(L-R): Anna Hostetler, Chelsea Igberaese, Adelyn Ackley & Anthony Bryan
Four Liberty Flames earned ASUN Conference indoor track & field weekly honors on Wednesday. These include two repeat winners from last week (Chelsea Igberaese – Women's Field and Anthony Bryan – Men's Freshman) and two women's distance runners who made successful track season debuts at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational (Anna Hostetler – Women's Track and Adelyn Ackley – Women's Freshman).
A redshirt junior from Dacula, Ga., Igberaese claimed her second ASUN Women's Field Athlete of the Week honor this season and the third of her career. Igberaese won the women's weight throw at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational with a personal-best and meet-record mark of 65-6.75. She won the event by more than five feet and moved up to No. 34 on this year's NCAA Division I national list.
Igberaese also hurled the shot put 47-5.75 for fifth place in that event. Only teammate Naomi Mojica has thrown the shot put farther this season among ASUN competitors.
Bryan made it back-to-back ASUN Men's Freshman of the Week awards after performing well in three different events at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational. The redshirt freshman from Destin, Fla., placed second in the unseeded men's pole vault (personal-best 15-1), sixth in the men's long jump (22-0.75) and eighth in the men's 60 hurdles (8.35).
Bryan also clocked a personal-best time of 8.19 in the 60 hurdles prelims that is tied for No. 7 in program history. He now ranks No. 3 in the ASUN for the 60 hurdles and long jump and No. 4 for the pole vault this season. He is the ASUN's top-ranked freshman in all three events.
Hostetler won her first career ASUN weekly award after finishing as the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational women's 3K runner-up in 9:33.61. That time ranks the junior from Parnell, Iowa No. 2 in program history, No. 3 in ASUN history and No. 63 nationally this season.
Ackley, a redshirt freshman from Mears, Mich., collected her first ASUN weekly honor on the track after winning four ASUN Freshman of the Week awards for women's cross country in 2019. Running the first track race of her collegiate career, Ackley was the women's 5K runner-up (top collegiate performer) at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational in 16:30.47. That effort ranks No. 2 in program history, No. 3 in ASUN history and No. 39 nationally this season (No. 5 among freshmen).
Igberaese will be part of a small group of Liberty athletes competing at the Virginia Tech Challenge this weekend. The two-day meet is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va.
The rest of the Flames will turn their attention to defending their men's and women's team titles at the 2021 ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships. For the fourth consecutive season, the meet will take place at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex, Feb. 26 and 27.
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