February 26, 2018 : By Ted Allen - Office of Communications & Public Engagement
Hosting the Big South Conference (BSC) Indoor Track & Field Championships for the first time, Liberty University’s men’s and women’s squads extended their runs of success by sweeping both team titles Saturday at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex. The Flames captured their 21st consecutive BSC indoor championship while the Lady Flames won for the third year in a row and 13th time in meet history.
“It was a very good team effort,” said 32nd-year Head Coach Brandt Tolsma, who has now guided 96 Liberty cross country and track & field teams to BSC titles and earned his 68th and 69th BSC Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year honors. “We had some great individual performances, we got to showcase a great facility, and it’s just a real privilege to be able to represent Liberty and represent Jesus Christ in this kind of environment. We’re thankful for it.”
Liberty’s women’s team racked up its most points ever at this championship (224) and the 124.5-point margin of victory over Campbell was the largest by any women’s squad in the meet’s 21-year history. Liberty won nine women’s events, paced by senior Kimone Green, the BSC’s Outstanding Women’s Track Performer who finished first in the 200- and 400-meter events and ran on the winning 1,600-meter relay.
Jovaine Atkinson, a redshirt sophomore, earned both the BSC Men’s Outstanding Track Performer and Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards after becoming the first runner in BSC Championships history to win the both the men’s 60 dash and 60 hurdles at the same meet. His 60 hurdles time of 7.71 set Liberty, BSC, and facility records and is tied for No. 7 nationally this year on the NCAA Division I list.
Liberty remained undefeated when hosting BSC Track & Field Championships after sweeping men’s and women’s team titles at all eight outdoor events held at its Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex.
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