Isaac Wendland has been added to the start list for the men's 800-meter run at the NCAA Division I Preliminary Round meet.
After a last-minute scratch, Liberty sophomore Isaac Wendland has been added to the men's 800-meter run field at the NCAA Division I Preliminary Round track & field meet. The Flames will now send a total of 16 athletes to compete in the three-day event, which begins Thursday at North Carolina A&T's Irwin Belk Track in Greensboro, N.C. Wendland will participate in his first-ever NCAA postseason competition as one of 48 entrants in the men's 800. The Big South indoor and outdoor 800-meter runner-up this year, Wendland clocked a personal-best time of 1:50.22 at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier on April 29 to become the second-fastest performer in program history. He is the fourth competitor from that memorable two-lap race at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex to qualify for the NCAA Preliminary Round, joining the Virginia duo of Robby Andrews and Lance Roller, as well as VMI's Felix Kitur. Wendland is scheduled to race against NCAA indoor 800-meter national champion Andrews once again Thursday at 7:30 p.m., in the second of six first-round heats. The top three finishers in each heat and the next six fastest time qualifiers will move on to Friday's quarterfinal round. The sophomore from Iowa will be one of numerous Flames and Lady Flames in action on the opening day of the NCAA Preliminary Round meet. Liberty's day will get started at 5 p.m., when the quartet of Anthony Bryant, Aaron Johnson, Clarence Powell and Oronde Vassell competes in the men's long jump and Jennifer Klugh and Rebekah Ricksecker line up for the first round of the women's 1,500-meter run.
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