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Liberty Track Set to Compete in Virginia Grand Prix

April 28, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Liberty men's and women's track & field teams will compete in Saturday's Virginia Grand Prix, marking their second consecutive weekend with a meet at Lannigan Field in Charlottesville, Va.

The one-day event will begin with the women's hammer at 10 a.m. Track events will get started at 5 p.m. with the men's 4 x 100 relay.

How to Follow the Flames and Lady Flames
Live results will be available throughout the meet, courtesy of Flash Results, Inc. Their services include splits for multi-lap races and in-progress field event updates.

Weather Report
Saturday is expected to be the hottest day of 2017 in Central Virginia, with the high temperature climbing into the low 90s under partly cloudy skies. There is a chance of afternoon thunderstorms and winds could be gusty out of the south-southwest at times.

Looking Back at Last Week
Liberty enjoyed one of its best overall team performances of the 2017 season at the Virginia Challenge, Friday and Saturday at Lannigan Field. On Friday, Michael Todd clocked an 800 time of 1:49.56, breaking the school record that had stood for 20 years. The following were some of the Flames' other standout performances in Charlottesville.

Men's 800Bradley Prentice (personal-best 1:50.38, No. 4 all-time at Liberty, No. 9 all-time in the Big South)

Men's 5K Azaria Kirwa (personal-best 14:00.29, No. 5 all-time at Liberty, No. 9 all-time in the Big South, No. 15 in the East Region)

Men's Triple Jump Darrel Jones (personal-best 51-3, No. 17 in the East Region)

Men's High JumpZach Davis (season-best 6-9.75 within the decathlon, No. 37 in the East Region)

Men's Pole VaultCarson Waters (season-best 16-10, No. 25 in the East Region)

Women's 400Tanner Ealum (personal-best 54.33, Liberty freshman record)

Women's High JumpKylie Polsgrove (personal-best 5-8 within the heptathlon, tie for No. 9 all-time in the Big South, No. 29 in the East Region)

Women's Heptathlon – Kylie Polsgrove (personal-best 5,184 points, No. 3 all-time at Liberty, No. 3 all-time in the Big South, No. 39 nationally)

Kirwa (Men's Track Athlete of the Week), Jones (Men's Field Athlete of the Week) and Polsgrove (Women's Field Athlete of the Week) earned Big South Conference weekly honors on Wednesday, thanks to their efforts at the Virginia Challenge.

Encore, Encore!
Sophomores Michael Todd and Bradley Prentice, both of whom are past Big South men's 800 champions, will look to build upon their outstanding results from the Virginia Challenge 800. They are both entered in the Virginia Grand Prix men's 800 at 5:10 p.m., seeking to improve their chances at qualifying for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet. Todd currently ranks No. 38 in the East Region at 1:49.56, while Prentice checks in at No. 65 at 1:50.38.

Todd and Prentice should face some strong competition on Saturday, including Charlotte alum Michael Tamayo (1:48.94 personal best), Maryland-Eastern Shore's Mark Blackmon (1:49.84 personal best) and Virginia's Logan Carrington (1:49.98 personal best).

Up and Over
Junior Carson Waters, coming off of a season-best 16-10 pole vault clearance at the Virginia Challenge, will return to the Lannigan Field runway for the second straight weekend. The Sunshine State native is seeking his first 17-0 outdoor clearance, after vaulting a lifetime-best 17-0.75 at the 2017 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Waters' chief competitors include 2017 Conference USA indoor champion Keon Howe of Charlotte (17-1.5 personal best) and Duke's Connor Hall (17-1 personal best).

Looking Ahead
The Flames will wrap up their 2017 home schedule on Wednesday, playing host to the Liberty Twilight Qualifier at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex. The women's discus will get the meet started at 11:30 a.m. Running events will commence with the men's 100 prelims at 2 p.m., while Liberty's seniors will be recognized at 5 p.m.