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2010 Big South Indoor Track Blog: Day 2

February 28, 2010  Clemson, S.C.  RSS
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Jaime Watson is attempting to become the only women's runner ever to win both the 400 and 800 at the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Jaime Watson is attempting to become the only women's runner ever to win both the 400 and 800 at the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships.

From the press box at the Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex, LibertyFlames.com will provide live updates throughout Sunday's action at the 2010 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships. Please see below for other ways to follow all of the action.

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Men's Team Scores (Final)
1) Liberty – 192

2) Charleston Southern - 122 
3) VMI - 85
4) High Point - 80 
5) Radford - 78
6) Winthrop - 54 
7) Gardner-Webb - 36 
8) UNC Asheville – 14

Women's Team Scores (Final)
1) Liberty – 182.5
2) Coastal Carolina – 145
3) Radford – 70
4) Charleston Southern - 59 
5) Winthrop - 53
6T) High Point - 52
6T) VMI - 52 
8) Gardner-Webb – 42.5
9) UNC Asheville – 7

6:42 p.m. - Here are Liberty's individual award winners for the meet.

Women's Outstanding Track Performer - Jaime Watson
Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year - Rebekah Ricksecker
Men's Outstanding Field Performer - Clarence Powell
Men's Freshman of the Year - Kevin Reddington

Also, both Ricksecker and Josh Edmonds were named to the Big South All-Academic Team.

One more congratulations to head coach Brant Tolsma and the Liberty men's and women's indoor track & field teams. 2010 Big South Conference champions!

6:15 p.m. - As we await the start of the awards ceremony, let us take an opportunity to wish Liberty assistant coach Heather Zealand a happy birthday. Her athletes certainly gave her a nice gift, by sweeping the Big South indoor team titles for the first time since 2005.

The Liberty men's squad has now won this meet all 13 times it has been contested. Meanwhile, the Lady Flames are eight-time Big South indoor titlists.

6:08 p.m. - The Flames placed third in the men's 4 x 400 relay, with an official time of 3:21.01, pushing their final team score to 192.

Liberty wins its unprecedented 13th consecutive Big South men's indoor track & field team title by 70 points, 192-122 over Charleston Southern!

The Liberty men's and women's track & field and cross country programs are now four for four in Big South titles this academic year. Stay tuned for award winners shortly.

6:06 p.m. - The Liberty men have clinched the title as well, thanks to a 1-4-6 finish in the triple jump. Clarence Powell won his second event of the meet with a 49-2.5 leap, followed by Chris Johnson in fourth at 45-10 and Kevin Reddington in sixth at 45-0.25.

All that's left to add to the final team standings above is the recently completed 4 x 400 relay.

6:04 p.m. - Here's how the evening's final event, the men's 4 x 400 relay second section, played out.

1st leg - Chris Herbst put Liberty into third place in 50.8.

2nd leg - Jacey Bailey, in his third event of the day, keeps the Flames in third. Split is 1:41.

3rd leg - Taylor Courtney holds off VMI's Felix Kitur for third. Split is 2:31.

4th leg - Andre Washington closes on Radford for second but ends up third. CSU may have broken its own meet record.

5:50 p.m. - As you can see above, the Lady Flames have wrapped up their first Big South indoor team title since 2005, 182.5 to 145 over Coastal Carolina.

The Lady Flames ended up fourth in the 4 x 400 relay.

Liberty also got quality points in the women's pole vault, led by Shelley Parker. She was one of four vaulters who got over 11-5.75, tying for third. Rachel Houseknecht cleared 10-11.75 for sixth and Erin Hudson was eighth at 10-6.

Congratulations, Lady Flames!

On the men's side. Liberty will compete in the second section of the 4 x 400 relay and the triple jump is just wrapping up.

5:47 p.m. - Here's how the 4 x 400 unfolded for the Lady Flames.

1st leg - Mia Aghaji leads off, splitting about a 62 for fifth place.

2nd leg - Meghan Burggraf takes the baton, keeping Liberty in fifth. Split is 2:00.

3rd leg - Melanie Sims is next. She closes the gap on fourth a bit more. Split is 3:01.

4th leg - Chenoa Freeman brings things home, running her third event of the day. She chases down High Point for fourth. Coastal Carolina wins in an impressive 3:49.84. Liberty's time is 3:58.22.

5:40 p.m. - The men's 5K results are included in the team scoring above. Edmonds' official time was a very solid 14:27.20, just a second off of his best. Jake Reed finished ninth in 15:32.81. As with the Lady Flames, the men's team has all but clinched the team title with two events left.

5:36 p.m. - The results of the women's 5K are now reflected above, and the Lady Flames have all but clinched the title with a 41-point lead and only two events left.

Dacia Bushman finished in 17:51.50 for second place, almost exactly 10 seconds behind Hannah Granger. Khristina Kanagy was 10th in 18:24.90, Alicia Guridy's 18:52.20 netted 12th place and Amy Passauer's 19:59.46 claimed 19th place.

The first heat of the women's 4 x 400 relay is now underway. Both Liberty and Coastal Carolina will be in the second section.

5:34 p.m. - The first section of the women's 4 x 400 relay is about to take the track. Liberty will compete in the second heat. Both 5Ks and the women's pole vault are completed. I'm just waiting for the official results to update the team scores above.

All we have left to finish are both 4 x 400 relays and the men's triple jump.

5:32 p.m. - High Point's Jesse Cherry leads a pack of three Panthers in the top four. Josh Edmonds of the Flames breaks up the HPU sweep with a runner-up finish in the men's 5K. Official results to follow shortly.

1600 - A pack of three, including High Point's Jesse Cherry and Neal Darmody and Liberty's Josh Edmonds, quickly developed. They pass the mile in approximately 4:35.

2000 - Cherry and Edmonds have broken away from Darmody. The split is 5:42.

2400 - Cherry still leads with Edmonds right behind him. Split is 6:50.

2800 - Cherry has opened a 10-meter gap on Edmonds as they battle lapped traffic. Edmonds' split is almost exactly 8:00.

3200 - Cherry looking back a little bit now. His split is 9:09. Edmonds at 9:12.

3600 - With seven laps to go, Cherry has extended his lead slightly.

4000 - Cherry's 4K split is 11:27. Edmonds at 11:33. Darmody of High Point closing on Edmonds a bit.

4400 - 12:35 for Cherry. 12:44 for Edmonds. 12:50 for Darmody.

5000 - Cherry successfully defends his title in unofficially 14:16, a new meet record. Edmonds finishes in second with Darmody third. Jake Reed closes fast, but I think he ended up ninth.

5:14 p.m. - I may start my commentary of the men's 5K in progress, so I can get caught up with the results of the men's heptathlon and women's 5K.

Here are the heptathlon final scores. Please note that Edwards moved up from eighth to fifth with his stellar 1,000-meter run.

Men's Heptathlon Scores (Final)
1) Geren Woodbridge, Liberty – 5,016

2) Dominique Riggins, Charleston Southern – 4,883
3) Evan Brusich, Gardner-Webb - 4,780
4) Michael Munson, VMI – 4,512
5) Drew Edwards, Liberty - 4,383 
6) Kevin Richards, Radford - 4,258 
7) Benjamin Bowles, Charleston Southern - 4,201 
8) Antonio Wood, VMI - 4,182 
9) Richard Garcia, VMI – 3,849
10) Theo Facinoli, Winthrop – 3,830
11) Spencer McCorkel, Liberty – 3,639 

5:12 p.m. - Drew Edwards takes command of the heptathlon 1,000 from the gun and wins the event by a large margin in 2:35. Geren Woodbridge ends up eighth, but has done more than enough to win his second straight heptathlon champion.

In the women's pole vault, I just saw Liberty freshman Shelley Parker clear 11-6, after seeing teammate Rachel Houseknecht miss the same height.

5:10 p.m. - I just saw a 48-11 triple jump by Clarence Powell. I'm not sure where that ranks him, but at the very least, it will earn him three more jumps in the final.

5:05 p.m. - The above scores are updated through the women's shot put. Melinda Bendik placed sixth for the Lady Flames, at 37-6.5.

We also have an account of the women's 5K below. Just like Big South XC in November, it was Hannah Granger of VMI first, followed by Liberty's Dacia Bushman in second. Scores for that event will be factored in shortly. Next event on the track is the heptathlon 1,000.

400 - Gardner-Webb's Laura Scott is the early leader, followed by VMI's Jenna Moye in 1:24. Dacia Bushman is Liberty's top runner, in about eighth place. Other Lady Flame entrants include Alicia Guridy, Amy Passauer and Khristina Kanagy.

800 - The top two haven't changed. Carey Phillips of Winthrop has taken over third place. Bushman 6th in 2:51.

1200 - Lori Crotts of Radford takes the lead, with Phillips second. Still a tightly bunched pack in 4:18.

1600 - Crotts and Phillips still up front in 5:43. Bushman in 5th, Kanagy 11th.

2000 - A pack of six has broken away and is lapping runners. Crotts leads in 7:06. Bushman is the only Lady Flame in that pack.

2400 - Hannah Granger of VMI surged to second place at the 2,000-meter mark. Crotts still leads at 2,400 though. Bushman is sixth, still hanging onto the lead pack.

2800 - This pack of six includes Bushman, Granger, Crotts, Phillips, Scott and High Point's Emily Webb. With 11 laps to go, Granger takes the lead. Bushman still sixth but has dropped back a bit.

3200 - Granger has stepped on the accelerator and opened a large lead. Her split is 11:22. Bushman sixth in 11:30. Kanagy ninth in 11:38.

3600 - It's all Granger with seven laps left. Her split is 12:46. Bushman now 5th in 12:58. Kanagy still 9th in 13:08.

4000 - Granger's split is 14:10. Bushman passes Crotts for fourth in 14:25. Kanagy still 9th in 14:39.

4400 - Granger has lapped all but the top 10 runners and is in the lead in 15:36. Webb second, Phillips third, Bushman fourth.

5000 - Bushman flies by Webb and Phillips with 300 meters to go for second, but can't track down Granger. As in the Big South cross country meet this fall, Granger will win with Bushman second. Looks like 10th place for Kanagy.

4:43 p.m. - Geren Woodbridge bolsters his overall lead in the heptathlon with the best pole vault, 14-1.25. Drew Edwards and Spencer McCorkel both get over 12-1.5 and both move up a spot. Here are the standings with only the 1,000 remaining. Woodbridge looks to be in good shape to successfully defend his conference title.

Men's Heptathlon Scores (Through Six Events)
1) Geren Woodbridge, Liberty – 4,347

2) Dominique Riggins, Charleston Southern – 4,106
3) Evan Brusich, Gardner-Webb - 3,993
4) Michael Munson, VMI – 3,856
5) Kevin Richards, Radford - 3,507 
6) Antonio Wood, VMI - 3,499 
7) Benjamin Bowles, Charleston Southern - 3,474 
8) Drew Edwards, Liberty – 3,461
9) Richard Garcia, VMI – 3,207
10) Theo Facinoli, Winthrop – 3,080
11) Spencer McCorkel, Liberty – 3,067
12) Dennis James, VMI - 2,995 

4:38 p.m. - The heptathlon 1,000 will run after the women's 5K, which is the next event on the track at 4:45.

In field events, we just saw Liberty's Rachel Houseknecht clear 10-6, while Tami Tolsma made a nice attempt but couldn't quite get over.

4:35 p.m. - The top two Buccaneers, Cornelius Tyler (21.27) and Javon Young (21.29) both broke the meet record in the men's 200. For Tyler, it's his third straight victory in this event.

Bailey ends up sixth for three points. Team scores are updated above. Just four men's events left (heptathlon, triple jump, 5K and 4 x 400 relay).

4:30 p.m. - Jacey Bailey ran 22.38 for third place in his heat, and we'll see what happens in this all-Charleston Southern second section of the 200.

They have packed things up at the heptathlon pole vault, so we'll be about 30 minutes from the last of seven heptathlon disciplines, the 1,000-meter run. I'll give updated standings when they become available.

4:28 p.m. - Charnuski, Freeman and Pegues finished 6-7-8, in that order, scoring six points for the Lady Flames in the 200. Meanwhile, the Chanticleers tallied 15 points, chipping into Liberty's lead, which now stands at 157-116 with four events left (shot put, pole vault, 5K and 4 x 400 relay).

4:27 p.m. - As we await official results from the women's 200, let's set the stage for the men's 200. Jacey Bailey will run in the first heat, and then four CSU Buccaneers will occupy every lane in the second heat.

4:25 p.m. - Another impressive performance by Coastal Carolina's Ikeiylah Brown, who earlier won the 60-meter dash. She wins the 200 in 24.23. Chenoa Freeman places fourth in the heat in 25.68. We'll see how things look when the two heats' times are combined.

4:22 p.m. - In the first heat of the women's 200, it looks like Olivia Charnuski was third in 25.41 seconds while Alyssa Pegues took fourth in 26.28.

4:18 p.m. - As you can see above, the Lady Flames now lead by 50 points with five events left after a 2-3 finish by Alyssa Pegues and Mia Aghaji in the triple jump. Pegues went 38-8.25, while fellow sophomore Aghaji saved her best attempt for last, moving up to third place at 38-6.

Pegues, now on the awards stand, will have to head straight to the starting line for the start of the 200-meter dash, shirking her bright yellow t-shirt on the way across the infield.

Nice clearance by Geren Woodbridge in the heptathlon pole vault.

4:12 p.m. - Tami Tolsma just made her dad, head coach Brant Tolsma, proud with an easy pole vault clearance.

Meanwhile, the men's triple jumpers are receiving their final instructions from the official. This is always one of the most energetic events, featuring the ever-popular rhythmic clapping.

4:08 p.m. - The women's triple jump just wrapped up. We'll see how that event shook out shortly. Recall that Alyssa Pegues stood in second place entering the final three jumps.

Speaking of Pegues, she is one of three Lady Flames preparing for the 200-meter dash final, along with Olivia Charnuski and Chenoa Freeman. Pegues and Charnuski will run in the first heat and Freeman will compete in the second.

4:01 p.m. - Thanks to Wendland's impressive 800, Liberty has nearly doubled up second-place CSU in the men's team standings with five events remaining, 143-72. The next men's running event is arguably the Buccaneers' strongest, though, the 200-meter dash. That race will go off at 4:30 p.m., following the women's 200 at 4:20.

3:59 p.m. - Isaac Wendland's fast finish nabs a surprising second place in the 800, just ahead of favorite Felix Kitur of VMI. Wendland's personal-best 1:53.59 makes him the No. 5 performer in program history and is the fastest time by a Liberty peformer since 2007. Here's how it happened:

Isaac Wendland starts out strong and is second to High Point's Josh Morgan at the 200-meter mark. Morgan pushed Sam Chelanga in the mile final earlier today.

Felix Kitur takes the lead on the second lap and Morgan goes with him. Wendland in fourth, 10 meters behind Kitur at the halfway mark.

Wendland moves into third at the bell.

Wendland makes a huge move on the backstretch and it's three abreast down the final straightwaway with Wendland, Kitur and Morgan.

Morgan takes the win in 1:53.38 with Wendland edging huge favorite Kitur for second, 1:53.59 to 1:53.76!

3:47 p.m. - The women's team scores are updated above, with six events remaining.

Next up on the track is the men's 800-meter run, including Liberty sophomore Isaac Wendland. The Iowa native has battled numerous injuries during his time with the Flames, but he ran an impressive 1:54.55 yesterday in the heats for an indoor personal best.

3:45 p.m. - Jaime Watson makes more history, becoming the first runner ever to win both the 400 and 800 at this meet. She also joins her assistant coach Heather (Sagan) Zealand as the only three-time women's 800-meter champions in meet history. Here's how I called the action.

All three Lady Flames stayed back in the pack for the first 200 meters, as the pace was set by High Point's Joya Canfield. Much of the same on the second lap.

Watson surges to the lead at the 500-meter mark with Ricksecker and Burggraf in fourth and fifth at the bell.

Watson pulls away for her third straight 800-meter title in 2:12.03. Burggraf hangs on for fourth (personal-best 2:17.33) and Ricksecker finishes her busy weekend with a fifth-place finish in 2:18.84. Liberty scores 19 team points to Coastal Carolina's zero.

Meanwhile, Spencer McCorkel elicits some loud cheers with a clearance in the heptathlon pole vault.

3:35 p.m. - The track is still free of action for a few more minutes, but the field events are rolling at full tilt.

The Liberty athletes are very easy to pick out on the infield, as Mark Bryant just noted on the Big South Network, because they are all wearing neon yellow Liberty Flames t-shirts when not competing.

Four of the bright-shirted Lady Flames, pole vaulters Tami Tolsma, Shelley Parker, Rachel Houseknecht and Erin Hudson, just prayed together before starting their event.

Meanwhile, the heptathlon pole vault continues on, and Geren Woodbridge is warming up for his initial attempts.

The women's shot put has begun while the women's triple jumpers are still warming up for finals.

Finally, the men's triple jumpers are reporting for their event, slated for a 4 p.m. start.

3:32 p.m. - The Liberty baseball team leads UNC Wilmington, 6-1, in the bottom of the sixth inning, as the Flames attempt to improve to 6-0 on the young season.

3:24 p.m. - We have a bit of a lull on the track to catch our collective breath before the women's 800 begins at 3:40. That event presents an opportunity for the Lady Flames to bolster their advantage over Coastal Carolina, as three Liberty athletes (Meghan Burggraf, Rebekah Ricksecker and Jaime Watson) made the final and no Chanticleers qualified.

Ricksecker has already won the mile and 3K events, while Watson won the 400 in record-breaking fashion.

They just announced the nine finalists for the women's triple jump, including Alyssa Pegues currently in second place and Mia Aghaji in the ninth position. Pegues will get a moment to recover after the 60 final before warming up for her final three attempts. She will also run the 200 at 4:20 but should be done triple jumping by then.

3:19 p.m. - Jacey Bailey got an incredible start in the 60 and went on to run his fastest time of the season, 6.91, taking an impressive second place. Charleston Southern sophomore Javon Young ran away with the title in 6.73, narrowly missing the meet record.

In one of the Buccaneers' best events, they were only able to outscore Liberty, 20-8. So, the Flames retain a sizable advantage, as reflected above. Only six events remain on the men's side and Liberty is in front by 63 tallies.

We have two women's field events getting warmed up for a 3:30 p.m. start, the pole vault and shot put.

3:12 p.m. - The 60-meter dash was a good event for the Coastal Carolina women's squad, led by Ikeiylah Brown's dominating victory in 7.48 seconds. Her teammate Darriale Henley follows her in second, and the Chanticleers total 21 team points.

Alyssa Pegues runs 7.76 for fifth place and Olivia Charnuski's 7.88 nets seventh. Liberty gets six points from the event.

Team scores are updated above.

Next up is the men's 60-meter dash final, again dominated by CSU. Liberty is represented by junior Jacey Bailey in lane 6.

3:09 p.m. - Men's team scores are updated, and Charleston Southern's 26 points in the 400 doubles the Buccaneers' score and puts the Buccaneers into a tie for second place with Radford at 52.

3:06 p.m. - Courtney will finish sixth overall, for three team points. It looks like a 1-2-3 sweep for Charleston Southern. Team scores will be updated shortly. Next up on the track is the women's 60 final, including Liberty sophomores Olivia Charnuski (previously the 60 hurdles runner-up) and Alyssa Pegues.

3:02 p.m. - Courtney makes a furious close over the final 100 meters, getting up for second place in his heat and then tumbling to the track. His time is 49.67. We'll see how that holds up.

3 p.m. - In my excitement over the women's 400 results, I realized I mistyped Taylor Courtney as "Tyler" Courtney. My apologies to him, who is lined up in lane 6 of the opening heat.

2:58 p.m. - Liberty outscored Coastal Carolina, 18-10, in the women's 400, extending its overall lead to 35 points with eight events left.

Alyssa Pegues of the Lady Flames is checking her watch, as she's currently competing in the triple jump, with the women's 60-meter dash quickly approaching at 3:10.

2:55 p.m. - Jaime Watson just thrilled the crowd with a dominating performance from start to finish, winning in 54.59 seconds. She breaks her own Liberty and meet records, while also shaving one-hundredth of a second off the all-time Big South record. To top it off, it's a NCAA provisional qualifier!

Not to be overlooked, teammate Chenoa Freeman fought off Coastal Carolina's Santresa Jamison, taking second in 56.43 seconds. I'll update team scores soon, as we prepare for the men's 400 final, featuring Liberty freshman Tyler Courtney.

2:51 p.m. - Both of Liberty's finalists (Jaime Watson and Chenoa Freeman) are in the second heat of the women's 400, so I'll give you some quick men's shot put results.

Ryan Smith becomes the fourth different Liberty athlete to win the Big South men's shot put in the last four years, with his final attempt of 53-4.5. Elliott Galeone adds a point for eighth place at 45-10.

Next up, the much-anticipated women's 400 second heat!

2:45 p.m. - Liberty's lead in the men's team standings is now 65 points, but watch for Charleston Southern to start climbing up the list, beginning with the 400-meter dash. The Buccaneers are very formidable in the sprints, as evidenced by their world-leading 4 x 200 relay time earlier this season.

2:42 p.m. - Winthrop's Keary Simms takes the men's 60 hurdles title in a fine time of 8.14. Chris Herbst is fourth in 8.42, Russell Allen fifth in a personal-best 8.44 and Andre Washington sixth in 8.53. That's 12 more points for the Flames. Scores will be updated shortly, as we prepare for the womens' 400-meter dash at 2:50.

2:40 p.m. - I'm seated near Mark Bryant of the Big South Conference and Coastal Carolina men's track & field coach Jeff Jacobs, who are doing the commentary for the Big South Network video streaming and doing a very nice job from what I can overhear.

2:35 p.m. - The Lady Flames' lead over Coastal Carolina is 27 points, with nine events remaining. Scores are updated above.

It looks like the men's shot put is complete, and I'll give you results as soon as they become available.

Liberty has three of the eight finalists in the men's 60 hurdles, including redshirt junior Chris Herbst and freshmen Russell Allen and Andre Washington.

2:32 p.m. - We have a surprise winner in the hurdles, Coastal Carolina's Melissa Arango in 8.72. She edges Olivia Charnuski at the line, as the Lady Flames' sophomore places second in 8.73. Houseknecht takes sixth in 9.08, ahead of Coastal Carolina's Sierrah Oates in seventh.

High Point's Gamble places fifth in 8.89.

For that event, Coastal Carolina outscores Liberty, 12-11. I'll have updated scoring shortly, as we get ready for the men's 60 hurdles final.

2:25 p.m. - We're set for an outstanding sophomore battle in the women's 60-meter hurdles between Liberty's Olivia Charnuski and High Point's Manika Gamble. Rachel Houseknecht, who has enjoyed her best year of hurdling, also made the final for the Lady Flames. The event will go off at 2:30.

The men's shot put finals are underway, and it appears that both Elliott Galeone and Ryan Smith have qualified.

2:07 p.m. - I have updated the men's team scores above. High Point moved into second place after finishing 2-3-6 in the mile.

Sam Chelanga is now finished racing after a busy and successful two days. He won the mile and 3K while anchoring Liberty's distance medley relay quartet to victory, accounting for 22.5 team points by himself.

We now have a bit of a lull on the track until the women's 60-meter hurdles begins at 2:30. Right now, we have action in three locations, as the men's shot put, women's triple jump and men's heptathlon pole vault are all underway.

2:02 p.m. - I must make a quick correction. Two of the runners from the first heat ran faster than David Ricksecker, so he actually finished ninth, one place away from scoring points. I'll give a complete scoring update for the men's team battle in just a moment.

2 p.m. - Sam Chelanga repeats as Big South men's mile champion, holding off a strong challenge by High Point's Josh Morgan and Jevin Monds to win in 4:13.75. It's the sixth straight year Liberty has won this event. Shortly after his sister won the women's mile, David Ricksecker places seventh in the men's race in 4:22.83.

First 400 - High Point's Josh Morgan jumps out to the lead. Sam Chelanga is tucked in fourth place in 1:06.7.

Second 400 - Ricksecker surges up toward the front of the pack and takes the lead at the 600 mark. It's Ricksecker first and Chelanga third at 800 in 2:11. Morgan of High Point sandwiched between them in second.

Third 400 - Chelanga takes off about 900 meters in as Ricksecker drops back a bit. Morgan and Jevin Monds of High Point on Chelanga's tail at 1200 in 3:14.

Final 400 - Chelanga tries to surge, but the pair of Panthers hangs on for a lap. He holds off a gallant effort by both Morgan and Monds to win in about 4:13. Ricksecker fights off VMI's Dean Gonsalves on the final straight to take seventh place. That will add 12 points to the Flames' team total.

1:54 p.m. - Dakota Peachee of High Point wins the first section of the men's mile in 4:21.17. Kyle Davidson is fourth in 4:37.28.

Like I did with the second section of the women's mile, I'll type my observations during the men's mile second heat and post them right after the race is completed.

1:48 p.m. - I've updated the women's team standings above, and the Lady Flames' lead over Coastal Carolina is now 28 points, after Liberty outscored the Chanticleers, 24-3, in the mile.

Official times in the mile were 5:05.79 for Ricksecker, 5:07.02 for Klugh and 5:08.30 for Neal. It's the second victory of this meet for Ricksecker, who will come back to run the 800 later this afternoon. Meanwhile, it's the second runner-up finish for Klugh.

The men's mile is underway, and I'll give some updates on Kyle Davidson shortly. Also warming up for their 2 p.m. start are the women's triple jumpers, including Lady Flames Aurielle Green, Mia Aghaji, Jen Healey and Alyssa Pegues.

1:45 p.m. - Like the women's event, the men's mile will be divided into two sections. Liberty's Kyle Davidson is one of four runners in the opening heat, set to begin at 1:50. David Ricksecker (whose sister just won the women's mile), Will Reeves and Sam Chelanga will line up in section two.

1:42 p.m. - Huge event for the Lady Flames, as Rebekah Ricksecker, Jennifer Klugh and Hailey Neal go 1-2-3! 24 team points for Liberty, which will bolster their lead over Coastal Carolina. Here's what I wrote during the race.

First 400 - Rebekah Ricksecker takes the lead from the gun but starts out conservatively, with the whole pack bunched behind her. Her 400 split is 1:21, and she's been overtaken by Winthrop's Lisa Sickmand.

Second 400 - Ricksecker remains second behind Sickman with the other Lady Flames moving up through the pack. Split is 2:38.

Third 400 - Ricksecker takes the lead with three laps to go and takes off, quickly opening a huge lead. Her split is 3:52. Neal and Klugh in second and third in 3:55.

Final 400 - Ricksecker is in full control. She wins, with Klugh and Neal following her across the line. Neal fought off a late surge by VMI freshman Jenna Moye on the final lap.

1:35 p.m. - Kelsey Fraser of High Point wins the first section of the women's mile in 5:20.54. We expect most of the runners in the second heat to come in under that time.

I'll provide a detailed recap of how the second section of the women's mile unfolds, after the race's conclusion.

1:30 p.m. - It is now 1:30, but I won't have any updates for you for a few minutes. It will be very difficult to track the progress of the men's shot put from my vantage point. Also, the women's mile is divided into two sections, with all four Lady Flames (Rebekah Ricksecker, Jennifer Klugh, Hailey Neal and Betel Yosef) entered in the second 12-member section. Coastal Carolina also has Shelby Donahue listed in the second heat, which will begin the anticipated day-long battle between the Lady Flames and Chanticleers.

1:25 p.m. - In other Liberty athletics action today, the 5-0 baseball team is playing at UNC Wilmington in arguably its toughest challenge of the young season. You can keep an eye on the live stats here: Liberty at UNC Wilmington baseball live stats

1:20 p.m. - We are 10 minutes away from the start of two more events, the men's shot put and women's mile, both of which could be good events for Liberty.

Redshirt freshman Ryan Smith enters the men's shot put as the top seed, and has a chance to become Liberty's fourth different thrower to win the Big South indoor men's shot put crown in the last four years.

In the women's mile, Rebekah Ricksecker and Jennifer Klugh will both toe the line, after finishing first and second in the 3K yesterday. They are the only two Big South women's athletes who have broken the 5:00 mark this season.

1:15 p.m. - Here is a look at the updated heptathlon standings, through five of seven events.

Men's Heptathlon Scores (Through Five Events)
1) Geren Woodbridge, Liberty – 3,645

2) Dominique Riggins, Charleston Southern – 3,571
3) Evan Brusich, Gardner-Webb - 3,376
4) Michael Munson, VMI – 3,321
5) Benjamin Bowles, Charleston Southern - 3,210 
6) Antonio Wood, VMI - 3,142 
7) Kevin Richards, Radford – 3,126
8) Dennis James, VMI – 2,995
9) Drew Edwards, Liberty – 2,926
10) Richard Garcia, VMI – 2,776
11) Theo Facinoli, Winthrop – 2,771
12) Spencer McCorkel, Liberty – 2,532

1:05 p.m. - Geren Woodbridge hit a couple hurdles early on, but recovered for a solid time of 8.68. He finished second in his heat, behind Gardner-Webb's Evan Brusich (8.54). Meanwhile, Drew Edwards clocked a season-best 9.36.

In heat two, Spencer McCorkel ran 9.91. Winning the section was Charleston Southern's Dominique Riggins, who will cut into Woodbridge's overall lead a bit after posting an 8.53.

I'll have updated heptathlon standings through five events shortly. Their next event, the pole vault, will begin at approximately 1:35. If Woodbridge can vault like he did yesterday, he could all but clinch his second straight Big South heptathlon crown.

1:01 p.m. - The second try at the national anthem was successful, and we are now ready for five hours of Big South Conference track & field action, here at Clemson!

12:57 p.m. - Due to technical difficulties, we will have to wait on the national anthem. However, we just observed a fitting tribute, a moment of silence for former Clemson track & field coach Bob Pollock, who died this past week.

12:55 p.m. - We will have two heats of the heptathlon 60-meter hurdles. In the first section, Drew Edwards will line up in lane 6 with Geren Woodbridge right beside him in lane 7. Spencer McCorkel drew lane 3 in the second heat. We'll start shortly, after the national anthem.

12:45 p.m. – It's four events down, three to go for Liberty's trio of men's heptathletes—Geren Woodbridge, Drew Edwards and Spencer McCorkel. The Flames have won this event all four years it has been contested at the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, including Woodbridge's title in 2009.

Woodbridge leads once again this year, as his 2,827 points on Saturday leave him 109 points in front of Charleston Southern's Dominique Riggins. Edwards sits ninth with 2,258 points and McCorkel, making his debut in the multi event, is 12th with 1,974 points.

Today's events include the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000-meter run. Things will get started at 1 p.m., but first here's a look at the up-to-date standings.

Men's Heptathlon Scores (Through Four Events)
1) Geren Woodbridge, Liberty – 2,827

2) Dominique Riggins, Charleston Southern – 2,718
3) Antonio Wood, VMI – 2,545
4) Michael Munson, VMI – 2,528
5) Evan Brusich, Gardner-Webb – 2,525
6) Benjamin Bowles, Charleston Southern – 2,495
7) Kevin Richards, Radford – 2,451
8) Dennis James, VMI – 2,425
9) Drew Edwards, Liberty – 2,258
10) Richard Garcia, VMI – 2,187
11) Theo Facinoli, Winthrop – 2,058
12) Spencer McCorkel, Liberty – 1,974

12:35 p.m. - The size of the Liberty track & field roster didn't fully sink in for me until just a few minutes ago, when all of the Flames and Lady Flames jogged a couple warmup laps together, here at the orange track.

Meanwhile, the Liberty heptathlon crew of Geren Woodbridge, Drew Edwards and Spencer McCorkel is working on hurdles, in preparation for today's first event, scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.

12:30 p.m. – Welcome to our first Liberty track & field blog of the 2010 season and our website's first-ever indoor track & field blog. As you can see above, the Flames and Lady Flames both sit atop the team standings, heading into this afternoon's action. Liberty has not swept the Big South men's and women's indoor team titles since 2005.

Before today's events get rolling at 1 p.m. with the men's heptathlon 60-meter hurdles, here's a look at some of yesterday's highlights, by the numbers.

1: Number of Liberty's record-setting performances on Saturday. Redshirt senior Jaime Watson clocked a 55.37 in the women's 400-meter dash prelims, breaking the Liberty and meet records in the process.

5: Number of events Liberty won on Saturday, including the women's 3K (Rebekah Ricksecker), men's 3K (Sam Chelanga), men's distance medley relay (Will Reeves, Chris Herbst, Paul Arslain & Sam Chelanga), men's high jump (Clarence Powell) and men's pole vault (Kolby Shepherd).

6: Number of new IC4A qualifications for the Liberty men's squad, including the distance medley relay quartet, Isaac Wendland in the 800, Sam Chelanga in the 3K, Clarence Powell in the long jump, Geren Woodbridge in the pole vault and Ryan Smith in the weight throw.

10: Number of times Liberty has won the men's 3K in the 13-year history of the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships.

29: Number of points Liberty scored in the men's pole vault, courtesy of a 1-2-3-4 finish by Kolby Shepherd, Geren Woodbridge, Justin Savini and Cody Fridgen.