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Tolsma Recaps 2015-16 Indoor Season
Alan York of the Liberty Flames Sports Network caught up with Liberty Men's and Women's Track & Field Head Coach Brant Tolsma to recap a successful 2015-16 indoor season for the Flames and Lady Flames.
The season is not quite finished, as sophomore Ednah Kurgat will compete in the women's 5K at the 2016 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, Friday at 9:25 p.m. in Birmingham, Ala.
Liberty swept the Big South men's and women's team titles, Feb. 26-27 in Blacksburg, Va. The Flames captured their 19th straight Big South indoor championship, while the Lady Flames won for the first time since 2012 and 11th time in meet history.
At the meet's conclusion, the Flames garnered a number of individual awards. Liberty's honorees included Stephen Racanelli (Men's Outstanding Track Performer), Michael Todd (Men's Freshman of the Year), Delaney McDowell (Women's Freshman of the Year), Tolsma (Men's Coach of the Year), David Scouten (Men's All-Academic Team) and Erin Zappia (Women's All-Academic Team).
This past weekend in Boston, Liberty placed third in the men's IC4A standings and sixth in the women's ECAC standings at the 2016 IC4A and ECAC Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. It marked the Flames' highest IC4A finish since 2011, while Erika Jackson won the ECAC pentathlon title.
The Lady Flames broke five different school records this season, including the 400 (Erin Edmond, 54.41), 3K (Kurgat, 9:32.67), 5K (Kurgat, 15:47.89), 4 x 400 (Corinn Bedell, Nicole Leonzo, Ansley Gebben, Edmond, 3:42.64) and 4 x 800 (Gebben, Alexis Taylor, Torree Scull, McDowell, 8:47.12).