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Bryan Voted VaSID Men's Indoor Field Rookie of the Year

April 30, 2021  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Anthony Bryan was honored as VaSID Men's Indoor Field Rookie of the Year.

Anthony Bryan was honored as VaSID Men's Indoor Field Rookie of the Year.

Liberty's Anthony Bryan was voted Field Rookie of the Year, headlining the Flames' Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) University Division Men's Indoor Track & Field honors. For the second year in a row, a pair of Flames were voted to the first team all-state squad, including Ally Kipchirchir (mid-distance) and Christian Lyon (sprints).

The Flames also boasted seven second team all-state selections, including distance runners Ryan Drew and Felix Kandie, hurdler Felix Lawrence, jumpers Quinten Clay and Gabriel Willis and throwers John Hicks and Kyle Mitchell.

Anthony Bryan – State Field Rookie of the Year
A native of Destin, Fla., Bryan was named the ASUN Men's Most Outstanding Freshman. He became the first-ever freshman to win the ASUN heptathlon title with a winning score of 4,921 which ranked No. 15 nationally among freshmen in 2021. Bryan also placed third in the 60 hurdles and sixth in the long jump at the ASUN meet. He was a two-time ASUN Freshman of the Week (Feb. 10 and Feb. 17).

Ally Kipchirchir – 1st Team All-State (Mid-Distance)
A junior from Eldoret, Kenya, Kipchirchir makes his first VaSID all-state appearance. Prior to this season, the Liberty men's indoor 800 record had stood for 29 years. Kipchirchir broke it twice, including his ASUN runner-up clocking of 1:50.40. That effort ranked No. 60 nationally at season's end. Kipchirchir also anchored the Flames to their first ASUN distance medley relay title.

Christian Lyon – 1st Team All-State (Sprints)
A redshirt senior from Fayetteville, N.C., Lyon is a first team all-state honoree for the second year in a row. The ASUN men's 60 champion and 200 runner-up finished the year No. 52 nationally in the 200 (21.13) and No. 70 in the 60 (6.77). The ASUN Men's Track Athlete of the Week on Feb. 10 won all three of his 60 dash finals for the season.  

Ryan Drew – 2nd Team All-State (Distance)
A redshirt senior from Virginia Beach, Va., Drew successfully defended his ASUN men's 3K title with a personal-best 8:13.56 effort and also finished third in the mile. He was the top collegiate finisher in the mile at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational, where he placed fourth overall.

Felix Kandie – 2nd Team All-State (Distance)
A redshirt junior from Eldoret, Kenya, Kandie made his lone race of the indoor season count. He captured the ASUN men's 5K title with a time of 14:39.20.

Felix Lawrence – 2nd Team All-State (Hurdles)
A sophomore from Portsmouth, Dominica, Lawrence was the ASUN men's 60 hurdles champion with a season-best time of 7.99 that ranked No. 59 nationally. He also came in fifth in the ASUN 400 final.

Quinten Clay – 2nd Team All-State (Jumps)
A sophomore from Portsmouth, Va., Clay was named both Co-ASUN Most Valuable Male Performer and Co-ASUN Men's Most Outstanding Field Performer. He scored 22 points at the ASUN meet, including a victory in the first long jump competition of his career and third-place finishes in both the triple jump and high jump. His season-best high jump clearance of 6-10.75 ranked No. 47 in the nation.

Gabriel Willis – 2nd Team All-State (Jumps)
A freshman from Carrollton, Texas, Willis was the ASUN men's high jump runner-up and fifth-place long jumper. He ranked No. 26 nationally with his 6-11.75 high jump clearance at his first collegiate meet, the Liberty Elite Invitational. Willis was a two-time ASUN Freshman of the Week (Jan. 27 and Feb. 3).

John Hicks – 2nd Team All-State (Throws)
A sophomore from Romney, W.Va., Hicks won his second straight ASUN men's weight throw crown with a personal-best 62-7.75 heave. He was also the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational weight throw champion.

Kyle Mitchell – 2nd Team All-State (Throws)
A senior from Kingston, Jamaica, Mitchell is a second team all-state thrower for the second year in a row. He finished as the ASUN men's shot put runner-up with a season-best mark of 60-10.5 that ranked No. 27 nationally. The ASUN Men's Field Athlete of the Week on Feb. 24 placed first or second in all four of his shot put competitions with victories at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational and Virginia Tech Challenge.