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Liberty Set to Host 2019 ASUN Indoor Track Championships, Friday & Saturday

February 20, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Senior Delaney McDowell will seek her fourth straight conference title in the women's 800, after winning Big South crowns in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Senior Delaney McDowell will seek her fourth straight conference title in the women's 800, after winning Big South crowns in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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Liberty is preparing to host the 2019 ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships, Friday and Saturday at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex. The Flames and Lady Flames will be aiming for Liberty's first ASUN team titles in any sport since joining the conference.

The meet will begin Friday at 9:30 a.m. with the heptathlon 60-meter dash. Saturday's action will commence at 9:45 a.m. with the heptathlon 60-meter hurdles. Admission is free of charge for both days of competition.

The ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships will take place at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex for the second straight year. Liberty hosted the event in 2018, prior to joining the ASUN Conference.

Liberty hopes its home track advantage continues into its new conference. The Flames and Lady Flames never lost a team competition at home during their time in the Big South Conference, including the 2018 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships and eight editions of the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Only the top six finishers in each event score points at the ASUN meet, as compared with eight scorers in the Big South. Additionally, the only running events which will feature preliminary rounds this weekend are the 60 dash and 60 hurdles.

How to Follow the Action
Live event-by-event results will be available throughout the meet, courtesy of Half-Mile Timing.

The Liberty Flames Sports Network will produce a one-hour meet recap show to air on ESPN+, Saturday at 7 p.m.

Additionally, periodic meet updates will be posted to the Liberty Track & Field Twitter account (@Liberty_XCTF).

Men's Meet Preview
The Liberty men's track & field team joins the ASUN Conference after a dominant run of success in the Big South Conference. The Flames captured the team title at each of the 21 editions of the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships they competed in, marking the longest active championship streak in NCAA Division I men's indoor track & field.

Now Liberty moves to a conference where Kennesaw State has reigned supreme. The Owls have claimed seven consecutive ASUN indoor team championships and nine in the last 11 years. Kennesaw State is the only active ASUN member which has won an indoor track title during the meet's 13-year history, as former member ETSU claimed the other four championships.

The Flames own the conference's top mark of 2019 in eight different events, including the 200 (Alejandro Perlaza Zapata), 400 (Perlaza Zapata), 5K (Azaria Kirwa), 60 hurdles (Jovaine Atkinson), 4 x 400 relay, pole vault (Reilly Stroot), triple jump (Jonny Saintil) and shot put (Jose Ballivian).

The ASUN meet will mark athletes' final chance to post a qualifying mark for the 2019 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. At this point, Liberty's standout performers like Atkinson and Perlaza Zapata are still on the outside looking in at qualification.

Men's 60-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 5 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Cameron Bolden (Kennesaw State) – 6.87 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Bolden
2019 Leader: Bolden – 6.81
Liberty Entrants: Brad Smalley, Elijah Pierson, Jonathan Doss, Greg Edwards
Outlook: Kennesaw State's Cameron Bolden has captured back-to-back ASUN men's 60 dash championships and is favored to become the first athlete in meet history to win this event three years in a row. KSU has boasted the ASUN men's 60 champion for five straight years. Last season, Liberty's Jovaine Atkinson won the Flames' first conference title in this event since 2012. However, he is focusing on the 60 hurdles this weekend. The Flames' Brad Smalley (6.99 season best) and Elijah Pierson (7.03) are seeded No. 4 and 5, respectively, but both are still seeking an IC4A qualifier (6.98).

Men's 200-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 3:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Cameron Bolden (Kennesaw State) – 21.65
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Bolden
2019 Leader: Alejandro Perlaza Zapata (Liberty) – 21.17
Liberty Entrants: Alejandro Perlaza Zapata, Brad Smalley, Jahquez Durham, Elijah Pierson, Greg Edwards
Outlook: Liberty's Alejandro Perlaza Zapata, the defending Big South indoor and outdoor 200 champion, is the top seed with his school-record 21.17 clocking from the Liberty Kickoff on Jan. 26. Either he or Jonathan Imes of Lipscomb (No. 2 seed, 21.79) could have a chance to sweep the men's 200 and 400 titles on Saturday, something only one men's athlete in meet history (Kennesaw State's Jonathon Womack in 2017) has ever accomplished. Kennesaw State has won this event for four consecutive years with four different sprinters, including Cameron Bolden, who returns to defend his title from 2018. He is one of four Owls who has broken 22 seconds this season. This is also a deep event for Liberty, as four Flames (Perlaza Zapata, Brad Smalley, Jahquez Durham and Branson Rolle) have qualified for the IC4A meet and Elijah Pierson (22.30 season best) is just off the 22.24 qualifying standard. Additionally, Liberty's Greg Edwards was a two-time All-Big South performer at the 200-meter distance and owns a personal-best time of 21.33 but has been limited thus far in 2019.

Men's 400-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 1:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jonathan Imes (Lipscomb) – 48.53
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Imes
2019 Leader: Alejandro Perlaza Zapata (Liberty) – 46.84
Liberty Entrants: Alejandro Perlaza Zapata, Jahquez Durham, Nathanial Kirk, Christian Gilliam, Isaiah Ignacio
Outlook: The 400-meter dash will provide a showdown between the reigning Big South (Liberty's Alejandro Perlaza Zapata) and ASUN (Lipscomb's Jonathan Imes) champions in this event. Perlaza Zapata has clocked 46.84 this season while Imes has run 47.09, meaning the meet record of 48.30 is in serious jeopardy on Saturday. Perlaza Zapata owns the Liberty, Colombian and South American indoor records at 46.14 and the Liberty Indoor Track Complex record of 46.80. Either Perlaza Zapata or Imes will likely need to run faster than 46.39 to have a chance at qualification to the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. Liberty's Jahquez Durham was the Big South indoor 400 champion as a freshman in 2017 and is seeded No. 4 at 49.03.

Men's 800-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 2:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Ryan Speer (Lipscomb) – 1:50.97 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Speer
2019 Leader: Jonathan Schwind (Lipscomb) – 1:51.51
Liberty Entrants: Michael Todd, Ally Kipchirchir, Benjamin Fouse
Outlook: The men's 800 figures to be an entertaining contest, as five ASUN athletes from three different teams have clocked times between 1:51.51 and 1:52.57 this season. Lipscomb's Jonathan Schwind owns the No. 1 seed at 1:51.51 and could contend for a sweep of the men's 800 and mile championships. Only Nick Morken of North Florida (2015) has completed the 800/mile sweep in meet history. Schwind's teammate Ryan Speer is the back-to-back ASUN champion in this event and will try to become only the second runner in meet history (joining Gianni Catalano of Kennesaw State, 2008-10) to win three in a row. Liberty senior Michael Todd defeated Speer head-to-head at the Liberty Kickoff on Jan. 26 and will try to bookend his career with conference titles. The Alaska native raced to the Big South indoor men's 800 championship as a freshman in 2016. Freshman teammate Ally Kipchirchir has shown promise in his first two races as a Flame, posting a season-best of 1:53.93, and could contend for points as well.

Men's Mile
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jonathan Schwind (Lipscomb) – 4:08.15
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Schwind
2019 Leader: Schwind – 4:09.34
Liberty Entrant: Felix Kandie, Joe Spitzer, Andrew Stanley
Outlook: Lipscomb's Jonathan Schwind won last year's ASUN mile title as a freshman in a meet-record time of 4:08.15 and is the top seed this season at 4:09.34. No one has gone back-to-back in this event since 2008 and 2009 (Kennesaw State's Scott Burley). Liberty redshirt freshman Felix Kandie is the only other ASUN runner who has broken 4:10 this season. His 4:09.59 effort at the Liberty Kickoff on Jan. 26 broke All-American Josh McDougal's Liberty freshman record.

Men's 3,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 3:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Nick Morken (North Florida) – 8:29.25
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Zach Israel (Lipscomb) – 2nd place
2019 Leader: Noah Perkins (North Florida) – 8:10.36
Liberty Entrants: Felix Kandie, Azaria Kirwa, Nick Doan, Joe Spitzer, Jacob Underwood
Outlook: At the 2018 ASUN Cross Country Championship, Liberty's Azaria Kirwa and North Florida's Noah Perkins finished 1-2. Perkins owns the ASUN's fastest 3K time of 2019 (8:10.36), while Kirwa is seeded No. 3 at 8:20.11. Liberty's Felix Kandie (No. 2 seed, 8:16.44) defeated Kirwa in the duo's most recent race, Feb. 9 at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational. The Flames' Nick Doan also bears watching, after winning the Hokie Invitational 3K title and dropping his mile personal best to 4:13.75 this season. North Florida has won this event two of the last three years.

Men's 5,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 3:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Noah Perkins (North Florida) – 14:52.06
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Perkins
2019 Leader: Azaria Kirwa (Liberty) – 14:25.05
Liberty Entrants: Azaria Kirwa, Augostine Lisoreng, Paul Squires, Benjamin Klemmeck, Nick Doan
Outlook: The 5K could provide another showdown between North Florida's Noah Perkins (defending ASUN champion) and Liberty's Azaria Kirwa (top seed at 14:25.05). Kirwa was the 2017 IC4A indoor men's 5K champion but never won a track & field event during his time in the Big South Conference. The Flames have entered their maximum of five runners in this event, in case they need points late in the meet. Augostine Lisoreng is seeded No. 3, while Nick Doan could step up to the 5K if needed.

Men's 60-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 4:30 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 1:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Dayo Akindele (Kennesaw State) – 7.92
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Paris Williams (Kennesaw State) – 2nd place
2019 Leader: Jovaine Atkinson (Liberty) – 7.91
Liberty Entrants: Jovaine Atkinson, Branson Rolle
Outlook: The men's 60 hurdles should provide a barometer for the Liberty-Kennesaw State team battle early on in Saturday's procession of event finals. The Flames are led by redshirt junior Jovaine Atkinson, the No. 1 seed at 7.91. He earned All-America honors in 2018 with a fourth-place national finish in this event and captured Big South men's 60 hurdles titles in both 2017 and 2018 (with a facility-record time of 7.71). Teammate Branson Rolle (No. 4 seed, 8.19 season best) placed third in this event in the Big South last season. Dayo Akindele of Kennesaw State is the defending champion but is redshirting this season. Younger brother DJ Akindele, who also competes for KSU, is seeded No. 3 at 8.17. Atkinson's toughest competition could come from Kennesaw State's Paris Williams. The standout heptathlete has posted a season-best time of 7.92 and was last year's runner-up.

Men's 4 x 400 Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 4:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Lipscomb – 3:17.39
2019 Leader: Liberty – 3:11.39
Outlook: Liberty won the men's 4 x 400 relay during each of its last four years as a Big South member and owns the ASUN's fastest time of 2019 (3:11.39) by nearly eight seconds. With Olympian Alejandro Perlaza Zapata on the Flames' squad, the meet (3:15.67) and facility (3:11.22) records could be in play Saturday afternoon. Defending champion Lipscomb also boasts a standout leg in Jonathan Imes.

Men's Distance Medley Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Lipscomb – 10:05.07
2019 Leader: North Florida – 10:03.67
Outlook: North Florida had won three consecutive ASUN men's distance medley relay championships before Lipscomb took top honors in 2018. The Ospreys have bounced back to record the conference's fastest time to date in 2019, 10:03.67. Liberty has not won a conference distance medley relay championship since 2010, when the Flames were anchored by All-American Sam Chelanga.

Men's Long Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 2:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Dayo Akindele (Kennesaw State) – 24-10.5 (7.58m)
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Paris Williams (Kennesaw State) – 4th place
2019 Leader: Nasiem Chandler (NJIT) – 24-2.5 (7.38m)
Liberty Entrants: Brad Smalley, Branson Rolle, Jeremy Davis
Outlook: Kennesaw State has won five straight ASUN men's long jump championships, but defending champion Dayo Akindele is redshirting this season. In his absence, NJIT's Nasiem Chandler is the top seed at 24-2.5 and will attempt to claim the Highlanders' first-ever title in this event. Only three schools (Kennesaw State, ETSU and Campbell) have ever won ASUN men's long jump titles at this meet. Liberty's top hopes lie with Brad Smalley. The 2018 Big South indoor long jump runner-up is seeded No. 3 at 22-9.

Men's Triple Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Dayo Akindele (Kennesaw State) – 49-6.5 (15.10m) (Third in a row)
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Tariq Bradford (Kennesaw State) – 2nd place
2019 Leader: Jonny Saintil (Liberty) – 48-10.25 (14.89m)
Liberty Entrants: Jonny Saintil, Jeremiah McCants, Jeremy Davis, Brad Smalley
Outlook: Kennesaw State has won six straight ASUN men's triple jump championships, but three-time defending champion Dayo Akindele is redshirting. Another key team battle between the Flames and Owls could be headlined by an individual showdown between Liberty's Jonny Saintil and Kennesaw State's Tariq Bradford, the only two conference athletes to reach 48 feet this season. Saintil, the top seed at 48-10.25, placed fourth in the Big South a year ago. Bradford, who placed second to Akindele at the 2018 ASUN Championship, jumped a season-best 48-6 at Liberty on Jan. 26.

Men's High Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 5:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Bobby Harris (North Florida) – 6-7 (2.01m) (Third in a row)
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Jacob Snyder (Lipscomb) – 3rd place
2019 Leader: Jaasiel Torres (North Florida) – 6-9.75 (2.08m)
Liberty Entrants: Jacob Burke, Branson Rolle, Kysheen Myrick
Outlook: Three-time defending champion Bobby Harris of North Florida is out of indoor eligibility, but Ospreys freshman Jaasiel Torres has cleared a conference-best 6-9.75 this season. Liberty's Jacob Burke, the No. 2 seed at 6-7, placed third in this event at last year's Big South indoor meet, one spot ahead of versatile teammate Branson Rolle, who will be competing in his third event of the day (after the long jump and 60 hurdles trials).

Men's Pole Vault
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 4 p.m.
Defending Champion: Calvin Gould (NJIT) – 14-1.75 (4.31m)
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Gould
2019 Leader: Reilly Stroot (Liberty) – 16-0.75 (4.90m)
Liberty Entrants: Reilly Stroot, Anders Janes, Ryan Fox
Outlook: The men's pole vault has traditionally been a strong event for Liberty, and this season is no exception. Reilly Stroot (16-0.75) and Anders Janes (15-9) own the ASUN's top two clearances of 2019. Stroot placed fourth in this event at the 2018 Big South meet, while redshirt freshman Janes will be making his conference meet debut on Friday. Last season, NJIT's Calvin Gould won his school's first-ever ASUN indoor title in any event. He is tied for No. 4 in the ASUN at 14-11 entering Friday's competition.

Men's Shot Put
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 2:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Chuck McConville (Kennesaw State) – 52-6.5 (16.01m)
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: McConville
2019 Leader: Jose Ballivian (Liberty) – 58-6.5 (17.84m)
Liberty Entrants: Jose Ballivian, Sam Mastro, Kysheen Myrick, Kyle Mitchell
Outlook: The only ASUN athletes who have thrown 40 feet this season are three Liberty Flames and three Kennesaw State Owls. Jose Ballivian, a Chile native in his first season with the Flames, tops the conference performance list by four feet at 58-6.5. His stiffest competition on Friday could come from teammate Kyle Mitchell, who will be making his Liberty debut. The Kansas State transfer placed fifth in this event at the 2018 Big 12 indoor meet and owns a personal best of 58.4-5. Kennesaw State is paced by the duo of Tyler Blalock (54-6.75) and defending champion Chuck McConville (52-3.25). No one has won back-to-back ASUN men's shot put titles since Gardner-Webb's Matt Knippen in 2006 and 2007.

Men's Weight Throw
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 1 p.m.
Defending Champion: Chuck McConville (Kennesaw State) – 57-5 (17.50m)
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: McConville
2019 Leader: McConville – 60-0.25 (18.29m)
Liberty Entrants: Sam Mastro, Jose Ballivian
Outlook: Kennesaw State has won six consecutive ASUN men's weight throw championships, and defending champion Chuck McConville is a heavy favorite to extend that streak to seven on Saturday. His top mark of the season (60-0.25) is more than eight feet better than that of No. 2 seed Sam Mastro of Liberty (51-11.25).

Men's Heptathlon
Event Schedule: Day One – Begins Friday at 9:30 a.m.; Day Two – Begins Saturday at 9:45 a.m.
Defending Champion: Paris Williams (Kennesaw State) – 5,167 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Connor Penrod (NJIT) – 5th place
2019 Leader: Williams – 5,328
Liberty Entrants: Jeremy Davis, Kysheen Myrick, Caleb Rider
Outlook: Kennesaw State has captured five straight ASUN heptathlon titles, with the last two coming from Paris Williams. The nation's No. 21-ranked heptathlete at 5,328 points, Williams will focus on individual events this weekend. Liberty's Jeremy Davis, the No. 1 seed, was the Big South heptathlon runner-up in 2018 with a personal-best score of 4,947. Teammate Kysheen Myrick should also contend for a top-three finish in his first heptathlon in a Liberty uniform. The Flames' Caleb Rider will also enter his first multi-event since 2017. He placed fourth in the Big South heptathlon as a freshman in 2016.

Women's Meet Preview
Liberty begins its ASUN era after having captured the last three Big South women's team titles in a row and 13 conference championships in the meet's 21-year history.

Defending ASUN women's champion Jacksonville has dominated this meet, winning 12 titles in the 13-year history of the event. Kennesaw State topped the Dolphins in 2017, halting Jacksonville's streak of 11 consecutive ASUN championships.

The Lady Flames own the ASUN's top performance in the following events this season: 800 (Delaney McDowell), 5K (Noel Palmer), pole vault (Taylen Langin), shot put (Naomi Mojica) and weight throw (Patria Vaimaona).

McDowell is looking for her fourth consecutive conference title in the women's 800 after winning Big South championships in the event in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Women's 60-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 5:15 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jacquelyn Baldwin (Jacksonville) – 7.42 (Third in a row)
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Baldwin
2019 Leader: Savyon Toombs (Jacksonville) – 7.53
Liberty Entrants: Alexis Wilson, Alexis Rolan
Outlook: Jacksonville's Jacquelyn Baldwin, who has won each of the last three ASUN women's 60 dash titles, will make her season debut this weekend. No woman has ever won the same event four times at this meet. Teammate Savyon Toombs owns the conference's fastest time this season (7.53) but will focus on other events in Lynchburg. Sophomore Alexis Wilson is Liberty's top prospect for points in this event. The No. 7 seed at 7.74 seconds, Wilson came in sixth in the Big South 60 final a year ago.

Women's 200-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Shalah Smiling (Jacksonville) – 24.24
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Smiling
2019 Leader: Savyon Toombs (Jacksonville) – 23.16
Liberty Entrants: Ty'Asia Dansbury, Alexis Wilson, Cortney Dowling, Alexis Rolan, Tanner Ealum
Outlook: This is arguably Jacksonville's strongest event, led by Savyon Toombs. The nation's No. 15-ranked 200 runner at 23.16 seconds could be bound for the NCAA national meet.. Teammate Shalah Smiling is the defending ASUN champion and is another of the five Dolphins ranked among the conference's top six performers. Liberty's Ty'Asia Dansbury (No. 4 seed, 24.81) is the only non-Jacksonville sprinter who has broken 25 seconds this season. Last season, Dansbury placed third in the Big South indoor 200 before winning the event outdoors. Liberty's Tanner Ealum could be a wild card. She will be running the 200 for the first time since her freshman year (2017), when she placed third in the Big South.

Women's 400-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 2 p.m.
Defending Champion: Hallie Grimes (North Florida) – 55.12
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Savyon Toombs (Jacksonville) – 2nd place
2019 Leader: Toombs – 53.95
Liberty Entrants: Cortney Dowling, Ty'Asia Dansbury, Tanner Ealum
Outlook: The 400 promises a pivotal clash between Liberty and Jacksonville, as the conference's top six performers are Lady Flames and Dolphins. Jacksonville's Savyon Toombs, the 2018 runner-up, leads the way at 53.95 and will try to win her team's first 400 title since 2015. Liberty's Tanner Ealum was the 2017 Big South indoor and outdoor 400 champion, while teammate Cortney Dowling won this event at the 2018 Big South outdoor meet. Lady Flame Ty'Asia Dansbury came in third in the 2018 Big South indoor 400, one spot behind Radford's Amelia Reynolds, who has since transferred to Jacksonville and will be competing in the 400 on Saturday.

Women's 800-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 3 p.m.
Defending Champion: Michelle Howell (Jacksonville) – 2:09.80 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Skye Zeller (North Florida) – 2nd place
2019 Leader: Delaney McDowell (Liberty) – 2:08.27
Liberty Entrants: Delaney McDowell, Naomi Bowser, Natalee Cole, Rebekah Leone, Kathryn Doherty
Outlook: Liberty won 12 women's 800 titles in its 21 years of competition at the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, including the last three in a row by Delaney McDowell. Now a senior, McDowell is the ASUN's top seed at 2:08.27. Her top two contenders on the performance list are freshmen, including North Florida's Sonja Andenmatten (2:08.66) and Kennesaw State's Brenda Ayuk (2:11.79). Liberty boasts a promising freshman of its own in Naomi Bowser, who has won a pair of 1,000-meter races this season.

Women's Mile
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 12:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Claudia Jalon (North Florida) – 4:55.69
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Nora McUmber (Jacksonville) – 3rd place
2019 Leader: Hayleigh Palotti (Jacksonville) – 4:52.03
Liberty Entrants: Calli Parlier, Heidi Smith, Jamie Anderson
Outlook: Jacksonville's Nora McUmber won the 2017 ASUN women's mile championship and is the top returnee (third place) from last year. However, the top four times in the conference thus far in 2019 belong to freshmen. Jacksonville's Hayleigh Palotti leads the way at 4:52.03, trailed by Kennesaw State's Brenda Ayuk (4:53.36), North Florida's Lydia Vanjik (4:57.89) and Liberty's Calli Parlier (4:58.13). Parlier was named ASUN Freshman of the Year at the 2018 ASUN Cross Country Championships.

Women's 3,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 4 p.m.
Defending Champion: Claudia Jalon (North Florida) – 9:35.66
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Courtney Brenner (Lipscomb) – 2nd place
2019 Leader: Brenner – 9:35.26
Liberty Entrants: Noel Palmer, Emma Bower, Jessica Rogers, Lauren Hirneisen, Sophia Jantomaso
Outlook: The Big South cross country champion (Lipscomb's Courtney Brenner – 9:35.26) and runner-up (Liberty's Noel Palmer – 9:51.72) rank 1-2 on the ASUN 3K list this season. Brenner was last year's ASUN runner-up and will try to win her team's first title in this event since 2014. Liberty freshman Emma Bower clocked an impressive time of 10:07.03 during her last recent outing on Feb. 9 and should be in the mix for points as well.

Women's 5,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 4:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Courtney Brenner (Lipscomb) – 16:50.58
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Brenner
2019 Leader: Noel Palmer (Liberty) – 17:08.95
Liberty Entrants: Noel Palmer, Greer Wilson, Kammi Kurtz, Kyley Sorg, Madison MacPherson
Outlook: The 5K could provide another showdown between Lipscomb's Courtney Brenner (defending champion) and Liberty's Noel Palmer (2018 Big South indoor and outdoor 5K runner-up). No one has won back-to-back ASUN indoor women's 5K titles since USC Upstate's Emily Tangwar in 2008 and 2009. Liberty boasts four of the eight ASUN runners who have broken 18:30 this season, including Palmer, Greer Wilson, Kammi Kurtz and Kyley Sorg.

Women's 60-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 4:45 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jocselyn Powell (Kennesaw State) – 8.34 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Jirah Simpkins (Kennesaw State) – 5th place
2019 Leader: Jordan Gray (Kennesaw State) – 8.57
Liberty Entrants: Jada Thomas, Jaiden Mulder, Kylie Polsgrove, Katie Dodson, Tiffany Jeffcoat
Outlook: Kennesaw State has won back-to-back ASUN women's 60 hurdles titles, but standout hurdler Jordan Gray will focus on other events this weekend. Jacksonville has won eight of 13 titles in meet history, with No. 1 seed Lyric Schmalz (8.61) trying to carry on the Dolphins' tradition. Freshman Jada Thomas (No. 2 seed, 8.69) headlines Liberty's deep hurdling squad. Last year, the Lady Flames' Kylie Polsgrove and Katie Dodson placed 2-3 in the Big South 60 hurdles final.

Women's 4 x 400 Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 5 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jacksonville – 3:45.42
2019 Leader: Jacksonville – 3:41.18
Outlook: The top two contenders for the women's team title (Liberty and Jacksonville) own the ASUN's top two 4 x 400 relay quartets. Jacksonville is ranked No. 1 this season with a school-record time of 3:41.18, while the Lady Flames have three legs (Ty'Asia Dansbury, Cortney Dowling and Tanner Ealum) back from its school-record 3:41.09 effort a year ago. Jacksonville is the defending champion and has won two of the last three ASUN 4 x 400 relay crowns. Meanwhile, Liberty won three straight Big South 4 x 400 relay championships between 2016-18.

Women's Distance Medley Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 6 p.m.
Defending Champion: North Florida – 11:55.27
2019 Leader: Jacksonville – 11:56.47
Outlook: Jacksonville owns the ASUN's fastest distance medley relay time of 2019 (11:56.47), while North Florida is the defending champion. The River City rivals have combined to win this event for the last seven years (2012-18). Liberty is the defending Big South women's distance medley relay champion and has Tanner Ealum and Delaney McDowell back from that squad.

Women's Long Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 4:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Aliyah Whisby (Kennesaw State) – 19-8.75 (6.01m)
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Adja Sackor (Jacksonville) – 5th place
2019 Leader: Jordan Gray (Kennesaw State) – 21-2 (6.45m)
Liberty Entrants: Kylie Polsgrove, Fiona Barnes, Makenzy Mizera, Adrianna Mitchell, Alexis Rolan
Outlook: Kennesaw State has captured each of the last four ASUN women's long jump titles, but none of them have been won by Jordan Gray, who is currently tied for No. 1 in the NCAA at 21-2. Jacksonville's Adja Sackor, the No. 2 seed at 18-11.75, is the top returnee from last year's competition (fifth place). Liberty looks for a strong showing, as three Lady Flames (Kylie Polsgrove, Fiona Barnes and Makenzy Mizera) have come within six inches of the program's 34-year-old school record (19-1.25) this season. Polsgrove was the Big South runner-up in 2018. Alexis Rolan will also long jump for the first time as a Lady Flame. She reached 19-5.5 last year at Eastern Washington and came in eighth in the Big Sky indoor long jump competition.

Women's Triple Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
Defending Champion: Brittany Bowald (Jacksonville) – 41-6 (12.65m) (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Bowald
2019 Leader: Bowald – 40-1.5 (12.23m)
Liberty Entrants: Adrianna Mitchell, Makenzy Mizera, Hannah Andrews, Fiona Barnes
Outlook: Jacksonville's Brittany Bowald (40-1.5) is the only ASUN triple jumper to reach 40 feet this season. The two-time defending champion will attempt to become the first ASUN woman to capture three straight triple jump crowns. Liberty is led by No. 4 seed Adrianna Mitchell (39-5). She posted a season best of 41-6 last year at Southern Miss and was ninth at the 2018 Conference USA indoor championship.

Women's High Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Aliyah Whisby (Kennesaw State) – 5-7 (1.70m)
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Julija Tarvide (Kennesaw State) – 3rd place
2019 Leader: Tarvide – 5-9.25 (1.76m)
Liberty Entrants: Kylie Polsgrove, Fiona Barnes, Abby Thorpe
Outlook: Top seed Julija Tarvide (5-9.25) is aiming for Kennesaw State's fourth straight women's high jump title and her second victory in three years. Her top competition will likely come from multi-event standouts Jordan Gray (Kennesaw State) and Kylie Polsgrove (Liberty). Polsgrove was the 2018 Big South indoor high jump champion.

Women's Pole Vault
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Defending Champion: Erica Sergeant (Kennesaw State) – 12-7.25 (3.84m) (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Jada Smith (Kennesaw State) – 5th place
2019 Leader: Taylen Langin (Liberty) – 12-9.5 (3.90m)
Liberty Entrants: Taylen Langin, Rachel Milnes, Naomi Bowser, Alexis Martin, Kelly Koppenal
Outlook: Two-time defending pole vault champion and meet record holder Erica Sergeant of Kennesaw State is out of indoor eligibility. In her absence, a pair of Liberty underclassmen (freshman Taylen Langin – 12-9.5 and sophomore Rachel Milnes – 12-3.5) have stepped up as title contenders. Milnes posted third-place finishes in the Big South indoor and outdoor pole vault competitions as a freshman. Other contenders for all-conference finishes include a multi-event athlete from Kennesaw State (Jordan Gray) and a mid-distance runner from Liberty (Naomi Bowser). Liberty and Kennesaw State are the only two schools with athletes entered in this event.

Women's Shot Put
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 4:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Noelle Parker (Jacksonville) – 46-8.25 (14.23m) (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Parker
2019 Leader: Naomi Mojica (Liberty) – 48-3.5 (14.72m)
Liberty Entrants: Naomi Mojica, Patria Vaimaona, Chelsea Igberaese
Outlook: Liberty sophomore Naomi Mojica, the shot put's top seed at 48-3.5, swept the 2018 Big South indoor and outdoor titles as a freshman. Jacksonville's Noelle Parker is the two-time defending ASUN champion but is tied for the No. 3 seed with Liberty's Patria Vaimaona (46-7.25), behind Mojica and Jacksonville's Sade Meeks (47-2.25). This will be another key event for the women's team standings, with three Lady Flames and three Dolphins among the top seven seeds.

Women's Weight Throw
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Defending Champion: Greta Pileckaite (Kennesaw State) – 56-6 (17.22m)
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Noelle Parker (Jacksonville) – 2nd place
2019 Leader: Patria Vaimaona (Liberty) – 63-7.5 (19.39m)
Liberty Entrants: Patria Vaimaona, Marvalyn Vernon, Chelsea Igberaese, Naomi Mojica
Outlook: The women's weight throw will be an important event Saturday morning, with four Liberty athletes and a trio of Jacksonville throwers ranked among the top eight seeds. Leading the way is the Lady Flames' Patria Vaimaona at 63-7.5. Marvalyn Vernon (No. 3 seed, 61-3) has also made an immediate impact during her first season at Liberty. She placed 12th in the 2016 SEC women's weight throw during her time as an LSU Tiger.

Women's Pentathlon
Event Schedule: Begins Friday at 9:45 a.m.
Defending Champion: Lauren Polimeno (Jacksonville) – 3,432
Top Returnee from 2018 Meet: Polimeno
2019 Leader: Jordan Gray (Kennesaw State) – 4,218
Liberty Entrants: Kylie Polsgrove, Jamie Gray, Abby Thorpe
Outlook: Kennesaw State's Jordan Gray will be a considerable favorite to capture her fourth ASUN title in the pentathlon. No woman has ever won the same event four times in ASUN indoor track history. Gray currently ranks No. 6 nationally with a score of 4,218. Younger sister Jamie Gray is a freshman at Liberty and will be competing in the second pentathlon of her collegiate career on Friday. Liberty won the pentathlon at each of its last five Big South meets, including the last two by senior Kylie Polsgrove. Jacksonville's Lauren Polimeno won the ASUN pentathlon last season during a redshirt year for Jordan Gray, but will be contesting her first pentathlon of 2019 on Friday.