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Big South Indoor Track & Field Meet Preview

February 24, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Kolby Shepherd will attempt to win his third consecutive Big South pole vault title and help the Liberty men's team claim its 13th straight conference championship.

Kolby Shepherd will attempt to win his third consecutive Big South pole vault title and help the Liberty men's team claim its 13th straight conference championship.

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The 2009-10 indoor track & field season will close with a bang for the Liberty men's and women's squads, who have championship meets scheduled for each of the next three weekends. The season-ending stretch begins Saturday and Sunday, when the Flames and Lady Flames travel to Clemson, S.C., for the 2010 Big South Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships.

The two-day meet will be held at the Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex for the fifth consecutive year. Action will get underway Saturday at 10 a.m., when the gun goes off for the women's pentathlon 60-meter hurdles. Sunday's first event, the men's heptathlon 60-meter hurdles, is set for a 1 p.m. start.

How to Follow the Action
Both days of competition will be video streamed on the Big South Network, for a small fee. Saturday's broadcast will feature interviews with all 10 head coaches.

Live results will also be provided throughout the meet, courtesy of CFPI Timing.

Finally, LibertyFlames.com will provide live blog coverage of an indoor track & field meet for the first time, during Sunday's action. The blog will go live on LibertyFlames.com at approximately 12:30 p.m. Sunday and will continue through the end of the meet.

Men's Meet Preview
The Liberty men's track & field team has had a stranglehold on the title ever since the first Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships were contested in 1998. The Flames have won all 12 championships in meet history and are favored to extend their streak to 13 this weekend.

Liberty returns three event champions from its 2009 squad, which took the title by 75 points over runner-up VMI. 2009 NCAA Division I cross country national champion Sam Chelanga took the mile title, Kolby Shepherd repeated as pole vault champion and Geren Woodbridge made it four straight years that a Liberty Flame has won the heptathlon.

VMI is again expected to finish near the top of the team standings, along with Charleston Southern, High Point and Radford. A full list of event capsules follows.

Men's 60-Meter Dash
Event Schedule:
Prelims – Saturday at 3:35 p.m.; Final – Sunday at 3:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Cornelius Tyler (Charleston Southern) – 6.98
2010 Leader: Javon Young (Charleston Southern) – 6.64 (Ranked No. 7 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Guifaly Christolin – 2002)
Liberty Entrants: Jacey Bailey (Tied for No. 4 seed), Roderick Spruel (No. 7) & Oronde Vassell
Outlook: Charleston Southern has won the 60-meter dash four years in a row and is heavily favored again in 2010. Buccaneers own the top three spots on the Big South performance list, led by Javon Young's conference-record 6.64 he posted at Clemson on Feb. 12. Jacey Bailey, Liberty's top entrant, has fared well in his first two trips to the Big South indoor meet. He placed third in the 60 as a freshman in 2008 and took fourth place a year ago.

Men's 200-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Saturday at 5:05 p.m.; Final – Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Cornelius Tyler (Charleston Southern) – 21.36 (Second in a row)
2010 Leader: Javon Young (Charleston Southern) – 21.51
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Jeremy Wagner - 2003)
Liberty Entrants: Jacey Bailey (No. 7 seed) & Oronde Vassell
Outlook: Charleston Southern is expected to rack up quite a few points in the one-lap event as well. The Buccaneers have taken first place in the 200-meter dash each of the past four years, including back-to-back crowns by Cornelius Tyler. He is aiming to become only the second Big South runner ever to claim three consecutive 200-meter crowns (also Liberty's Mike Decker in 1999, 2000 and 2001). The Flames' Jacey Bailey is coming off of a personal-best 22.23 clocking at the Virginia Tech Challenge, which earned him a spot in next weekend's IC4A meet.

Men's 400-Meter Dash
Event Schedule:
Prelims – Saturday at 4:05 p.m.; Final – Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
Defending Champion: Levi Brooks (Charleston Southern) – 47.84 (Second in a row)
2010 Leader: Levi Brooks (Charleston Southern) – 47.46
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Jon DeBogory – 2003)
Liberty Entrants: Andre Washington & Taylor Courtney
Outlook: Once again, Charleston Southern is strong in the 400-meter dash, led by two-time defending champion Levi Brooks. Only Liberty's Mike Decker (1999-2001) has won this event three consecutive times at the Big South indoor meet. The Flames' entries—Andre Washington and Taylor Courtney—are both freshmen. Washington has posted Liberty's best time this year, a 49.55 at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup on Feb. 6.

Men's 800-Meter Run
Event Schedule:
Prelims – Saturday at 4:35 p.m.; Final – Sunday at 3:55 p.m.
Defending Champion: Felix Kitur (VMI) – 1:53.93 (Second in a row)
2010 Leader: Felix Kitur (VMI) – 1:49.55 (Ranked No. 23 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Travis Campbell - 2007)
Liberty Entrants: Isaac Wendland (No. 5 seed), Paul Arslain (No. 7 seed), Joel Terry and Jordan Bright
Outlook: VMI's Felix Kitur is the clear-cut favorite to become the Big South's first three-time 800-meter champion indoors. After him, things are a bit more wide open and Liberty sophomore Isaac Wendland should be in the mix. He has run 1:56.07 this year and placed sixth a year ago at this meet.

Men's Mile
Event Schedule:
Final – Sunday at 1:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Sam Chelanga (Liberty) – 4:10.04
2010 Leader: Sam Chelanga (Liberty) – 4:07.15
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Sam Chelanga - 2009)
Liberty Entrants: Sam Chelanga (No. 1 seed), Will Reeves (No. 4), David Ricksecker (No. 6) & Kyle Davidson
Outlook: Sam Chelanga held off VMI's Donnie Cowart to become Liberty's fifth consecutive Big South men's mile champion in 2009 and will attempt to defend his crown on Sunday. Will Reeves (4:16.14) and David Ricksecker (4:19.76) have also broken 4:20 for the Flames this year, giving Liberty a chance at a nice chunk of points in this event. High Point also has three runners listed among the conference's top five, led by senior Josh Morgan.

Men's 3,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 2:55 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jesse Cherry (High Point) – 8:22.24
2010 Leader: Evans Kigen (Liberty) – 8:20.56
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Josh McDougal - 2008)
Liberty Entrants: Evans Kigen (No. 1 seed) & Sam Chelanga
Outlook: This event could be one of the most intriguing and competitive of the meet. Liberty has won the men's 3K title nine times in 12 years, but High Point runners swept the top three spots in 2009, led by champion Jesse Cherry. The Flames have entered their top two distance runners in the 3K this year, cross country All-Americans Sam Chelanga and Evans Kigen. If Cherry returns to defend his title, a fast, entertaining race could be in order.

Men's 5,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule:
Final – Sunday at 5:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jesse Cherry (High Point) – 14:45.38
2010 Leader: Sam Chelanga (Liberty) – 13:44.16 (Ranked No. 2 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Jordan McDougal - 2008)
Liberty Entrants: Josh Edmonds (No. 4 seed), Ryan Cox (No. 8), Mark Hopely & Jake Reed
Outlook: With Sam Chelanga and Evans Kigen sitting out of the 5K, High Point's Jesse Cherry is favored to repeat as champion. He ranks No. 18 in the nation with a 14:02.86. Liberty should still have a strong presence in the field, led by senior Josh Edmonds, who clocked a personal-best 14:26.28 in his most recent outing at the Tyson Invitational.

Men's 60-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule:
Prelims – Saturday at 2:05 p.m.; Final – Sunday at 2:40 p.m.
Defending Champion: Matt Parker (Liberty) – 8.20
2010 Leader: Keary Simms (Winthrop) – 8.22
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Matt Parker - 2009)
Liberty Entrants: Andre Washington (No. 8 seed), Taylor Courtney, Chris Herbst & Russell Allen
Outlook: No. 1 seed Keary Simms of Winthrop and 2009 runner-up Jonathon Rucker of Gardner-Webb are the two pre-meet favorites. Liberty will send a quartet of newcomers to the starting line, led by freshman Andre Washington. He clocked a Flames season-best 8.50 at the Hokie Invitational on Jan. 22.

Men's 4 x 400 Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Sunday at 5:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Liberty – 3:17.64
2010 Leader: Charleston Southern – 3:14.66
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (2009)
Outlook: The final event of the meet appears to be Charleston Southern's to lose. The Buccaneers own the conference's fastest time by more than two seconds. Liberty ranks No. 3 on the Big South performance list, with a season-best time of 3:19.70. Jacey Bailey, Chris Herbst, Taylor Courtney and Andre Washington posted that IC4A-qualifying clocking Jan. 23 at the Hokie Invitational.

Men's Distance Medley Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 5:40 p.m.
Defending Champion: VMI – 9:57.99
2010 Leader: Gardner-Webb – 10:29.47
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (2008)
Outlook: This event is very difficult to handicap, because it will depend on who each team enters in the relay. Last year, Sam Chelanga ran the 1,600-meter anchor leg for the Flames in 4:05 but could not quite chase down VMI, which set a meet record at 9:57.99.

Men's Long Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jake Didion (Gardner-Webb) – 23-7.25 (7.19m)
2010 Leader: Lavon Allen (Charleston Southern) – 23-7.25 (7.19m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Matt Parker - 2008)
Liberty Entrants: Kevin Reddington (No. 2 seed), Aaron Johnson (No. 4), Clarence Powell (Tie for No. 5) & Oronde Vassell (Tie for No. 5).
Outlook: Last year, Liberty scored 12 points in the long jump, and the Flames hope for even more in 2010. Liberty has four of the top six names on the Big South performance list, led by freshman Kevin Reddington at 23-6.75. He is just one-half inch behind conference-leading Lavon Allen of Charleston Southern. VMI's Terrance Green is the top returnee from 2009, as he took second place a season ago.

Men's Triple Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Sunday at 4 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jake Didion (Gardner-Webb) – 49-10 (15.19m)
2010 Leader: Clarence Powell (Liberty) – 50-6 (15.39m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Clarence Powell - 2008)
Liberty Entrants: Clarence Powell (No. 1 seed), Kevin Reddington (No. 5), Chris Johnson (No. 7) & Cameron French
Outlook: Junior Clarence Powell aims to return to the top of the awards podium in the triple jump, after claiming the Big South title as a freshman in 2008. His season-best leap of 50-6, just shy of the NCAA provisional qualifying standard, has the Sunshine State native in first place on the conference performance list by almost two feet. The Flames took four of the top eight spots in the triple jump in 2009, including a third-place effort by Powell and an eighth-place showing by Chris Johnson.

Men's High Jump
Event Schedule:
Final – Saturday at 2:55 p.m.
Defending Champion: Matt Parker (Liberty) – 6-9.5 (2.07m) (Second in a row)
2010 Leader: Clarence Powell (Liberty) – 7-0.25 (2.14m) (Tied for No. 29 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Matt Parker - 2009)
Liberty Entrants: Clarence Powell (No. 1 seed) & Tashan Duff
Outlook: Clarence Powell was part of a Liberty 1-2-3 sweep in the men's high jump a year ago and returns as a solid favorite in 2010. He became the seventh Flame ever to clear the 7-foot plateau earlier this season and is the only Big South jumper who has gone 6-9 or higher this year. Powell has leaped 6-10.25 or better in four of his five competitions this season.

Men's Pole Vault
Event Schedule:
Final – Saturday at 3:35 p.m.
Defending Champion: Kolby Shepherd (Liberty) – 15-5.75 (4.72m) (Second in a row)
2010 Leader: Kolby Shepherd (Liberty) – 16-8.75 (5.10m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Kolby Shepherd - 2009)
Liberty Entrants: Kolby Shepherd (No. 1 seed), Cody Fridgen (No. 2), Justin Savini (Tie for No. 3) & Geren Woodbridge (No. 5)
Outlook: Liberty junior Kolby Shepherd, coming off of a career-best 16-8.75 clearance at the Liberty Quad, is heavily favored in his attempt to become the first three-time men's pole vault champion in meet history. He headlines a strong Flames quartet in arguably the team's deepest event. Sophomore Cody Fridgen, who also plays football at Liberty, has enjoyed a breakthrough season, qualifying for the IC4A meet with a 15-9 clearance. High Point junior T.J. Brancaccio, with a 15-3 season best, will try to spoil the Flames' high hopes in this event.

Men's Shot Put
Event Schedule: Final – Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Andrew Bartels (Liberty) – 52-10.25 (16.11m)
2010 Leader: Ryan Smith (Liberty) – 55-9.75 (17.01m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 3 (Andrew Bartels - 2009)
Liberty Entrants: Ryan Smith (No. 1 seed) & Elliott Galeone (Tie for No. 8)
Outlook: Three different Liberty throwers (Jon Hart, Clendon Henderson and Andrew Bartels) have won the shot put title in the last three years. Redshirt freshman Ryan Smith, who paces the conference performance list by more than four feet, hopes to extend the Flames' championship streak to four.

Men's Weight Throw
Event Schedule:
Final – Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Chad Lawson (VMI) – 57-8.5 (17.59m)
2010 Leader: Timothy Morse (Radford) – 65-6.25 (19.97m) (Ranked No. 23 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Jon Hart - 2008)
Liberty Entrants: Ryan Smith (No. 6 seed) & Elliott Galeone
Outlook: The men's weight throw is one of Radford's strongest events, and the duo of Timothy Morse and Matt Dobson tops the Big South performance list by a wide margin. Defending conference champion Chad Lawson of VMI also returns for another try at the title. Ryan Smith, with a season-best mark of 55-0, is Liberty's best chance at garnering some points in the event.

Men's Heptathlon
Event Schedule:
Day One – Begins Saturday at 10:30 a.m.; Day Two – Begins Sunday at 1 p.m.
Defending Champion: Geren Woodbridge (Liberty) – 4,773
2010 Leader: Geren Woodbridge (Liberty) – 5,089
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Geren Woodbridge - 2009)
Liberty Entrants: Geren Woodbridge (No. 1 seed), Drew Edwards (No. 3) & Spencer McCorkel
Outlook: Liberty has won the men's heptathlon all four years it has been contested at the Big South indoor meet, and Geren Woodbridge returns to defend his 2009 title. Sophomore Drew Edwards also looks to improve upon his fourth-place finish as a freshman.

Women's Meet Preview
Liberty has won seven Big South women's indoor track & field championships, but the Lady Flames' last conference title came in 2005. Coastal Carolina has won all four championships contested at Clemson.

The Lady Flames bring a veteran squad to the 2010 championship, led by seniors Chenoa Freeman, Rebekah Ricksecker and Jaime Watson. Watson, the two-time defending Big South indoor 800-meter champion, is one of two returning Big South title winners from 2009 for the Lady Flames. Sophomore Christina Mitchell claimed the high jump crown a year ago.

Last time Liberty won the Big South indoor crown, the Lady Flames edged Coastal Carolina by just 3.5 points, 176.5-173. This year's meet could see another competitive battle between the Lady Flames and Chanticleers.

Women's 60-Meter Dash
Event Schedule:
Prelims – Saturday at 3:25 p.m.; Final – Sunday at 3:10 p.m.
Defending Champion: Darriale Henley (Coastal Carolina) – 7.50
2010 Leader: Ikeiylah Brown (Coastal Carolina) – 7.50
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 0 (None)
Liberty Entrants: Alyssa Pegues (No. 5 seed), Olivia Charnuski (No. 6), Sherri Spruel & Rebekah Gibbs
Outlook: Two former Big South champions, Ikeiylah Brown (2008) and Darriale Henley (2009), will line up for Coastal Carolina in the 60-meter dash. Charleston Southern's duo of Gabrielle Houston and Jessica Thomas should also contend. Liberty's best chances lie with sophomore Alyssa Pegues, who took seventh place in this event as a freshman.

Women's 200-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Saturday at 4:50 p.m.; Final – Sunday at 4:20 p.m.
Defending Champion: Ikeiylah Brown (Coastal Carolina) – 24.28
2010 Leader: Gabrielle Houston (Charleston Southern) – 24.30
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Panthera Seymour - 2001)
Liberty Entrants: Chenoa Freeman (No. 5 seed), Olivia Charnuski (Tie for No. 6), Alyssa Pegues (No. 9) & Sherri Spruel
Outlook: Defending 200-meter champion Ikeiylah Brown will attempt to become the sixth consecutive Chanticleer to win this event at the Big South indoor meet. As in the 60, Charleston Southern's Gabrielle Houston and Jessica Thomas figure to contend for the victory. Coastal Carolina boasts four of the Big South's top performers in the 200, but Lady Flames Chenoa Freeman, Olivia Charnuski and Alyssa Pegues aim to limit the Chanticleers' damage in the meet's third-to-last running event on Sunday.

Women's 400-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Saturday at 3:50 p.m.; Final – Sunday at 2:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Amber White (Coastal Carolina) – 55.57
2010 Leader: Chenoa Freeman (Liberty) – 55.64
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Kodi Pollard - 2001)
Liberty Entrants: Chenoa Freeman (No. 1 seed), Jaime Watson (No. 3) & Rebekah Gibbs
Outlook: The 400-meter dash should be one of the meet's most competitive races. In addition to Chenoa Freeman, who owns Liberty's school record at 55.64 seconds, the final could feature a pair of athletes trying to make Big South history and help their respective teams win the overall conference title. Lady Flames redshirt senior Jaime Watson has a chance to become the first runner ever to win both the 400 and 800 at the Big South indoor meet. Meanwhile, Coastal Carolina's Ikeiylah Brown will likely contend to become the first runner to sweep the 60, 200 and 400-meter championships.

Women's 800-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Prelims – Saturday at 4:20 p.m.; Final – Sunday at 3:40 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jaime Watson (Liberty) – 2:13.52 (Second in a row)
2010 Leader: Jaime Watson (Liberty) – 2:06.15 (Ranked No. 15 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Jaime Watson - 2009)
Liberty Entrants: Jaime Watson (No. 1 seed), Rebekah Ricksecker (No. 3), Meghan Burggraf (No. 5) & Rod'Esther Castor (No. 8)
Outlook: Liberty's Jaime Watson is the prohibitive favorite in the 800-meter run, as her conference-record 2:06.15 puts her more than 10 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor, High Point's Joya Canfield. Watson is attempting to become only the second runner in conference history to win three-straight 800-meter titles, joining her own assistant coach, Heather (Sagan) Zealand (2000-02). Liberty hopes to rack up a lot of points in the four-lap race, as all four of the Lady Flames' entrants rank among the Big South's top eight. Rebekah Ricksecker, the conference's No. 3 seed in the 800, will be attempting a difficult 800/mile/3,000 triple this weekend.

Women's Mile
Event Schedule: Final – Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Katie Albright (Liberty) – 5:07.23
2010 Leader: Rebekah Ricksecker (Liberty) – 4:51.39
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Katie Albright – 2009)
Liberty Entrants: Rebekah Ricksecker (No. 1 seed), Jennifer Klugh (No. 2), Hailey Neal (No. 7) & Betel Yosef
Outlook: Redshirt senior Rebekah Ricksecker has accomplished many things during her career at Liberty, but she is still seeking her first Big South championship in her indoor specialty, the mile. She and sophomore teammate Jennifer Klugh are two of only five Lady Flames who have ever cracked the 5:00 barrier in the indoor mile and the only two Big South performers to do so in 2010. They hope to get Liberty off to a strong start in Sunday's opening running event.

Women's 3,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule:
Final – Saturday at 2:20 p.m.
Defending Champion: Ashley Osborne (Liberty) – 10:03.54
2010 Leader: Rebekah Ricksecker (Liberty) – 9:57.01
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Ashley Osborne - 2009)
Liberty Entrants: Rebekah Ricksecker (No. 1 seed), Jennifer Klugh (No. 5), Dacia Bushman & Taylor Bowles
Outlook: The women's 3K could feature an entertaining battle at the front of the pack. Liberty's Rebekah Ricksecker (9:57.01) and Radford's Lori Crotts (9:58.62) have both broken 10 minutes this year, while VMI's Hannah Granger won the Big South women's cross country title in the fall and was the Big South 3K runner-up in 2009.

Women's 5,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Sunday at 4:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Ashley Osborne (Liberty) – 17:36.95
2010 Leader: Lori Crotts (Radford) – 17:40.07
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Ashley Osborne - 2009)
Liberty Entrants: Dacia Bushman (No. 2 seed), Khristina Kanagy (No. 5), Alicia Guridy (No. 7) & Amy Passauer
Outlook: If Liberty needs to make up some ground on Coastal Carolina late in the meet, the 5K could provide such an opportunity. The Lady Flames have three runners ranked among the Big South's top seven, led by No. 2 seed Dacia Bushman. Bushman could be part of another intriguing three-way battle for the title, along with Radford's Lori Crotts and VMI's Hannah Granger.

Women's 60-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule:
Prelims – Saturday at 1:55 p.m.; Final – Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: LeAuna Sistrunk (Coastal Carolina) – 8.49 (Second in a row)
2010 Leader: Olivia Charnuski (Liberty) – 8.70
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Arlene Zelinskas - 2007)
Liberty Entrants: Olivia Charnuski (No. 1 seed), Rachel Houseknecht (No. 5) & Krystle Matthews (No. 7)
Outlook: A pair of sophomores—Liberty's Olivia Charnuski and High Point's Manika Gamble—headline the 60-meter hurdles field. Charnuski has improved her personal best at each of her last four meets, including a conference-leading 8.70 at the Tyson Invitational. Meanwhile, Gamble was the Big South runner-up in this event last season, helping her claim Big South Women's Freshman of the Year honors.

Women's 4 x 400 Relay
Event Schedule:
Final – Sunday at 5:35 p.m.
Defending Champion: Charleston Southern – 3:51.82
2010 Leader: Liberty – 3:47.79
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (2008)
Outlook: If the team conference title comes down to the 4 x 400 relay, as it did in 2005, this could be a race to remember. Liberty (3:47.79) and Coastal Carolina (3:49.87) have produced the Big South's two fastest times this year. Flames head coach Brant Tolsma has the luxury of putting talented, experienced seniors (Chenoa Freeman and Jaime Watson) on the final two legs, if necessary.

Women's Distance Medley Relay
Event Schedule:
Final – Saturday at 5:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: High Point – 12:22.69
2010 Leader: Coastal Carolina – 12:32.37
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (2006)
Outlook: As with its men's counterpart, the outcome of this relay will be dictated by the coaches' strategies and lineups. With Liberty's Chenoa Freeman, Jaime Watson and Rebekah Ricksecker each entered in several other events, they are unlikely to participate in the distance medley relay. A possible Lady Flames quartet could consist of Betel Yosef, Brittany Heath, Hannah Hunt and Hailey Neal.

Women's Long Jump
Event Schedule:
Final – Saturday at 3 p.m.
Defending Champion: Shemelia Brandon (Radford) – 19-7 (5.97m) (Second in a row)
2010 Leader: Darriale Henley (Coastal Carolina) – 18-11.75 (5.78m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 3 (Kena Butts - 2004)
Liberty Entrants: Alyssa Pegues (No. 6 seed), Krystle Matthews (No. 7), Melanie Sims & Mia Aghaji
Outlook: The graduation of two-time defending long jump champion Shemelia Brandon of Radford has made this event a bit more wide-open in 2010. Darriale Henley of Coastal Carolina owns the Big South's best long jump this year, at 18-11.75. Charleston Southern's Sequoya Casey is the top returnee, after finishing second to Brandon a year ago. Alyssa Pegues' 17-10.25 leap at the Hokie Invitational makes her Liberty's top entrant, at the No. 6 seed.

Women's Triple Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Sunday at 2 p.m.
Defending Champion: Shemelia Brandon (Radford) – 40-0 (12.19m) (Second in a row)
2010 Leader: Alyssa Pegues (Liberty) – 39-5.75 (12.03m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Jonisha Saunders - 2003)
Liberty Entrants: Alyssa Pegues (No. 1 seed), Jennifer Healey (No. 8), Aurielle Green & Mia Aghaji
Outlook: Radford's Shemelia Brandon had also won back-to-back Big South triple jump titles, prior to her graduation. In fact, the top five finishers from the 2009 triple jump have departed, leaving sixth-place finisher Alyssa Pegues of the Lady Flames as the event's top returnee. The sophomore uncorked Liberty's top triple jump since 2003, 39-5.75, at the Tyson Invitational, taking over the conference yearly lead. That was the same year the Lady Flames last won the women's triple jump at the Big South indoor meet, with Jonisha Saunders doing the honors.

Women's High Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 4:20 p.m.
Defending Champion: Christina Mitchell (Liberty) – 5-5 (1.65m)
2010 Leader: Six athletes tied at 5-5 (1.65m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Christina Mitchell - 2009)
Liberty Entrants: Christina Mitchell (Tie for No. 1 seed), Marianne Wheeler (Tie for No. 1 seed) & Laura Haugland
Outlook: The women's high jump is one of the most unpredictable events at this year's Big South meet, with six different conference athletes clearing 5-5 this season. Two of them are Lady Flames—Christina Mitchell and Marianne Wheeler—and two are Coastal Carolina Chanticleers—Kandisa Allicock and Kierra Gabe. Liberty has won the women's high jump title seven straight seasons and eight times overall, with freshmen taking first place each of the last two years (Mia Aghaji in 2008 and Christina Mitchell in 2009).

Women's Pole Vault
Event Schedule: Final – Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Kelly Bridges (Gardner-Webb) – 10-11.75 (3.35m)
2010 Leader: Carrie Long (Gardner-Webb) – 11-6.5 (3.52m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Aimee Riley - 2005)
Liberty Entrants: Shelley Parker (Tie for No. 2 seed), Rachel Houseknecht (Tie for No. 6), Erin Hudson (Tie for No. 6) & Tami Tolsma
Outlook: The women's pole vault is another difficult event to project. Four different performers, including two freshmen, have topped out between 11-4.5 and 11-6.5 this season. Liberty rookie Shelley Parker (Brookville HS) and VMI freshman Kate Collins (Nelson County HS) battled throughout their high school careers within the Commonwealth and are continuing their rivalry at the college level. Both vaulters have been successful at 11-5.75 this season.

Women's Shot Put
Event Schedule:
Final – Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Caryn Daane (Gardner-Webb) – 41-8.75 (12.72m)
2010 Leader: Ashlie Alexander (Gardner-Webb) – 42-2.25 (12.86m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 0 (None)
Liberty Entrant: Melinda Bendik (No. 8 seed)
Outlook: A Gardner-Webb senior (Caryn Daane) captured the 2009 Big South women's shot put championship and a Bulldog freshman (Ashlie Alexander) is No. 1 in the conference this season. Coastal Carolina's Brittany Connor is the top returnee, after taking runner-up honors a year ago.

Women's Weight Throw
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 3:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Aimee Veatch (Radford) – 55-3.75 (16.86m)
2010 Leader: Aimee Veatch (Radford) – 63-4.75 (19.32m) (Ranked No. 22 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 0 (None)
Liberty Entrants: Melinda Bendik (No. 3 seed), Shekina Sims & Cassie Laminack
Outlook: Radford sophomore Aimee Veatch dominated the women's weight throw in 2009 and could do so again this season. The Highlander standout is ranked No. 22 nationally, entering the weekend. The Lady Flames only scored one point in the two throwing events at last year's conference meet but hope to improve upon that total in the women's weight throw. Newcomer Melinda Bendik sits No. 3 on the Big South performance list at 51-11.25, while teammates Shekina Sims and Cassie Laminack have shown steady improvement.

Women's Pentathlon
Event Schedule:
Begins Saturday at 10 a.m.
Defending Champion: Marie Williams (Liberty) – 3,369
2010 Leader: Elaine Derricott (Radford) – 3,462
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Marie Williams - 2009)
Liberty Entrants: Krystle Matthews (No. 3 seed), Jennifer Healey (No. 4) & Melanie Sims
Outlook: Liberty has won the women's pentathlon all four years it has ever been contested, including Marie Williams' title in 2009. Krystle Matthews, who claimed the 2008 championship as a freshman, is enjoying her best season. She scored a career-high 3,310 points at the Liberty Kickoff. However, Radford freshman Elaine Derricott enters the meet with the conference's top score of 3,462.