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Liberty to Host World Championships for Ultra Multi Events

September 14, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Brant Tolsma will compete in the 2010 World Championships for Ultra Multi Events at his home facility, Sept. 24-25.

Brant Tolsma will compete in the 2010 World Championships for Ultra Multi Events at his home facility, Sept. 24-25.

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Liberty men's and women's cross country and track & field head coach Brant Tolsma has not only been preparing the Flames and Lady Flames for the upcoming season, but has also been doing plenty of his own training in recent months. He is one of the featured competitors in the 2010 World Championships for Ultra Multi Events, scheduled for Sept. 24-25 at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex.

The event, which features a men's double decathlon and a women's double heptathlon, returns to Lynchburg for the second time. Liberty previously hosted the 2005 World Championships for Ultra Multi Events.

As many as eight different nations may be represented in this year's edition, including Austria, Australia, Finland, Germany, New Zealand, Serbia and the United Kingdom. The anticipated field of competitors range in age from 13 to 70.

Tolsma will be aiming for the age 60 and over world record in the double decathlon, which features 20 different disciplines in two days. The current mark of 9,790 points was set by Finland's Kyosti Poutainen in 2004. Tolsma expects a challenge from Reinhardt Engert, who established the age group's world one-day double decathlon record (6,806 points) in his home nation of Germany earlier this summer.

Liberty will also be represented in the double heptathlon, with 2009 graduate Marie Williams entered in the 14-event competition. Williams, currently working with the Liberty track & field team as a graduate assistant, was a four-time Big South multi-event champion (two apiece in the heptathlon and pentathlon) during her time with the Lady Flames.

Two of the top competitors for the overall double decathlon title were highly decorated decathletes during their collegiate career. Joe Detmer was a two-time decathlon All-American at Wisconsin, including a national runner-up finish in 2007. He set his personal best of 8,090 points while competing for Team USA in the Thorpe Cup in Germany last month. Detmer is married to Liberty's heptathlon school record holder, Danielle (McNaney) Detmer.

Kyle Steiner also attended college in Wisconsin, earning a pair of NCAA Division III national runner-up finishes in the decathlon. He has enjoyed previous success at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex, winning the Liberty Collegiate Invitational decathlon crown in both 2009 and 2010.

Action in the double decathlon will commence at 9 a.m. both days, with the double heptathlon getting underway at Noon each day. The two-day competition will conclude with an awards ceremony, slated for 8:45 p.m. on Sept. 25.

Day one of the double decathlon begins with the 100-meter dash, followed by the long jump, 200-meter hurdles, shot put, 5,000-meter run, 800-meter run, high jump, 400-meter dash, hammer and 3,000-meter steeplechase. The second day starts out with the 110-meter hurdles, before moving on to the discus, 200-meter dash, pole vault, 3,000-meter run, 400-meter hurdles, javelin, 1,500-meter run, triple jump and 10,000-meter run.

Meanwhile, the double heptathlon consists of six events on the first day and eight disciplines on day two. As with the traditional heptathlon, the 100-meter hurdles start the competition, followed by the high jump, 1,500-meter run, 400-meter hurdles, shot put and 200-meter dash. The second day then features the 100-meter dash, long jump, 400-meter dash, javelin, 800-meter run, 200-meter hurdles, discus and 3,000-meter run.