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    A newly expanded 2022 ASUN Outdoor Track & Field Championships will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday at North Florida’s Visit Jax Track at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. The Liberty men’s and women’s teams will each attempt to defend their conference titles from a year ago.

    With the addition of Central Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky and Jacksonville State to the conference, the meet will expand from two to three days of competition. The 2022 ASUN Outdoor Track & Field Championships will begin Thursday at 11:30 a.m. with the decathlon 100-meter dash. It will conclude Saturday around 4 p.m. with the women’s 4 x 400 relay.

    The Liberty men’s team enters this weekend’s meet having won 14 consecutive outdoor conference titles, including a dozen in the Big South (2007-18) and the Flames’ 2019 and 2021 ASUN crowns. Liberty has emerged victorious at each of its last 30 conference men’s track & field championships overall, including the indoor and outdoor seasons. The streak began with a win at the 2007 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships.

    Meanwhile, the Lady Flames will attempt to continue a championship streak of their own after winning four Big South outdoor titles in a row (2015-18) and the 2019 and 2021 ASUN outdoor championships. The women’s squad will also look to complete the program’s first ASUN triple crown, as Liberty previously captured conference titles in women’s cross country and women’s indoor track & field this year.

    North Florida is hosting the meet for the 13th consecutive time. The event will provide athletes with a great final opportunity to post qualifying marks for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, which is slated for May 25-28 at E.C. (Billy) Hayes Track at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex in Bloomington, Ind.

    How to Follow the Action
    Live results will be provided by Half-Mile Timing throughout the meet.

    Periodic updates will also be posted to the Liberty Track & Field/Cross Country Twitter account (@Liberty_XCTF).

    Weather Report
    Here is a look at the preliminary forecast for Jacksonville:

    Thursday – High in the mid 70s, increasing clouds in the afternoon

    Friday – High around 80, chance of afternoon rain showers and thunderstorms

    Saturday – High in the mid 80s, mostly sunny

    Men’s Meet Preview
    The men’s meet will feature a clash between two teams who are used to winning conference titles. As mentioned above, Liberty has won its conference outdoor track & field championship for 14 consecutive years. Meanwhile, Kennesaw State had claimed six straight ASUN outdoor crowns (2013-18) before the Flames joined the conference in 2019.

    Kennesaw State has finished second to Liberty in each of the Flames’ six ASUN Championship appearances to date (2019 indoor, 2019 outdoor, 2020 indoor, 2021 indoor, 2021 outdoor and 2022 indoor). The Flames’ 46-point victory over the Owls at the 2019 ASUN Outdoor Track & Field Championships has been the tightest margin between the two teams to date.

    Liberty boasts the No. 1 seed in 12 out of 21 events at this week’s championship. These include the 100 (Christian Lyon), 200 (Diamantae Griffin), 1,500 (Ryan Drew), 5K (Drew), 10K (Caleb Olson), 110 hurdles (Felix Lawrence), 400 hurdles (Lawrence), 4 x 100 relay, high jump (Kennedy Sauder), long jump (Quinten Clay), hammer (John Hicks) and decathlon (Anthony Bryan).

    The following Flames will attempt to defend their ASUN titles from the 2021 meet this weekend: Diamantae Griffin (100 and 200), Felix Kandie (steeplechase), Ryan Drew (5K), Felix Lawrence (400 hurdles), Quinten Clay (long jump and high jump), Kyle Mitchell (shot put), Jose Ballivian (discus) and John Hicks (hammer). Kandie and Mitchell will both be seeking their third ASUN titles in their respective events.

    Men’s 100-Meter Dash
    Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 4:30 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 1:50 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Diamantae Griffin (Liberty) – 10.28

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Griffin

    Conference Record: 10.29 by Donald McClinton (Liberty) in 2022, Drew Duggans (Kennesaw State) in 2015 & Ifrish Alberg (ETSU) in 2013

    Meet Record: 10.28 by Diamantae Griffin (Liberty) in 2021

    Liberty Record: 10.19 by Diamantae Griffin in 2021

    2022 Indoor Champion (60 Meters): Christian Lyon (Liberty) – 6.72

    2022 Leader: Christian Lyon (Liberty) – 10.20

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Diamantae Griffin – 2021)

    Liberty Entrants: Christian Lyon, Donald McClinton, Brandon Letts and Diamantae Griffin

    Outlook: The men’s 100 is one of Liberty’s strongest events, as the Flames’ Christian Lyon (10.20), Donald McClinton (10.29), Brandon Letts (10.31) and Diamantae Griffin (10.35) rank 1-2-3-4 in the ASUN this season and all four rank among the top five in program history. Griffin is the program (10.19) and meet (10.28) record holder and will look to become the first Flame to win back-to-back conference 100 titles since Jeremy Wagner in 2000 and 2001. However, Lyon was the fastest Flame at last week’s Liberty Twilight Qualifier, winning the 100 in 10.20. McClinton starred the last time Liberty visited Jacksonville, tying the (wind-legal) ASUN all-time record of 10.29 at the UNF Invitational. If anyone can break up Liberty’s potential podium sweep, it could be Lipscomb’s Ahmed Amaar or Central Arkansas’ Kobe Gill. Amaar was third behind Griffin and Lyon in last year’s ASUN 100 final, while Gill took third behind Lyon and Letts in this season’s ASUN indoor 60 final. Letts and Griffin will likely need to run faster than 10.30 if they hope to qualify for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet.

    Men’s 200-Meter Dash
    Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 6:15 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:35 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Diamantae Griffin (Liberty) – 20.63

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Griffin

    Conference Record: 20.63 by Diamantae Griffin (Liberty) in 2021

    Meet Record: 20.63 by Diamantae Griffin (Liberty) in 2021

    Liberty Record: 20.58 by Diamantae Griffin in 2022

    2022 Indoor Champion: Diamantae Griffin (Liberty) – 21.15

    2022 Leader: Diamantae Griffin (Liberty) – 20.58

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Diamantae Griffin – 2021)

    Liberty Entrants: Diamantae Griffin, Donald McClinton and Christian Lyon

    Outlook: The Flames’ Diamantae Griffin is the headliner at 200 meters, entering as the ASUN defending indoor and outdoor champion and owning the program (20.58), meet (20.63) and conference (20.63) records. Teammate Donald McClinton (20.79) is the only other ASUN sprinter to break 21 seconds this year. Christian Lyon clocked 20.85 while placing second to Griffin in this race a year ago and was the 2020 indoor conference champion. Lipscomb’s Jonathan Imes, who is best known for his ability at the 400, was a close second behind Griffin indoors this year.

    Men’s 400-Meter Dash
    Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 4 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 1:40 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Jonathan Imes (Lipscomb) – 46.73

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Imes

    Conference Record: 45.02 by Alejandro Perlaza Zapata (Liberty) in 2019

    Meet Record: 45.56 by Alejandro Perlaza Zapata (Liberty) in 2019

    Liberty Record: 44.86 by Alejandro Perlaza Zapata in 2018

    2022 Indoor Champion: Jonathan Imes (Lipscomb) – 46.78

    2022 Leader: Tristan Lavan (Central Arkansas) – 46.21

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Alejandro Perlaza Zapata – 2019)

    Liberty Entrants: Michael Rose

    Outlook: A two-time All-ASUN performer in the indoor 400, Michael Rose is Liberty’s lone entrant in the one-lap race this weekend. Lipscomb’s Jonathan Imes is a two-time ASUN outdoor 400 champion (2018 and 2021) and the reigning indoor titlist. However, his 46.77 season best has him seeded third behind Tristan Lavan of Central Arkansas (46.21) and Malik Hussie of Kennesaw State (46.75). Rose placed fourth indoors and is the No. 4 seed outdoors at 48.04.

    Men’s 800-Meter Run
    Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 5:50 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Shane Streich (Lipscomb) – 1:49.26

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Jonathan Schwind (Lipscomb) – 2nd place

    Conference Record: 1:46.70 by Shane Streich (Lipscomb) in 2021

    Meet Record: 1:48.52 by Nick Morken (North Florida) in 2018

    Liberty Record: 1:48.70 by Bradley Prentice in 2018

    2022 Indoor Champion: Jonathan Schwind (Lipscomb) – 1:49.42

    2022 Leader: Jonathan Schwind (Lipscomb) – 1:47.73

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Michael Todd – 2019)

    Liberty Entrants: Ally Kipchirchir

    Outlook: Liberty’s Ally Kipchirchir owns the indoor program record (1:49.19) in the 800 and at 1:48.92 is knocking on the door of Bradley Prentice’s outdoor standard of 1:48.70 from 2018. He and Lipscomb’s Jonathan Schwind (1:47.73) are the only two ASUN runners who have broken 1:49 this season. North Florida’s Nick Morken (1:48.52 in 2018) is the only runner who has ever dipped under 1:49 at this meet. Schwind is the four-time defending ASUN indoor champion in this event but is seeking his first outdoor title.

    Men’s 1,500-Meter Run
    Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 6:45 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 1:05 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Shane Streich (Lipscomb) – 3:42.02

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Timothy Doyle (North Florida) – 2nd place

    Conference Record: 3:41.26 by Ryan Drew (Liberty) in 2022 and Shane Streich (Lipscomb) in 2021

    Meet Record: 3:42.02 by Shane Streich (Lipscomb) in 2021

    Liberty Record: 3:41.26 by Ryan Drew in 2022

    2022 Indoor Champion (Mile): Ryan Drew (Liberty) – 4:02.10

    2022 Leader: Ryan Drew (Liberty) – 3:41.26

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): None

    Liberty Entrants: Ryan Drew, Kyle Harkabus and Will Jefferson

    Outlook: Liberty’s Ryan Drew, Eastern Kentucky’s Ahmed Jaziri and Lipscomb’s Jonathan Schwind went 1-2-3 in the ASUN indoor mile final this season, with all three eclipsing the previous meet record. Saturday could shape up as an encore to that memorable race. Last week, Drew lowered his own Liberty 1,500 record to 3:41.26, tying the ASUN all-time standard in the process. Schwind is very close behind with a 3:41.28 to his credit this year. Jaziri will be running the 1,500 for the first time this season but has clocked a nation-leading 8:24.33 steeplechase. Liberty sophomore Kyle Harkabus broke the program freshman record in this race last season, but saw that mark eclipsed by Will Jefferson’s 3:45.28 at last week’s Liberty Twilight Qualifier.

    Men’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase
    Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 6:45 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Felix Kandie (Liberty) – 9:05.46 (Second in a row)

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Kandie

    Conference Record: 8:24.33 by Ahmed Jaziri (Eastern Kentucky) in 2022

    Meet Record: 9:04.76 by Felix Kandie (Liberty) in 2019

    Liberty Record: 8:32.95 by Felix Kandie in 2021

    2022 Leader: Ahmed Jaziri (Eastern Kentucky) – 8:24.33

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Felix Kandie – 2021)

    Liberty Entrants: Felix Kandie and Landon Miller

    Outlook: The last two outdoor seasons (2019 and 2021), Liberty’s Felix Kandie’s championship portion of the campaign has begun with claiming an ASUN steeplechase title and culminated with earning All-America honors in the event. He will look to continue that pattern beginning Friday evening and join Evans Kigen (2008, 2010 and 2011 – Big South) as the Flames’ only three-time men’s steeplechase conference champions. Kandie’s job got considerably easier when the nation’s No. 1-ranked athlete (Eastern Kentucky’s Ahmed Jaziri) decided to run the 1,500 and 5K this weekend, in lieu of the steeplechase. Kandie (8:37.00 season best) is one of three entrants who have run faster than Kandie’s meet record (9:04.76 from 2019) this year, along with teammate Landon Miller (8:52.00) and Eastern Kentucky freshman Ahmed Kadri (8:57.59). A first-year Flame, Miller was the Crossroads League steeplechase victor a year ago for Indiana Wesleyan.

    Men’s 5,000-Meter Run
    Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 2:45 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Ryan Drew (Liberty) – 14:17.67

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Drew

    Conference Record: 13:40.82 by Ryan Drew (Liberty) in 2022

    Meet Record: 14:17.67 by Ryan Drew (Liberty) in 2021

    Liberty Record: 13:20.43 by Josh McDougal in 2007

    2022 Indoor Champion: Nathan Jubran (North Florida) – 14:08.81

    2022 Leader: Ryan Drew (Liberty) – 13:40.82

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Ryan Drew – 2021)

    Liberty Entrants: Ryan Drew, Felix Kandie, Will Jefferson, Kyle Harkabus, Landon Miller and Caleb Olson

    Outlook: Liberty’s Ryan Drew won last season’s 5K title in a meet-record 14:17.67, and he enters Saturday’s race as the No. 1 seed thanks to his ASUN all-time record 13:40.82 effort from earlier this season at Stanford. No Flame has won back-to-back conference titles in this event since Evans Kigen (2010 and 2011 – Big South). It is highly unlikely that all 46 other runners who appear on the performance list will toe the starting line Saturday afternoon. Headlining that sizable performance list are three other sub-14:00 runners from this season (Liberty’s Felix Kandie – 13:55.07, Liberty’s Will Jefferson – 13:56.51 and Eastern Kentucky’s Ahmed Jaziri – 13:58.32) and the reigning ASUN indoor champion, Nathan Jubran of North Florida. A fast pace could benefit Jefferson and anyone else in the field looking to secure an NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round berth.

    Men’s 10,000-Meter Run
    Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Nathan Jubran (North Florida) – 29:30.48

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Jubran

    Conference Record: 28:56.84 by Azaria Kirwa (Liberty) in 2019

    Meet Record: 29:30.48 by Nathan Jubran (North Florida) in 2021

    Liberty Record: 27:08.39 by Sam Chelanga in 2010

    2022 Leader: Caleb Olson (Liberty) – 29:14.24

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Azaria Kirwa – 2019)

    Liberty Entrants: Caleb Olson

    Outlook: Liberty’s Caleb Olson made an impressive 10K debut at this meet a year ago, clocking 30:08.10 for fourth place. This season, he enters as the No. 1 seed at 29:14.24. However, Olson has a number of talented runners breathing down his neck in a race that could challenge the meet record (North Florida’s Nathan Jubran’s 29:30.48 from a year ago) and secure NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round qualifiers. Jubran, who has run 29:35.56 this season, will try to defend his title, something no one has done successfully at this meet since Northern Kentucky’s J.J. Webber in 2014 and 2015. Other top contenders include North Florida’s Aidan O’Gorman (29:17.26), and Lipscomb’s Brent Leber (29:26.57).

    Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles
    Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 1:25 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Paris Williams (Kennesaw State) – 13.75 (Second in a row)

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Felix Lawrence (Liberty) – 3rd place

    Conference Record: 13.73 by Dayo Akindele (Kennesaw State) in 2018

    Meet Record: 13.75 by Paris Williams (Kennesaw State) in 2021

    Liberty Record: 13.77 by Jovaine Atkinson in 2018

    2022 Indoor Champion (60 Hurdles): Jordan Atkins (Central Arkansas) – 7.99

    2022 Leader: Jordan Atkins (Central Arkansas) and Felix Lawrence (Liberty) – 14.21

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): None

    Liberty Entrants: Felix Lawrence, Luke Anderson and Juan Pablo Germain Ronco

    Outlook: The last two ASUN men’s indoor 60 hurdles champions—Liberty’s Felix Lawrence in 2021 and Central Arkansas’ Jordan Atkins in 2022—are tied for the conference’s fastest 110 hurdles time of the season at 14.21. Both will be trying to win their school’s first ASUN title in this event. Lawrence (third place) is the top returnee from the 2021 final. Also a strong contender in the 400 hurdles, Lawrence could join Marlon Tanner (1998 – Big South) as the only Flames to sweep the conference titles in both hurdles events. With only nine entrants, this event will go straight to a final on Saturday.

    Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles
    Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 5:35 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:15 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Felix Lawrence (Liberty) – 52.31

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Lawrence

    Conference Record: 50.86 by Rod Davis (FIU) in 1998

    Meet Record: 51.28 by Wayne Newman (Lipscomb) in 2018

    Liberty Record: 50.52 by Mike Reed in 1995

    2022 Leader: Felix Lawrence (Liberty) – 51.59

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Felix Lawrence – 2021)

    Liberty Entrants: Felix Lawrence, Luke Anderson and Zack Weekman

    Outlook: Coming off a big breakthrough performance (51.59) in his last race, Liberty’s Felix Lawrence is favored to defend his ASUN 400 hurdles title from a year ago. Lawrence’s time was the fastest by a Flame since Ryan Davis’ 51.23 effort to win his second straight Big South title in 2015. Davis was the most recent Liberty men’s 400 hurdler to repeat as conference champion. No. 2 seed Isaiah Ellis of Kennesaw State (52.93 season best) was the 2021 SoCon runner-up and an NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round qualifier a year ago, competing for Wofford. The Flames’ Luke Anderson came in fifth as a freshman last season and is seeded third this year at 54.08.

    Men’s 4 x 100 Relay
    Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 12:45 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Kennesaw State – 40.29 (Seventh in a row)

    Conference Record: 39.38 by Liberty in 2022

    Meet Record: 40.03 by Kennesaw State in 2019

    Liberty Record: 39.38 in 2022

    2022 Leader: Liberty – 39.38

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): None

    Outlook: Kennesaw State is the seven-time defending ASUN men’s 4 x 100 relay champion and has lowered its program record to 39.95 this season. KSU is the only current conference team who has ever won an ASUN 4 x 100 relay title, having won this event nine times overall. Liberty hopes to change that on Saturday, as the quartet of Brandon Letts, Donald McClinton, Christian Lyon and Diamantae Griffin has improved the program record of 39.86 from the 1996 season all the way down to 39.38. The Flames’ only 4 x 100 conference title since 2005 came in 2018, the team’s last year in the Big South. Liberty is poised to run the event at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet for the first time in program history later this month.

    Men’s 4 x 400 Relay
    Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Kennesaw State – 3:12.70

    Conference Record: 3:09.01 by Troy in 1998

    Meet Record: 3:10.38 by Liberty in 2019

    Liberty Record: 3:07.28 in 1997

    2022 Indoor Champion: Liberty – 3:13.70

    2022 Leader: Kennesaw State – 3:09.05

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (2019)

    Outlook: Last season, Kennesaw State handed Liberty its first loss in an outdoor conference men’s 4 x 400 relay race since the 2014 Big South Championship. The Owls are seeded first this season in 3:09.05, just off the ASUN all-time record of 3:09.01 which has stood since 1998. Liberty won this event at the ASUN indoor meet but has only run its “A” squad once outdoors this season, clocking 3:15.51 at the Texas Relays.

    Men’s Long Jump
    Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 2:15 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Quinten Clay (Liberty) – 24-11 (7.59m)

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Clay

    Conference Record: 25-7.25 (7.80m) by Tyler Stepp (ETSU) in 2013

    Meet Record: 25-7.25 (7.80m) by Dayo Akindele (Kennesaw State) in 2017

    Liberty Record: 25-6.75 (7.79m) by Chad Wilson in 2004

    2022 Indoor Champion: Quinten Clay (Liberty) – 25-0.75 (7.64m)

    2022 Leader: Quinten Clay (Liberty) – 25-3.5 (7.71m)

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Quinten Clay – 2021)

    Liberty Entrants: Quinten Clay, Donald McClinton and Jeremy Davis

    Outlook: Liberty’s Quinten Clay and Jeremy Davis have finished 1-2 in each of the last two ASUN long jump competitions (2021 outdoor and 2022 indoor), and Clay has won three in a row overall, also including the 2021 indoor meet. Coming off a career-best 25-3.5 leap into a headwind at last week’s Liberty Twilight Qualifier, Clay will attempt to become the Flames’ first back-to-back outdoor men’s long jump conference champion since Nick Anderson (2001 & 2002 – Big South). Donald McClinton bears watching as well. He reached 24-9.75 in his lone long jump competition as a Flame, tying Davis’ mark from last year’s ASUN meet for eighth in program history.

    Men’s Triple Jump
    Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at Noon

    Defending Champion: Qwazon Al-Khaliq (Kennesaw State) – 51-6.25 (15.70m)

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Jeremy Davis (Liberty) – 5th place

    Conference Record: 52-10 (16.10m) by Andre Dorsey (Kennesaw State) in 2016

    Meet Record: 51-7 (15.72m) by Andre Dorsey (Kennesaw State) in 2013

    Liberty Record: 52-1.25 (15.88m) by Clarence Powell in 2010

    2022 Indoor Champion: Quinten Clay (Liberty) – 48-11.75 (14.93m)

    2022 Leader: Kelvin Campbell (Kennesaw State) – 49-6.5 (15.10m)

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): None

    Liberty Entrants: Quinten Clay, Jeremy Davis, Kennedy Sauder and Gabriel Willis

    Outlook: The triple jump is a tough event to call. The top returnee from last year (fifth-place Jeremy Davis of Liberty) has not competed in the event yet this season and the ASUN’s top competitor this season (Kennesaw State’s Kelvin Campbell) is not entered. The Flames’ Quinten Clay captured the ASUN indoor title with a career-best 48-11.75 leap. That matches the top distance this season of No. 1 seed Jalal Taylor from Central Arkansas.

    Men’s High Jump
    Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Quinten Clay (Liberty) – 6-11.75 (2.13m)

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Clay

    Conference Record: 7-3 (2.21m) by Gemikal Prude (Lipscomb) in 2014

    Meet Record: 7-1.5 (2.17m) by Bobby Harris (North Florida) & Andre Dorsey (Kennesaw State) in 2016

    Liberty Record: 7-1 (2.16m) by Kennedy Sauder in 2022, Kyle Wheeler in 2012 and Matt Parker in 2009

    2022 Indoor Champion: Kennedy Sauder (Liberty) – 7-4.25 (2.24m)

    2022 Leader: Kennedy Sauder (Liberty) – 7-1 (2.16m)

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Quinten Clay – 2021)

    Liberty Entrants: Kennedy Sauder, Quinten Clay and Gabriel Willis

    Outlook: Liberty freshman Kennedy Sauder enters his first outdoor conference meet as the men’s high jump favorite. He stole the show at the ASUN indoor championship with a record-breaking 7-4.25 clearance before earning second team All-America honors two weeks later. He has only high jumped twice outdoors, but one of those saw him tie the Liberty outdoor record of 7-1. The last time a Flame cleared 7-1 before that was 10 years ago, when Kyle Wheeler won the Big South title as a freshman, something Sauder hopes to achieve on Thursday. Teammate Quinten Clay is the defending champion and will try to become the Flames’ first back-to-back winner of this event since Nick Anderson in 2000 and 2001 (Big South). Clay was the indoor runner-up with a personal-best 7-0.5 clearance but has only made it over 6-7 outdoors this season. Kennesaw State’s Juan Cavazos II and Sultan Simms placed second and third, respectively, behind Clay a year ago and figure to contend for podium spots again this week.

    Men’s Pole Vault
    Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 11 a.m.

    Defending Champion: Jack Rhea (Kennesaw State) – 17-0.75 (5.20m)

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Anders Janes (Liberty) – 4th place

    Conference Record: 17-6.5 (5.35m) by Jack Rhea (Kennesaw State) in 2021

    Meet Record: 17-0.75 (5.20m) by Jack Rhea (Kennesaw State) in 2021

    Liberty Record: 17-8.5 (5.40m) by Kolby Shepherd in 2012

    2022 Indoor Champion: AJ Johnson (Kennesaw State) – 16-1.75 (4.92m)

    2022 Leader: AJ Johnson (Kennesaw State) – 16-10.75 (5.15m)

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Anders Janes – 2019)

    Liberty Entrants: Hunter Flack, Anders Janes and Anthony Bryan

    Outlook: Liberty’s Anders Janes was the 2019 ASUN outdoor men’s pole vault champion and is the top returnee from last season (fourth place). He was in position to claim this year’s ASUN indoor title before Kennesaw State freshman AJ Johnson won it with a third-attempt clearance at 16-1.75. Johnson is the top outdoor seed by more than a foot at 16-10.75. Flames freshman Hunter Flack is tied for No. 2 on the ASUN performance list with his personal-best 15-9.75 clearance from last week’s Liberty Twilight Qualifier. Liberty’s Anthony Bryan will be competing in his 11th event of the meet, following his participation in the decathlon.

    Men’s Shot Put
    Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Kyle Mitchell (Liberty) – 64-9.75 (19.75m) (Second in a row)

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Mitchell

    Conference Record: 65-6.75 (19.98m) by Tyler Blalock (Kennesaw State) in 2021

    Meet Record: 64-9.75 (19.75m) by Kyle Mitchell (Liberty) in 2021

    Liberty Record: 64-9.75 (19.75m) by Kyle Mitchell in 2021

    2022 Indoor Champion: Tyler Blalock (Kennesaw State) – 62.9.25 (19.13m)

    2022 Leader: Courtney Lawrence (Kennesaw State) – 63-2.25 (19.26m)

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Kyle Mitchell – 2021)

    Liberty Entrants: Kyle Mitchell, Kevin Nedrick, Warren Barrett, Jose Ballivian, Beau Backes and Jacob Strickler

    Outlook: Liberty went 1-2-3 in this event a year ago before Kennesaw State returned the favor at the 2022 ASUN indoor championship. Two-time defending ASUN indoor champion Tyler Blalock of KSU is not competing this season, leaving teammate Courtney Lawrence as the event’s No. 1 seed at 63-2.25. The Flames’ Kyle Mitchell is the two-time defending ASUN champion outdoors. A year ago, he threw a personal-best and meet-record 64-9.75 at this meet, propelling him toward All-America honors the following month. Mitchell is seeded No. 2 at 60-5.25 and will try to become the first three-time men’s shot put champion in meet history. No Flame has won a trio of men’s shot put crowns since Ryan Smith captured four Big South titles in a row between 2010-13.

    Men’s Discus
    Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 2 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Jose Ballivian (Liberty) – 175-6 (53.49m)

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Ballivian

    Conference Record: 193-1 (58.86m) by Anthony Harrison (Kennesaw State) in 2022

    Meet Record: 186-3 (56.77m) by Daniel Haugh (Kennesaw State) in 2019

    Liberty Record: 204-3 (62.26m) by Clendon Henderson in 2008

    2022 Leader: Anthony Harrison (Kennesaw State) – 193-1 (58.86m)

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Jose Ballivian – 2021)

    Liberty Entrants: Kevin Nedrick, Jose Ballivian, Beau Backes, Kyle Mitchell, Warren Barrett, Sam Mastro and John Hicks

    Outlook: Liberty’s Jose Ballivian is the defending ASUN men’s discus champion and has improved his personal best to 182-6 this season. However, he is looking up at a pair of athletes who have broken the ASUN all-time this record in 2022, including Kennesaw State’s Anthony Harrison (193-1) and first-year Flame Kevin Nedrick (186-3). The meet record (186-3) is certainly in jeopardy Friday afternoon. Ballivian, Nedrick and Beau Backes are all likely to make the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet in one of Liberty’s strongest events.

    Men’s Javelin
    Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Samuel Arter (Liberty) – 213-7 (65.11m)

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Reece Burton (Kennesaw State) – 2nd place

    Conference Record: 227-1 (69.22m) by Denzel Pratt (Liberty) in 2019

    Meet Record: 213-7 (65.11m) by Samuel Arter (Liberty) in 2021

    Liberty Record: 234-11 (71.61m) by Steve Feister in 2016

    2022 Leader: Michaelangelo Bullard (Central Arkansas) – 215-5 (65.65m)

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Samuel Arter – 2021)

    Liberty Entrants: Ethan Mylin, Jacob Strickler and Kevin Nedrick

    Outlook: Liberty has won the men’s javelin at each of its last six conference championship events, but that streak could be threatened on Thursday. Freshman Ethan Mylin threw a personal-best 197-11 at last week’s Liberty Twilight Qualifier, but that sits No. 3 on the ASUN performance list behind Michaelangelo Bullard of Central Arkansas (215-5) and Reece Burton of Kennesaw State (201-11), last year’s ASUN runner-up. The Flames’ Kevin Nedrick could be a wildcard. He has not thrown the javelin this season but owns a personal best of 209-1 from 2017.

    Men’s Hammer
    Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

    Defending Champion: John Hicks (Liberty) – 204-10 (62.44m)

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Hicks

    Conference Record: 247-10 (75.55m) by Daniel Haugh (Kennesaw State) in 2019

    Meet Record: 246-2 (75.03m) by Daniel Haugh (Kennesaw State) in 2019

    Liberty Record: 222-4 (67.76m) by Jon Hart in 2008

    2022 Indoor Champion (Weight): John Hicks (Liberty) – 65-0.75 (19.83m)

    2022 Leader: John Hicks (Liberty) – 216-4 (65.94m)

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (John Hicks – 2021)

    Liberty Entrants: John Hicks, Sam Mastro and Beau Backes

    Outlook: Liberty’s John Hicks and Sam Mastro finished 1-2 in the ASUN men’s hammer competition a year ago, and they rank 1-2 heading into this year’s meet. Hicks will attempt to become the ASUN’s first repeat champion in this event since Kennesaw State’s Martynas Sedys won four years in a row (2013-16). The only Flame who has ever claimed consecutive conference men’s hammer crowns is Jon Hart (2007 & 2008 – Big South). Hicks, whose personal best measures 216-4, is approaching Hart’s program record of 222-4 which has stood for 14 years.

    Men’s Decathlon
    Event Schedule: Day One – Begins Thursday at 11:30 a.m.; Day Two – Begins Friday at 10:30 a.m.

    Defending Champion: Ian Jackson (Kennesaw State) – 6,502

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Quann Shears (Kennesaw State) – 2nd place

    Conference Record: 7,405 by Paris Williams (Kennesaw State) in 2019

    Meet Record: 7,286 by Bilal Abdullah (Kennesaw State) in 2016

    Liberty Record: 7,800 by Brandon Hoskins in 2008

    2022 Indoor Champion (Heptathlon): Timon Dresselhaus (Central Arkansas) – 5,116

    2022 Leader: Anthony Bryan (Liberty) – 6,912

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Jeremy Davis – 2019)

    Liberty Entrants: Anthony Bryan

    Outlook: The decathlon features a small but quality field including the 2021 ASUN heptathlon champion (Liberty’s Anthony Bryan), the 2022 ASUN heptathlon champion (Central Arkansas’ Timon Dresselhaus) and last year’s ASUN decathlon runner-up (Kennesaw State’s Quann Shears). Bryan owns the ASUN’s top score this season (6,912), putting him on the doorstep of becoming the Flames’ 18th 7,000-point scorer in program history. Dresselhaus scored a personal-best 6,647 points to place fifth in the 2021 Southland Conference decathlon.

    Women’s Meet Preview
    Liberty expects a strong battle with Kennesaw State as it attempts to claim its third consecutive ASUN outdoor team championship. The Lady Flames edged the Owls by eight points at the 2022 ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championship after KSU had defeated Liberty by five tallies at the previous year’s ASUN indoor meet.

    Liberty has already captured ASUN titles in women’s cross country and indoor track & field this year. If the Lady Flames come out on top this weekend, they would claim their first ASUN triple crown and only the second in conference history. Jacksonville claimed the women’s triple crown in 2009-10. The Lady Flames’ most recent conference triple crown came in the Big South during the 2016-17 academic year.

    The Lady Flames own the ASUN’s top mark of 2022 in 11 of 21 events, including the 100 (Isis Brooks), 200 (Brooks), 400 (Janai Scott), 5K (Adelyn Ackley), 10K (Ackley), pole vault (Taylen Langin), long jump (Ayanna Johnson), shot put (Naomi Mojica), discus (Sofia Mojica), hammer (Naomi Mojica) and javelin (Mackenzie Hainley).

    Four Lady Flames will attempt to repeat their ASUN titles from 2021, including Adelyn Ackley (5K), Taylen Langin (pole vault), Naomi Mojica (shot put) and Mackenzie Hainley (javelin). Both Mojica and Hainley will be trying to make it three straight ASUN championships in their respective events. Mojica has won every conference shot put competition of her career to date, indoors and outdoors, including a pair of Big South titles and six ASUN crowns.

    Women’s 100-Meter Dash
    Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 4:45 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 1:55 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Abby Pantlitz (Liberty) – 11.63

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Louise Tocays (Kennesaw State) – 2nd place

    Conference Record: 11.36 by Jacquelyn Baldwin (Jacksonville) in 2017

    Meet Record: 11.25 by Tanya Lawrence (FIU) in 1998

    Liberty Record: 11.41 by Isis Brooks in 2022

    2022 Indoor Champion (60 Meters): Alexis Williams (Jacksonville) – 7.50

    2022 Leader: Isis Brooks (Liberty) – 11.41

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Abby Pantlitz – 2021)

    Liberty Entrants: Isis Brooks and Dawn Hilton

    Outlook: Liberty’s Abby Pantlitz raced to the ASUN women’s 100 dash title a year ago but is not racing this weekend. In her absence, new program record holder Isis Brooks (11.41) owns the conference’s fastest time to date. Brooks won the 2020 Big South indoor 200 title while competing for Hampton but is seeking her first outdoor individual event conference championship. Other top contenders include last year’s runner-up (Kennesaw State’s Louise Tocays) and the 1-2 finishers in this year’s ASUN indoor 60 final (Jacksonville’s Alexis Williams and Eastern Kentucky’s Quantasia Perry).

    Women’s 200-Meter Dash
    Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 6:30 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:40 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Abby Pantlitz (Liberty) – 23.85

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Louise Tocays (Kennesaw State) – 2nd place

    Conference Record: 22.98 by Jacquelyn Baldwin (Jacksonville) in 2017

    Meet Record: 22.99 by Tanya Lawrence (FIU) in 1998

    Liberty Record: 23.48 by Abigail Flower in 2013

    2022 Indoor Champion: Quantasia Perry (Eastern Kentucky) – 23.78

    2022 Leader: Isis Brooks (Liberty) – 23.60

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Abby Pantlitz – 2021)

    Liberty Entrants: Isis Brooks

    Outlook: The women’s 200 could shape up very similarly to the 100. With defending champion Abby Pantlitz absent from the field, Liberty’s Isis Brooks, Kennesaw State’s Louise Tocays, Eastern Kentucky’s Quantasia Perry and Jacksonville’s Alexis Williams should be the top title contenders. Brooks, the 2020 Big South indoor 200 champion, owns the conference’s fastest time of 2022 (23.60) and is chasing Abigail Flower’s program record of 23.48 from 2013. Tocays placed second to Pantlitz indoors and outdoors a year ago and sits just behind Brooks with a season best of 23.61. Perry and Williams went 1-2 in this event at the 2022 ASUN Indoor Championship.

    Women’s 400-Meter Dash
    Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 4:15 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 1:45 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Sadae Davidson (Jacksonville) – 54.53

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Davidson

    Conference Record: 52.25 by Brianna Frazier (North Florida) in 2012

    Meet Record: 53.28 by Ty’Asia Dansbury (Liberty) in 2019

    Liberty Record: 53.28 by Ty’Asia Dansbury in 2019

    2022 Indoor Champion: Sarah Hendrick (Kennesaw State) – 54.37

    2022 Leader: Janai Scott (Liberty) – 54.07

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Ty’Asia Dansbury – 2019)

    Liberty Entrants: Janai Scott

    Outlook: Jacksonville’s Sadae Davidson is back to defend her ASUN women’s 400 title from last season. No one has won back-to-back women’s 400 titles since Jacksonville’s Courtney Walker captured three in a row from 2013 through 2015. Liberty’s Janai Scott will shoot to bookend her collegiate career with conference titles, entering as the top seed (54.07). She swept the Big South outdoor women’s 100 and 200 crowns as a freshman at Campbell in 2017 but has not won a conference title since. Scott will also look to extend her career by improving her time to qualify for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet. Indoor 400 champion Sarah Hendrick of Kennesaw State will focus on other events this week, leaving runner-up Tyler Rose of Central Arkansas as the top performer from that race who will compete in the one-lapper in Jacksonville.

    Women’s 800-Meter Run
    Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 6:15 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:05 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Sarah Hendrick (Kennesaw State) – 2:06.69

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Hendrick

    Conference Record: 2:00.98 by Sarah Hendrick (Kennesaw State) in 2022

    Meet Record: 2:06.53 by Delaney McDowell (Liberty) in 2019

    Liberty Record: 2:06.09 by Jaime Watson in 2010

    2022 Indoor Champion: Kiara Carter (Lipscomb) – 2:08.31

    2022 Leader: Sarah Hendrick (Kennesaw State) – 2:00.98

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Delaney McDowell – 2019)

    Liberty Entrants: Annamarie McKenzie

    Outlook: Defending ASUN 800 champion Sarah Hendrick of Kennesaw State is a three-time All-American in this event and has lowered the ASUN all-time record to 2:00.98 this season. Lipscomb’s Kiara Carter is the only conference runner within five seconds of that time, owning a season best of 2:05.66. She came in second to Hendrick last season and was the ASUN indoor champion in Hendrick’s absence earlier this year. Liberty’s lone entrant Annamarie McKenzie came in third in the NAIA 800 final for Indiana Wesleyan last season and has lowered her personal best to 2:10.79 during her first year as a Lady Flame. She is the event’s No. 7 seed.

    Women’s 1,500-Meter Run
    Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 1:15 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Sarah Hendrick (Kennesaw State) – 4:18.86

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Hendrick

    Conference Record: 4:14.92 by Heidi Dahl (ETSU) in 2009

    Meet Record: 4:18.08 by Heidi Dahl (ETSU) in 2009

    Liberty Record: 4:14.71 by Heather Sagan in 2002

    2022 Indoor Champion (Mile): Sarah Hendrick (Kennesaw State) – 4:47.39

    2022 Leader: Sarah Hendrick (Kennesaw State) – 4:15.91

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Calli Doan – 2019)

    Liberty Entrants: Adelyn Ackley, Marie Hostetler and Priscillah Kiplagat

    Outlook: Although she is best known as an 800-meter runner, Kennesaw State’s Sarah Hendrick is quite talented in the 1,500 as well. She is the reigning ASUN champion in the indoor mile and outdoor 1,500 and won the Penn Relays 1,500 crown in her most recent race. Her season-best time of 4:15.91 is the fastest in the conference by more than seven seconds in 2022. Liberty’s Adelyn Ackley lowered her 1,500 personal best to 4:23.78 at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier last week, ranking No. 3 in the ASUN this year and No. 4 in program history. This event will go straight to a final on Saturday with only 15 runners entered.

    Women’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase
    Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 7 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Calli Doan (Liberty) – 10:53.42

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Mollie Longmire (Lipscomb) – 3rd place

    Conference Record: 9:50.57 by Madi Talbert (Lipscomb) in 2015

    Meet Record: 10:00.01 by Madi Talbert (Lipscomb) in 2015

    Liberty Record: 10:10.23 by Calli Doan in 2021

    2022 Leader: Laura Taborda (Eastern Kentucky) – 10:12.53

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Calli Doan – 2021)

    Liberty Entrants: Chelsea Stocki and Kyley Sorg

    Outlook: Liberty’s Calli Doan will not be able to defend her ASUN steeplechase on Friday, but a showdown between Eastern Kentucky’s Laura Taborda (10:12.53 season best) and 2019 champion Hayleigh Palotti of Jacksonville (10:13.26) is expected. The Lady Flames’ Chelsea Stocki is a two-time top-five finisher in this event, placing fifth in 2019 and fourth a year ago.

    Women’s 5,000-Meter Run
    Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 3:10 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Adelyn Ackley (Liberty) – 17:05.20

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Ackley

    Conference Record: 15:54.98 by Adelyn Ackley (Liberty) in 2022

    Meet Record: 16:21.96 by Heather Lee (Campbell) in 2004

    Liberty Record: 15:48.63 by Ednah Kurgat in 2016

    2022 Indoor Champion: Adelyn Ackley (Liberty) – 16:54.49

    2022 Leader: Adelyn Ackley (Liberty) – 15:54.98

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Adelyn Ackley – 2021)

    Liberty Entrants: Adelyn Ackley, Anna Hostetler, Grace Dwyer, Priscillah Kiplagat, Marie Hostetler, Kyley Sorg, Jamie Anderson and Chelsea Stocki

    Outlook: Liberty’s Adelyn Ackley has owned the women’s 5K in the ASUN the last two seasons, winning the 2021 and 2022 indoor titles and the 2021 outdoor crown. She is the top seed again outdoors, thanks to her ASUN all-time record 15:54.98 clocking at Stanford. The only Lady Flame ever to win back-to-back outdoor 5K titles is Carol Jefferson (2006 & 2007 – Big South). Liberty has entered eight runners into the 40-member field in case it needs team points late in the meet. Ackley and Anna Hostetler provided a big lift to the Lady Flames’ indoor title chances with a 2-3 finish in the 3K this season. Jone Zabaleta Larranaga, the winner of said ASUN indoor 3K for Eastern Kentucky, is the No. 2 seed behind Ackley at 16:02.55.

    Women’s 10,000-Meter Run
    Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 9:15 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Katie Meyer (Kennesaw State) – 36:00.86

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Meyer

    Conference Record: 33:43.36 by Eden Meyer (North Florida) in 2017

    Meet Record: 35:07.59 by Mackenzie Howe (Kennesaw State) in 2011

    Liberty Record: 33:49.00 by Adelyn Ackley in 2022

    2022 Leader: Adelyn Ackley (Liberty) – 33:49.00

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): None

    Liberty Entrants: Anna Hostetler, Jamie Anderson and Grace Dwyer

    Outlook: Liberty’s Adelyn Ackley has clocked a program-record 10K time of 33:49.00 this season but will wait until the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet to run the event again. Defending ASUN 10K champion Katie Meyer is the top seed in Ackley’s absence at 34:44.76, just ahead of Lipscomb’s Ally Suyak (34:50.09). Liberty’s Anna Hostetler is seeded No. 3, thanks to her 10K debut time of 35:18.81 which ranks No. 7 all-time for the Lady Flames. Teammate Grace Dwyer will run the 10K for the first time since winning the 2019 SoCon title while racing for Furman. No Lady Flame has won this event at a conference meet since 2016 (Ednah Kurgat – Big South).

    Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles
    Event Schedule: Prelims – Friday at 5:30 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 1:35 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Olivia Brown (Kennesaw State) – 13.66

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Brown

    Conference Record: 13.16 by Shanique Walker (Jacksonville) in 2013

    Meet Record: 13.16 by Shanique Walker (Jacksonville) in 2013

    Liberty Record: 13.65 by Olivia Charnuski in 2010

    2022 Indoor Champion (60 Hurdles): Olivia Brown (Kennesaw State) – 8.34

    2022 Leader: Corbin McLean (Kennesaw State) – 13.45

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Jada Thomas – 2019)

    Liberty Entrants: Amani Hankton

    Outlook: Kennesaw State’s Olivia Brown has won all three ASUN hurdles titles during her collegiate career, including the 2021 and 2022 indoor 60 hurdles and the 2021 outdoor 100 hurdles. However, she ranks a close second to teammate Corbin McLean (13.45 to 13.50) on this year’s conference performance list. Liberty’s lone entrant Amani Hankton has been a consistent conference performer during her career, placing inside the top four in all three of her ASUN hurdles finals.

    Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles
    Event Schedule: Prelims – Thursday at 5:55 p.m.; Final – Saturday at 2:25 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Jayla Mobley (Kennesaw State) – 1:01.98

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Mobley

    Conference Record: 57.28 by Jocselyn Powell (Kennesaw State) in 2018

    Meet Record: 58.52 by Jocselyn Powell (Kennesaw State) in 2016

    Liberty Record: 58.46 by Kimone Green in 2018

    2022 Leader: Corbin McLean (Kennesaw State) – 1:00.65

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Kylie Polsgrove – 2019)

    Liberty Entrants: Nimeesha Coleman

    Outlook: The women’s 400 hurdles could be one of Saturday’s most entertaining races, with six runners seeded between 1:00.65 and 1:01.91. Three Kennesaw State Owls are among that group, including top seed Corbin McLean and defending champion Jayla Mobley. As is Lady Flames sophomore Nimeesha Coleman, the ASUN runner-up a year ago. She is coming off a career-best 1:01.72 performance at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier which moved her up to No. 9 all-time at Liberty.

    Women’s 4 x 100 Relay
    Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 12:55 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Jacksonville – 45.29 (Third in a row)

    Conference Record: 43.50 by Jacksonville in 2019

    Meet Record: 44.32 by Jacksonville in 2019

    Liberty Record: 44.80 in 2018

    2022 Leader: Jacksonville – 44.59

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): None

    Outlook: Three-time defending ASUN champion Jacksonville owns the conference’s top 4 x 100 time of the season by more than a second at 44.59. The Dolphins and Kennesaw State have combined to win the last 12 ASUN women’s 4 x 100 relay crowns. Seeking its first ASUN title in this event, Liberty is seeded fifth at 46.09.

    Women’s 4 x 400 Relay
    Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 3:40 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Jacksonville – 3:42.51 (Third in a row)

    Conference Record: 3:33.20 by Liberty in 2019

    Meet Record: 3:35.77 by Jacksonville in 2019

    Liberty Record: 3:33.20 in 2019

    2022 Indoor Champion: Jacksonville – 3:42.19

    2022 Leader: Jacksonville – 3:35.97

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): None

    Outlook: Jacksonville is the three-time defending outdoor 4 x 400 relay champion, the reigning indoor champion and the conference’s No. 1 seed by more than six seconds at 3:35.97. Liberty’s season-best time of 3:53.51 has the Lady Flames seeded sixth.

    Women’s Long Jump
    Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 4:30 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Adja Sackor (Jacksonville) – 20-5.75 (6.24m)

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Sackor

    Conference Record: 21-5.25 (6.53m) by Natasha Harvey (Jacksonville) in 2006

    Meet Record: 20-9 (6.32m) by Natasha Harvey (Jacksonville) in 2006

    Liberty Record: 20-8 (6.30m) by Ayanna Johnson in 2022

    2022 Indoor Champion: Jasmine Akins (Kennesaw State) – 20-10.75 (6.37m)

    2022 Leader: Ayanna Johnson (Liberty) – 20-8 (6.30m)

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): None

    Liberty Entrants: Ayanna Johnson and Kamia Cooper

    Outlook: Liberty’s Ayanna Johnson long jumped 20-8 at last week’s Liberty Twilight Qualifier to take over the conference lead and shatter the program record of 20-0.25 that had stood since 1984. Now she will attempt to win the Lady Flames’ first outdoor conference long jump championship since Danielle McNaney’s Big South crown in 2003. Johnson is one inch ahead of ASUN indoor champion Jasmin Akins of Kennesaw State this season with defending outdoor titlist Adja Sackor of Jacksonville also lurking as a title contender. The 2021 ASUN indoor long jump champion, Johnson’s career will continue on past this week as she will become the first Lady Flame ever to long jump at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet.

    Women’s Triple Jump
    Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Adja Sackor (Jacksonville) – 44-3.25 (13.49m) (Second in a row)

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Sackor

    Conference Record: 45-4.25 (13.82m) by Shonda Swift (FIU) in 1997

    Meet Record: 44-3.25 (13.49m) by Adja Sackor (Jacksonville) in 2021

    Liberty Record: 42-6 (12.95m) by Makenzy Mizera in 2021

    2022 Indoor Champion: Adja Sackor (Jacksonville) – 43-1 (13.13m)

    2022 Leader: Adja Sackor (Jacksonville) – 43-5.75 (13.25m)

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): None

    Liberty Entrants: Lizbeth Joseph, Madeline Hunt, Kamia Cooper and Emma Arblaster

    Outlook: Jacksonville’s Adja Sackor is one of the heaviest favorites at this meet. The two-time defending triple jump champion has reached 43-5.75 this year, three and a half feet beyond No. 2 seed Lizbeth Joseph of Liberty. Joseph, who placed fourth a year ago, is seeking her first All-ASUN medal at the outdoor championship. She was the runner-up indoors in 2021. Janae Jones was the Lady Flames’ most recent conference triple jump champion, taking Big South top honors in 2015.

    Women’s High Jump
    Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 5:45 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Kristi Snyman (Jacksonville) – 5-9.75 (1.77m)

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Snyman

    Conference Record: 6-0 (1.83m) by Kristen Pace (Georgia State) in 2004

    Meet Record: 5-11.25 (1.81m) by Ann Larsen (UCF) in 2005

    Liberty Record: 5-10 (1.78m) by Kena Butts in 2005

    2022 Indoor Champion: Bella Jackson (Lipscomb) – 5-7.75 (1.72m)

    2022 Leader: Bella Jackson (Lipscomb) – 5-9.25 (1.76m)

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): None

    Liberty Entrants: Kacy Cox

    Outlook: Freshmen have won the last three ASUN women’s high jump titles, including 2021 indoor (Kennesaw State’s Mollie Speights), 2021 outdoor (Jacksonville’s Kristi Snyman) and 2022 indoor (Lipscomb’s Bella Jackson). Snyman advanced to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships following her victory a year ago. Jackson, the No. 1 seed at 5-9.25, attended the same high school (Whiteland Community High School in Whiteland, Ind.) as Liberty standout freshman Will Jefferson. Somewhat appropriately, Liberty’s only entrant is a freshman (Kacy Cox).

    Women’s Pole Vault
    Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Taylen Langin (Liberty) – 13-2.5 (4.03m)

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Langin

    Conference Record: 13-7.25 (4.15m) by Erica Sergeant (Kennesaw State) in 2019

    Meet Record: 13-7.25 (4.15m) by Erica Sergeant (Kennesaw State) in 2019

    Liberty Record: 14-3.25 (4.35m) by Andrea Wildrick in 2002

    2022 Indoor Champion: Jada Smith (Kennesaw State) – 13-0.25 (3.97m)

    2022 Leader: Taylen Langin (Liberty) – 13-5 (4.09m)

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Taylen Langin – 2021)

    Liberty Entrants: Taylen Langin, Mia Bowers and Emory Pafford

    Outlook: On the heels of a season-best and ASUN-leading 13-5 clearance, Liberty’s Taylen Langin will attempt to become the first Lady Flame to capture back-to-back outdoor women’s pole vault titles since Andrea Wildrick earned three straight Big South first-place finishes between 2000 and 2002. Kennesaw State’s Jada Smith is the two-time defending indoor champion in this event. Liberty freshmen Emory Pafford and Mia Bowers placed second and third, respectively, behind Smith indoors this season. Bowers is coming off a 12-9.5 effort at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier which has her listed as the No. 3 seed.

    Women’s Shot Put
    Event Schedule: Final – Friday at 4:30 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Naomi Mojica (Liberty) – 52-5.5 (15.99m) (Second in a row)

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Mojica

    Conference Record: 53-0.75 (16.17m) by Naomi Mojica (Liberty) in 2021

    Meet Record: 52-5.5 (15.99m) by Naomi Mojica (Liberty) in 2021

    Liberty Record: 53-0.75 (16.17m) by Naomi Mojica in 2021

    2022 Indoor Champion: Naomi Mojica (Liberty) – 52-4.75 (15.97m)

    2022 Leader: Naomi Mojica (Liberty) – 51-3.5 (15.63m)

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Naomi Mojica – 2021)

    Liberty Entrants: Naomi Mojica, Megan Mann and Myiah Scott

    Outlook: All Liberty’s Naomi Mojica does in the women’s shot put is win. She has finished first at all eight of her previous conference championship meets, including the indoor and outdoor seasons and beginning with a pair of Big South titles as a freshman in 2018. Mojica owns both the meet record (52-5.5 from 2021) and the ASUN all-time standard (53-0.75 from 2021) and is favored to become Liberty’s first nine-time conference champion in a single event. Her season-best mark of 51-3.5 is 3.5 feet longer than that of No. 2 seed Alyssia Richard of Jacksonville, the indoor runner-up to Mojica. Lady Flames sophomore Megan Mann could battle for a podium spot to go along with her third-place indoor finish this season. Dating back to Mychelle Cumings’ Big South title in 2015, Liberty women’s shot putters have claimed eight consecutive outdoor conference championships. Mojica could become the first ASUN women’s shot putter to win three titles in a row since UCF’s Katara Beard claimed four in succession between 1998 and 2001.

    Women’s Discus
    Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 11 a.m.

    Defending Champion: Chelsea Igberaese (Liberty) – 169-3 (51.58m)

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Alyssia Richard (Jacksonville) – 2nd place

    Conference Record: 185-1 (56.41m) by Kree Clark (Jacksonville) in 2015

    Meet Record: 172-6 (52.58m) by Kree Clark (Jacksonville) in 2016

    Liberty Record: 179-6 (54.71m) by Chelsea Igberaese in 2019

    2022 Leader: Sofia Mojica (Liberty) – 157-6 (48.00m)

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Chelsea Igberaese – 2021)

    Liberty Entrants: Sofia Mojica, Megan Mann, Annika Hantho and Grace Artis

    Outlook: The women’s discus could be a high-scoring event for Liberty in the team battle early on Saturday, as Lady Flames sophomores Sofia Mojica (157-6), Megan Mann (157-4) and Annika Hantho (155-3) rank 1-2-3 in the conference ahead of 2021 ASUN runner-up Alyssia Richard of Jacksonville. Mojica’s conference-leading and personal-best 157-6 effort gave her a victory at last week’s Liberty Twilight Qualifier. The Lady Flames never won a conference discus title until 2012, but a victory on Saturday would be their seventh in the last 10 conference championships.

    Women’s Javelin
    Event Schedule: Final – Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Mackenzie Hainley (Liberty) – 147-10 (45.05m) (Second in a row)

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Hainley

    Conference Record: 179-8 (54.77m) by Marija Bogavac (Kennesaw State) in 2016

    Meet Record: 162-1 (49.42m) by Marija Bogavac (Kennesaw State) in 2016

    Liberty Record: 161-7 (49.26m) by Brenna Smith in 2018

    2022 Leader: Mackenzie Hainley (Liberty) – 151-2 (46.09m)

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Mackenzie Hainley – 2021)

    Liberty Entrants: Mackenzie Hainley, Kali Grayson and Mackenzie White

    Outlook: Liberty’s Mackenzie Hainley is the two-time defending ASUN women’s javelin champion and this year’s No. 1 seed at 151-2. If she is victorious Saturday, she would become the Lady Flames’ first-ever three-time conference champion in this event and the first in the ASUN since North Florida’s Emily Kohler (2006-08). Hainley figures to be challenged by 2021 runner-up Kaitlyn Corral of Kennesaw State (145-3 season best) and the Jacksonville State duo of Greta Romei (145-2) and Imani Debrow (141-4) in one of the Gamecocks’ best events. Liberty’s Kali Grayson continues her impressive return from injury and enters as the No. 5 seed at 135-5.

    Women’s Hammer
    Event Schedule: Final – Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

    Defending Champion: Chelsea Igberaese (Liberty) – 195-4 (59.54m) (Second in a row)

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Grace Artis (Liberty) – 2nd place

    Conference Record: 204-10 (62.44m) by Chelsea Igberaese (Liberty) in 2021

    Meet Record: 195-4 (59.54m) by Chelsea Igberaese (Liberty) in 2021

    Liberty Record: 206-6 (62.94m) by Dasiana Larson in 2018

    2022 Indoor Champion (Weight): Grace Artis (Liberty) – 63-10.5 (19.47m)

    2022 Leader: Naomi Mojica (Liberty) – 194-10 (59.38m)

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 2 (Chelsea Igberaese – 2021)

    Liberty Entrants: Naomi Mojica, Grace Artis, Megan Mann, Annika Hantho and Sofia Mojica

    Outlook: Liberty’s Grace Artis and Naomi Mojica placed 2-3 behind former teammate Chelsea Igberaese a year ago and own the top two performances in the ASUN this season, albeit in reverse order. Mojica’s 194-10 winning effort at the Liberty Twilight qualifier ranks as the best effort of her career and the top performance in the ASUN this season, three feet ahead of Artis. Kennesaw State’s Kali Terza has enjoyed an impressive freshman season, posting a personal-best mark of 185-11 which should have her in contention for top honors on Thursday.

    Women’s Heptathlon
    Event Schedule: Day One – Begins Thursday at Noon; Day Two – Begins Friday at Noon

    Defending Champion: Jessica Watkins (Kennesaw State) – 5,042

    Top Returnee from 2021 Meet: Anna Richardson (Lipscomb) – 2nd place

    Conference Record: 5,846 by Jordan Gray (Kennesaw State) in 2019

    Meet Record: 5,641 by Jordan Gray (Kennesaw State) in 2017

    Liberty Record: 5,504 by Danielle McNaney in 2005

    2022 Indoor Champion (Pentathlon): Meredith Engle (Liberty) – 3,896

    2022 Leader: Emma Garcia Palencia (Eastern Kentucky) – 5,016

    Liberty Event Titles (Last): 1 (Kylie Polsgrove – 2019)

    Liberty Entrants: Myiah Scott and Emma Arblaster

    Outlook: Liberty’s Meredith Engle will be unable to build upon her impressive victory in this year’s ASUN pentathlon due to injury, but the heptathlon field is still a strong one. Eastern Kentucky’s Emma Garcia Palencia has gone over 5,000 points this season (5,016 to be exact), while Lipscomb’s Anna Richardson was the runner-up at this meet a year ago with 5,001 tallies. Liberty’s Myiah Scott, who finished eighth last season, is the No. 6 seed this time around with her personal-best score of 4,218 from the Bryan Clay Invitational.