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

February 24, 2021  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Ryan Drew will attempt to defend his ASUN titles in the men's mile and 3K.

Ryan Drew will attempt to defend his ASUN titles in the men's mile and 3K.

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Liberty is preparing to host the 2021 ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships, Friday and Saturday at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex. The Flames and Lady Flames will both be attempting to claim their third consecutive ASUN indoor team titles and remain undefeated at home in conference championships.

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.

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

Liberty hopes its home track advantage continues this weekend. The Flames and Lady Flames are 11 for 11 in sweeping conference men's and women's team titles in Lynchburg. The unbeaten streak includes eight editions of the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the 2018 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships and the 2019 and 2020 ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships.

The Liberty men's squad has captured 23 straight indoor conference titles overall, while the Lady Flames have won five in a row.

This will be the Flames' first conference championship event under the direction of first-year Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Lance Bingham. Brant Tolsma announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2020 ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships after leading Liberty to its 115th and 116th team titles during his 34-year tenure at the helm.

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

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

Women's Meet Preview
The Lady Flames enter this weekend's meet having won five consecutive indoor conference titles, including three in the Big South and a pair in the ASUN. Overall, Liberty has captured 15 women's indoor conference championships in the last 23 years.

Three different women's teams have hoisted the first-place trophy within the last four editions of the ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships, including Kennesaw State in 2017, Jacksonville in 2018 and Liberty in 2019 and 2020.

Jacksonville, which has won 12 women's team titles during the meet's 15-year history, has opted out of this year's meet along with North Florida. That leaves only Liberty, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb and first-year ASUN member Bellarmine to battle it out this weekend.

The Lady Flames own the ASUN's top performance in the following seven events this season: 60 (Abby Pantlitz), 3K (Anna Hostetler), 5K (Adelyn Ackley), pole vault (Rachel Milnes), triple jump (Makenzy Mizera), shot put (Naomi Mojica) and weight throw (Chelsea Igberaese).

Senior shot putter Mojica is one of three Lady Flames who will look to defend their ASUN event titles from 2020, along with Calli Doan (mile) and Mizera (long jump).

Mojica is five-for-five in conference shot put championships during her career. She swept the Big South indoor and outdoor titles as a freshman in 2018 before doing the same in the ASUN Conference in 2019. Mojica then claimed the 2020 ASUN indoor shot put title before the outdoor championship was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Ackley will make her ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships debut one week before she attempts to defend her individual title at the ASUN Cross Country Championships, slated for March 5 in Macon, Ga.

Women's 60-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 5:15 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Shalah Smiling (Jacksonville) – 7.48
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Alexis Rolan (Liberty) – 3rd place
Conference Record: 7.38 by Jacquelyn Baldwin (Jacksonville) in 2017
Meet Record: 7.38 by Jacquelyn Baldwin (Jacksonville) in 2017
Facility Record: 7.30 by Kiara Grant (Norfolk State) in 2020
Liberty Record: 7.45 by Oasis Hernandez in 2014
2021 Leader: Abby Pantlitz (Liberty) – 7.66
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Abby Pantlitz, Nikayla Hoyte, Alexis Rolan, Joelle Patton, Ayanna Johnson
Outlook: For the first time since 2015, it will not be a Jacksonville Dolphin standing atop the podium in this event. Could it be a Liberty Lady Flame? Alexis Rolan (third place) is the top returnee from the 2020 ASUN meet, while teammate Abby Pantlitz (7.66) owns the conference's fastest time this season. Liberty has not won a conference women's 60 dash title since Abigail Flower's victory in 2015. Louise Tocays will bid to become Kennesaw State's first victor in this event since 2014. She is coming off a personal-best 7.70 clocking in Birmingham on Feb. 13.

Women's 200-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Savyon Toombs (Jacksonville) – 23.75 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Alexis Rolan (Liberty) – 4th place
Conference Record: 23.16 by Savyon Toombs (Jacksonville) in 2019
Meet Record: 23.75 by Savyon Toombs (Jacksonville) in 2020
Facility Record: 23.52 by Ayla Stanisclaus (New Mexico JC) in 2020
Liberty Record: 23.98 by Kimone Green in 2018
2021 Leader: Louise Tocays (Kennesaw State) – 24.80
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Abby Pantlitz, Janai Scott, Nikayla Hoyte, Joelle Patton, Alexis Rolan
Outlook: Jacksonville has absolutely dominated the one-lap event in recent years, sweeping all three podium positions in 2018, 2019 and 2020. With the Dolphins absent from this year's meet, Liberty's duo of Alexis Rolan and Abby Pantlitz and Kennesaw State's Louise Tocays appear to be the top title contenders. Last year, Rolan placed fourth, Tocays was sixth and Pantlitz was seventh in the ASUN 200 final. Tocays (24.80) is the only ASUN runner who has broken 25 seconds thus far in 2021. Jacksonville's Jacquelyn Baldwin (2017) was the last ASUN women's sprinter to sweep the 60 and 200 dashes in the same year. Abigail Flower (2015 Big South) is the only Lady Flame who has done so during the program's Division I history. Liberty's Janai Scott was the Big South indoor and outdoor 200 champion as a freshman at Campbell in 2017. Since then, she has been sidelined by a number of injuries but is back in action this season and clocked 25.43 at the Brant Tolsma Invitational on Feb. 5. Contesting the 200 for the first time this season, Rolan will run in the first heat as one of only two competitors entered in that section.

Women's 400-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 2 p.m.
Defending Champion: Cortney Strohman (Liberty) – 54.68
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Britiney Johnson (Kennesaw State) – 5th place
Conference Record: 53.79 by Brianna Frazier (North Florida) in 2012
Meet Record: 53.79 by Brianna Frazier (North Florida) in 2012
Facility Record: 52.55 by Athing Mu (Unattached) in 2019
Liberty Record: 53.99 by Cortney Strohman in 2019
2021 Leader: Sarah Hendrick (Kennesaw State) – 55.65
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Cortney Strohman – 2020)
Liberty Entrants: Megan Hinzman, Ty'Asia Dansbury, Nimeesha Coleman, Meredith Engle
Outlook: Kennesaw State's Sarah Hendrick owns the ASUN's fastest 400 time of 2021 (55.65) but will not run the 400 on Saturday due to her strength in other events. Even without Hendrick, the Owls are poised for a strong showing with Britiney Johnson (57.02), Imani Christian (57.49) and Jayla Mobley (58.06) boasting the conference's next three fastest times. Johnson (fifth place) is the top returnee from 2020. Nikayla Hoyte (59.89) and Megan Hinzman (59.93) are the only Lady Flames who have broken 60 in this event this year, with Hoyte focusing on other events this weekend. Liberty's Ty'Asia Dansbury, the 2019 ASUN outdoor 400 titlist, owns a season best of just 1:02.71.

Women's 800-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 3 p.m.
Defending Champion: Tanner Ealum (Liberty) – 2:06.64
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Sarah Hendrick (Kennesaw State) – 2nd place
Conference Record: 2:04.79 by Michelle Howell (Jacksonville) in 2017
Meet Record: 2:06.64 by Tanner Ealum (Liberty) in 2020
Facility Record: 2:05.46 by Michaela Meyer (Unattached) in 2021
Liberty Record: 2:05.42 by Jaime Watson in 2010
2021 Leader: Hendrick – 2:05.64
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Tanner Ealum – 2020)
Liberty Entrants: Naomi Armstrong, Itzel Santos, Kristiana Young, Heidi Tillman, Ava Perez Erickson
Outlook: Kennesaw State junior Sarah Hendrick is a considerable favorite to claim her first ASUN title and the first victory by an Owl in this event since 2015 (Joyce Mattagliano). She currently ranks No. 10 nationally and No. 2 in ASUN history with her time of 2:05.64 from the Bob Pollock Invitational last month. Hendrick's closest ASUN competitor (Liberty's Naomi Armstrong) sits seven seconds back with a season best of 2:12.42. Armstrong's lifetime best effort (2:11.81) came in the 2020 ASUN final, where she placed fourth. The Lady Flames' Calli Doan, last year's third-place finisher, will not contest the 800 this year with an eye on next week's ASUN Cross Country Championships.

Women's Mile
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 12:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Calli Doan (Liberty) – 4:51.26
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Doan
Conference Record: 4:39.39 by Heidi Dahl (ETSU) in 2009
Meet Record: 4:39.39 by Heidi Dahl (ETSU) in 2009
Facility Record: 4:44.96 by Anna Shields (Hartbeat TC) in 2021
Liberty Record: 4:38.52 by Heather Sagan in 2002
2021 Leader: Lydia Miller (Lipscomb) – 4:47.69
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Calli Doan – 2020)
Liberty Entrants: Calli Doan, Kristiana Young
Outlook: Liberty's Calli Doan will try to become the first back-to-back ASUN women's mile champion since Dani Walker of Lipscomb in 2013 and 2014. Her lone track race of 2021 resulted in a victory and personal-best time of 4:51.24 at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational on Feb. 12. But Doan figures to be challenged by talented Lipscomb freshman Sydney Liddle (4:51.40).

Women's 3,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 4 p.m.
Defending Champion: Courtney Brenner (Lipscomb) – 9:32.23 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Lauren Flynt (Lipscomb) – 2nd place
Conference Record: 9:31.16 by Eden Meyer (North Florida) in 2017
Meet Record: 9:32.23 by Courtney Brenner (Lipscomb) in 2020
Facility Record: 9:26.25 by Paige Hofstad (North Carolina) in 2021
Liberty Record: 9:32.67 by Ednah Kurgat in 2016
2021 Leader: Anna Hostetler (Liberty) – 9:33.61
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Anna Hostetler, Priscillah Kiplagat, Brittany Carnathan, Marie Hostetler, Kyley Sorg
Outlook: Last season, the women's 3K boasted impressive depth, with seven runners dipping under the 10:00 mark. It could be another competitive race on Friday, despite the absence of two-time defending champion Courtney Brenner of Lipscomb and the fact that last year's runner-up (Lipscomb's Lauren Flynt) has not been in top form thus far in 2021. Liberty's Anna Hostetler and Priscillah Kiplagat, who placed eighth and fifth, respectively, a year ago, own the top two seeds this season. Hostetler's 9:33.61 effort at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational just missed the program-record 9:32.67 posted by Ednah Kurgat in 2016 on her way to winning the Lady Flames' most recent 3K conference crown. Hostetler's younger sister Marie will make her collegiate 3K debut on Friday. She clocked 16:53.80 for the 5K earlier this season and ran 9:52.30 for the 3K distance in high school. Other top contenders include a couple of first-year transfers into the ASUN. Former Duke runner Lindsay Billings has clocked 9:51.75 for Kennesaw State, while former Georgia Southern runner Merabu Nagwandala has run 9:57.84 for Lipscomb. Bisons freshman Lydia Miller also figures to contend during her first collegiate 3K after racing to a conference-leading mile time of 4:47.69 two weeks ago in Birmingham.

Women's 5,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 4:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Courtney Brenner (Lipscomb) – 16:40.69 (Third in a row)
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Emma Bower (Liberty) – 3rd place
Conference Record: 16:19.82 by Courtney Brenner (Lipscomb) in 2020
Meet Record: 16:32.53 by Eden Meyer (North Florida) in 2017
Facility Record: 15:37.12 by Katelyn Tuohy (North Rockland High School) in 2018
Liberty Record: 15:47.89 by Ednah Kurgat in 2016
2021 Leader: Adelyn Ackley (Liberty) – 16:30.47
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Adelyn Ackley, Noel Palmer, Emma Bower, Jamie Anderson, Priscillah Kiplagat
Outlook: You have to go back to 2017 to find the last time someone other than Lipscomb's Courtney Brenner won the ASUN women's 5K title, indoors or outdoors. A new champion will be crowned Saturday afternoon, and Liberty hopes to stand atop the conference podium in the indoor 5K for the first time since Khristina Kanagy raced to the 2012 Big South title. Four ASUN runners have broken 17 minutes in the 5K this season, and two of them (Adelyn Ackley and Noel Palmer) will represent Liberty in this race. Meanwhile, the Lady Flames' Marie Hostetler (16:53.80) will step down to the 3K this weekend, while Kennesaw State's Lindsay Billings (16:47.30) represents the Owls' best hope at points in this race. Ackley will be running just the second track race of her collegiate career after posting an impressive 16:30.47 (No. 3 in ASUN history) during her debut at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational. Palmer is seeking her first conference title, as she is a four-time conference runner-up at the 5K distance during her career. Liberty's Emma Bower is back after recording a surprise third-place finish in this event in 2020, while Priscillah Kiplagat could run the first track 5K of her career if the Lady Flames need points late in the meet. None of Lipscomb's distance standouts have run a track 5K thus far in 2021, but Merabu Nagwandala (17:10 personal best) could contend for points on Saturday.

Women's 60-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 4:45 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Olivia Brown (Kennesaw State) – 8.55
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Brown
Conference Record: 8.27 by Shanique Walker (Jacksonville) in 2014
Meet Record: 8.27 by Shanique Walker (Jacksonville) in 2014
Facility Record: 8.15 by Annie Kunz (Olympic Training Elite) in 2021
Liberty Record: 8.47 by Arlene Zelinskas in 2007
2021 Leader: Brown – 8.52
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Jada Thomas – 2019)
Liberty Entrants: Amani Hankton, Makenzy Mizera, Nimeesha Coleman, Myiah Scott
Outlook: The hurdles could be a strong event for Kennesaw State. Owls Olivia Brown (defending champion) and Corbin McLean (third place in 2020) are the top two returnees from last season and the only two ASUN hurdlers to break 9.00 this season. Liberty boasts an inexperienced but promising hurdling crew led by freshman Amani Hankton. She won the Brant Tolsma Invitational title in 9.06 to earn ASUN Freshman of the Week honors and is the No. 3 seed entering the meet.

Women's 4 x 400 Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 5 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jacksonville – 3:41.36
Conference Record: 3:35.79 by Jacksonville in 2020
Meet Record: 3:41.36 by Jacksonville in 2020
Facility Record: 3:39.60 by the Bullis School in 2018
Liberty Record: 3:39.06 in 2019
2021 Leader: Kennesaw State – 3:49.05
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (2019)
Outlook: If the meet comes down to the 4 x 400 relay, Kennesaw State appears to have the upper hand. The Owls have clocked 3:49.05 this season, while Liberty's top effort of 2021 to date is just 3:56.29. The absence of Jacksonville means that Belmont (2007 and 2008) will remain the ASUN's only back-to-back champion in this event in meet history. 

Women's Distance Medley Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 6 p.m.
Defending Champion: Liberty – 11:58.96 (Second in a row)
Conference Record: 11:32.29 by Jacksonville in 2013
Meet Record: 11:32.29 by Jacksonville in 2013
Facility Record: 11:34.54 by Lake Braddock High School in 2017
Liberty Record: 11:42.29 in 2019
2021 Leader: None
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (2020)
Outlook: Liberty will try to make history as the first team ever to win three consecutive ASUN women's distance medley relay crowns. Naomi Armstrong (1200) and Calli Doan (1600) have bookended each of the Lady Flames' previous championship teams in this event. Kennesaw State has never won this event, while Lipscomb has not won in 10 years. Either one of those teams could contend for top honors Friday evening.

Women's Long Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 4:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Makenzy Mizera (Liberty) – 18-8.5 (5.70m)
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Mizera
Conference Record: 21-8 (6.60m) by Natasha Harvey (Jacksonville) in 2008 and 2009
Meet Record: 21-8 (6.60m) by Natasha Harvey (Jacksonville) in 2009
Facility Record: 20-5.25 (6.23m) by Claire Bryant (Unattached) in 2020
Liberty Record: 19-4.75 (5.91m) by Makenzy Mizera in 2020
2021 Leader: Jasmine Akins (Kennesaw State) – 19-6.25 (5.95m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Makenzy Mizera – 2020)
Liberty Entrants: Makenzy Mizera, Ayanna Johnson, Adrianna Mitchell, Luize Velmere, Nikayla Hoyte
Outlook: Liberty's Makenzy Mizera is the defending long jump champion but may have to break her own program record of 19-4.75 if she hopes to repeat. Kennesaw State freshman Jasmine Akins has gone over 19 feet twice this season, including a conference-leading 19-6.25 leap at Samford on Feb. 12. Teammate Jozalyn Albright placed third a year ago and is this year's No. 3 seed at 18-9.75. This event could be an important one in the Liberty-Kennesaw State team battle, as the top nine marks in the ASUN this year have been posted by Lady Flames and Owls.

Women's Triple Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
Defending Champion: Adja Sackor (Jacksonville) – 43-2.25 (13.16m)
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Makenzy Mizera (Liberty) – 2nd place
Conference Record: 43-2.25 (13.16m) by Adja Sackor (Jacksonville) in 2020
Meet Record: 43-2.25 (13.16m) by Adja Sackor (Jacksonville) in 2020
Facility Record: 47-7.75 (14.52m) by Thea LaFond (Unattached) in 2021
Liberty Record: 42-8 (13.00m) by Makenzy Mizera in 2021
2021 Leader: Mizera – 42-8 (13.00m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Makenzy Mizera, Adrianna Mitchell, Luize Velmere, Emma Arblaster, Lizbeth Joseph
Outlook: Liberty's Makenzy Mizera will aim for her first ASUN triple jump title after placing second in the event at each of her three previous ASUN championship events, indoors and out. Her program-record 42-8 leap at the Bob Pollock Invitational ranks second in conference history to the 43-2.25 posted by Jacksonville's Adja Sackor at last year's ASUN meet. Mizera would likely need to break Sackor's record if she hopes to qualify for the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. Only one other ASUN triple jumper (2019 champion Da'Yona Henry of Kennesaw State – 40-1.5) has reached 40 feet this season. The Lady Flames' Adrianna Mitchell, seeded third at 39-7.25, is seeking her second career ASUN top-three finish (also third at the 2019 indoor meet).

Women's High Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Julija Tarvide (Kennesaw State) – 5-8 (1.73m) (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Abby Phillips (Liberty) – 2nd place
Conference Record: 5-10 (1.78m) by Amy Stroder (North Florida) in 2008 and Anna Marie Ricciardi (ETSU) in 2007
Meet Record: 5-9.75 (1.77m) by Katerina Vodova (ETSU) in 2014
Facility Record: 6-0 (1.83m) by Morgan Smalls (Panther Creek High School) in 2020 and Shelby Tyler (Unattached) in 2019
Liberty Record: 5-10.75 (1.80m) by Kena Butts in 2005
2021 Leader: Kyarra Newton (Kennesaw State) – 5-6 (1.68m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Anna Worth, Emma Arblaster, Abby Thorpe, Lizbeth Joseph, Abby Phillips
Outlook: The women's high jump figures to be a wide-open competition, as seven different athletes have cleared between 5-3 and 5-6 this season. A number of the event's top contenders could be coming back from Friday's pentathlon competition, including top seed Kyarra Newton (5-6), who will try to claim Kennesaw State's sixth consecutive first-place finish in this event. Liberty's Abby Thorpe, who placed seventh in 2020, cleared 5-8 during the 2020 indoor season but has topped out at 5-3 so far in 2021. Lady Flames freshman Anna Worth figures to be a title contender after clearing 5-5 during her most recent meet, the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational. Abby Phillips took second place for Liberty in 2020 but will be competing for the first time in 2021 due to her primary sport (volleyball) taking place in the spring.

Women's Pole Vault
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 12:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Louisa Washburn (North Florida) – 12-11.75 (3.96m)
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Taylen Langin (Liberty) – 2nd place
Conference Record: 13-1.5 (4.00m) by Rachel Milnes (Liberty) in 2021
Meet Record: 12-11.75 (3.96m) by Louisa Washburn (North Florida) in 2020
Facility Record: 14-5.5 (4.41m) by Alina McDonald (KMR Athletics) in 2021
Liberty Record: 14-0 (4.27m) by Andrea Wildrick in 2002
2021 Leader: Rachel Milnes (Liberty) – 13-1.5 (4.00m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Taylen Langin – 2019)
Liberty Entrants: Rachel Milnes, Taylen Langin, Naomi Armstrong, Marisa Bermudez, Nanah Fung Loy
Outlook: A new meet record has been set in the women's pole vault at each of the last two ASUN indoor championships. Liberty's Taylen Langin cleared a meet-record 12-7.5 to win as a freshman in 2019 before North Florida's Louisa Washburn took top honors with a meet-record 12-11.75 clearance in 2020. The record could be on watch again Saturday afternoon, as Langin has made it over 12-11.75 this season and teammate Rachel Milnes has vaulted an ASUN all-time indoor-record 13-1.5. Langin, Milnes and fellow Lady Flame Naomi Armstrong placed 2-3-4 behind Washburn a year ago. Armstrong is tied with Kennesaw State's Josie Konigsmark for the No. 3 seed at 11-5.75 coming into Saturday's competition.

Women's Shot Put
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 4:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Naomi Mojica (Liberty) – 50-4 (15.34m) (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Mojica
Conference Record: 51-0.25 (15.55m) by Naomi Mojica (Liberty) in 2021
Meet Record: 50-4 (15.34m) by Naomi Mojica (Liberty) in 2020
Facility Record: 53-1.5 (16.19m) by Patience Marshall (Campbell) in 2020
Liberty Record: 53-5.5 (16.29m) by Mychelle Cumings in 2014
2021 Leader: Mojica – 51-0.25 (15.55m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Naomi Mojica – 2020)
Liberty Entrants: Naomi Mojica, Chelsea Igberaese, Megan Mann, Kali Grayson, Jamie Gray
Outlook: As mentioned previously in this article, Liberty senior Naomi Mojica has yet to lose a conference shot put competition during her career. The meet (50-4) and all-time ASUN record holder (51-0.25), Mojica will try to become the first women's shot putter in meet history to win three years in a row. Her top competition will likely come from teammate Chelsea Igberaese, who ranks No. 2 all-time in the ASUN at 49-7.25 and placed second to Mojica a year ago. Liberty went 1-2-3 in this event in 2020. For the Lady Flames to do so again on Friday, freshman Megan Mann will likely need to continue her season-long upward trajectory. After opening her collegiate career with a mark of 39-5, Mann has since improved to 41-11.5, 42-2.75 and 44-1.5 at her three successive meets.

Women's Weight Throw
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Defending Champion: Nia Seldon (Kennesaw State) – 61-5 (18.72m)
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Chelsea Igberaese (Liberty) – 3rd place
Conference Record: 67-9.75 (20.67m) by Sade Meeks (Jacksonville) in 2020
Meet Record: 66-5.25 (20.25m) by Kree Clark (Jacksonville) in 2016
Facility Record: 66-9.25 (20.35m) by Victoria Merriweather (Charlotte) in 2017
Liberty Record: 67-5.5 (20.56m) by Jocelyn Williams in 2014
2021 Leader: Igberaese – 65-6.75 (19.98m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Chelsea Igberaese – 2019)
Liberty Entrants: Chelsea Igberaese, Naomi Mojica, Grace Artis, Megan Mann, Sofia Mojica
Outlook: Liberty's Chelsea Igberaese is a sizable favorite to win her second career ASUN women's weight throw title (also 2019), as her season-best mark of 65-6.75 is more than six feet superior to that of any other ASUN competitor. Kennesaw State's Javon Joyner, who placed one spot behind Igberaese a year ago in fourth, owns the No. 2 seed at 59-4.25. Liberty also hopes for good points from the No. 3 and 4 seeds, Naomi Mojica (58-1.75) and Grace Artis (55-3.75). Artis, in her first year as a Lady Flame, finished fourth in the ASUN weight throw in 2018 and sixth in 2019 while competing for Jacksonville. Bellarmine senior Ally Kluender threw a program-record 54-8.25 during her last outing, entering herself into the conversation.

Women's Pentathlon
Event Schedule: Begins Friday at 9:45 a.m.
Defending Champion: Jessica Watkins (Kennesaw State) – 3,721
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Kyarra Newton (Kennesaw State) – 2nd place
Conference Record: 4,412 by Jordan Gray (Kennesaw State) in 2019
Meet Record: 4,202 by Jordan Gray (Kennesaw State) in 2019
Facility Record: 4,202 by Jordan Gray (Kennesaw State) in 2019
Liberty Record: 3,986 by Kylie Polsgrove in 2019
2021 Leader: Newton – 3,495
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Meredith Engle, Myiah Scott, Nanah Fung Loy, Madeline Hunt
Outlook: All 13 ASUN athletes who have completed a pentathlon in 2021 are either freshmen or sophomores. Kennesaw State sophomore Kyarra Newton, last year's runner-up, is the conference's top seed (3,495), 158 points ahead of Lipscomb freshman Anna Richardson (3,337). Liberty's Myiah Scott placed fifth in this event as a freshman last season, but it is current freshman Meredith Engle (3,221) who owns the top score among the Lady Flames' youthful multi-event crew. The Lady Flames are in search of their first ASUN pentathlon title after winning 10 pentathlon crowns during their time in the Big South Conference. Meanwhile, Lipscomb has never recorded an ASUN top-three finish in the pentathlon.

Men's Meet Preview
The Liberty men's indoor track & field team has never lost a conference meet at the NCAA Division I level, going 23 for 23 in claiming the team championship trophy. The Flames captured the team title at each of the 21 editions of the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships they competed in and have won the last two ASUN indoor crowns, extending the longest active championship streak in NCAA Division I men's indoor track & field.

The Flames expect a strong challenge from Kennesaw State, which had won seven straight ASUN indoor championships prior to Liberty's arrival in the conference. The Owls have captured a meet-record nine men's team titles during the 15-year history of the ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships and have finished second to the Flames each of the past two seasons.

There will only be four men's teams competing at this weekend's meet (Liberty, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb and ASUN newcomer Bellarmine) as North Florida has opted out of the 2021 indoor season.

Liberty returns five men's event champions from last year's meet, two of whom won a pair of individual events in 2020. Christian Lyon swept the men's 60 and 200 dashes, while Ryan Drew pulled off the mile/3K double. Kyle Mitchell (shot put), John Hicks (weight throw) and Branson Rolle (heptathlon) are also back, although Rolle will focus on individual events this time around.

The Flames own the conference's top mark of 2021 in five different events, including the 200 (Lyon), 60 hurdles (Juan Pablo Germain Ronco), pole vault (Anders Janes), weight throw (Hicks) and heptathlon (Cole Peterlin).

The ASUN meet will mark athletes' final chance to post a qualifying mark for the 2021 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. At this point, Liberty's standout performers like Lyon and Mitchell will likely need to post season-best performances this weekend in order to qualify.

Men's 60-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 5 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Christian Lyon (Liberty) – 6.71
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Lyon
Conference Record: 6.66 by Drew Duggans (Kennesaw State) in 2015
Meet Record: 6.66 by Drew Duggans (Kennesaw State) in 2015
Facility Record: 6.63 by Davonte Burnett (Barton County CC) in 2020
Liberty Record: 6.71 by Christian Lyon in 2020
2021 Leader: Omar Diaz (Kennesaw State) – 6.72
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Christian Lyon – 2020)
Liberty Entrants: Christian Lyon, Elijah Pierson, Jeremy Davis, Diamantae Griffin, Branson Rolle
Outlook: Liberty's Christian Lyon set a program record of 6.71 while capturing last year's ASUN men's 60 dash title and enters this weekend on a two-meet winning streak in the event. However, Lyon (6.77 season best) is looking up at 2020 runner-up Omar Diaz of Kennesaw State (6.72) on this year's ASUN performance list. Lyon hopes to become the Flames' first back-to-back conference champion in this event since Jeremy Wagner in 1999 and 2000 (Big South). Diamantae Griffin will make his Liberty debut this weekend. Last year, he placed second in the NAIA men's 60 final in a personal-best 6.73 while competing for William Carey.

Men's 200-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 3:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Christian Lyon (Liberty) – 20.99
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Lyon
Conference Record: 20.99 by Christian Lyon (Liberty) in 2020
Meet Record: 20.99 by Christian Lyon (Liberty) in 2020
Facility Record: 20.68 by Caleb Boger (Barton County CC) in 2020
Liberty Record: 20.99 by Christian Lyon in 2020
2021 Leader: Lyon and Omar Diaz (Kennesaw State) – 21.29
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Christian Lyon – 2020)
Liberty Entrants: Christian Lyon, Elijah Pierson, Bryson Hunter, Diamantae Griffin, Branson Rolle
Outlook: Last year, the Flames' Christian Lyon provided one of the ASUN meet's most memorable moments when he won the men's 200 in 20.99, breaking the Liberty, meet and facility records. This season, his 21.29 clocking is tied for the ASUN's best, along with 2020 runner-up Omar Diaz of Kennesaw State. Lyon will race in lane 5 during the fourth and final heat, with Diaz one lane to his outside. As in the 60, the Flames' Diamantae Griffin could be a factor in his season debut. He posted a 21.29 of his own for Hinds Community College, taking fifth place at the 2018 NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Men's 400-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 1:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jonathan Imes (Lipscomb) – 48.01
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Imes
Conference Record: 46.07 by Alejandro Perlaza Zapata (Liberty) in 2019
Meet Record: 46.15 by Alejandro Perlaza Zapata (Liberty) in 2019
Facility Record: 46.15 by Alejandro Perlaza Zapata (Liberty) in 2019
Liberty Record: 46.07 by Alejandro Perlaza Zapata in 2019
2021 Leader: Malik Hussie (Kennesaw State) – 48.23
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Alejandro Perlaza Zapata – 2019)
Liberty Entrants: Felix Lawrence, Michael Rose
Outlook: Lipscomb senior Jonathan Imes is seeking his third career ASUN title in the two-lap event after previous victories in 2018 and 2020. Harold Sims of Campbell (2008-10) is the conference's only previous three-time champion in this event. Imes is one of three ASUN runners who have broken 49 seconds this season. His season-best 48.30 clocking is sandwiched between Kennesaw State's Malik Hussie (48.23) and Sparticus Griffin (48.60) on the 2021 conference list. Liberty will enter the sophomore duo of Michael Rose and Felix Lawrence. Rose was a surprise third-place finisher in this race in 2020, while Lawrence will be competing 30 minutes after running in the men's 60 hurdles final.

Men's 800-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 2:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jonathan Schwind (Lipscomb) – 1:51.87 (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Schwind
Conference Record: 1:48.82 by Jonathan Schwind (Lipscomb) in 2021
Meet Record: 1:50.97 by Ryan Speer (Lipscomb) in 2018
Facility Record: 1:48.07 by Alex Amankwah (District Track Club) in 2021
Liberty Record: 1:50.52 by Ally Kipchirchir in 2021
2021 Leader: Schwind – 1:48.82
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Ally Kipchirchir, Noah Tindale, Tyler Modrzejewski
Outlook: The men's 800 will feature three of the five fastest performers in ASUN history, including conference record holder (1:48.82) and two-time defending champion Jonathan Schwind of Lipscomb, the ASUN's No. 3 all-time performer (Liberty's Ally Kipchirchir – 1:50.52) and the ASUN's No. 5 all-time performer (Lipscomb's Ryan Bush – 1:51.31). Add in last year's third-place finisher (Kennesaw State's Koi Williams), and this should be a riveting race to watch. Lipscomb will seek its fifth consecutive conference title in this event, which should see the meet (1:50.97) record challenged. Schwind will try to join Kennesaw State's Gianni Catalano (2008-10) as the only three-time champions of this event in meet history. Kipchirchir will be racing the 800 for the first time since breaking Johnny Prettyman's 29-year-old program record at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational.

Men's Mile
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Ryan Drew (Liberty) – 4:08.21
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Drew
Conference Record: 4:07.53 by Tyler Stahl (North Florida) in 2017
Meet Record: 4:08.15 by Jonathan Schwind (Lipscomb) in 2018
Facility Record: 4:01.50 by Jacob Dumford (District Track Club) in 2021
Liberty Record: 4:01.63 by Josh McDougal in 2006
2021 Leader: Brady Johnson (Lipscomb) – 4:10.58
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Ryan Drew – 2020)
Liberty Entrants: Ryan Drew, Joe Spitzer, Kyle Harkabus
Outlook: The last three ASUN men's mile champions will be represented in Saturday's field, as Lipscomb's Jonathan Schwind was victorious in 2018 and 2019 before Liberty's Ryan Drew edged Schwind for victory a year ago. Competing in the mile for the first time in 2021, Schwind will try to become the ASUN's first three-time men's mile victor. Meanwhile, Kennesaw State's Koi Williams (4:11.56) season best will attempt to win the Owls' first ASUN mile championship since 2009 (Scott Burley). The meet record of 4:08.15 could certainly be challenged.

Men's 3,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 3:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Ryan Drew (Liberty) – 8:14.39
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Drew
Conference Record: 8:07.07 by Nick Doan (Liberty) in 2019
Meet Record: 8:12.82 by Noah Perkins (North Florida) in 2019
Facility Record: 7:59.55 by Ryan Renken (Unattached) in 2021
Liberty Record: 7:48.24 by Sam Chelanga in 2011
2021 Leader: Reid Masterson (Bellarmine) – 8:25.48
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Ryan Drew – 2020)
Liberty Entrants: Ryan Drew, Kipruto Kogei, Joe Spitzer
Outlook: Last season, Liberty's Ryan Drew overtook Lipscomb's Brent Leber on the final straightaway for a memorable victory in the men's 3K. Drew is back to defend his title, contesting the 3K distance for the first time this season. No Flame has won consecutive conference 3K titles since Josh McDougal captured four Big South championships in succession between 2005 and 2008. Drew's biggest challenger could be Brady Johnson of Lipscomb, who is stepping up to the 3K distance for the first time after running an ASUN-leading 4:10.58 mile during his most recent outing.

Men's 5,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 3:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Brent Leber (Lipscomb) – 14:04.75
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Felix Kandie (Liberty) – 2nd place
Conference Record: 14:01.10 by Brent Leber (Lipscomb) in 2020
Meet Record: 14:04.75 by Brent Leber (Lipscomb) in 2020
Facility Record: 13:56.51 by Wesley Banguria (Colby CC) in 2020
Liberty Record: 13:19.79 by Sam Chelanga in 2009
2021 Leader: None
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Azaria Kirwa – 2019)
Liberty Entrants: Felix Kandie, Kipruto Kogei
Outlook: No one in the ASUN has run a 5K entering this weekend, making Saturday's race a difficult one to forecast. Felix Kandie represents the Flames' top hope after finishing second in a personal-best time of 14:17.55 a year ago. Bellarmine's Reid Masterson owns the ASUN's fastest 3K time of the season (8:25.48) and will make his season debut in the 5K Saturday. Other than Kandie, Lipscomb's Sam Shaylor (eighth place) is the only returnee among last year's top eight finishers. Shaylor also boasts the fastest 3K time this season (8:32.55) among Lipscomb's five entrants.

Men's 60-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 4:30 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 1:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jovaine Atkinson (Liberty) – 7.81
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Cole Peterlin (Liberty) – 4th place
Conference Record: 7.72 by Paris Williams (Kennesaw State) in 2020
Meet Record: 7.76 by Jovaine Atkinson (Liberty) in 2020
Facility Record: 7.71 by Kurt Powdar (Hinds CC) in 2020 and Jovaine Atkinson (Liberty) in 2018
Liberty Record: 7.64 by Jovaine Atkinson in 2018
2021 Leader: Juan Pablo Germain Ronco (Liberty) – 8.06
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Jovaine Atkinson – 2020)
Liberty Entrants: Juan Pablo Germain Ronco, Felix Lawrence, Anthony Bryan, Cole Peterlin, Daniel Van Duren
Outlook: Even though defending champion Jovaine Atkinson has exhausted his indoor eligibility, the 60 hurdles could be a big event for the Flames. Liberty's Juan Pablo Germain Ronco (8.06), Felix Lawrence (8.10), Anthony Bryan (8.19) and Cole Peterlin (8.35) rank 1-2-3-4 in the ASUN entering this weekend, while Peterlin (fourth place) is the top returnee from the 2020 final. Germain Ronco could chase the Chilean national record of 7.97. Additionally, Flames freshman Daniel Van Duren will represent Liberty for the first time this weekend. Competing unattached, he clocked 8.40 at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational, a time which would rank him No. 5 in the ASUN behind his four teammates.

Men's 4 x 400 Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 4:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Liberty – 3:14.63 (Second in a row)
Conference Record: 3:11.39 by Liberty in 2019
Meet Record: 3:11.65 by Liberty in 2019
Facility Record: 3:10.34 by St. Augustine's in 2020
Liberty Record: 3:09.88 in 2018
2021 Leader: Kennesaw State – 3:13.63
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (2020)
Outlook: Liberty has captured back-to-back ASUN men's 4 x 400 relay titles and six straight indoor conference championships overall in this event. If the Flames hope to become the first team ever to win three consecutive ASUN men's 4 x 400 relay championships, they will have to overcome a strong Kennesaw State squad which ran 3:13.63 earlier this season.

Men's Distance Medley Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: North Florida – 10:01.78
Conference Record: 9:57.30 by Lipscomb in 2019
Meet Record: 9:57.30 by Lipscomb in 2019
Facility Record: 9:57.30 by Lipscomb in 2019
Liberty Record: 9:47.30 in 2018
2021 Leader: None
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Outlook: As with the 5K, no ASUN men's distance medley relay squads have competed so far in 2021. Depending on who is entered, Liberty and Kennesaw State figure to be among the top contenders for first place on Friday. Liberty has not won a conference distance medley relay championship since 2010, when the Flames were anchored by All-American Sam Chelanga. Meanwhile, Kennesaw State's lone ASUN title in this event came in 2009.

Men's Long Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 2:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Erick Johnson (Liberty) – 23-8.75 (7.23m)
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Kelvin Campbell (Kennesaw State) – 3rd place
Conference Record: 26-2.25 (7.98m) by Bilal Abdullah (Kennesaw State) in 2016
Meet Record: 25-5.5 (7.76m) by Andre Dorsey (Kennesaw State) in 2014
Facility Record: 25-6.25 (7.78m) by Shakwon Coke (Barton County CC) in 2020
Liberty Record: 25-0.5 (7.63m) by James McKnight in 1994
2021 Leader: Campbell – 23-6.75 (7.18m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Erick Johnson – 2020)
Liberty Entrants: Anthony Bryan, Branson Rolle, Quinten Clay, Jeremy Davis, Gabriel Willis
Outlook: Liberty has claimed back-to-back ASUN men's long jump championships, including Branson Rolle's victory in 2019 and Erick Johnson's title a year ago. Rolle is back in 2021, but Kennesaw State's Kelvin Campbell (23-6.75) and Karl Joeaar (23-0.75) are the only two conference athletes to top 23 feet this season. Campbell (third place) is the top returner from last year's competition. Anthony Bryan is Liberty's top seed at No. 3, thanks to a season-best mark of 22-7.25. The long jump will be his fifth event of the day on Friday. Liberty's Jeremy Davis will long jump for the first time in 2021. He owns a personal best of 23-7.5 from 2019.

Men's Triple Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Qwazon Al-Khaliq (Kennesaw State) – 48-9 (14.86m)
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Al-Khaliq
Conference Record: 53-4.5 (16.27m) by Andre Dorsey (Kennesaw State) in 2014
Meet Record: 52-7.5 (16.04m) by Andre Dorsey (Kennesaw State) in 2013
Facility Record: 53-1.5 (16.19m) by Shakwon Coke (Barton County CC) in 2020
Liberty Record: 51-0 (15.54m) by Darrel Jones in 2018
2021 Leader: Kelvin Campbell (Kennesaw State) – 50-8.75 (15.46m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Jonny Saintil – 2019)
Liberty Entrants: Jeremiah McCants, Quinten Clay, Jeremy Davis
Outlook: Kennesaw State placed 1-2-3-4 in the men's triple jump in 2020 with three of those four athletes coming back this year. They include defending champion Qwazon Al-Khaliq, third-place Kelvin Campbell (top seed at 50-8.75) and fourth-place Karl Joeaar. Liberty senior Jeremiah McCants, who came in fifth a year ago, will duel with the Owls. He has added nearly two feet to his indoor personal best this season, improving from 46-6.25 to 48-4.5 to join the Flames' all-time top 10.

Men's High Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 5:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jaasiel Torres (North Florida) – 6-10.25 (2.09m) (Second in a row)
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Sultan Simms (Kennesaw State) – 2nd place
Conference Record: 7-3.75 (2.23m) by Andre Dorsey (Kennesaw State) in 2014
Meet Record: 7-3.75 (2.23m) by Andre Dorsey (Kennesaw State) in 2014
Facility Record: 7-3 (2.21m) by Tequan Claitt (Indiana Tech) in 2020 and Brenton Foster (Virginia) in 2019
Liberty Record: 7-1.5 (2.17m) by Anthony Bryant in 2009 and James Wilson in 1988
2021 Leader: Simms – 7-0.5 (2.15m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): None
Liberty Entrants: Gabriel Willis, Quinten Clay, Cole Peterlin, Branson Rolle, Daniel Van Duren
Outlook: North Florida high jumpers have claimed each of the last five ASUN titles, but the Ospreys will be unable to continue that streak this weekend. Kennesaw State sophomore Sultan Simms, last year's runner-up, is the top seed at 7-0.5. He will look to be the Owls' first champion in this event since 2015 (Andre Dorsey). Liberty's duo of freshman Gabriel Willis (6-11.75) and sophomore Quinten Clay (6-10.75) also figures to contend for the Flames' first conference victory in this event since Kyle Wheeler's Big South crown in 2014. Wheeler was Liberty's last freshman conference high jump champion in 2012, a feat fellow Texan Willis would like to match on Friday. Don't write off the Flames' Branson Rolle either. He is a three-time All-ASUN high jumper with a personal best of 6-8.25.

Men's Pole Vault
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 4 p.m.
Defending Champion: Brenton Rosa (Kennesaw State) – 16-7.25 (5.06m)
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Anders Janes (Liberty) – 2nd place
Conference Record: 17-7.75 (5.38m) by Elliott Haynie (Gardner-Webb) in 2008
Meet Record: 17-0.75 (5.20m) by Elliott Hayne (Gardner-Webb) in 2008
Facility Record: 18-10.25 (5.75m) by Scott Houston (Vaulthouse Elite) in 2021
Liberty Record: 17-5 (5.31m) by Ken Howell in 1999
2021 Leader: Janes – 16-2.75 (4.95m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Reilly Stroot – 2019)
Liberty Entrants: Anders Janes, Anthony Bryan, Luke Lombardi, Cole Peterlin, Aidan Dinsbeer
Outlook: Only seven men will contest the pole vault, including five Flames and a pair of Owls. Liberty's Anders Janes (16-2.75) and KSU's Jack Rhea (16-0.75) figure to contend for the title. Janes will be seeking his first ASUN indoor pole vault crown after winning outdoors in 2019 and placing second indoors in 2020. The Flames' Anthony Bryan cleared a personal-best 15-1 two weeks ago and could be in the mix for a top-three finish. But the pole vault will be his sixth event of the day and his seventh (60 hurdles prelims) will take place during the competition.

Men's Shot Put
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 2:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Kyle Mitchell (Liberty) – 62-10.5 (19.16m)
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Mitchell
Conference Record: 62-10.5 (19.16m) by Kyle Mitchell (Liberty) in 2020
Meet Record: 62-10.5 (19.16m) by Kyle Mitchell (Liberty) in 2020
Facility Record: 67-2.75 (20.49m) by Stipe Zunic (Nike/Croatia) in 2017
Liberty Record: 62-10.5 (19.16m) by Kyle Mitchell in 2020
2021 Leader: Tyler Blalock (Kennesaw State) – 62-4 (19.00m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Kyle Mitchell – 2020)
Liberty Entrants: Kyle Mitchell, Jose Ballivian, Warren Barrett, Jacob Strickler
Outlook: For the second year in a row, Friday's men's shot put competition promises to be a can't-miss event. The field features four of the top five competitors in ASUN history, including top seed Tyler Blalock of Kennesaw State (62-4 season best), defending champion Kyle Mitchell of Liberty (60-7.25), 2019 champion Jose Ballivian of Liberty (59-5.5) and Liberty newcomer Warren Barrett (59-0.75). The Flames' trio all topped Blalock last weekend at the Virginia Tech Challenge. Last season, Mitchell's winning mark measured a Liberty and meet-record 62-10.5. If anyone can break Mitchell's record on Friday, they would be in contention for a berth at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. No one has captured back-to-back titles in this event since Gardner-Webb's Matt Knippen won the first two ASUN indoor men's shot put competitions in 2006 and 2007.

Men's Weight Throw
Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 1 p.m.
Defending Champion: John Hicks (Liberty) – 59-10.5 (18.25m)
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Hicks
Conference Record: 65-4.75 (19.93m) by Joe Frye (Belmont) in 2011
Meet Record: 65-2.75 (19.88m) by Martynas Sedys (Kennesaw State) in 2015
Facility Record: 70-4.25 (21.44m) by Andrei Romanov (New Mexico JC) in 2020
Liberty Record: 66-6.5 (20.28m) by Jon Hart in 2008
2021 Leader: Hicks and Tyler Blalock (Kennesaw State) – 60-11.5 (18.58m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (John Hicks – 2020)
Liberty Entrants: John Hicks, Stuart Folkerts, Jacob Strickler, Beau Backes
Outlook: Liberty's John Hicks, a surprise ASUN men's weight throw champion in 2020, will look to defend his crown on Saturday. He threw a personal-best 60-11.5 during his last outing, the same day that Kennesaw State's Tyler Blalock also reached a personal best of 60-11.5 at a different meet. When Hicks and Blalock went head-to-head at the Bob Pollock Invitational earlier this season, Hicks edged Blalock by four inches. Needless to say, another tight battle could be in store for Saturday. Liberty sophomore Stuart Folkerts threw a season-best 51-11.25 for fourth place a year ago and has been one of the Flames' most improved athletes of 2021. If he reaches anywhere near his season best of 56-3 this weekend, Folkerts will certainly be in strong position for a top-three finish.

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: Branson Rolle (Liberty) – 4,834
Top Returnee from 2020 Meet: Zach Wendt (Liberty) – 3rd place
Conference Record: 5,941 by Bilal Abdullah (Kennesaw State) in 2015
Meet Record: 5,600 by Bilal Abdullah (Kennesaw State) in 2015
Facility Record: 5,523 by Markus Ballengee (Liberty) in 2018
Liberty Record: 5,537 by Markus Ballengee in 2018
2021 Leader: Cole Peterlin (Liberty) – 4,755
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Branson Rolle – 2020)
Liberty Entrants: Cole Peterlin, Anthony Bryan, Zach Wendt
Outlook: Liberty's heptathlon lineup features the conference leader (Cole Peterlin – 4,755 points), the event's top returnee from 2020 (third-place Zach Wendt) and talented freshman Anthony Bryan, who will make his collegiate heptathlon debut. Defending champion Branson Rolle and 2019 ASUN decathlon champion Jeremy Davis will compete in other events for the Flames this weekend. Bryan will compete in a total of 11 events during the two-day meet if he qualifies for the men's 60 hurdles finals, as he is also entered in the long jump and pole vault. If a Flame is victorious, it would mark Liberty's third different ASUN heptathlon champion in as many years, as Kysheen Myrick won in 2019 and Rolle took top honors in 2020. Bryan could become the Flames' first freshman ever to win a conference heptathlon title. Lipscomb freshman Peter de Kruyff of the Netherlands also bears watching in his collegiate heptathlon debut. He posted a score of 4,820 for fourth place at the 2020 Dutch Indoor U20 Combined Events Championships.