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Going out on top in the ASUN

June 22, 2023

In its fifth and final season as a member of the ASUN Conference, Liberty Athletics saw several teams contend for conference championships and five emerge victorious: men’s golf, men’s indoor track & field, men’s outdoor track & field, women’s indoor track & field, and women’s outdoor track & field.

Liberty Golf earned its second ASUN title and seventh conference title in program history on April 26. After entering the 2023 ASUN Men’s Golf Championship as the No. 1 seed, the Flames recorded a 53-under par 811 at the RTJ Golf Trail at Magnolia Grove in Mobile, Ala.

The men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams won ASUN Conference titles on Feb. 25 at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex, marking the Flames’ fifth consecutive ASUN crown and the second straight for the Lady Flames. The Flames have never lost a men’s indoor track & field conference meet at the NCAA Division I level and own the longest active streak of conference titles in Division I with 26 straight victories. Head Coach Lance Bingham was voted ASUN Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year.

The outdoor track & field program followed suit on May 13 in Jacksonville, Fla., sweeping the men’s and women’s ASUN titles. The men’s team claimed its 16th straight outdoor track & field championship, holding the longest active streak in NCAA Division I men’s outdoor track & field. The Lady Flames recorded their third conference championship in four years. Bingham again was named Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year.

Liberty Athletics made other impressive showings in the ASUN this past year, claiming regular-season titles in men’s basketball, men’s tennis, volleyball, women’s lacrosse, and women’s soccer.

At the end of another highly successful season in the ASUN, the league awarded Liberty Athletics all three of its All-Sports trophies — the Bill Bibb Trophy (overall all-sports champion), Jesse C. Fletcher Trophy (men’s all-sport champion), and the Sherman Day Trophy (women’s all-sport champion). Liberty has swept all three trophies each year the conference has presented the award during the Flames’ five-year run as a conference member.

Liberty Athletics also celebrated its first ASUN Conference Female Student-Athlete of the Year, awarded to redshirt junior Calli Doan, a member of the cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field teams. In addition, Doan was named the ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the year for women’s cross country and outdoor track & field while earning ASUN All-Academic Team recognition for all three of her sports. She became Liberty’s first-ever women’s steeplechase qualifier to the 2023 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

NEXT UP: Of Liberty University’s 20 NCAA Division I Athletics teams, 17 will officially become Conference USA members this fall — men’s and women’s cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field, basketball, and tennis as well as baseball, softball, men’s golf, women’s volleyball, women’s swimming & diving, women’s soccer, and football. Men’s soccer will join the newly formed Ohio Valley Conference, women’s lacrosse will stay in the ASUN, and field hockey will remain in the BIG EAST.

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