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Three Meets On Deck for Liberty Track

February 10, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Mia Aghaji was the 2009 Liberty Quad women's high jump champion and has also won a pair of Liberty Quad triple jump crowns.

Mia Aghaji was the 2009 Liberty Quad women's high jump champion and has also won a pair of Liberty Quad triple jump crowns.

Liberty Quad Performance List

Liberty Quad Live Results

Flotrack Husky Classic Heat Sheets

Flotrack Husky Classic Video Streaming (Starting Saturday at 5:15 p.m. Eastern)

Flotrack Husky Classic Live Results

Tyson Invitational Accepted Entries

Tyson Invitational Live Results

For the second weekend in a row, the Liberty indoor track & field athletes will be spread between three different meets. In addition to hosting the Liberty Quad, the Flames will send other competitors to Seattle, Wash., for the Flotrack Husky Classic and to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Tyson Invitational.

The Liberty Quad, the last of three home events on the Flames' 2010-11 indoor track & field schedule, will be contested Friday at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center. Liberty will be joined by Elon, James Madison and Wake Forest, with the men's weight throw getting things started at 3:30 p.m. Running events commence at 5 p.m., with the prelims of the women's 60 hurdles.

Meanwhile, the distance quartet of Sam Chelanga, Josh Edmonds, Evans Kigen and Jennifer Klugh will head to Seattle to race on the fast 307-meter oval at Dempsey Indoor. Edmonds, Kigen and Klugh will race 5Ks Friday at the Flotrack Husky Classic, while Chelanga is entered in Saturday evening's 3K.

Finally, Anthony Bryant, Meghan Burggraf, Olivia Charnuski, Alyssa Pegues, Clarence Powell and Ryan Smith are all entered in the Tyson Invitational, Friday and Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark. The prestigious meet will be held inside the Randal Tyson Track Center, which has hosted 10 of the last 11 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.

How to Follow the Flames and Lady Flames
Live results will be available for the Liberty Quad, Flotrack Husky Classic and Tyson Invitational.

Additionally, Flotrack will provide live video streaming coverage of the Flotrack Husky Classic's Saturday afternoon and evening events, including Chelanga's 3K race around 8:20 p.m. Eastern.

Liberty Quad Preview
The fifth annual Liberty Quad will feature four women's teams (Liberty, Elon, James Madison and Wake Forest) and a pair of men's teams (Liberty and Wake Forest). Elon and James Madison are entered in the meet for the third year in a row, while Wake Forest will be making its debut at the Liberty Quad.

Eleven different events feature past Liberty Quad champions among the entrants. Liberty's Jacey Bailey will chase his fourth straight Liberty Quad title in the men's 60-meter dash. Meanwhile, Kolby Shepherd, competing unattached, is favored to win his fourth Liberty Quad men's pole vault crown in a row.

With smaller field sizes, this week's preview will highlight five events to watch instead of the usual 10.

Five Events You Won't Want to Miss
Listed in chronological order

4:30 p.m. – Women's Triple Jump – The last three Liberty Quad women's triple jump champions will be in action on Friday, as Liberty's Mia Aghaji was victorious in 2008 and 2009, while Elon's Veronica Day took top honors last season. Aghaji's meet-record 39-1 leap from 2008 could be in peril. This year, Day has jumped 39-6.75 and Aghaji has gone 39-3.25. Meanwhile, Lauren Hawkesworth of Elon owns a personal best of 38-6.75.

6:05 p.m. – Women's Mile – Heather Zealand's facility-record mile time of 4:49.81 has stood since the very first meet at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center, on Jan. 29, 2005. On Friday, Wake Forest's Anna Nosenko could make a run at it. She is the defending ACC champion in the women's 5K and 10K, while ranking No. 12 nationally in the 3K this season at 9:18.99.

6:30 p.m. – Women's 400 – Liberty junior Melanie Sims won the women's 400-meter dash at the Liberty Open in a time of 59.77, but she will face quite a challenge on Friday. Elon's Amy Salek won this event in 2009 and has run 56.96 seconds this year. Meanwhile, Wake Forest freshman Allison Johnson clocked a 57.74 earlier in the season.

6:30 p.m. – Men's Pole VaultKolby Shepherd will attempt to continue a pair of streaks in the men's pole vault. He hopes to go over 17 feet for the third meet in a row and will attempt to win his fourth straight Liberty Quad pole vault title. His top competition could come in the form of Wake Forest volunteer assistant coach Chris Helwick. He was a seven-time All-American during his days as a Tennessee Volunteer decathlete and has pole vaulted over 17 feet.

7:05 p.m. – Men's 1K – The men's 1K should be an interesting contest, featuring several runners who have posted strong mile times in 2011. Wake Forest's Marcus Dillon has run a 4:15 mile this season, while Liberty's Isaac Wendland as gone 4:16 and teammate Jarred Cornfield has clocked a 4:18. Both Wendland and Cornfield will be chasing the IC4A standard of 2:29.95.

2011 Liberty Quad Time Schedule
Friday, February 11

3:30 p.m. – Men's Weight Throw
4:30 p.m. – Women's Triple Jump
4:30 p.m. – Women's Pole Vault
4:30 p.m. – Women's Weight Throw
4:30 p.m. – Men's Long Jump
5 p.m. – Women's 60 Hurdles (Prelims)
5:10 p.m. – Men's 60 Hurdles (Prelims)
5:15 p.m. – Women's High Jump
5:20 p.m. – Men's 60 (Prelims)
5:25 p.m. – Women's 60 (Prelims)
5:35 p.m. – Men's 60 Hurdles (Final)
5:40 p.m. – Women's 60 Hurdles (Final)
5:45 p.m. – Men's 60 (Final)
5:50 p.m. – Women's 60 (Final)
5:55 p.m. – Men's Mile
6 p.m. – Men's Shot Put
6:05 p.m. – Women's Mile
6:15 p.m. – Women's Long Jump
6:15 p.m. – Men's Triple Jump
6:20 p.m. – Men's 400
6:30 p.m. – Women's 400
6:30 p.m. – Men's Pole Vault
6:45 p.m. – Men's 800
6:55 p.m. – Women's 800
7 p.m. – Women's Shot Put
7 p.m. – Men's High Jump
7:05 p.m. – Men's 1K
7:15 p.m. – Women's 1K
7:20 p.m. – Men's 200
7:25 p.m. – Women's 200
7:40 p.m. – Men's 5K
8 p.m. – Women's 5K
8:20 p.m. – Men's 4 x 400 Relay
8:30 p.m. – Women's 4 x 400 Relay

Flotrack Husky Classic Preview
Washington's Dempsey Indoor has quickly become known as the best venue for collegiate distance runners to post NCAA-qualifying times, with its 307-meter track and deep, talented fields of entrants. For the first time since 2007, Liberty runners will compete at the Seattle facility, hoping to notch fast times.

Two of the chief times to watch are 7:54.50 and 17:03.23. The first number represents the time Sam Chelanga needs to run in the 3K, in order to automatically qualify for the 2011 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. Chelanga will have plenty of competition in his heat, facing top-notch professional (Kyle Alcorn, Ian Dobson, Tim Nelson & Stephen Pifer) and collegiate (Matt Centrowitz, German Fernandez, Emil Heineking & Justin Tyner) runners.

The latter time is Liberty's indoor women's 5K school record, set by Carol Jefferson at the 2007 ECAC Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships in Boston. Jennifer Klugh has run 17:10.91 on Liberty's 200-meter flat track already this season, so the Buckeye State native could challenge Jefferson's mark on Friday.

2011 Flotrack Husky Classic Time Schedule (Liberty Competitors)
Friday, February 11 (All times listed are Eastern)

9:30 p.m. – Women's 5K (Section 1 – Jennifer Klugh)
11:08 p.m. – Men's 5K (Section 2 – Josh Edmonds)
11:26 p.m. – Men's 5K (Section 3 – Evans Kigen)

Saturday, February 12 (All times listed are Eastern)
Approx. 8:20 p.m. – Men's 3K (Section 6 – Sam Chelanga)

Tyson Invitational Preview
Like Liberty's distance runners heading to Seattle, the six Flames and Lady Flames entered in the Tyson Invitational will face some high-level professional and collegiate athletes this weekend. The jumping events especially bear watching.

The sections for the men's high jump have not yet been determined, but Anthony Bryant and Clarence Powell are just two of the many competitors hoping to clear 7-0 or much higher in Fayetteville. The NCAA's top three men's high jumpers so far this season are all scheduled to compete, including Kansas State's Erik Kynard (7-6), Mississippi's Ricky Robertson (7-5.75) and Indiana's Derek Drouin (7-5.25). Jim Dilling, the 2007 USA outdoor high jump champion with a personal best of 7-6.5, is also expected to jump on Saturday.

In the women's triple jump, Lady Flame Alyssa Pegues will look for a big mark for the second year in a row. Last season, she triple jumped a personal-best 39-5.75 at the Tyson Invitational. This year, Pegues is still seeking an ECAC qualifier of 39-0.5.

2011 Tyson Invitational Time Schedule (Liberty Competitors)
Friday, February 11 (All times listed are Eastern)

2 p.m. – Men's Long Jump (Anthony Bryant & Clarence Powell)
3 p.m. – Women's 60 Hurdles (Prelims – Olivia Charnuski)
4 p.m. – Women's 800 (Meghan Burggraf)
4:40 p.m. – Women's 60 (Prelims – Olivia Charnuski & Alyssa Pegues)
7:20 p.m. – Women's 60 Hurdles (Semifinals – Olivia Charnuski)
8:10 p.m. – Women's 60 (Semifinals – Olivia Charnuski & Alyssa Pegues)
Approx 9 p.m. – Men's Weight Throw (Ryan Smith)
10 p.m. – Women's 60 Hurdles (Final – Olivia Charnuski)
10:10 p.m. – Women's 60 (Final – Olivia Charnuski & Alyssa Pegues)

Saturday, February 12 (All times listed are Eastern)
Noon – Women's Triple Jump (Alyssa Pegues)
2 p.m. – Women's 200 (Olivia Charnuski)
4 p.m. – Men's Shot Put (Ryan Smith)
4:30 p.m. - Men's High Jump (Anthony Bryant & Clarence Powell)