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    Liberty Track Heads to Clemson for Bob Pollock Invitational

    Jan 25, 2023 | Lynchburg Va | Track & Field

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    Friday Live Video (ACC Network Extra)

    Saturday Live Video (ACC Network Extra)

    Live Results

    The Liberty men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams will return to the road this weekend to face their stiffest competition of the 2022-23 season to date. The Bob Pollock Invitational, featuring numerous ACC and SEC squads, is slated for Friday and Saturday at the Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex in Clemson, S.C.

    The Flames will square off against opponents from Alabama, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, NC State, Tennessee, Wake Forest and host Clemson, among many others. Liberty will also face ASUN rival Kennesaw State head-to-head for the first time this season, four weeks before the conference meet.

    How to Follow the Flames and Lady Flames
    The ACC Network Extra will provide live video streaming coverage on both Friday and Saturday, focusing primarily on the track events.

    Live results will be available, courtesy of Adkins Trak Timing.

    About the Facility
    Liberty will be competing at the Bob Pollock Invitational for the third consecutive season, making use of Clemson’s 200-meter banked track.

    Back when the Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex featured a 200-meter flat track, the facility hosted six consecutive Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships (2006-11). Liberty brought home eight Big South team championship trophies from Clemson (six men, two women) during that time span.

    Three for Three
    Warren Barrett is the only Flame who has won the same event three times this season, claiming men’s shot put titles at the Liberty Kickoff, Virginia Tech Invitational and Brant Tolsma Invitational.

    He broke the program record with a 63-3.5 effort at the Liberty Kickoff before taking down both that standard and the meet record with his 64-1.25 put during last weekend’s Virginia Tech Invitational.

    Ranked No. 10 in the NCAA, Barrett is on the verge of breaking the ASUN all-time men’s shot put record of 64-1.75. That was set by Kennesaw State’s Tyler Blalock at the 2022 Music City Challenge.

    The men’s shot put will get the meet going Saturday morning, with a 10 a.m. start time.

    Multiple Milers
    Liberty will be well-represented in the men’s and women’s mile races Friday afternoon, with seven Lady Flames and four Flames entered.

    All-American Calli Doan headlines the women’s entries, as she will race the mile for the first time since winning the Brant Tolsma Invitational title in a meet-record 4:48.42 on Jan. 22, 2022.

    On the men’s side, Brendan Pitcher will run his first mile as a Flame, while the trio of Tristian Merchant (4:08.72), Graham Mussmon (4:09.97) and Kyle Harkabus (4:11.41) looks to improve on their strong season-opening marks from the Virginia Tech Invitational.

    The Flames found success in the mile at last year’s Bob Pollock Invitational, with Will Jefferson clocking a Liberty freshman record 4:06.63 and Adelyn Ackley-Fairley becoming the third Lady Flame ever to dip under 4:50 (4:49.18).

    Great Memories for Mizera
    The last time Makenzy Mizera triple jumped at Clemson (Jan. 30, 2021), she reached a program-record 42-8 to place fourth at the 2021 Bob Pollock Invitational.

    That impressive mark still ranks as Mizera’s personal best and the Liberty record. She will line up for the event once again Saturday afternoon, likely facing current ASUN leader Tayla Moreland of Kennesaw State.

    Double Debuts
    Two talented Flames who hail from Africa will debut at the Bob Pollock Invitational.

    Nigeria native Prosper Ekporere is set to don a Liberty uniform for the first time during Friday’s men’s 60 hurdles. Competing unattached, the freshman captured the Brant Tolsma Invitational 60 hurdles crown on Saturday, clocking 8.29 in the final and 8.28 in the prelims.

    Meanwhile, Kenya native Ally Kipchirchir will open his senior campaign by competing in his signature event (800-meter run) on Saturday. Prior to his arrival on campus, the Liberty indoor men’s 800 standard had stood since 1992. Kipchirchir has broken it three times over the last two seasons, most recently clocking 1:49.19 at the 2022 Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational.

    Atop the ASUN
    At this stage of the 2022-23 indoor season, Liberty ranks No. 1 in the ASUN Conference in the following events:

    Women’s 3K – Calli Doan – 9:36.19
    Women’s 60 Hurdles – Indea Cartwright – 8.23
    Women’s Pole Vault – Taylen Langin – 12-11.5
    Women’s Shot Put – Megan Mann – 46-8
    Women’s Weight Throw – Paola Bueno – 62-8
    Pentathlon – Meredith Engle – 3,960

    Men’s 60 – Omari Lewis – 6.74
    Men’s 200 – Donald McClinton – 21.58
    Men’s 5K – Tristian Merchant – 14:00.86
    Men’s 60 Hurdles – Felix Lawrence – 8.09
    Men’s Long Jump – Quinten Clay – 24-4.25
    Men’s High Jump – Kennedy Sauder – 6-10.75
    Men’s Shot Put – Warren Barrett – 64-1.25
    Heptathlon – Anthony Bryan – 5,334

    Among the Nation’s Elite
    At season’s end, the nation’s top 16 performers in each event will qualify to the 2023 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. The meet is scheduled for March 10-11 in Albuquerque, N.M.

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

    No. 9 – Meredith Engle – Pentathlon – 3,960
    No. 10 – Warren Barrett – Men’s Shot Put – 64-1.25
    No. 12 – Anthony Bryan – Heptathlon – 5,334
    No. 13 – Patasha Bryan – Pentathlon – 3,865

    Up Next
    The Flames and Lady Flames will prepare for back-to-back home meets at the Brant Tolsma Indoor Track at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex, beginning with the Liberty Open on Feb. 4.

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