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Liberty Track to Compete in 3 States on Friday

March 22, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Terrill Zentmeyer is one of five Liberty athletes who will get to compete in their home state during Friday's FSU Relays in Tallahassee, Fla.

Terrill Zentmeyer is one of five Liberty athletes who will get to compete in their home state during Friday's FSU Relays in Tallahassee, Fla.

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The Liberty men's and women's outdoor track & field teams will compete in three different states on Friday, including Florida (FSU Relays), North Carolina (Raleigh Relays) and Virginia (Dr. Jack Toms Alumni Invitational).

A majority of the Flames and Lady Flames will travel to Tallahassee, Fla., for the team-scored FSU Relays. The one-day meet at Mike Long Track will pit Liberty against Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Southern Miss and host Florida State. Friday's action will begin at 9 a.m. with the men's hammer.

Six Liberty distance runners will be among the 2,000+ competitors slated to race at the Raleigh Relays on Friday. Jessie Proehl is entered in the day's very first race at NC State's Paul Derr Track, section one of the women's 5K at 9:45 a.m.

Finally, a trio of Liberty javelin throwers will remain in Lynchburg for the Dr. Jack Toms Alumni Invitational. The meet will begin with the men's javelin, Friday at 4:30 p.m., followed immediately by the women's javelin at Aubrey R. Moon Jr. Field.

How to Follow the Flames and Lady Flames
Friday's action at the Raleigh Relays will be televised on the ACC Network Extra/ESPN3.

Additionally, live results will be available for all three of Liberty's meets on Friday, highlighted by live field event updates from the FSU Relays and lap-by-lap split updates from the Raleigh Relays.

Weather Report
Liberty's competitors at the FSU Relays will enjoy some warm weather, with Friday's forecasted high temperature in Tallahassee listed at 80 degrees under sunny skies.

The distance runners will welcome cooler conditions in Raleigh, where Friday's high is supposed to top out in the upper 60s with abundant sunshine.

Sunny conditions are projected for Lynchburg on Friday as well, with a high in the mid 60s and a breeze out of the south.

Scouting the Competition
Liberty will face some stiff competition at the FSU Relays, headlined by three nationally ranked women's teams (No. 10 Florida State, No. 15 Alabama and No. 24 Auburn) and two nationally ranked men's squads (No. 8 Alabama and No. 24 Auburn).

Meanwhile, the Raleigh Relays are known for their high-level distance races. For example, 17 of the East Region's top 50 men's 10K runners and 11 of the East Region's top 50 women's 10K runners of 2016 posted their fastest time of the season in Raleigh.

Looking Back
The Flames and Lady Flames will be competing at Florida State for the first time since Mike Long Track played host to the 2008 NCAA Division I East Regional Track & Field Championships. Current assistant coaches Clendon Henderson and Rebekah Ricksecker both competed for the Flames that weekend, with Henderson punching his ticket to the 2008 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the men's discus.

Liberty will be competing in the FSU Relays for the first time since 2005, but the Flames have a past history of success at the meet, which will be contested for the 38th time on Friday. Five current Liberty records were set at the FSU Relays, including the men's 4 x 400 relay (3:07.28 in 1997), men's 4 x 1,500 relay (15:45.70 in 1999), men's sprint medley relay (3:22.19 in 1997), men's distance medley relay (9:42.98 in 1998) and women's 4 x 1,500 relay (19:15.14 in 2004).

Likewise, Liberty has posted some impressive performances in the Raleigh Relays distance events over the years. Sam Chelanga's winning men's 10K time of 28:15.64 at the 2011 Raleigh Relays still stands as the Raleigh Relays and Paul Derr Track record for the event. Additionally, six of the top 10 women's 10K performers in Lady Flames history notched their fastest time at the Raleigh Relays, spanning from Tammi Green in 1999 to Ednah Kurgat in 2015.

Keeping Score
The FSU Relays will mark Liberty's first team-scored competition of the 2017 season. The top eight finishers in each event will score points for their team, using the traditional 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 system. However, only the top two finishers for each team in a given event are eligible to score.

Sunshine Staters
Five Liberty athletes will get to compete in their home state at the FSU Relays, including Ryan Davis (Deerfield Beach), Jahquez Durham (Orlando), Carson Waters (St. Petersburg Beach) and siblings James and Terrill Zentmeyer (Odessa).

Durham is the nephew of Florida State sprints coach Ricky Argro. Durham also competed in the FSU Relays last season during his senior year at The First Academy, finishing as the high school boys' 400 runner-up in 48.70 seconds.

James Zentmeyer also has fond memories of the FSU Relays, clocking a personal-best 3,200-meter time of 9:04.15 for third place as a high school senior at the 2015 edition of the meet.

Champions Competing
All three of Liberty's returning champions from the 2016 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships will compete at the FSU Relays. They include Zach Davis (decathlon), Bradley Prentice (men's 800) and Stephen Racanelli (men's 400).

Prentice and Racanelli will both compete in their specialty events on Friday, while Davis is entered in the long jump, high jump, shot put and javelin.

Denzel's Debut
Denzel Pratt got his sophomore season started in style at the CSU Spring Break Invitational on Friday, winning the men's javelin title with a personal-best heave of 226-4. The effort punched his ticket to the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet and ranks No. 12 nationally early in the 2017 outdoor season.

Pratt is slated to throw the javelin at the FSU Relays Friday at 5 p.m.

Raleigh Roundup
Liberty's competitors at the Raleigh Relays include two women's steeplechase runners (Kat Bouton and Alyssa Karle), one women's 5K runner (Jessie Proehl), two men's steeplechase runners (Stanley Langat and Louis Paone) and one men's 10K runner (Azaria Kirwa). Additionally, Flames Nick Doan (men's 5K) and Colin Schultz (men's 1,500) will each race unattached on Friday.

Proehl's personal-best 5K time of 17:49.93 was achieved at the 2014 Raleigh Relays. Friday morning will see her square off against Big South competitors Zoe Geis (High Point) and Michaela Louw (Campbell).

Kirwa's top 10K time as a freshman was 32:52.85. However, he appears poised for a big breakthrough in his race Friday at 8:46 p.m. Kirwa is coming off of a successful showing at the IC4A Indoor Track & Field Championships, where he won the 5K in a personal-best 14:11.36 and placed sixth in the 3K in a personal-best 8:12.03.

Throwing Trio
Liberty will enter a trio of freshmen in the javelin events at the Dr. Jack Toms Alumni Invitational, including Caleb Hart and Alexander Hoffsmith in the men's javelin and Savannah Pidkaminy on the women's side.

Hart and Pidkaminy each made their collegiate javelin debuts at the CSU Spring Break Invitational on Friday. Hart threw 187-10 for fourth place in the men's competition, while Pidkaminy's 103-0 effort placed 11th in the women's event.

Hoffsmith will be competing in a Liberty uniform for the first time this weekend, following a high school career which included a personal-best heave of 188-8.

Former Liberty standout Elliot Galeone owns the men's javelin facility record at Aubrey R. Moon Jr. Field. He threw the spear 206-7 while competing unattached at the 2008 Lynchburg Track & Field Classic.