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February 22, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The 2010 Liberty men's indoor track & field squad celebrates its 13th consecutive Big South Conference title. The Flames hope to extend their streak to 14 on Thursday and Friday.

The 2010 Liberty men's indoor track & field squad celebrates its 13th consecutive Big South Conference title. The Flames hope to extend their streak to 14 on Thursday and Friday.

Live Video Streaming (Big South Network)

Live Results (Courtesy of CFPI Timing)

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Meet Schedule

The Liberty men's and women's track & field teams will both enter Thursday and Friday's Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships as defending champions. The men's squad has won the team title all 13 times the meet has been contested, while the Lady Flames captured their first championship since 2005 a year ago.

The Flames and Lady Flames will also try to keep Liberty's hopes at a second consecutive Big South Double Triple alive, after Liberty won the conference men's and women's cross country championships in October.

The two-day meet will be contested at the Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex in Clemson, S.C. for the sixth year in a row. Action will get underway Thursday at 10 a.m., with the women's pentathlon 60-meter hurdles. Friday's first event will be the men's heptathlon 60-meter hurdles, also set for a 10 a.m. start.

How to Follow the Action
Both days of competition will be video streamed live on the Big South Network, for a small fee.

Live event-by-event results are expected to be provided throughout the meet, courtesy of CFPI Timing.

Finally, will provide live blog coverage of the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships for the second consecutive year. The interactive blog will go live at approximately 9:30 a.m. on both Thursday and Friday.

Men's Meet Preview
The Liberty men's track & field team has been dominant ever since the inaugural Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships were held in 1998. The Flames have won 13 straight team titles, marking the longest string of conference championships in any sport in Big South Conference history. Moreover, Liberty's smallest margin of victory during the streak has been 50 points in 2006.

Last year, the Flames racked up 192 points, outdistancing runner-up Charleston Southern by 70 tallies. The Buccaneers, ranked No. 15 in the Southeast Region last week, figure to be Liberty's top contender once again. The Flames were listed No. 6 in the same rankings.

Four Flames will attempt to defend individual conference crowns from last year's meet. Sam Chelanga (mile) and Geren Woodbridge (heptathlon) will both seek their third straight titles. Clarence Powell was tabbed Men's Outstanding Field Performer of the Year after winning both the high jump and triple jump a year ago. Meanwhile, Ryan Smith took the shot put crown as a freshman.

Men's 60-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 4:30 p.m.; Final – Friday at 12:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Javon Young (Charleston Southern) – 6.73
2011 Leader: Javon Young (Charleston Southern) – 6.65 (Tied for No. 12 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Guifaly Christolin – 2002)
Liberty Entrants: Roderick Spruel (Tied for No. 6 seed), Jacey Bailey (No. 8 seed), ConRoy Smith & Jamal Spears
Outlook: Charleston Southern sprinters have won the 60-meter dash title five years in a row, and defending conference champion Javon Young is a considerable favorite to extend that streak to a half dozen. In fact, the Buccaneers own the top four spots on this season's Big South performance list. For Liberty, senior Jacey Bailey will look to continue his string of success in the Big South 60-meter dash final. He was third as a freshman, fourth as a sophomore and the runner-up behind Young last season.

Men's 200-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 6 p.m.; Final – Friday at 1:40 p.m.
Defending Champion: Cornelius Tyler (Charleston Southern) – 21.27 (Third in a row)
2011 Leader: Javon Young (Charleston Southern) – 21.06 (converted; Ranked No. 19 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Jeremy Wagner - 2003)
Liberty Entrants: Jacey Bailey (No. 5 seed), ConRoy Smith & Anthony Settje
Outlook: Last year, Charleston Southern went 1-2-3 in the 200-meter dash final, paced by Cornelius Tyler's third straight conference title. This year, Tyler will attempt to become the first Big South runner to claim four consecutive 200-meter dash crowns. His stiffest competition could come from teammates Javon Young, Cameron Parker and Dantwan Spreads. The Flames' Jacey Bailey hopes to prevent another CSU sweep of the three podium spots. He ranks No. 5 on the Big South performance list at 22.21 and placed sixth in the 2010 conference meet.

Men's 400-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 5 p.m.; Final – Friday at 11:55 a.m.
Defending Champion: Levi Brooks (Charleston Southern) – 48.49 (Third in a row)
2011 Leader: Andre Washington (Liberty) – 48.81 (converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Jon DeBogory – 2003)
Liberty Entrants: Andre Washington (No. 1 seed), Taylor Courtney (No. 3 seed), James Hatch & Riley White
Outlook: The graduation of three-time defending conference champion Levi Brooks from Charleston Southern makes the 400 much more of a wide-open event in 2011. The Buccaneers finished 1-2-3 in this event last season and are strong again, with three of the top six times on the Big South performance list. However, a pair of Liberty sophomores—Andre Washington and Taylor Courtney—could make a run at the Flames' first indoor 400-meter conference title since 2003. Washington owns the top seed time, while Courtney made a surprise appearance in the final as a freshman in 2010, placing sixth.

Men's 800-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 5:30 p.m.; Final – Friday at 1 p.m.
Defending Champion: Josh Morgan (High Point) – 1:53.38
2011 Leader: Felix Kitur (VMI) – 1:49.04 (Ranked No. 18 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Travis Campbell - 2007)
Liberty Entrants: Jordan Bright (No. 8 seed), Joel Terry (No. 9 seed), Paul Arslain & Isaac Wendland
Outlook: VMI senior Felix Kitur was relegated to a third-place finish in the 800 last year, but is an overwhelming favorite to claim his third career Big South indoor 800-meter title this Friday. Last Saturday, he broke his own Big South record with a 1:49.04 clocking. That puts Kitur more than four seconds ahead of his closest conference competitor. Isaac Wendland, who has not raced the 800 thus far in 2011 but is entered this weekend, was the Big South indoor and outdoor 800-meter runner-up in 2010 for the Flames.

Men's Mile
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 10:50 a.m.
Defending Champion: Sam Chelanga (Liberty) – 4:13.75 (Second in a row)
2011 Leader: Sam Chelanga (Liberty) – 4:03.84
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Sam Chelanga - 2010)
Liberty Entrants: Sam Chelanga (No. 1 seed), Isaac Wendland (No. 4 seed), Jarred Cornfield (No. 7 seed) & Will Reeves
Outlook: Sam Chelanga, who clocked a personal-best 4:03.84 the only time he ran the mile this season, is a considerable favorite to win the only individual event he is entered in at this meet. If he is successful, Chelanga would claim his third straight Big South mile championship and extend Liberty's streak to seven straight years winning this event. Isaac Wendland and Jarred Cornfield will attempt to back up Chelanga and give Liberty the upper hand in a potential duel with VMI in the front of the pack. The Keydets boast four of the top nine names on the Big South mile performance list.

Men's 3,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 3:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Sam Chelanga (Liberty) – 8:14.07
2011 Leader: Sam Chelanga (Liberty) – 7:50.92 (Ranked No. 4 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 10 (Sam Chelanga - 2010)
Liberty Entrants: Evans Kigen (No. 1 seed), Caleb Edmonds, Mark Hopely & Zach Barker
Outlook: Sam Chelanga will not attempt to defend his Big South 3K title. Thus it is up to Evans Kigen and company to shoot for Liberty's 11th men's 3K championship in 14 years. Kigen, the top seed who is entered in the race at 8:22.66, placed third in the 3K final last season. Winthrop's Adam Freudenthal, who placed fifth at the Big South Cross Country Championship in October, also figures to be in the mix.

Men's 5,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 2:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jesse Cherry (High Point) – 14:16.01 (Second in a row)
2011 Leader: Sam Chelanga (Liberty) – 13:37.55 (converted; Ranked No. 1 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Jordan McDougal - 2008)
Liberty Entrants: Josh Edmonds (No. 1 seed), Josh MacDonald (No. 3 seed) & Ryan Cox
Outlook: Liberty redshirt senior Josh Edmonds has enjoyed a stellar career in the distance events, but will make one final attempt to accomplish something which has eluded him so far. Edmonds is a nine-time All-Big South performer and a four-time conference runner-up, including cross country and track, but has never been a Big South individual champion. He enters the 5K as a significant favorite, having run 14:25.89 this season. Only one other conference runner (High Point's Neal Darmody) entered in Friday's race has even broken 15 minutes in 2011.

Men's 60-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 3:10 p.m.; Final – Friday at 11:25 a.m.
Defending Champion: Keary Simms (Winthrop) – 8.14
2011 Leader: Keary Simms (Winthrop) – 8.04 (converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Matt Parker - 2009)
Liberty Entrants: Taylor Schmidt (No. 10 seed) & Richard Whitted
Outlook: Winthrop senior Keary Simms has been running well in recent weeks and appears to be a solid pick to repeat his title from 2010. Liberty scored 12 points in this event a year ago, but is unlikely to repeat that effort. Multi-event athlete Taylor Schmidt will have to run well just to make the final, as his season-best time of 8.42 is No. 10 on the performance list.

Men's 4 x 400 Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 2:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Charleston Southern – 3:13.67
2011 Leader: Charleston Southern – 3:14.22 (converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (2009)
Outlook: Charleston Southern won the 4 x 400 relay in meet-record fashion a year ago, and the Buccaneers appear poised to repeat their title. The Buccaneers ran a time of 3:16.62 on Clemson's track two weeks ago, which is the fastest in the conference by three seconds. Liberty ranks No. 3 on the performance list, after clocking a 3:21.85 at the Liberty Open.

Men's Distance Medley Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 6:35 p.m.
Defending Champion: Liberty – 10:06.90
2011 Leader: Radford – 10:33.16
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (2010)
Outlook: Last year, with Sam Chelanga running the anchor leg, the Flames won the distance medley relay for the second time in the last three years. Chelanga is not expected to compete on Liberty's relay squad this season, making the event more unpredictable. High Point and VMI are other possible title contenders.

Men's Long Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 3:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Ademola Titcombe (VMI) – 23-9 (7.24m)
2011 Leader: Lavon Allen (Charleston Southern) – 24-9 (7.54m) (Tied for No. 30 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Matt Parker - 2008)
Liberty Entrants: Anthony Bryant (No. 2 seed), Aaron Johnson (No. 3 seed), Clarence Powell (No. 4 seed) & Tashan Duff
Outlook: The men's long jump has been one of Liberty's strongest and deepest events the past couple seasons. Last year, the Flames took four of the top seven places at this meet and totaled 20 team points. This time around, Liberty entrants Anthony Bryant, Aaron Johnson and Clarence Powell rank second, third and fourth, respectively, on the conference performance list for 2011. Powell, last year's Big South runner-up, is still chasing the IC4A standard of 23-0.5. Other jumpers to watch include Charleston Southern's Lavon Allen, who set a conference record with his 24-9 leap earlier this season, and defending conference champion Ademola Titcombe from VMI.

Men's Triple Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 10:50 a.m.
Defending Champion: Clarence Powell (Liberty) – 49-2.5 (15.00m)
2011 Leader: Anthony Bryant (Liberty) – 49-11 (15.21m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Clarence Powell - 2010)
Liberty Entrants: Anthony Bryant (No. 1 seed), Clarence Powell (No. 2 seed), Chris Johnson (No. 3 seed) & Aaron Johnson (No. 6 seed)
Outlook: Liberty's Anthony Bryant (49-11), Clarence Powell (49-3) and Chris Johnson (48-0.5) are the only three conference triple jumpers who have sailed past the 48-foot mark this season, giving the Flames a chance for a 1-2-3 sweep. Last year, Powell won the title by more than two feet, making the senior a two-time Big South indoor triple jump champion. A victory on Friday would make him the conference's first three-time winner of this event. Winthrop's Keary Simms, the favorite to win the 60-meter hurdles, could also be a factor in the triple jump.

Men's High Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 4:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Clarence Powell (Liberty) – 6-9.75 (2.08m)
2011 Leader: Dennis James (VMI) – 6-11.75 (2.13m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Clarence Powell - 2010)
Liberty Entrants: Anthony Bryant (No. 2 seed), Clarence Powell (No. 3 seed), Taylor Schmidt (No. 8 seed) & Tashan Duff (No. 9 seed)
Outlook: Anthony Bryant and Clarence Powell will both attempt to help Liberty win the men's high jump title for the fourth straight season, as both have gone over the 7-0 barrier during their careers. Powell is the defending champion in this event, but he and Bryant will be challenged by VMI senior Dennis James. The fourth-place finisher a year ago, James cleared a personal-best 6-11.75 in his most recent outing, which is the Big South's highest jump of 2011.

Men's Pole Vault
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Kolby Shepherd (Liberty) – 15-11 (4.85m) (Third in a row)
2011 Leader: Cody Fridgen (Liberty) – 15-9 (4.80m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 9 (Kolby Shepherd - 2010)
Liberty Entrants: Cody Fridgen (No. 1 seed), Geren Woodbridge (No. 3 seed), Taylor Schmidt (Tied for No. 5 seed) & Grant Rideout
Outlook: Last season, Liberty scored the maximum of 29 points in the pole vault, thanks to a 1-2-3-4 finish. Such an incredible showing is unlikely this season, due to three-time defending champion Kolby Shepherd redshirting the campaign and last year's third-place finisher Justin Savini graduating. The Flames' best hopes rest with Cody Fridgen and Geren Woodbridge. Fridgen owns the conference's highest clearance of the season, 15-9, but has not competed since December. Woodbridge cleared a personal-best 15-11 to finish second at this meet a year ago and has reached 14-9 so far this year. High Point senior TJ Brancaccio has reached 15-3 in 2011 and should be a title contender.

Men's Shot Put
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 4:45 p.m.
Defending Champion: Ryan Smith (Liberty) – 53-4.5 (16.27m)
2011 Leader: Ryan Smith (Liberty) – 58-6.5 (17.84m) (Ranked No. 28 nationally)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Ryan Smith - 2010)
Liberty Entrants: Ryan Smith (No. 1 seed), Jacob DeValve (No. 3 seed), Elliot Galeone (No. 6 seed) & Tim Abbott (No. 10 seed)
Outlook: Four different Liberty throwers (Jon Hart, Clendon Henderson, Andrew Bartels and Ryan Smith) have won the Big South shot put title in the last four years. Smith is heavily favored to become only the second back-to-back men's shot put champion in meet history, as his top mark of 58-6.5 is nearly six feet ahead of his closest competitor, Radford's Justin Smith. All four of Liberty's shot putters set new personal bests in their most recent competition, including Jacob DeValve's IC4A-qualifying 51-7.75 heave.

Men's Weight Throw
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 12:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Timothy Morse (Radford) – 63-7 (19.38m)
2011 Leader: Christoph Hutschalik (Gardner-Webb) – 61-4.75 (18.71m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Jon Hart - 2008)
Liberty Entrants: Ryan Smith (No. 2 seed), Elliot Galeone (No. 10 seed) & Tim Abbott
Outlook: The men's weight throw could feature an interesting battle between Gardner-Webb's Christoph Hutschalik and Liberty's rapidly-improving Ryan Smith. Both throwers have gone over 61 feet this season. Smith has a chance to become the first men's thrower in meet history to win both the shot put and weight throw crowns the same year. Not to be forgotten is VMI's Chad Lawson, who captured the Big South weight throw championship in 2009. A year ago, Hutschalik placed third, with Lawson fifth and Smith sixth.

Men's Heptathlon
Event Schedule: Day One – Begins Thursday at 10:30 a.m.; Day Two – Begins Friday at 10 a.m.
Defending Champion: Geren Woodbridge (Liberty) – 5,016 (Second in a row)
2011 Leader: Geren Woodbridge (Liberty) – 4,954
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Geren Woodbridge - 2010)
Liberty Entrants: Geren Woodbridge (No. 1 seed), Drew Edwards (No. 5 seed) & Harrison Allen (No. 6 seed)
Outlook: Liberty has won the men's heptathlon all five years it has been contested at the Big South indoor meet. Geren Woodbridge has accounted for two of those victories, and is favored to become the first three-time Big South heptathlon champion. Teammate Drew Edwards placed fourth in 2009 and fifth a year ago.

Women's Meet Preview
It should come as no surprise that Liberty and Coastal Carolina appear to be the top two contenders for the women's team championship. The Lady Flames (eight titles) and Chanticleers (five titles) have combined to win every Big South women's indoor team crown. Additionally, the two teams have finished 1-2 at the Big South indoor meet 12 out of 13 times.

In 2010, the Lady Flames defeated Coastal Carolina by a 182.5-145 count, snapping the Chanticleers' string of four straight championships. However, every Liberty athlete who won an event last season has now graduated.

That does not mean that the Lady Flames are devoid of talent. Mia Aghaji, Meghan Burggraf, Krystle Matthews, Christina Mitchell and Hailey Neal have all captured Big South event championships during their career, while Jennifer Klugh is the reigning conference cross country champion.

Liberty and Coastal Carolina have squared off in one team-scored event this season, Penn State's Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup on Feb. 5. The Chanticleers had the upper hand that day, tallying 5.5 more points than the Lady Flames. A similarly tight margin could separate the two squads once again this week.

Women's 60-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 4:15 p.m.; Final – Friday at 12:10 p.m.
Defending Champion: Ikeiylah Brown (Coastal Carolina) – 7.48
2011 Leader: Alyssa Pegues (Liberty) – 7.62
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 0 (None)
Liberty Entrants: Alyssa Pegues (No. 1 seed), Olivia Charnuski (No. 5 seed) & Sherri Spruel (No. 6 seed)
Outlook: The 60-meter dash will be one of the most important events with regard to the team battle between Liberty and Coastal Carolina. The conference performance list's top six places are owned by a trio of Lady Flames and a trio of Chanticleers. Top-seeded Alyssa Pegues hopes to become Liberty's first-ever Big South champion in this event. However, Coastal Carolina's duo of Darriale Henley and Erica Peake will provide a formidable challenge. Henley won the 60-meter title in 2009 and finished second last season.

Women's 200-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 5:45 p.m.; Final – Friday at 1:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Ikeiylah Brown (Coastal Carolina) – 24.23 (Second in a row)
2011 Leader: Erica Peake (Coastal Carolina) – 24.72
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Panthera Seymour - 2001)
Liberty Entrants: Olivia Charnuski (No. 2 seed), Alyssa Pegues (No. 3 seed) & Melanie Sims
Outlook: Coastal Carolina newcomer Erica Peake is favored to capture the Chanticleers' seventh straight Big South 200-meter dash crown. She is the lone conference runner to dip under 25 seconds this season. Liberty's Olivia Charnuski set the school record at 25.01 seconds two weeks ago at Arkansas, but will keep busy at Clemson. The Canadian is entered in the 60, 200 and 60 hurdles.

Women's 400-Meter Dash
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 4:45 p.m.; Final – Friday at 11:40 a.m.
Defending Champion: Jaime Watson (Liberty) – 54.59
2011 Leader: Santresa Jamison (Coastal Carolina) – 56.12 (converted)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 3 (Jaime Watson - 2010)
Liberty Entrants: Melanie Sims (No. 5 seed), Sidell Ingraham (No. 9 seed) & Kiara Bridges
Outlook: Liberty seniors Jaime Watson and Chenoa Freeman swept the top two places in last year's 400-meter dash final. With both runners graduated, Coastal Carolina's Santresa Jamison has assumed the role of conference favorite. She placed third last season and tops the 2011 Big South performance list. Teammate Vondeeshia Humphries won this event in 2008. Melanie Sims, who owns a season-best time of 59.54 seconds, is Liberty's top entrant.

Women's 800-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 5:15 p.m.; Final – Friday at 12:40 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jaime Watson (Liberty) – 2:12.03 (Third in a row)
2011 Leader: Meghan Burggraf (Liberty) – 2:12.70
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Jaime Watson - 2010)
Liberty Entrants: Meghan Burggraf (No. 1 seed), Rod'Esther Castor (No. 4 seed) & Amanda Wimbush
Outlook: Liberty's Jaime Watson dominated the 800-meter run in the Big South Conference in recent years, winning three straight indoor titles. Her protégé, sophomore Meghan Burggraf, looks to take the mantle for the Lady Flames. Burggraf defeated Watson to win the Big South outdoor 800-meter crown a season ago and owns the conference's fastest time of 2:12.70 in 2011. Radford's Britney Whitaker, the 2009 Big South outdoor 800-meter titlist, could also be near the front of the pack. Last season, Whitaker took third place while Burggraf was fourth.

Women's Mile
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 10:30 a.m.
Defending Champion: Rebekah Ricksecker (Liberty) – 5:05.79
2011 Leader: Jenna Moye (VMI) – 4:55.96
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 5 (Rebekah Ricksecker – 2010)
Liberty Entrants: Jennifer Klugh (No. 2 seed), Hailey Neal (No. 3 seed), Taylor Bowles & Jessica Gass
Outlook: Last season, Liberty notched an impressive 1-2-3 sweep in the mile final, jump-starting the Lady Flames' team title hunt on the meet's final day. Two-thirds of that sweep is back for the Lady Flames, in the form of Jennifer Klugh and Hailey Neal. However, neither one is the top seed entering this weekend's meet. That honor goes to VMI sophomore Jenna Moye. Last year's fourth-place finisher clocked a school-record 4:55.96 in her most recent race.

Women's 3,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 3:25 p.m.
Defending Champion: Rebekah Ricksecker (Liberty) – 10:06.96
2011 Leader: Jennifer Klugh (Liberty) – 9:53.24
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Rebekah Ricksecker - 2010)
Liberty Entrants: Jennifer Klugh (No. 1 seed), Hailey Neal (No. 7 seed), Dacia Bushman (No. 8 seed) & Denise Troyer
Outlook: As in the mile, Liberty's Jennifer Klugh and VMI's Jenna Moye could battle up front in the 3K final. Klugh ran a 9:53.24 to Moye's 10:02.66 when the duo faced one another at the Hokie Invitational on Jan. 21. Klugh, the reigning Big South cross country champion, will be seeking her first-ever conference title on the track. The 3K also bears watching, with respect to where Coastal Carolina's Jamie Brusa and Emily Marchini finish in relation to Liberty's Dacia Bushman and Hailey Neal. Last season, the Lady Flames outscored the Chanticleers by a 21-0 margin in this event. Coastal Carolina aims to close that gap considerably this year.

Women's 5,000-Meter Run
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 1:50 p.m.
Defending Champion: Hannah Granger (VMI) – 17:41.21
2011 Leader: Jennifer Klugh (Liberty) – 16:56.14
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Ashley Osborne - 2009)
Liberty Entrants: Jennifer Klugh (No. 1 seed), Dacia Bushman (No. 2 seed), Khristina Kanagy & Alicia Guridy
Outlook: If Liberty needs to rack up some points late in the meet, it can call upon the potent 1-2 duo of Jennifer Klugh and Dacia Bushman, the only two conference runners to break 18 minutes in 2011. Klugh set the Liberty and Big South 5K record of 16:56.14 on Feb. 11 but would be trying to complete a difficult mile/3K/5K triple. Bushman, coming off of a personal-best 17:21.15 effort on Saturday, was the conference runner-up last season. VMI freshman Tammy Cheung is a wild card. The Big South cross country runner-up opened her year with an 18:00.83 5K in December but has not raced since then.

Women's 60-Meter Hurdles
Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 2:55 p.m.; Final – Friday at 11:10 a.m.
Defending Champion: Melissa Arango (Coastal Carolina) – 8.72
2011 Leader: Manika Gamble (High Point) – 8.71
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (Arlene Zelinskas - 2007)
Liberty Entrants: Olivia Charnuski (Tied for No. 2 seed) and Krystle Matthews (Tied for No. 8 seed)
Outlook: The 60-meter hurdles is one of the most intriguing events at this weekend's meet. Last season, Coastal Carolina's Melissa Arango edged Liberty's Olivia Charnuski by one-hundredth of a second for the conference title. Both Arango and Charnuski are back, but High Point's Manika Gamble is the top seed. Precocious freshmen Amber Church (Radford), Courtni Pannell (Radford) and Ashley Davis (Coastal Carolina) should also make things interesting.

Women's 4 x 400 Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 2:35 p.m.
Defending Champion: Coastal Carolina – 3:49.84
2011 Leader: Coastal Carolina – 3:51.33
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 7 (2008)
Outlook: If the team conference title comes down to the 4 x 400 relay, Coastal Carolina could have the upper hand. The Chanticleers are the defending champions and defeated the Lady Flames by five seconds at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup on Feb. 5.

Women's Distance Medley Relay
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 6:20 p.m.
Defending Champion: High Point – 12:08.34 (Second in a row)
2011 Leader: Coastal Carolina – 12:39.59
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (2006)
Outlook: It is hard to project the outcome of the distance medley relay, not knowing who each coach will place on the squad. High Point enters as the two-time defending champion, while Coastal Carolina boasts the conference's fastest seed time. Liberty and VMI are likely to contend as well.

Women's Long Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Darriale Henley (Coastal Carolina) – 18-10.5 (5.75m)
2011 Leader: Darriale Henley (Coastal Carolina) – 18-7 (5.66m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 3 (Kena Butts - 2004)
Liberty Entrants: Alyssa Pegues (No. 3 seed), Mia Aghaji (No. 8 seed), Melanie Sims (No. 9 seed) & Krystle Matthews
Outlook: The Coastal Carolina tandem of Darriale Henley and Sierrah Oates finished 1-2 in the long jump last season, and the same two athletes top the 2011 Big South performance list. Liberty's Alyssa Pegues, one of five conference jumpers to go past 18 feet this season, hopes to break up another Chanticleer sweep. Pegues was sixth last season, while teammate Krystle Matthews, also entered in Thursday's event, took fifth. Matthews figures to be one of the busiest athletes at the meet, competing in not only the five-event pentathlon, but also the 60 hurdles, long jump and high jump.

Women's Triple Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 12:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Jasia Richardson (Radford) – 40-0.5 (12.20m)
2011 Leader: Mia Aghaji (Liberty) – 39-3.25 (11.97m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Jonisha Saunders - 2003)
Liberty Entrants: Mia Aghaji (No. 1 seed) & Alyssa Pegues (No. 3 seed)
Outlook: Liberty hopes for big points in the triple jump, despite entering only two athletes. Alyssa Pegues (second place) and Mia Aghaji (third place) are the top two returnees from last year's meet, while Aghaji won and Pegues claimed conference runner-up honors outdoors. Other names to watch include Tamisha Foster of Charleston Southern and Jasmine Hariston of VMI. Foster ranks second behind Aghaji on the performance list at 38-10.5 and Hariston recently broke the VMI record with a 37-11.25 leap.

Women's High Jump
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 10:30 a.m.
Defending Champion: Kierra Gabe (Coastal Carolina) – 5-7.75 (1.72m)
2011 Leader: Kierra Gabe (Coastal Carolina) – 5-8 (1.73m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 8 (Christina Mitchell - 2009)
Liberty Entrants: Christina Mitchell (No. 3 seed), Mia Aghaji (Tied for No. 4 seed), Kristen Willeford (Tied for No. 4 seed) & Krystle Matthews
Outlook: The women's high jump field features each of the last three meet champions, in 2008 winner Mia Aghaji (Liberty), 2009 winner Christina Mitchell (Liberty) and 2010 winner Kierra Gabe (Coastal Carolina). High Point's Christina Fenske (2009) and Coastal Carolina's Kandisa Allicock (2010) have also won Big South outdoor high jump crowns. As a result, this should be a very interesting event to watch Friday morning.

Women's Pole Vault
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 12:15 p.m.
Defending Champion: Kate Collins (VMI) – 11-5.75 (3.50m)
2011 Leader: Ann Howell (Gardner-Webb) & Shelley Parker (Liberty) – 11-9.75 (3.60m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 6 (Aimee Riley - 2005)
Liberty Entrants: Shelley Parker (Tied for No. 1 seed) & Tami Tolsma
Outlook: The 2010 Big South indoor (VMI's Kate Collins) and outdoor (Coastal Carolina's Mary Lawrence) pole vault champions are both back in 2011. However, Liberty's Shelley Parker and Gardner-Webb's Ann Howell are the top seeds are 11-9.75. Parker is attempting to become the Lady Flames' first Big South pole vault champion since 2005.

Women's Shot Put
Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
Defending Champion: Ashley Howard (Winthrop) – 43-10 (13.36m)
2011 Leader: Ashlei Alexander (Gardner-Webb) – 42-5.25 (12.93m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 0 (None)
Liberty Entrants: Rachel Barnes (No. 2 seed), Jocelyn Williams (No. 7 seed) & Melinda Bendik
Outlook: Gardner-Webb sophomore Ashlei Alexander is the top shot put returnee from last season and also leads the 2011 conference performance list. However, Liberty freshman Rachel Barnes has thrown herself into the title discussion as well, after unleashing a personal-best 42-3.5 toss at the Liberty Quad. The Lady Flames have never won the Big South indoor women's shot put title. At the very least, Barnes and fellow freshman Jocelyn Williams should help Liberty score more points in this event than the three points the Lady Flames managed in 2010.

Women's Weight Throw
Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 10:30 a.m.
Defending Champion: Aimee Veatch (Radford) – 65-3.25 (19.89m) (Second in a row)
2011 Leader: Shantelle Patterson (Coastal Carolina) – 54-8.75 (16.68m)
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 0 (None)
Liberty Entrants: Melinda Bendik (No. 2 seed), Jocelyn Williams (No. 6 seed) & Rachel Barnes
Outlook: In yet another Liberty versus Coastal Carolina matchup, the women's weight throw title could come down to either Lady Flame Melinda Bendik or Chanticleer Shantelle Patterson. Bendik is the top returnee from 2010, after placing third a year ago. Meanwhile, Patterson's 54-8.75 throw is the best in the Big South in 2011.

Women's Pentathlon
Event Schedule: Begins Thursday at 10 a.m.
Defending Champion: Elaine Derricott (Radford) – 3,441
2011 Leader: Christina Mitchell (Liberty) – 3,463
Liberty Event Titles (Last): 4 (Marie Williams - 2009)
Liberty Entrants: Christina Mitchell (No. 1 seed) & Krystle Matthews (No. 2 seed)
Outlook: Liberty had won four straight Big South pentathlon championships before Radford's Elaine Derricott halted the streak last season. Lady Flames senior Krystle Matthews has a chance to bookend her career with Big South pentathlon titles, after winning as a freshman in 2008. Teammate Christina Mitchell enters as the top seed, with a season-best score of 3,463 points.