(L-R): Quinten Clay, Chelsea Igberaese, Abby Pantlitz, Anthony Bryan
Thanks to outstanding individual performances at the 2021 ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships, four Liberty athletes received superlative awards, as voted upon by the conference's head coaches. The Flames' honorees included Abby Pantlitz (Co-Women's Most Outstanding Track Performer), Chelsea Igberaese (Women's Most Outstanding Field Performer), Quinten Clay (Co-Men's Most Outstanding Field Performer) and Anthony Bryan (Men's Most Outstanding Freshman).
Pantlitz, who was previously named ASUN Most Valuable Female Performer, shares this award with Kennesaw State's Lindsay Billings. A sophomore sprinter from Navarre, Fla., Pantlitz paced all ASUN women's competitors with 21.5 points.
Pantlitz was the first woman to sweep the ASUN 60 (personal-best 7.55) and 200 (personal-best 24.53) titles since Jacksonville's Jacquelyn Baldwin in 2017. Pantlitz also led off for the Lady Flames' 4 x 400 relay squad, which placed third in a season-best time of 3:52.57. Her 60 time on Saturday ranks No. 4 in program history, while her 200 clocking ranks No. 7 all-time at Liberty.
A redshirt junior from Dacula, Ga., Igberaese totaled 18 points, thanks to her second career ASUN women's weight throw title (personal-best 65-8.75) and a runner-up finish to teammate Naomi Mojica in the shot put (48-2). Her weight throw mark ranks No. 2 in meet history and No. 35 nationally, while her shot put effort ranks No. 5 in meet history.
Clay was named Co-Most Valuable Male Performer after racking up 22 points, the most of any ASUN men's field event athlete at this year's meet. The sophomore jumper from Portsmouth, Va., shares today's honor with Tyler Blalock of Kennesaw State.
Clay posted top-three finishes in all three of his events, including the long jump (first place, 23-7.5), high jump (third, 6-7) and triple jump (third, 47-3.5). His winning mark in the long jump was the best performance by an ASUN athlete in the event all season. Remarkably, the ASUN meet was the first time in Clay's collegiate career he had ever competed in either the long jump or triple jump.
Bryan became the Flames' first-ever freshman conference champion in the heptathlon with a score of 4,921 points, which ranks No. 9 in meet history and No. 15 nationally among freshmen this season. The redshirt freshman from Destin, Fla., completed a total of 11 events during the meet, also scoring in the 60 hurdles (third, 8.33) and long jump (sixth, 22-5) for a total of 17 points.
With the 2021 indoor track & field season now complete, Liberty will turn its attention to the outdoor campaign. A number of Flames and Lady Flames will kick the season off on March 13, competing in the Lynchburg Hornet Open. The day's first event at Dr. Jack M. Toms Track is scheduled for 8 a.m.
ASUN Women's Most Outstanding Track Performer: Lindsay Billings, Kennesaw State & Abby Pantlitz, Liberty
ASUN Women's Most Outstanding Field Performer: Chelsea Igberaese, Liberty
ASUN Women's Most Outstanding Freshman: Anna Richardson, Lipscomb
ASUN Men's Most Outstanding Track Performer: Jonathan Schwind, Lipscomb
ASUN Men's Most Outstanding Field Performer: Tyler Blalock, Kennesaw State & Quinten Clay, Liberty
ASUN Men's Most Outstanding Freshman: Anthony Bryan, Liberty
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