Liberty athletes will compete in the 2014 NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, hosted by North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla., May 29-31. The following is some information about the event and a look at some of the Flames and Lady Flames' possible qualifiers.
Preliminary Championships Competition
Qualification to the preliminary championships competition of the championships is based on the descending-order list for the season, segregated by east and west sites. For each individual event (20 for each gender) contested at each of the preliminary championships competition sites, the top 48 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested at each of the preliminary championships competition sites, the top 24 declared relay teams will be accepted into the competition. The stated maximums are absolute and will not be extended as a result of ties.
Announcement of Student-Athletes into Preliminary Championships
The list of student-athletes, by event, who have been accepted to compete in each preliminary championships competition, plus those who have been accepted to compete in the heptathlon or decathlon at the final championships competition, will be announced Thursday, May 22. Additionally those who have been accepted to compete in the heptathlon or decathlon at the final championships competition will be announced at this time. Note that the last date a qualifying mark may be achieved for acceptance into the preliminary championships is Sunday, May 18.
The heptathlon and decathlon events are not contested at the preliminary championships competition. Qualification to the championships in these two events is accomplished through a competitor’s position on the national descending order list. The top 24 declared student-athletes in each of these two events will be accepted into the national championships.
Qualifying to the Final Championships Competition
Qualifying to the final championships competition is accomplished through performance in the preliminary championships competition at each site for events contested at those competitions. Twelve competitors from each individual event and 12 teams from each relay event advance from each preliminary championships competition site to the final championships competition. Qualification, through competition in an event at a preliminary championships competition, is required to participate in that event at the final championships competition.
Announcement of Student-Athletes into Final Championships
The list of student-athletes, by event, who have been qualified from the preliminary championships competition will be announced Tuesday, June 3.
• May 29-31, 2014
• East – Jacksonville, Fla. – Hosted by North Florida -- Schedule
The following athletes' East Region rankings are current as of May 19. The top 48 declared athletes in each event will qualify for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet.
100: ConRoy Smith (Tie for No. 55, 10.45)
Steeplechase: Josh MacDonald (No. 13, 8:50.15)
5K: Caleb Edmonds (No. 33, 14:02.84) and Josh MacDonald (No. 42, 14:05.87)
10K: Josh MacDonald (No. 86, 30:12.89)
400 Hurdles: Ryan Davis (Tie for No. 76, 52.79)
Long Jump: Kenny Scott (Tie for No. 72, 23-10 (7.26m))
High Jump: Zach Davis (Tie for No. 17, 7-0.25 (2.14m))
Shot Put: Jacob DeValve (No. 63, 56-3.25 (17.15m))
Discus: Tim Abbott (Tie for No. 62, 170-7 (52.00m)) and David Scouten (Tie for No. 76, 167-5 (51.02m))
Javelin: Daniel Klase (No. 31, 219-1 (66.79m)) and Steve Feister (Tie for No. 53, 210-9 (64.25m))
800: Meghan Burggraf (Tie for No. 47, 2:07.09)
400 Hurdles: Ansley Gebben (No. 66, 1:00.32)
Triple Jump: Oasis Hernandez (Tie for No. 50, 41-0.5 (12.51m)) and Janae Jones (Tie for No. 53, 41-0.25 (12.50m))
Discus: Jennifer Nicholson (Tie for No. 35, 164-11 (50.26m))