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DeValve and Edmonds Selected Academic All-Americans
Redshirt senior Jacob DeValve and junior Caleb Edmonds were both named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Men's Track & Field/Cross Country second team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
With the selection of DeValve and Edmonds to the team, Liberty has had 24 student-athletes earn CoSIDA Academic All-America® honors at the NCAA Division I level (since 1988), with six coming during the 2013-14 academic year.
Also earning Capital One Academic All-America® this year were baseball junior Alex Close (first team), volleyball senior Becca Haraf (second team), baseball senior Trey Lambert (first team) and softball junior Megan Robison (third team).
DeValve and Edmonds are the third and fourth track & field/cross country student-athletes to be named to a CoSIDA Academic All-America® team in Liberty's program history.
Clendon Henderson, an All-American in the discus, was a first-team selection in 2008. Daniel Newell, who was an IC4A decathlon champion, earned second-team honors in 2009.
Liberty was one of six programs to have multiple representatives on the Capital One Academic All-America® Men's Track & Field/Cross Country first, second and third teams. Joining Liberty is Drake, Florida State, Louisville, Navy and New Mexico.
DeValve began working toward a master's degree in biblical studies during the spring semester, after graduating with a 3.96 GPA as a religion major. The redshirt senior from Manchester, Connecticut, was a member of the Big South All-Academic team for men's outdoor track & field this season.
DeValve scored 17 points at the 2014 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, winning the shot put title while finishing fourth in the javelin and seventh in the discus. He was also the Big South indoor men's shot put runner-up and placed eighth in the event at this year's IC4A outdoor meet.
The only Flame ever to qualify for the IC4A meet in both the shot put and javelin during the same season, DeValve finished as one of the top men's shot putters in program history. He departs Liberty ranked fourth in the outdoor men's shot put at 56-3.25 and seventh in the indoor shot put at 55-0.25.
In May, Edmonds graduated with a 3.85 GPA as a biology: pre-med major. The native of Cooperstown, New York, was the 2013 Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's cross country and finishes as a six-time Big South All-Academic team member.
Edmonds captured the third Big South title of his career when he was victorious in the outdoor 1,500-meter run final earlier this spring. He also placed second in the outdoor 5K and third in the indoor 3K in 2014, pushing his total of All-Big South honors to 12.
Edmonds closed out his junior year by competing in the 5K at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round for the second year in a row. With a personal best of 13:57.09, he is one of only three Flames ever to break 14 minutes in the 5K.