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MTRACK PREVIEW: Buccaneers travel to Liberty Elite Invitational for final tune-up before Big South Championships

MTRACK PREVIEW: Buccaneers travel to Liberty Elite Invitational for final tune-up before Big South Championships

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston Southern men's track and field team will take on another sterling field at this weekend's Liberty Elite Invitational held in the brand-new Liberty Indoor Track Complex on Friday and Saturday. Competition starts on Friday afternoon with the men's weight throw and will conclude on Saturday with the 4x400 relay.

The 169,000-square-foot Liberty Indoor Track Complex is highlighted by a six-lane, 200-meter, hydraulically banked oval. The facility, which includes permanent seating for approximately 1,500 spectators, also boasts ample space for athletes. Competitors are availed a sizeable mezzanine area which sits above an eight-lane, 100-meter warm-up straightaway.

The Liberty Indoor Track Complex opened to rave reviews and record-setting performances at the VA Showcase meet, Jan. 13-14. The competition attracted 3,200 high school athletes, including a team from Jamaica, and national high school records fell in the girls' distance medley relay and boys' 300-meter dash.

CSU will look to continue building momentum for the next event as the Buccaneers prepare for the 2017 Big South Indoor Track and Field Championships on February 25-26.

Freshman thrower Ryan Spiecha has continued his string of success in his inaugural collegiate season with another top-five finish in the shot put event this past weekend at the Camel City Invitational. The freshman thrower has already recorded the top three throws in program history in his first three events and finished third overall with a distance of 15.24 meters.

Niegel Simmons paced the Bucs on the first day of the Camel City Invitational this past weekend in the long jump event with a distance of 6.79 meters to finish sixth overall in the event.

CSU will square off against competitors from Charlotte, Duke, East Carolina, Elon, James Madison, Liberty, North Carolina A&T, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest this weekend. In this week's USTFCCCA NCAA Division I national rankings, the Virginia men's team is listed No. 4, while the Virginia Tech men's squad checks in at No. 18.

Results from the meet will be available at CSUSports.com following the competition.

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