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LYNCHBURG, Va. - Liberty sits at the top of the team standings at the 2019 ASUN Conference Men's Indoor Track & Field Championship with 79 points, leading Kennesaw State (41) and North Florida (36). The Flames posted victories in three of the six events today, while North Florida took home two wins and Lipscomb collected a relay title.
Liberty's Jose Ballivian surpassed the previous ASUN Championship meet record in the shot put on four of his six throws to earn the conference title. The shot record has stood since 2011 as Ballivian set the new mark at 17.89m, which currently ranks 60th in the NCAA. His teammate Kyle Mitchell (17.10) earned runner-up honors just ahead of KSU's Tyler Blalock (16.80).
The 3,000-meter run meet record fell soon after with North Florida's Noah Perkins racing to the finish line in first place at 8:12.3. Liberty's Nick Doan pushed Perkins over the last two laps to also beat the previous record with his time of 8:14.07. Lipscomb's Zach Israel collected third place in 8:15.88.
Branson Rolle edged out KSU's Paris Williams (7.09) and NJIT's Kwaku Amponsah (7.00) in the Long Jump as Rolle's top distance of 7.11 secured Liberty its event win. Rolle also earned second place in the High Jump with North Florida's Jaasiel Torres collecting the gold medal with his top height of 2.02m on his first attempt. Liberty's Jacob Burke secured third at 1.97m.
Lipscomb's Distance Medley Relay squad of Zach Israel, Jonathan Imes, Ryan Speer & Jonathan Schwind rewrote the record books with their time of 9:57.31, breaking the previous mark set by North Florida in 2011 by five seconds. The Ospreys earned second place (10:00.99) to also best the championship record, while Liberty picked up third.
Reilly Stroot vaulted to a height of 4.76 meters in the Pole Vault ahead of UNF's Austin Thompson (4.61) and KSU's Brenton Rosa (4.61). In the 60-meter Hurdles, Paris Williams qualified with the fastest time of 7.97 in front of Liberty's Jovaine Atkinson (8.02) and Kameron Davis (8.07). In the 60-meter Dash, KSU's Cameron Bolden (6.80), Lipscomb's Grant Mason (6.91) and Liberty's Elijah Person (6.90) registered the top qualifying times.
Four events in the Heptathlon took place on Friday as Liberty's tandem of Kysheen Myrick and Jeremy Davis split victories in each category. Davis opened with wins in the 60m Dash (7.16) and Long Jump (6.52m), while Myrick took first in the Shot Put (12.89m) & High Jump (1.88m). The event concludes on Saturday with the 60m Hurdles, Pole Vault and 1,000m Run.
ASUN Championship Meet Records Broken
Jose Ballivian, Liberty - Shot Put (17.89)
Noah Perkins, North Florida - 3,000m Run (8:12.83)
Israel/Imes/Speer/Schwind, Lipscomb - DMR (9:57.31)
|ASUN's Championship Event Winners|
|3000m||Noah Perkins, North Florida (8:12.83)||8:12.83|
|High Jump||Jaasiel Torres, North Florida (2.02m)||2.23m|
|Pole Vault||Reilly Stroot, Liberty (4.76m)||5.20m|
|Long Jump||Branson Rolle, Liberty (7.11m)||7.76m|
|Shot Put||Jose Ballivian, Liberty (17.89m)||17.89m|
For the first time in history, the ASUN Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship will feature a broadcast element as the league office has partnered with Liberty University and its on-campus broadcast studio to air a Championship Studio Recap Show on ESPN+. The live recap show is set for Saturday, Feb. 23rd at 7 PM ET once the conference meet concludes.
Hosted by Mike Hagen and Todd Patulski, the ASUN Indoor Championship Studio Recap on ESPN+ will feature footage from throughout the championship including interviews from trophy winners and the league's Championship's Most Valuable Performers. The hour-long studio recap expands the league's ESPN championship coverage to a 12th sport and is the first-ever ASUN Track & Field broadcast on the ESPN family of networks.
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