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Brandon Named Big South Field Athlete of Week

May 23, 2014
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Riley Brandon scored 5,018 points to place fourth in the ECAC heptathlon final and win the Big South Women's Field Athlete of the Week award.

On the heels of an impressive heptathlon performance at the 2014 ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Liberty junior Riley Brandon has been tabbed the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Women's Field Athlete of the Week.

Brandon's first career Big South weekly honor comes as a result of her fourth-place finish in the ECAC heptathlon competition. The Carrollton, Texas native racked up 5,018 points over the two-day competition in Princeton, N.J., obliterating her previous best of 4,692. Brandon now ranks No. 6 in program history and No. 5 on the Big South Conference all-time list for the heptathlon.

Brandon's top events were the long jump and the 800-meter run, both of which were contested on Saturday. She improved her long jump personal best from 16-10 to 17-7.5 and then dropped her 800 time from 2:19.41 to 2:16.99.

The performance punctuated a stellar junior season for Brandon, which was highlighted by a sweep of the Big South indoor pentathlon title and outdoor heptathlon championship. She also recorded top-five finishes in both the ECAC Division I indoor pentathlon (fifth) and outdoor heptathlon (fourth).

Seven of Brandon's teammates will travel to Jacksonville, Fla., for the 2014 NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, May 29-31. The meet, which will determine the qualifiers for the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, will be contested at North Florida's Hodges Stadium.