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Liberty to Compete in UVa Swashbuckle Saturday

March 22, 2012  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Freshman Kyle Wheeler, who high jumped 6-10.75 at last week's Shamrock Invitational, is entered in the high jump and triple jump on Saturday.

Freshman Kyle Wheeler, who high jumped 6-10.75 at last week's Shamrock Invitational, is entered in the high jump and triple jump on Saturday.

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After opening the 2012 outdoor track & field season with back-to-back meets in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Liberty will compete in its first meet inside the Commonwealth of Virginia this weekend. The Flames will travel up Route 29 to Charlottesville, for Saturday's UVa Team Swashbuckle at the newly refurbished Lannigan Track.

The team-scored meet will begin at 10 a.m., with the women's hammer. Running events will get started at 1 p.m., when the gun goes off for the women's 100-meter hurdles trials.

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Live results will be available throughout the meet, courtesy of Delta Timing. The link may be found at the top of this release and on the track & field schedule/results page on

Weather Report
The temperature in Charlottesville should be pleasant on Saturday, with the high temperature forecasted at 73 degrees. However, there is a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms, which could lead to delays in the meet.

Scoring Points
The UVa Team Swashbuckle will be Liberty's first team-scored meet of the 2012 outdoor season. It will also be the Flames' lone scored competition before the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which will be contested April 19-21 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

New Look at Lannigan
Saturday's meet will be the first competition at the renovated Lannigan Track. The facility recently received a new track surface and 1,500 bleacher seats, among other improvements.

As a result, Lannigan Track will look considerably different than it did the last time Liberty competed at Virginia, at the 2009 Lou Onesty/Milton G. Abramson Invitational.

Breaking Records
School records have fallen in two of the four women's throwing events already this season. Redshirt senior Melinda Bendik has improved the women's hammer mark twice, reaching 194-5 at last weekend's Shamrock Invitational. Meanwhile, freshman Mychelle Cumings shattered a nearly 30-year-old program record in the women's shot put last weekend with her mark of 49-0.75.

The Liberty women's discus (151-8) and javelin (140-5) records could also be challenged by the trio of Cumings, Jennifer Nicholson and Jocelyn Williams in the discus and Christina Mitchell in the javelin.

Fantastic Freshmen
Liberty boasts a talented group of freshmen this season, and many of them will be in action on Saturday. Some of the top men's freshmen to watch include Leonard Robbins (200), Kyle Wheeler (triple jump and high jump), Jon Drablos (pole vault), David Scouten (shot put and discus) and Steve Feister (javelin).

On the women's side, freshmen Abigail Flower and Meme Layne will both run the 100. Fellow rookies Mychelle Cumings (shot put, discus and hammer) and Jennifer Nicholson (shot put, discus and javelin) will keep busy in the throwing events.

Dearth of Distance Runners
After a busy four-week stretch of competition which began with the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships (Feb. 24-25), most of Liberty's distance runners will take this week off. The Flames' lone distance runner slated to compete at the UVa Team Swashbuckle is newcomer Pedro Carela. The transfer from South Florida is entered in the men's steeplechase.