Liberty's Perlaza Zapata Qualifies for NCAA Meet in Men's 400

Liberty's Perlaza Zapata Qualifies for NCAA Meet in Men's 400

NCAA Men's Qualifiers

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Liberty senior Alejandro Perlaza Zapata will compete in the men's 400 at the 2019 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, it was announced tonight.

The meet will take place at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala., March 8-9. The men's 400 semifinals are scheduled for 7:42 p.m. Eastern on March 8, with the final slated for 6 p.m. Eastern on March 9.

Perlaza Zapata is one of 16 athletes who will compete in the men's 400 in Birmingham. His season-best time of 46.15 from Saturday's ASUN men's 400 final is tied for No. 16 in the nation this season.

A native of Cali, Colombia, Perlaza Zapata will make his first trip to the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships after previously competing in the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the men's 400.

Perlaza Zapata will be the Flames' first competitor in the men's 400 at this meet since Liberty Athletics Hall of Famer Mike Decker ran the event at the 2000 and 2001 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.

This past weekend, Perlaza Zapata helped the Liberty men's team win its first ASUN title by posting first-place finishes in the men's 200 (21.04), 400 (46.15) and 4 x 400 relay (3:11.65). All three times set new ASUN meet records as Perlaza Zapata became just the second men's athlete in meet history to win those three events at the same championship.

Perlaza Zapata's 2019 season also features a 1:01.35 clocking in the 500, Jan. 26 at the Liberty Kickoff. That time currently ranks No. 2 in the world for 2019 and is one of the senior's four indoor school records, along with the 200 (21.04), 400 (46.14) and 4 x 400 relay (3:09.88).

Perlaza Zapata will tune up for the NCAA meet at this weekend's IC4A and ECAC Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, competing in the 200 and 4 x 400 relay. The meet, which stretches from Friday through Sunday, will take place at the Boston University Track & Field Pavilion.

 

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