Isaac Wendland is part of a deep, talented field in the men's 800-meter run, one of the Liberty Twilight Qualifier's marquee events.
Liberty Twilight Qualifier Performance List The home portion of Liberty's 2010 track & field schedule will close with a bang on Thursday, at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier. Numerous high-quality teams and individuals are entered in the one-day meet at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex, which should produce some strong competition and outstanding marks. Competitors from Liberty's Big South Conference champion men's and women's squads will be joined by athletes from Bridgewater, Campbell, Coastal Carolina, East Tennessee State, King, Lynchburg, Radford, Roanoke, St. Augustine's, Virginia, Virginia Tech and VMI, as well as a number of post-collegiate entrants. Virginia Tech's women's team is ranked No. 5 nationally, while the Hokie men sit at No. 17. At the Division II level, the St. Augustine's men's squad is ranked No. 1, and the women's team checks in at No. 12. The women's discus and men's shot put will get things started at 1 p.m. Track events will then commence at 3 p.m., with the preliminaries of the men's 100-meter dash. Below is a description of some of the top events to watch at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier, presented in top-10 style.
#10 – Women's 100-Meter Hurdles (Trials at 3:20 p.m., Finals at 4:15 p.m.) Samaiyah Islam of the Real Deal Track Club has won this event three of the last four years at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier and is back to seek another title. She could be challenged by Virginia Tech's Asia Washington, a 2009 All-American in the 400 hurdles. Two of the Big South Conference's top hurdlers are also entered, including indoor 60 hurdles conference champion Melissa Arango of Coastal Carolina and Liberty sophomore Olivia Charnuski, who placed third in the 100 hurdles at the Big South meet.
#9 – Women's 400-Meter Dash (7:50 p.m.) The women's 400-meter dash field features a trio of past national champions. Top-seeded Cynetheia Rooks captured a trio of NCAA Division I national championships in the 4 x 400 relay during her time at LSU. Angelique Smith of St. Augustine's is the defending NCAA Division II national champion in the event. Finally, King's Amanda Davis captured the NCCAA national indoor title at 400 meters. Liberty will be represented by All-Big South 400-meter runner Chenoa Freeman, competing in the 400 on her home track for the final time, and Big South 800-meter champion Meghan Burggraf.
#8 – Men's Long Jump (Approximately 3:30 p.m.) Spectators in the new Osborne Stadium seating area had a front-row seat for an explosive men's long jump competition at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational, and the event figures to be an exciting one once again on Thursday. Leading the way is newly-minted Big South long jump champion Clarence Powell of Liberty, who jumped a career-best 24-9.75 at Liberty's last home meet. This year's Big South indoor long jump titlist, VMI's Ademola Titcombe, is also entered, as is Atlantic Sun indoor long jump champion Robert Brunson from Campbell.
#7 – Women's 4 x 100 Relay (7:15 p.m.) Liberty won this event at last year's Liberty Twilight Qualifier, but the quartet of Melanie Sims, Freeman, Charnuski and Alyssa Pegues will be challenged to defend its crown on Thursday. Coastal Carolina was the Big South runner-up, and St. Augustine's finished second at the 2009 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. If the race is close on the anchor leg, St. Augustine's could have an edge, when the baton reaches Barbara Pierre, the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex record holder in the women's 100-meter dash at 11.57 seconds.
#6 – Men's Hammer (Approximately 5:30 p.m.) Liberty's new Campus East throwing venue will host a deep and talented field of men's hammer throwers, led by Radford's Timothy Morse. The Big South champion, Morse is listed No. 15 nationally at 215-7. Morse's teammate Matt Dobson claimed the Liberty Twilight Qualifier hammer championship a year ago. The field also includes the 2009 Atlantic Sun Conference champion (East Tennessee State's Jarrod Burton) and the 2010 ODAC titlist (Lynchburg's Dan Reid). Redshirt freshman Ryan Smith, who placed fifth at the Big South meet, is the Flames' top entrant.
#5 – Women's Pole Vault (Approximately 4:30 p.m.) Virginia Tech athletes have won the women's pole vault at each of the last four Liberty Twilight Qualifier meets, and the Hokies will be well-represented in the event once again. Virginia Tech alum Erin Mahony (the 2007 champion) and Hokie Lisa Birnbaum (the 2008 champion) highlight the entry list. Other faces to watch include the Big South indoor (VMI's Kate Collins) and outdoor (Coastal Carolina's Mary Lawrence) pole vault champions and Liberty freshman Shelley Parker, the Big South outdoor runner-up. A late addition to the field is Bridgewater's Chrissy Rhodes, who took the pole vault title at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational and recently won the ODAC championship in the event.
#4 – Men's 100-Meter Dash (Trials at 3 p.m., Finals at 3:50 p.m.) Traditionally a strong event at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier, the men's 100-meter dash includes 12 competitors entered with a seed time of 10.60 or faster. The list includes East Tennessee State's Duronal Monal, who ranks No. 10 nationally with a 10.27 clocking. Tanko Braimah, a 2000 and 2004 Olympian for Ghana, is one of numerous talented post-collegiate sprinters entered. Junior Jacey Bailey, who ran a career-best 10.65 at the Big South meet, will be Liberty's top hope.
#3 – Women's 200-Meter Dash (Approximately 4:45 p.m.) The women's 200-meter dash features a pair of 2008 Olympians, Sherry Fletcher of Grenada and Oludamola Osayomi of Nigeria. Virginia Tech's Kristi Castlin, an All-American in the 100 hurdles, will try her hand at the 200. Rooks and Pierre, previously mentioned above, are also listed. Pierre won the 200 at last year's Liberty Twilight Qualifier and was the 2009 NCAA Division II national runner-up in this event.
#2 – Men's Pole Vault (2 p.m.) Like its women's counterpart, the men's pole vault field is highlighted by a talented group of Virginia Tech Hokies. Defending Liberty Twilight Qualifier champion Jared Jodon and teammate Hunter Hall both competed in the 2010 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. Liberty's Kolby Shepherd, redshirting this season, broke the 17-foot barrier for the first time at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational. Other notable entrants include the Big South outdoor champion (Liberty's Cody Fridgen), the ODAC outdoor champion (Lynchburg's Joe Oliveri) and the Atlantic Sun indoor champion (East Tennessee State's Matt Baum).
#1 – Men's 800-Meter Run (8 p.m.) The men's 4 x 800 relay Championship of America race was one of the headline events of the Penn Relays on Saturday, and three members of Virginia's championship-winning quartet (Robby Andrews, Stephen Finley and Lance Roller) are included among an extremely talented men's 800-meter field. Andrews, the anchor of the Cavaliers' relay squad, won the 800-meter national title at the 2010 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships and teammate Roller recently won the ACC 800-meter crown. The field also features VMI's Felix Kitur, the three-time defending Big South 800-meter champion, 2008 Liberty Twilight Qualifier titlist Johnny Shuping of St. Augustine's and former Virginia All-American Andrew Jesien. Liberty sophomore Isaac Wendland, who clocked a personal-best 1:52.87 while finishing as the Big South 800-meter runner-up, should also be in the mix. Chuck Lyngaas' facility record of 1:49.60 has stood since 1997, but could be in serious jeopardy Thursday evening.
Liberty Twilight Qualifier Time Schedule Field Events: 1 p.m. – Discus (Women followed by Men) 1 p.m. – Shot Put (Men followed by Women) 2 p.m. – Pole Vault (Men followed by Women) 2 p.m. – Long Jump (Women followed by Men) 4 p.m. – Hammer (Women followed by Men) – Campus East 5 p.m. – Triple Jump (Women followed by Men) 5 p.m. – High Jump (Men followed by Women) 5:30 p.m. – Javelin (Women followed by Men)
Track Events: 3 p.m. – 100-Meter Dash Trials (Men followed by Women) 3:20 p.m. – 100-Meter Hurdles Trials 3:35 p.m. – 110-Meter Hurdles Trials 3:50 p.m. – 100-Meter Dash Finals (Men followed by Women) 4:05 p.m. – 110-Meter Hurdles Finals 4:15 p.m. – 100-Meter Hurdles Finals 4:30 p.m. – 200-Meter Dash (Men followed by Women) 6:45 p.m. – 3,000-Meter Steeplechase (Men followed by Women) 7:10 p.m. – 4 x 100-Meter Relay (Men followed by Women) 7:20 p.m. – 1,500-Meter Run (Men followed by Women) 7:40 p.m. – 400-Meter Dash (Men followed by Women) 8 p.m. – 800-Meter Run (Men followed by Women) 8:25 p.m. – 400-Meter Hurdles (Men followed by Women) 8:50 p.m. – 4 x 400-Meter Relay (Men followed by Women) 9:10 p.m. – 5,000-Meter Run (Men followed by Women)
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