Felix Kandie for the individual victory. This season, Leber has posted an ASUN all-time record 5K performance of 14:01.10, while Kandie has yet to race. The meet and facility records of 14:17.38 were set by Liberty's Azaria Kirwa last season during this race.

Men's 60-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 4:45 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Paris Williams (Kennesaw State) – 7.93
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: DJ Akindele (Kennesaw State) – 2nd place
2020 Leader: Williams – 7.72
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Jovaine Atkinson, Felix Lawrence, Juan Pablo Germain Ronco, Cole Peterlin
Outlook: Kennesaw State finished 1-2-3 during last year's ASUN men's 60 hurdles final. Even though defending champion Paris Williams and runner-up DJ Akindele are back, the Owls will have difficulty sweeping the podium again in 2020, especially with Williams focusing on other events this weekend. Following an injury last season, Liberty redshirt senior Jovaine Atkinson has been returning to his All-American form. He currently ranks No. 16 nationally at 7.75. However, he does not top the ASUN list. That honor goes to Williams, who clocked an ASUN-record time of 7.72 during his season opener at Clemson on Jan. 17 and is currently tied for No. 11 on the national list. Liberty also boasts the second (Felix Lawrence – 8.00) and third-fastest (Juan Pablo Germain Ronco – 8.01) 60 hurdlers in program history. Lawrence is chasing Atkinson's Liberty freshman record of 7.94, while Germain Ronco is within striking distance of the Chilean national record of 7.97. The ASUN meet record currently stands at 7.85, while Atkinson set the facility record of 7.71 while winning the 2018 Big South title.

Men's 4 x 400 Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 5 p.m.
Defending Champion: Liberty – 3:11.65
2020 Leader: Liberty – 3:12.28
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (2019)
Outlook: Liberty will only use one (Jahquez Durham) of the four runners who won the 2019 men's 4 x 400 relay title in meet-record fashion in 3:11.65. However, the revamped Flames quartet has clocked a conference-leading 3:12.28 thus far in 2020 and is favored to win an indoor conference title in this event for a sixth consecutive season. Kennesaw State also figures to contend after running 3:14.70 earlier this season. Liberty will try to become the first team to capture back-to-back ASUN men's 4 x 400 relay championships since Kennesaw State did so in 2010 and 2011.

Men's Distance Medley Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 6 p.m.
Defending Champion: Lipscomb – 9:57.30 (Second in a row)
2020 Leader: Liberty – 10:01.52
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Outlook: Liberty owns the ASUN's top seed time in the distance medley relay at 10:01.52, which ranks No. 6 in program history. However, that would have only been good for third place a year ago, when Lipscomb (facility-record 9:57.30) and North Florida (10:00.99) recorded the two fastest times in ASUN Conference history. The two-time defending champion Bisons and Ospreys both return three DMR legs from 2019, meaning this race could be a scorcher Friday evening. Liberty has not won a conference distance medley relay championship since 2010, when the Flames were anchored by All-American Sam Chelanga.

Men's Long Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 4:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Branson Rolle (Liberty) – 23-4 (7.11m)
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Paris Williams (Kennesaw State) – 2nd place
2020 Leader: Kelvin Campbell (Kennesaw State) – 23-6.75 (7.18m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Branson Rolle – 2019)
Liberty Entrants: Erick Johnson, Jeremy Davis, Brad Smalley, Travis Riley
Outlook: During last year's ASUN men's long jump competition, Branson Rolle pulled out a victory in round six to become Liberty's first-ever ASUN event champion. Rolle will not long jump this year, but the Flames are still seeded No. 2 (Erick Johnson, 22-7.75), No. 3 (Jeremy Davis, 22-4.5) and No. 5 (Brad Smalley, 22-1.5) in this event. Smalley placed fourth a year ago, while Davis claimed a key third-place finish in the ASUN outdoor long jump competition. Travis Riley is also slated to make his Liberty debut on Friday. The transfer from Kentucky owns a personal best of 25-9.5. Kennesaw State will counter with top-seeded Kelvin Campbell and defending ASUN outdoor long jump champion Paris Williams. The Owls had won this event six straight years before Rolle's victory in 2019.

Men's Triple Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
Defending Champion: Jonny Saintil (Liberty) – 48-10.25 (14.89m)
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Tariq Bradford (Kennesaw State) – 2nd place
2020 Leader: Bradford – 49-5.5 (15.07m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Jonny Saintil – 2019)
Liberty Entrants: Jeremiah McCants, Erick Johnson, Jeremy Davis, Travis Riley
Outlook: The triple jump figures to be a strong event for Kennesaw State, as the Owls own the event's top four seeds. Leading the way is Tariq Bradford, the 2019 ASUN indoor runner-up and outdoor champion in this event. Liberty brings back Jeremiah McCants, who came in fifth outdoors and sixth indoors a year ago. The Flames' Travis Riley owns a 50-4.5 personal best but has not triple jumped in competition since his junior college days at Western Texas College in 2016 and 2017.

Men's High Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jaasiel Torres (North Florida) – 6-7.5 (2.02m)
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Torres
2020 Leader: Quinten Clay (Liberty) and Sultan Simms (Kennesaw State) – 6-8.75 (2.05m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Quinten Clay, Branson Rolle, Cole Peterlin, Zach Wendt
Outlook: Last year, Jaasiel Torres swept the ASUN indoor and outdoor men's high jump titles as a freshman for North Florida. In order to win the Ospreys' fifth straight title in this event, Torres will have to deal with a pair of talented freshmen. Liberty's Quinten Clay and Kennesaw State's Sultan Simms have both cleared a conference-best 6-8.75 this season. The Flames' Branson Rolle is also part of the field after placing second indoors and third outdoors in 2019. Kennesaw State's Paris Williams has not high jumped since March 2019 but boasts a personal best of 6-8.25 heading into Saturday's competition.

Men's Pole Vault
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 1 p.m.
Defending Champion: Reilly Stroot (Liberty) – 15-7.25 (4.76m)
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Brenton Rosa (Kennesaw State) – 3rd place
2020 Leader: Anders Janes (Liberty) – 16-6 (5.03m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Reilly Stroot – 2019)
Liberty Entrants: Anders Janes, Ryan Fox, Michael Ginder
Outlook: The men's pole vault field features three of the top six competitors in ASUN history, including Liberty's Anders Janes (16-6) and the Kennesaw State pair of Brenton Rosa (16-4.75) and Jack Rhea (16-4.75). After finishing just fifth indoors a year ago, Janes outdueled Rosa to capture the ASUN outdoor pole vault crown. Rosa (2016 and 2017) and teammate Scott Simpson (2018) are both past ASUN outdoor pole vault champions but are seeking their first indoor titles.

Men's Shot Put
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 4:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jose Ballivian (Liberty) – 58-8.5 (17.89m)
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Ballivian
2020 Leader: Kyle Mitchell (Liberty) – 61-3 (18.67m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Jose Ballivian – 2019)
Liberty Entrants: Kyle Mitchell, Jose Ballivian, Jacob Strickler, John Hicks
Outlook: Bring your popcorn, as the men's shot put will be a can't miss event on Friday. Liberty's Jose Ballivian set a new meet and all-time conference record with his ASUN-winning 58-8.5 effort a year ago. This season, three athletes have surpassed Ballivian's conference record, including the defending ASUN outdoor champion (Liberty's Kyle Mitchell – 61-3) and the Kennesaw State duo of Tanner Duffin (60-1.75) and Tyler Blalock (59-8.25). No one has captured back-to-back titles in this event since Gardner-Webb's Matt Knippen won the first two ASUN indoor men's shot put competitions in 2006 and 2007.

Men's Weight Throw
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Defending Champion: Chuck McConville (Kennesaw State) – 60-11.25 (18.57m) (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Tyler Blalock (Kennesaw State) – 2nd place
2020 Leader: Blalock – 57-4.25 (17.48m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: John Hicks, Stuart Folkerts, Jacob Strickler
Outlook: After the graduation of two-time defending ASUN men's weight throw champion Chuck McConville of Kennesaw State, this event has witnessed a youth movement. Four of the conference's top five weight throwers this season are freshmen. However, the No. 1 seed is Kennesaw State junior Tyler Blalock, who placed second to McConville a year ago. The Owls have won this event for seven consecutive seasons. Freshman John Hicks boasts Liberty's top title hopes, as he is seeded No. 2 at 57-0.25. With a good day on Saturday, Hicks could challenge Liberty's freshman record of 57-6.5 set by Ryan Smith at the 2010 Big South Championship.

Men's Heptathlon
Event Schedule: Day One – Begins Friday at 9:45 a.m.; Day Two – Begins Saturday at 9:45 a.m.
Defending Champion: Kysheen Myrick (Liberty) – 4,768
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Caleb Rider (Liberty) – 3rd place
2020 Leader: Zach Wendt (Liberty) – 4,379
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Kysheen Myrick – 2019)
Liberty Entrants: Zach Wendt, Michael Ginder, Jeremy Davis, Caleb Rider, Branson Rolle
Outlook: The multi events have traditionally been an area of strength for Liberty, and the heptathlon should be no different this season. Liberty's lineup includes the top returnee from the 2019 ASUN heptathlon (third-place Caleb Rider), the defending ASUN decathlon champion (Jeremy Davis) and the top two seeds on this year's ASUN performance list (freshmen Zach Wendt and Michael Ginder). Additionally, the Flames' Branson Rolle is slated to make his multi-event debut after earning all-conference honors in the 60 hurdles, 400 hurdles, 4 x 400 relay, long jump, high jump and javelin during his collegiate career to date.

Women's Meet Preview
The Lady Flames enter this weekend's meet having won four consecutive indoor conference titles, including three in the Big South and their 2019 ASUN championship. Overall, Liberty has captured 14 women's indoor conference championships in the last 22 years. The Lady Flames are also the two-time defending ECAC indoor champions but will not be returning to Boston next weekend to attempt to make it three in a row.

Three different women's teams have hoisted the first-place trophy at the last three editions of the ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships, including Kennesaw State in 2017, Jacksonville in 2018 and Liberty in 2019. Those three squads are all expected to contend for top honors this weekend. Jacksonville has won 12 women's team titles during the meet's 14-year history.

The Lady Flames own the ASUN's top performance in the following events this season: 400 (Cortney Strohman), distance medley relay, long jump (Makenzy Mizera) and high jump (Abby Thorpe).

Junior shot putter Naomi Mojica is one of three Lady Flames who will look to defend their ASUN event titles from 2019, along with Taylen Langin (pole vault) and Chelsea Igberaese (weight throw).

Mojica is four-for-four in conference shot put championships during her career. She swept the Big South indoor and outdoor titles as a freshman in 2018 before doing the same in the ASUN Conference last season.

Women's 60-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 5 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jacquelyn Baldwin (Jacksonville) – 7.43 (Fourth in a row)
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Shalah Smiling (Jacksonville) – 2nd place
2020 Leader: Smiling – 7.47
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Abby Pantlitz, Alexis Rolan, Nikayla Hoyte
Outlook: Last season, Jacksonville's Jacquelyn Baldwin won her unprecedented fourth straight ASUN women's 60 title, leading a 1-2-3 sweep by the Dolphins. She has since graduated, but JU's Shalah Smiling, Nicole Smith and Savyon Toombs own the conference's three fastest times of 2020. Liberty's Alexis Rolan and Abby Pantlitz share the No. 5 seed at 7.67. No Lady Flame has stood on the conference 60-meter dash podium since Kate Flower placed third in 2016.

Women's 200-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 3:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Savyon Toombs (Jacksonville) – 23.90
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Toombs
2020 Leader: Toombs – 23.23
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Alexis Rolan, Abby Pantlitz
Outlook: Jacksonville posted an impressive 1-2-3-4 finish in the one-lap event a year ago and is seeded to do so again on Saturday. The Dolphins own the 200's top four seeds, paced by defending ASUN indoor and outdoor 200 champion Savyon Toombs. She currently ranks No. 10 nationally with a season-best time of 23.23, making her a likely qualifier for the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships in two weeks. Toombs will chase her own ASUN all-time (23.16) and meet records (23.90), along with the facility record of 23.62. Liberty's Alexis Rolan, who will run one lane to the inside of Toombs during the final, will try to break up the Dolphins' quartet. She clocked a time of 24.44 at the Liberty Flames Invite on Feb. 1, ranking No. 4 all-time for the Lady Flames.

Women's 400-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 1:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Savyon Toombs (Jacksonville) – 53.98
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Cortney Strohman (Liberty) – 2nd place
2020 Leader: Strohman – 54.27
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Cortney Strohman, Maggie McDermott, Deonna Davis, Faith Sheehan
Outlook: At least year's ASUN meet, Jacksonville's Savyon Toombs barely held off Liberty's Cortney Strohman for the 400-meter title, 53.98 to 53.99. With Toombs focusing on other events this time around, Strohman enters as the top seed and the only ASUN runner who has broken 55 seconds this season (54.27). Strohman will try to hold off the Jacksonville trio of Sadae Davidson, Amelia Reynolds and Pashen Williams.

Women's 800-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 2:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Sonja Andenmatten (North Florida) – 2:07.15
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Skye Zeller (North Florida) – 4th place
2020 Leader: Sarah Hendrick (Kennesaw State) – 2:06.48
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Tanner Ealum, Calli Parlier, Naomi Armstrong, Heidi Smith, Kristiana Young
Outlook: The women's 800 final will present the latest chapter of the burgeoning ASUN rivalry between Liberty's Tanner Ealum and Kennesaw State's Sarah Hendrick. Hendrick defeated Ealum in the 500 at the Liberty Kickoff on Jan. 25 before Ealum returned the favor in the South Carolina Invitational 800 two weeks later. Hendrick currently ranks No. 2 all-time in the ASUN at 2:06.48 with Ealum No. 3 at 2:07.12. The meet record (2:07.00) is certainly in play, and could we see the facility record (currently 2:06.25) broken at this meet for the second year in a row. Last year, Sonja Andenmatten of North Florida clocked a then facility-record time of 2:07.15 to win. It should be noted that Ealum will be running her first race of the day, while Hendrick will have run the mile just over an hour prior. Also doubling back from the mile will be Liberty's Calli Parlier, who has lowered her personal best to 2:11.95 this season and is seeded third. Fellow Lady Flames sophomore Naomi Armstrong twice scored points in this event a year ago, placing fifth outdoors and sixth indoors.

Women's Mile
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Hayleigh Palotti (Jacksonville) – 4:58.60
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Palotti
2020 Leader: Makenzie Zeh (Kennesaw State) – 4:49.66
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Calli Parlier, Anna Hostetler, Priscillah Kiplagat, Jessica Rogers, Katie MacDougall
Outlook: Kennesaw State senior Makenzie Zeh is the ASUN's top seed in the women's mile at 4:49.66. But chasing her are a slew of sophomores, including defending champion Hayleigh Palotti of Jacksonville, defending outdoor 1,500 titlist Calli Parlier of Liberty and the ASUN's No. 5 runner in conference history, Lydia Van Dijk of North Florida. The facility record of 4:51.66 is in danger for the second meet in a row, after Parlier scared it with a 4:51.71 effort in winning the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational title. The Lady Flames will also enter two more of the top 10 milers in program history, first-year team members Anna Hostetler and Priscillah Kiplagat. Kiplagat has dropped her mile time from 5:09.20 to 4:55.99 this season, putting the Liberty freshman record of 4:53.77 on watch.

Women's 3,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 3:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Courtney Brenner (Lipscomb) – 9:44.98
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Brenner
2020 Leader: Hayleigh Palotti (Jacksonville) – 9:40.41
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Anna Hostetler, Noel Palmer, Priscillah Kiplagat, Brittany Carnathan, Kyley Sorg
Outlook: Lipscomb's Courtney Brenner will aim to join former Bisons standout Dani Walker (2013-14) as the only back-to-back ASUN women's 3K champions in meet history. Last year, Brenner was the only runner to break 10 minutes in this race. That is not likely to be the case on Friday, as seven of the 14 entrants have clocked sub-10:00 times this season. That includes top-seeded Hayleigh Palotti of Jacksonville (9:40.41) and the Liberty duo of Anna Hostetler (9:49.65) and Noel Palmer (9:50.37).  

Women's 5,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 3:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Courtney Brenner (Lipscomb) – 16:40.19 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Brenner
2020 Leader: Brenner – 16:19.82
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Noel Palmer, Anna Hostetler, Emma Bower, Lauren Hirneisen, Jamie Anderson
Outlook: Lipscomb's Courtney Brenner has been the 5K queen of the ASUN Conference in recent years, sweeping the conference indoor and outdoor titles in both 2018 and 2019. Now a senior, Brenner set the ASUN all-time record with a 16:19.82 clocking earlier this season with teammate Grace Oetting moving up to No. 5 in ASUN history (16:49.28) during the same race. Liberty's duo of Noel Palmer and Anna Hostetler, along with Jacksonville's Hayleigh Palotti, could be dueling for crucial team points during the meet's next-to-last track event. Palmer was the indoor and outdoor runner-up to Brenner a year ago.

Women's 60-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 4:30 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 1:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jada Thomas (Liberty) – 8.62
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Jirah Simpkins (Kennesaw State) – 2nd place
2020 Leader: Olivia Brown (Kennesaw State) – 8.53
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Jada Thomas – 2019)
Liberty Entrants: Katie Dodson, Jaiden Mulder, Tiffany Jeffcoat
Outlook: Kennesaw State's Olivia Brown (8.53) and Jacksonville's Shantae McDonald (8.56) have been the ASUN's top two hurdlers this season. Brown looks to become the second straight freshman to win this event, while McDonald carries the Dolphins' lone hope for points in the 60 hurdles. Liberty seniors Katie Dodson (third in the Big South in 2018) and Jaiden Mulder (third in the ASUN in 2019) have both stood on conference podiums for this event during their respective careers.

Women's 4 x 400 Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 4:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Liberty – 3:41.74
2020 Leader: Jacksonville – 3:35.79
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (2019)
Outlook: A year ago, Liberty claimed victory in the 4 x 400 relay with a meet-record time of 3:41.74, claiming its fourth straight conference title in the event. Although they return talented legs Tanner Ealum and Cortney Strohman from last year's championship squad, the Lady Flames will be hard-pressed to continue that streak on Saturday. Jacksonville has run an ASUN-record 3:35.79 this season. The Dolphins will try to improve their chances at NCAA national qualification while taking down their own ASUN all-time record (3:35.79), the facility record (3:39.60) and the meet record (3:41.74).  

Women's Distance Medley Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Liberty – 11:42.29
2020 Leader: Liberty – 12:53.47
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (2019)
Outlook: Liberty will try to defend its distance medley relay title from 2019 and could employ three of the same legs from that squad (Naomi Armstrong, Tanner Ealum and Calli Parlier) which clocked a program-record time of 11:42.29. Jacksonville and North Florida combined to claim seven straight ASUN distance medley relay titles between 2012 and 2018, but neither River City squad is entering Friday's race. That leaves Kennesaw State and Lipscomb as the top two challengers for the Lady Flames.

Women's Long Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 2:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jordan Gray (Kennesaw State) – 19-10.25 (6.05m)
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Adja Sackor (Jacksonville) – 2nd place
2020 Leader: Makenzy Mizera (Liberty) – 19-4.75 (5.91m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Makenzy Mizera, Alexis Rolan, Fiona Barnes, Ayanna Johnson, Nikayla Hoyte
Outlook: Kennesaw State has captured each of the last five ASUN women's long jump titles indoors, and Owls freshman Khiah Williams (19-1.25) is a threat to continue that streak on Friday. After breaking a 34-year old school record during this competition a year ago as a freshman, Liberty's Makenzy Mizera has extended that record to a conference-best 19-4.75 this season. She will try to become the Lady Flames' first indoor conference long jump champion since Alyssa Pegues in 2011. Jacksonville's Adja Sackor also figures to be in the mix after placing second indoors and outdoors in 2019.

Women's Triple Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Da'Yona Henry (Kennesaw State) – 40-6.75 (12.36m)
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Henry
2020 Leader: Adja Sackor (Jacksonville) – 42-0 (12.80m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Makenzy Mizera, Adrianna Mitchell, Jaelyn Morgan, Emma Arblaster, Fiona Barnes
Outlook: Last year's ASUN indoor (Kennesaw State's Da'Yona Henry) and outdoor (Jacksonville's Adja Sackor) triple jump champions are back, along with the indoor and outdoor runner-up (Liberty's Makenzy Mizera). Sackor has reached 42-0 this season, while Mizera has pushed the Liberty program record to 41-10.75, putting those two more than a foot clear of any other ASUN competitors in 2020. Lady Flame Adrianna Mitchell, who owns a season best of 40-1.25 and a lifetime best of 41-6, will attempt to make the podium for the second straight year in this event.

Women's High Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 5:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Julija Tarvide (Kennesaw State) – 5-8.75 (1.75m)
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Tarvide
2020 Leader: Abby Thorpe (Liberty) – 5-8 (1.73m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Abby Thorpe, Abby Phillips, Emma Arblaster, Fiona Barnes
Outlook: Kennesaw State has claimed four consecutive women's high jump titles at this meet, two of which have been won by Julija Tarvide (2017 and 2019). Tarvide, who has made it over 5-7.75 this season, will try to join ETSU's Anna Ricciardi (2006 and 2007) as the only back-to-back women's high jump champions in meet history. However, the top seed belongs to Liberty sophomore Abby Thorpe at 5-8. Thorpe placed second to Tarvide outdoors a year ago. Thorpe's freshman teammate Abby Phillips, who also plays volleyball for the Lady Flames, has cleared 5-5.75 this year. North Florida sophomore Kaley Petrosky could also contend for her school's first high jump title in 10 years, having cleared 5-6.5 during both of her competitions this season.

Women's Pole Vault
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 4 p.m.
Defending Champion: Taylen Langin (Liberty) – 12-7.5 (3.85m)
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Langin
2020 Leader: Louisa Washburn (North Florida) – 12-7.5 (3.85m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Taylen Langin – 2019)
Liberty Entrants: Taylen Langin, Rachel Milnes, Naomi Armstrong, Rachel Andrews, Alexis Martin
Outlook: Ten of the 11 athletes entered in Friday's women's pole vault competition hail from either Kennesaw State or Liberty. However, the lone exception (North Florida's Louisa Washburn) is the top seed, thanks to a program-record 12-7.5 clearance on Jan. 31. Defending champion Taylen Langin of Liberty is seeded second at 12-6.75 after getting a late start to her season. She won this event with a meet-record 12-7.5 clearance in 2019 as a freshman. Two of Liberty's other entrants posted ASUN third-place finishes in 2019, including Naomi Armstrong indoors and Rachel Milnes outdoors. Armstrong will have a unique day on Friday, as she is expected to lead off for the Lady Flames' distance medley relay squad after pole vaulting.

Women's Shot Put
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 2:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Naomi Mojica (Liberty) – 49-5 (15.06m)
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Mojica
2020 Leader: Sade Meeks (Jacksonville) – 49-6.25 (15.09m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Naomi Mojica – 2019)
Liberty Entrants: Naomi Mojica, Chelsea Igberaese, Patria Vaimaona
Outlook: As mentioned previously in this article, Liberty junior Naomi Mojica has yet to lose a conference shot put competition during her career. A year ago at this meet, Mojica's winning toss measured an ASUN all-time and meet-record 49-5. Just last week, Jacksonville's Sade Meeks took down Mojica's conference record with a 49-6.25 effort at South Carolina. However, Meeks is not entered in Friday's competition. The shot put's top five seeds include three Lady Flames and two Dolphins, making this an important event for the team battle early on in the meet.

Women's Weight Throw
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 1 p.m.
Defending Champion: Chelsea Igberaese (Liberty) – 64-7.75 (19.70m)
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Igberaese
2020 Leader: Sade Meeks (Jacksonville) – 67-9.75 (20.67m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Chelsea Igberaese – 2019)
Liberty Entrants: Patria Vaimaona, Chelsea Igberaese, Naomi Mojica
Outlook: Jacksonville's Sade Meeks unleashed an ASUN all-time record 67-9.75 weight throw last weekend at South Carolina. However, she will not be throwing the weight on Saturday. In her absence, Liberty boasts the No. 1 (Patria Vaimaona – 61-5), No. 2 (Chelsea Igberaese – 61-2.75) and No. 4 (Naomi Mojica – 58-10) seeds. Igberaese is the defending champion thanks to a personal-best 64-7.75 effort at last year's ASUN meet.

Women's Pentathlon
Event Schedule: Begins Friday at 9:30 a.m.
Defending Champion: Jordan Gray (Kennesaw State) – 4,202
Top Returnee from 2019 Meet: Lauren Polimeno (Jacksonville) – 4th place
2020 Leader: Jessica Watkins (Kennesaw State) – 3,418
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Myiah Scott, Emma Arblaster, Jamie Gray, Tiffany Jeffcoat
Outlook: Jacksonville's Lauren Polimeno claimed the 2018 ASUN pentathlon title and is the top returnee from 2019 (fourth place). However, it is 2019 ASUN heptathlon runner-up Jessica Watkins of Kennesaw State who owns the top seed at 3,418. Sophomore Jamie Gray, the younger sister of four-time ASUN pentathlon champion Jordan Gray, is the veteran among Liberty's quartet of entrants. Jamie Gray placed seventh in last year's ASUN pentathlon competition before taking third in the outdoor heptathlon. The other three Lady Flames contesting the pentathlon on Friday have completed a total of one pentathlon during their careers.