Liberty senior sprinter Alejandro Perlaza Zapata was voted ASUN Conference Men's Most Outstanding Track Performer by the league's head coaches, thanks to his standout performance at last weekend's ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Perlaza Zapata became just the second runner in meet history to win the men's 200, 400 and 4 x 400 relay titles at the same event. The native of Cali, Colombia broke meet records in all three races while helping Liberty capture the men's team championship in its ASUN meet debut.
Perlaza Zapata got his meet started with a first-place finish in the men's 400. His winning time of 46.15 not only bettered the meet record but also took down Perlaza Zapata's own facility record at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex. The clocking was fast enough to earn him an invitation to the 2019 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.
The 2016 Olympian's next victory came in the men's 200, thanks to a 21.04 clocking. That effort broke the meet, Liberty and Colombian records for the one-lap event.
Branson Rolle, Jahquez Durham and Michael Todd preceded Perlaza Zapata on the Flames' victorious 4 x 400 relay squad. Perlaza Zapata posted the team's fastest split (46.24), leading to a meet-record 3:11.65 clocking.
Perlaza Zapata is currently in Boston, where Liberty is competing in the 2019 IC4A and ECAC Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. The meet runs from today through Sunday at the Boston University Track & Tennis Center.
Perlaza Zapata will then wrap up his indoor season at the 2019 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. The meet will take place at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala., with Perlaza Zapata's men's 400 semifinals set for March 8 and the final slated for March 9.
Men's Most Outstanding Track Performer Alejandro Perlaza Zapata, Liberty
Men's Most Outstanding Field Performer Chuck McConville, Kennesaw State
Men's Most Outstanding Freshman Performer Jaasiel Torres, North Florida
Women's Most Outstanding Track Performers Courtney Brenner, Lipscomb Savyon Toombs, Jacksonville
Women's Most Outstanding Field Performer Jordan Gray, Kennesaw State
Women's Most Outstanding Freshman Performer Hayleigh Palotti, Jacksonville
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