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    After more than a month away from action, Liberty will resume its indoor track & field season at this weekend’s Virginia Tech Invitational. Events are set for Friday and Saturday at Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va.

    Liberty will go head-to-head with quite a few notable squads this weekend, including Duke, North Carolina, NC State, Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

    Friday’s events will begin at 5 p.m. with the women’s 3K, women’s triple jump, women’s unseeded pole vault and men’s weight throw. The women’s high jump, women’s long jump and women’s seeded pole vault will get Saturday’s schedule started at 11 a.m.

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    About the Facility
    Virginia Tech’s on-campus Rector Field House features a 200-meter banked track and served as the site of the 2019 ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships.

    Liberty has competed at Rector Field House numerous times over the years, as the facility played host to 11 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships between 1998-2016.

    The Flames will be visiting Rector Field House for the first time since the Doc Hale Virginia Tech Elite Meet on Feb. 7-8, 2020.

    Anticipated Finale
    The men’s 300-meter dash will be Friday’s final event in Blacksburg, scheduled for an 8:55 p.m. start. Liberty will have three competitors, including Diamantae Griffin, Brandon Letts and Michael Rose.

    Griffin won the men’s 300 at the season-opening Liberty Kickoff on Dec. 3 in 33.79. On Friday, he will take another shot at the program record of 33.40, set by Willie Parker in 1987.

    Up and Over
    Two-time ASUN champion Taylen Langin (12-10) and freshman Emory Pafford (12-4) currently rank 1-2 on the ASUN women’s pole vault list.

    Saturday at 11 a.m., they will be part of the seeded women’s pole vault competition that also includes two of the top four finishers from the 2021 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. High Point’s Sydney Horn placed third, while Virginia Tech’s Rachel Baxter was fourth.

    Fresh Faces
    Two of the Flames’ most highly-touted freshmen will compete in a Liberty uniform for the first time this weekend.

    Will Jefferson is entered in the men’s 3K, Friday at 5:15 p.m. Classmate Kennedy Sauder will compete in the men’s high jump, Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

    Atop the ASUN
    At this early stage of the 2021-22 indoor season, Liberty ranks No. 1 in the ASUN Conference in the following events.

    Women’s 800 – Adelyn Ackley – 2:18.75
    Women’s 5K – Calli Doan – 16:12.91
    Women’s Triple Jump – Emma Arblaster – 34-7.75
    Women’s Pole Vault – Taylen Langin – 12-10
    Women’s Shot Put – Megan Mann – 44-1.5
    Women’s Pentathlon – Myiah Scott – 3,078

    Men’s 60 Hurdles – Felix Lawrence – 8.09
    Men’s Long Jump – Quinten Clay – 25-0
    Men’s Triple Jump – Jeremiah McCants – 47-4.5
    Men’s High Jump – Gabriel Willis – 6-10.75
    Men’s Pole Vault – Anders Janes – 15-1
    Men’s Sh
    ot Put – Kyle Mitchell – 60-10.75
    Men’s Weight Throw – John Hicks – 61-2.25
    Men’s Heptathlon – Anthony Bryan – 4,961

    Among the Nation’s Elite
    At season’s end, the nation’s top 16 performers in each event will qualify to the 2022 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. The meet is slated for March 11-12 in Birmingham, Ala.

    The following Flames currently rank among the top 16 in their respective events.

    No. 2 – Quinten Clay – Men’s Long Jump – 25-0
    No. 6 – Anthony Bryan – Men’s Heptathlon – 4,961
    No. 9 – Kyle Mitchell – Men’s Shot Put – 60-10.75
    No. 9 – Gabriel Willis – Men’s High Jump – 6-10.75

    Up Next
    The Flames will return home for the second annual Brant Tolsma Invitational. The meet will take place Jan. 20-22 at the Brant Tolsma Indoor Track at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex.