Liberty Continues Track Dominance Collects 2019 #ASUNTF Championship Crown

Liberty Continues Track Dominance Collects 2019 #ASUNTF Championship Crown

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
 For the 26th-straight Track & Field Championship, Liberty lifted the conference trophy as the Flames scored 241 points at the 2019 ASUN Conference Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championship. The Flames claimed their previous 24 titles as members of the Big South and now have won the Indoor & Outdoor titles in the ASUN.

Kennesaw State's Paris Williams earned the Men's Championship Most Valuable Performer honors for the second-straight season as he totaled 23 points, while competing in four events including wins in the 110 Hurdles & Long Jump. Liberty's Director of Track & Field, Brant Tolsma earned his 32nd career Men's Coach of the Year award across Indoor & Outdoor and 11th-straight accolade.



Liberty claimed 11 event titles over the two-day championship with two student-athletes earning multiple event victories of their own including Alejandro Perlaza Zapata (200m; 400m; 4x400m) and Azaria Kirwa (5,000m; 10,000m) with all five events ending in new championship records for the duo. Anders Janes earned the Pole Vault title with a top height of 5.02m, while Denzel Pratt (Javelin; 63.02m) and Kyle Mitchell (Shot; 17.84m) added wins in throwing events. Michael Todd and Ally Kipchirchir finished in the top-two spots in the 800m Run as did Felix Kandie and Nick Doan in the Steeplechase. Jeremy Davis wrapped up the Decathlon gold medal with four event victories including the Long Jump, Discus Throw, Pole Vault and Javelin as he totaled 6,394 points to finish ahead of NJIT's tandem of Pritinder Singh (6,033) and Connor Penrod (5,513).

KSU finished in the top-two at the ASUN Championship for the 12th-straight season as the Owls captured seven titles at the conference meet. Williams earned the 110 Hurdles and Long Jump crowns, while Daniel Haugh posted two championship meet record performances in the Hammer and Discus Throws. Tariq Bradford bested his teammate Karl Joeaar for the top of the podium with his distance of 15.20m in the Triple Jump. In the 100m Dash, Jordan Hewing and Omar Diaz crossed the finish line first in times of 10.50 & 10.531 as the Owls 4x100 Relay squad added a new meet record in 40.03 to best the field.

Coming in third place at the conference meet, North Florida earned victories in the High Jump and 1,500m Run thanks to performances from freshmen Jaasiel Torres and Jared Vazquez. Torres leapt to a height of 2.08 on fewer misses than his teammate Bobby Harris, while Vazquez posted a time of 3:55.24 to take the gold medal. NJIT's Alex Ortega gave the Highlanders an event win in the 400m Hurdles with his time of 52.16, which bested Lipscomb's Randolph Wilkerson in 53.08.

Final ASUN Championship Men's Team Scores
1. Liberty - 241
2. Kennesaw State - 195
3. North Florida - 87
4. Lipscomb - 64
5. NJIT - 55

New ASUN Championship Meet Records
Discus Throw: Daniel Haugh, Kennesaw State - 56.77m
Hammer Throw: Daniel Haugh, Kennesaw State - 75.03m
Shot Put: Kyle Mitchell, Liberty - 17.84m
400m Dash: Alejandro Perlaza Zapata, Liberty - 45.56
4x100m Relay: Kennesaw State - 40.03
4x400m Relay: Liberty - 3:10.38
3,000m Steeplechase: Felix Kandie, Liberty - 9:04.76
5,000m Run: Azaria Kirwa, Liberty - 14:30.14
10,000m Run: Azaria Kirwa, Liberty - 29:47.01
Decathlon Shot Put: Kysheen Myrick, Liberty - 13.27m

 

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