BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Liberty senior Alejandro Perlaza Zapata came in sixth in the men's 400 dash final on Saturday, the final day of the 2019 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
The native of Cali, Colombia clocked an indoor personal-best time of 46.07 seconds, taking down his own Liberty, Colombian and South American indoor records of 46.14 from the 2018 IC4A indoor championship.
Perlaza Zapata placed a close second to Houston's Obi Igbokwe (46.04) in his section of the final. The event's top four times came from section two, topped by national champion Tyrell Richard of South Carolina State at 44.82.
Perlaza Zapata earned the first All-America honor of his collegiate career, a first-team nod. He is the Flames' first All-American in this event since Liberty Athletics Hall of Famer Mike Decker placed fifth in the men's 400 at the 2001 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Perlaza Zapata's performance garnered three team points for the Flames, leaving Liberty in a tie for 47th place with California, Campbell, Memphis, Michigan, MTSU and Ole Miss in the final men's team standings. Florida took home the men's team national championship with 55 points.
For the third consecutive year, Liberty will open its outdoor track & field campaign at the CSU Spring Break Invitational in Charleston, S.C. The one-day meet is slated for March 16 at Charleston Southern's Jim Settle Track.