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Mizera, Jones & Waters Bound for USATF Indoor Championships

February 13, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty sophomore Makenzy Mizera and Flames alumni Darrel Jones and Carson Waters are heading to Albuquerque, N.M. for the 2020 USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships. The meet will take place Friday and Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Friday's action will include Mizera competing in the women's triple jump at 7:30 p.m. Eastern and Waters pole vaulting at 8:15 p.m. Eastern. On Saturday, Mizera will long jump at 1:15 p.m. Eastern with Jones set to triple jump at 4:05 p.m. Eastern.

How to Follow the Flames and Lady Flames
NBC Sports Network will air live coverage from Albuquerque Friday from 9:30-11 p.m. Eastern. Saturday's events will feature a live coverage window on NBC between 4-6 p.m. Eastern.

Fans can also follow along with live video streaming throughout the meet through a paid subscription to NBC Sports Gold.

Live results will be available, courtesy of Flash Results.

What's at Stake?
This meet was intended to determine the Team USA squad for the 2020 World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China. However, that event has been postponed due to the Coronavirus.

Jones and Waters will be eligible to earn prize money, which will be awarded to the top six finishers in each event.

Mizera will aim for a mark which will qualify her for a return trip to Albuquerque for the 2020 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, slated for March 13-14.

For all three, this will mark a big meet experience on the road to this summer's U.S. Olympic Trials.

Marvelous Makenzy
Mizera, who hails from Maryville, Mo., has not endured a sophomore slump. She has broken program records for both the women's long jump (19-4.75) and triple jump (41-3.75) this season.

She will be the only collegiate athlete competing in the women's triple jump this weekend in Albuquerque and will join Towson's Adia Cavalier as the only collegiate women's long jumpers.

This will mark Mizera's USATF senior debut after previously competing in the 2019 USATF U20 Outdoor Championships in Miramar, Fla. That event saw her break the Liberty freshman record with a 41-2.25 triple jump for seventh place.

Jumpin' with Jones
Jones, who is currently serving as a graduate assistant with the Liberty track & field program, will compete at this meet for the third consecutive year.

Jones triple jumped a school-record 51-0 as a Flames senior in 2018 to place ninth. Last year, he came in sixth with a 50-11 leap.

Jones has since boosted his personal best to 53-1.5 and has reached 52-5.5 during the current indoor campaign.

Watch Out for Waters
Waters graduated from Liberty in 2018 with a pole vault personal best of 17-5.

He has added more than a foot to his PR since then, reaching 18-5.5 last summer in Baton Rouge, La.

Waters failed to clear the opening height of 17-9 at this meet a year ago but then came in sixth with an 18-3 clearance at the 2019 USATF Outdoor Championships.

Both Waters and Jones have fared well in recent competitions at their former home facility. Jones won the Liberty Kickoff men's triple jump with a meet-record leap of 52-2. One week later, Waters vaulted 18-0.5 for second place at the Liberty Flames Invite.