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    The Liberty men’s and women’s outdoor track & field teams will close out the regular season on Wednesday, playing host to the Liberty Twilight Qualifier at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex. The Flames and Lady Flames will be joined by competitors from 22 other colleges and universities during the one-day meet.

    The women’s discus will get things started at 11:30 a.m. The men’s 100 prelims will be the day’s first running event, slated for a 2 p.m. start.

    Liberty’s seniors will be recognized at 5:15 p.m., just prior to the men’s 4 x 100 relay at 5:30, which will kick off the evening session on the track.

    How to Follow the Flames and Lady Flames
    Live results will be available throughout the meet, courtesy of Blue Ridge Timing.

    Weather Report
    Wednesday’s forecast calls for a high around 85 degrees with a mixture of clouds and sunshine. There is a slight chance of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm.

    Salute to Seniors
    At 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, the Flames will recognize 24 seniors who will be wrapping up their time with the program at the end of this season.

    The seniors on the women’s team include Jamie Anderson, Emma Arblaster, Grace Artis, Grace Dwyer, Sophia Jantomaso, Ayanna Johnson, Lizbeth Joseph, Naomi Mojica, Jessica Rogers, Janai Scott, Kyley Sorg and Chelsea Stocki.

    The men’s seniors include Jose Ballivian, Jeremy Davis, Ryan Drew, Juan Pablo Germain Ronco, Diamantae Griffin, Brandon Letts, Christian Lyon, Jeremiah McCants, Landon Miller, Kyle Mitchell, Joe Spitzer and Jacob Strickler.

    Liberty Twilight Qualifier Preview
    With Wednesday’s meet being Liberty’s lone home event of the 2022 outdoor campaign and the Flames’ final tune-up for next week’s ASUN Outdoor Track & Field Championships, a large number of Flames and Lady Flames will be in action. Liberty has entered 38 men’s athletes and 53 women’s athletes into at least one event.

    The evening session of running events will be bookended by must-see events, including the men’s 4 x 100 relay at 5:30 p.m. and the fast sections of the men’s and women’s 1,500 starting at 9:05.

    Liberty’s 4 x 100 squad of Brandon Letts, Donald McClinton, Christian Lyon and Diamantae Griffin has broken the program and ASUN Conference records four times this season. Most recently, they clocked 39.38 at Saturday’s UNF Invitational. Letts, Lyon and Griffin will be running immediately following the senior recognition ceremony, and they will have one other possible record on the table—the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex standard of 40.08 set by Campbell in 2016.

    Last season, the Liberty Twilight Qualifier men’s 1,500 produced a new facility record (3:39.03 by Virginia Tech’s Diego Zarate) and a new Liberty record (3:43.05 by Ryan Drew). Drew will compete in the race again this year, with eyes on his current Liberty standard (3:41.87) and the ASUN all-time record (3:41.26). Flames Will Jefferson and Kyle Harkabus will also compete in the event’s top section, with Jefferson trying to take down Harkabus’ Liberty freshman record of 3:49.58.

    The Flames’ 1,500 contingent will square off against a strong group of Virginia Tech mid-distance runners anchored by Antonio Lopez Segura. The All-American set the Liberty Indoor Track Complex mile record (3:56.79) in February.

    Last year’s women’s 1,500 also featured a new facility record (4:14.43 by Virginia Tech’s Lindsey Butler), and a strong field of NC State, Virginia Tech and Liberty (current and future) runners looks to run some fast times again on Wednesday.

    The Lady Flames’ Adelyn Ackley and Marie Hostetler will be racing for the first time since April 22. That day, Ackley set a program record in the 10K (33:49.00) and Hostetler lowered her 1,500 best to 4:28.87. Kayla Werner, a high school senior who has signed with Liberty, is also among the event’s entrants.

    The Flames’ nationally ranked men’s discus squad, paced by the trio of Kevin Nedrick, Jose Ballivian and Beau Backes, will compete on the infield Wednesday afternoon. Liberty will attempt to reclaim the ASUN all-time record in the event after Kennesaw State’s Anthony Harrison threw 193-1 two weeks ago.

    Alina McDonald returns after pole vaulting a facility record 14-10 at last year’s Liberty Twilight Qualifier. Currently ranked No. 10 in the world for 2022, she will anchor the event’s A section at noon. Liberty’s Taylen Langin is one of six collegiate competitors in the field who have cleared 13 feet or higher this season. Sydney Horn of High Point is a three-time All-American who has made it over 14-7.25 this season.

    Record Setters
    Liberty has been rewriting the record books throughout the 2022 outdoor season.

    New ASUN Records
    March 25 – Men’s 4 x 100 – 39.65 by Letts, Griffin, Lyon & McClinton (Old Record: 39.68 by ETSU, 3/31/07)

    April 1 – Women’s 5K – 15:54.98 by Adelyn Ackley (Old Record: 16:10.19 by Ackley, 4/16/21)

    April 1 – Men’s 5K – 13:40.82 by Ryan Drew (Old Record: 13:53.30 by Drew, 5/1/21)

    April 2 – Men’s Discus – 186-3 by Kevin Nedrick (Old Record: 186-3 by Kennesaw State’s Daniel Haugh, 5/11/19)

    April 2 – Men’s 4 x 100 – 39.44 by Letts, Griffin, Lyon & McClinton (Old Record: 39.65 by Letts, Griffin, Lyon & McClinton, 3/25/22)

    April 23 – Men’s 4 x 100 – 39.39 by Letts, Griffin, Lyon & McClinton (Old Record: 39.44 by Letts, Griffin, Lyon & McClinton, 4/2/22)

    April 30 – Men’s 4 x 100 – 39.38 by Letts, McClinton, Lyon & Griffin (Old Record: 39.39 by Letts, Griffin, Lyon & McClinton, 4/23/22)

    New Program Records
    March 19 – Women’s 100 – 11.48 by Isis Brooks (Old Record: 11.57 by Abigail Flower, 4/19/13)

    March 24 – Men’s 1,500 – 3:41.87 by Ryan Drew (Old Record: 3:43.05 by Drew, 5/5/21)

    March 25 – Men’s 4 x 100 – 39.65 by Letts, Griffin, Lyon & McClinton (Old Record: 39.86 by McFadden, Swinton, McDuffie & Marriott, 5/18/96)

    April 2 – Men’s 4 x 100 – 39.44 by Letts, Griffin, Lyon & McClinton (Old Record: 39.65 by Letts, Griffin, Lyon & McClinton, 3/25/22)

    April 16 – Women’s 100 – 11.41 by Isis Brooks (Old Record: 11.48 by Brooks, 3/19/22)

    April 16 – Men’s 200 – 20.58 by Diamantae Griffin (Old Record: 20.63 by Griffin, 5/15/21 & 4/2/22)

    April 22 – Women’s 10K – 33:49.00 by Adelyn Ackley (Old Record: 33:56.67 by Noel Palmer, 3/29/19)

    April 23 – Men’s 4 x 100 – 39.39 by Letts, Griffin, Lyon & McClinton (Old Record: 39.44 by Letts, Griffin, Lyon & McClinton, 4/2/22)

    April 30 – Men’s 4 x 100 – 39.38 by Letts, McClinton, Lyon & Griffin (Old Record: 39.39 by Letts, Griffin, Lyon & McClinton, 4/23/22)

    Among the Nation’s Elite
    Liberty ranks among the top 25 nationally in the following events at this stage of the season.

    Men’s Steeplechase – No. 7 – Felix Kandie – 8:37.00
    Men’s High Jump – No. 23 – Kennedy Sauder – 7-1
    Men’s 4 x 100 Relay – No. 24 – Brandon Letts, Donald McClinton, Christian Lyon, Diamantae Griffin – 39.38

    ASUN Leaders
    Liberty currently ranks No. 1 in the ASUN Conference in the following events:

    Men’s 100 – Donald McClinton – 10.29
    Men’s 200 – Diamantae Griffin – 20.58
    Men’s 5K – Ryan Drew – 13:40.82
    Men’s 10K – Caleb Olson – 29:14.24
    Men’s 110 Hurdles – Felix Lawrence – 14.21
    Men’s 400 Hurdles – Felix Lawrence – 51.59
    Men’s 4 x 100 Relay – 39.38
    Men’s Long Jump – Donald McClinton – 24-9.75
    Men’s High Jump – Kennedy Sauder – 7-1
    Men’s Hammer – John Hicks – 216-4
    Men’s Decathlon – Anthony Bryan – 6,912

    Women’s 100 – Isis Brooks – 11.41
    Women’s 200 – Isis Brooks – 23.60
    Women’s 400 – Janai Scott – 54.07
    Women’s 5K – Adelyn Ackley – 15:54.98
    Women’s 10K – Adelyn Ackley – 33:49.00
    Women’s Pole Vault – Taylen Langin – 13-1.75
    Women’s Shot Put – Naomi Mojica – 51-3.5
    Women’s Discus – Megan Mann – 157-4
    Women’s Hammer – Grace Artis – 191-11
    Women’s Javelin – Mackenzie Hainley – 151-2

    Bound for Bloomington
    The NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet is scheduled for May 25-28 in Bloomington, Ind. The following Flames are currently in position to qualify for the meet, based upon their standing within the East Region.

    Beau Backes – Men’s Discus
    Jose Ballivian – Men’s Discus
    Warren Barrett – Men’s Shot Put
    Ryan Drew – Men’s 1,500, 5K
    Diamantae Griffin – Men’s 200, 4 x 100 Relay
    John Hicks – Men’s Hammer
    Felix Kandie – Men’s Steeplechase, 5K
    Ally Kipchirchir – Men’s 800
    Felix Lawrence – Men’s 400 Hurdles
    Brandon Letts – Men’s 4 x 100 Relay
    Christian Lyon – Men’s 4 x 100 Relay
    Donald McClinton – Men’s 100, 4 x 100 Relay, Long Jump
    Landon Miller – Men’s Steeplechase
    Kyle Mitchell – Men’s Shot Put
    Kevin Nedrick – Men’s Shot Put, Men’s Discus
    Caleb Olson – Men’s 10K
    Kennedy Sauder – Men’s High Jump

    Adelyn Ackley – Women’s 5K, 10K
    Grace Artis – Women’s Hammer
    Isis Brooks – Women’s 100
    Mackenzie Hainley – Women’s Javelin
    Taylen Langin – Women’s Pole Vault
    Naomi Mojica – Women’s Shot Put

    Up Next
    The Flames and Lady Flames will look to defend their team titles at the 2022 ASUN Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The meet will be contested at Visit Jax Track at Hodges Stadium, May 12-14 in Jacksonville, Fla.