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Liberty Track to Resume Season with Two Meets

January 18, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Junior Olivia Charnuski will be busy this week. She is entered in a pair of events at the Hornet Indoor Sprints, Jumps & Throws Challenge on Wednesday and four more disciplines this weekend at the Hokie Invitational.

Junior Olivia Charnuski will be busy this week. She is entered in a pair of events at the Hornet Indoor Sprints, Jumps & Throws Challenge on Wednesday and four more disciplines this weekend at the Hokie Invitational.

Hornet Indoor Sprints, Jumps & Throws Challenge Information & Schedule

Hornet Indoor Sprints, Jumps & Throws Challenge Performance List


Liberty Flames Athletics' Official Twitter Page


Hokie Invitational Information


Hokie Invitational Schedule


Hokie Invitational Start Lists


Hokie Invitational Live Results (Day One)


Hokie Invitational Live Results (Day Two)


After more than six weeks away from competition, Liberty will resume the 2010-11 indoor track & field season with a pair of meets within the Commonwealth. The Flames will send some competitors across town for Wednesday's Hornet Indoor Sprints, Jumps & Throws Challenge at Lynchburg College. Meanwhile, other Liberty athletes will take part in the Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg, Va., Friday and Saturday.

Hornet Indoor Sprints, Jumps & Throws Challenge Overview
The Hornet Indoor Sprints, Jumps & Throws Challenge, a rare weeknight meet, will get underway at 6 p.m., with the men's weight throw, women's long jump, men's pole vault and women's high jump. The women's 55-meter hurdles is the first running event set to begin at Wake Field House, scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.

Hokie Invitational Overview
The women's 3K will be the first event to get started at the two-day Hokie Invitational, with the gun to fire Friday at 4 p.m. Four field events will follow at 5 p.m. at Rector Field House, including the men's triple jump, women's triple jump, women's pole vault and men's weight throw.

Day two at the Hokie Invitational will commence with the women's high jump, Saturday morning at 10 a.m. The women's 5K will then get running events started at 11 a.m.

How to Follow the Flames
LibertyFlames.com will be on hand at the Hornet Indoor Sprints, Jumps & Throws Challenge, Wednesday evening. Periodic updates will be posted to the official Twitter account of Liberty Flames Athletics (twitter.com/libertyflames).

Meanwhile, live results will be available throughout both days of the Hokie Invitational, courtesy of Flash Results, Inc.

It's Been Awhile
The Flames and Lady Flames have only had one meet so far this season, and it was held more than six weeks ago. Liberty played host to the annual Liberty Kickoff meet, Dec. 3-4 at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center.

It's Been Awhile, Part Two
Wednesday's meet will be the first time Liberty has competed at Lynchburg College's Wake Field House in more than six years. The Flames and Lady Flames took part in the Lynchburg College Open on Dec. 10, 2004. Less than two months later, the inaugural meet was held at Liberty's Tolsma Indoor Track Center.

Checking on Chelanga
Redshirt senior Sam Chelanga is expected to open his final collegiate indoor track & field season with a mile at the Hokie Invitational. The race is set to go off Friday at 8 p.m.

Chelanga, who is included on the Preseason Watch List for the 2011 The Bowerman, has not raced since winning his second consecutive NCAA Division I national cross country title, Nov. 22, 2010 in Terre Haute, Ind.

Chelanga also kicked off his 2009-10 indoor track season by running the mile at the Hokie Invitational. He won the race, clocking a personal-best time of 4:07.15.

Noting the National Leader
Junior Jennifer Klugh blazed a personal-best 17:10.91 in the 5K at the Liberty Kickoff on Dec. 3. Not only did it slice 44 seconds off of her previous best time and hit the ECAC qualifier, but the impressive clocking still ranks No. 1 on the NCAA Division I national women's performance list.

Klugh will run her first 3K of the season Friday at 4 p.m., in the opening event of the Hokie Invitational. She was the Big South runner-up in the event in 2010, clocking a personal-best time of 10:07.46 in the process.

Pulling Double Duty
Nineteen Liberty athletes are entered in both of this week's meets, including 12 Flames and seven Lady Flames.

The list of men's doublers includes Anthony Bryant, Jacob DeValve, Drew Edwards, Elliot Galeone, Aaron Johnson, Chris Johnson, Clarence Powell, Kevin Reddington, Ryan Smith, Andre Washington, Riley White and Geren Woodbridge.

Meanwhile, Rachel Barnes, Melinda Bendik, Olivia Charnuski, Krystle Matthews, Shelley Parker, Tami Tolsma and Jocelyn Williams are entered in both meets on the women's side.

Edwards, Charnuski and Matthews will be Liberty's busiest athletes this week. All three are listed in six different events, spanning both meets.

Liberty Debuts
A dozen Flames and Lady Flames will don a Liberty uniform on the track for the first time this weekend.

At the Hornet Indoor Sprints, Jumps & Throws Challenge, Silvanous Parchment, Grant Rideout, Anthony Settje, Jamal Spears, Richard Whitted, Tarell Williams and Amanda Wimbush will all debut.

Meanwhile, freshmen Zach Barker, Jarred Cornfield, Josh MacDonald, Jessica Gass and Katie Russo will all run mid-distance and distance events at the Hokie Invitational this weekend. All five of them ran cross country for Liberty this fall, but have not yet competed on the track.

Defending Champions
Two current Liberty men's athletes are defending champions at the competitive Hokie Invitational. As previously mentioned, Sam Chelanga will attempt to repeat his first-place finish in the mile.

However, Clarence Powell will not defend his high jump crown. The senior is entered in the long jump and triple jump at the Hokie Invitational, but is only slated to high jump Wednesday at Lynchburg College.