Liberty senior Alejandro Perlaza Zapata was voted ASUN Conference Men's Most Outstanding Track Performer by the league's head coaches after a record-breaking performance at last weekend's ASUN Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Perlaza Zapata, who previously won the same award indoors, became the second runner in meet history to win the men's 200, 400 and 4 x 400 relay titles at the same championship. The native of Cali, Colombia broke a pair of meet records while helping first-year conference member Liberty capture the men's team title.
Perlaza Zapata's first meet record came in the 400, thanks to a season-best 45.56 clocking. The 2016 Olympian won the race by more than a second with a time which ranks No. 9 in the NCAA this season.
The senior later sprinted to victory in the 200 final, clocking a season-best time of 21.03 into a headwind.
Perlaza Zapata, Nathanial Kirk, Jahquez Durham and Michael Todd then punctuated the Flames' team championship by winning the 4 x 400 relay in a meet-record time of 3:10.38. Perlaza Zapata split 45.7 seconds for the anchor leg.
Perlaza Zapata is one of 17 Flames who qualified for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, slated for May 23-25 at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. He will aim to return to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 400.
Men's Most Outstanding Track Performer Alejandro Perlaza Zapata, Liberty
Men's Most Outstanding Field Performer Daniel Haugh, Kennesaw State
Men's Most Outstanding Freshman Performer DJ Akindele, Kennesaw State
Women's Most Outstanding Track Performer 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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