Christian Lyon sprints to victory in the 100 meters at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier on May 4. (Photo by Chase Gyles)

Seven members of Liberty University’s men’s and women’s outdoor track and field team — the second-largest in program history — will compete in the 2022 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Wednesday through Friday at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Ayanna Johnson (women’s long jump), Kevin Nedrick (men’s discus), Kennedy Sauder (men’s high jump) and the men’s 4×100 relay team of Brandon Letts, Donald McClinton, Christian Lyon and Diamantae Griffin will all compete for team points if they can place in the top eight. NCAA DI All-America honors go to the top 16.

This is the first time Liberty has qualified six male athletes for the outdoor national championships and its seven total competitors are the most since Liberty sent nine athletes to Austin, Texas in 2019.

Earlier this season, Ayanna Johnson broke Liberty’s long jump record set in 1984. (Photo by KJ Jugar)

The relay team, which holds the Liberty and ASUN record with a best time of 39.23 seconds, will kick things off with a semifinal race on Wednesday at 7:32 p.m. EST. Johnson, who broke a 38-year-old program record with a 20-foot-8 jump in the May 4 Liberty Twilight qualifier, will compete in the long jump Thursday at 10 p.m. Friday’s schedule includes Sauder in the high jump at 8:30 p.m., Nedrick in the discus at 8:35 p.m., and the men’s 4×100 relay final at 9:02 p.m.

Sauder, who set an ASUN indoor record by clearing 7-4½ to win the ASUN Championship, is currently tied with Matt Parker (2009) and Kyle Wheeler (2012) for Liberty’s outdoor high jump record (7- 1) .

The 4×100 men’s relay races will be televised live on ESPN2 on Wednesday (semi-finals) and Friday (final). Live video coverage of on-court events will be available on ESPN3 throughout the competition.

A full race schedule with updated live results is available online.

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