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Edmonds, Bingham, Williams Earn BSC Weekly Honors
Liberty won three of four Big South Conference weekly track & field honors on Thursday, as Caleb Edmonds was named Men's Track Athlete of the Week, Cody Bingham was tabbed Men's Field Athlete of the Week and Jocelyn Williams was honored as Women's Field Athlete of the Week.
Edmonds joined some exclusive company with his performance in the 5K, Friday evening at the Stanford Invitational. He clocked a personal-best time of 13:57.09, becoming the third Liberty runner and the fourth Big South athlete ever to run a sub-14:00 5K. Past NCAA national champions Sam Chelanga and Josh McDougal are the only other Flames ever to do so.
Edmonds' time marked a 22-second improvement upon his previous personal best and placed him third in Section 2. The Empire State native is currently ranked No. 13 nationally in the men's 5K.
Bingham made a strong collegiate decathlon debut at the Texas Relays, finishing 15th in a talented field with 6,785 points. That score ranks the redshirt freshman No. 21 nationally thus far in 2013.
Bingham's top event was the pole vault, where he cleared a personal-best and conference-leading 16-4.75. It tied for the second-highest clearance among the decathletes in the competition and moved Bingham up to No. 9 in program history for the pole vault.
Williams placed third in Section B of the women's discus at the Texas Relays on Saturday, thanks to a personal-best 163-10 heave. The junior, who entered the day with a personal best of 154-5, eclipsed that mark three times on the day. She threw 159-4 and 160-0 before her sixth and final attempt reached 163-10.
Williams now ranks second in the Big South, two inches behind teammate Mychelle Cumings' 164-0 effort. She also sits at No. 40 on the NCAA national performance list.
Edmonds, Bingham and Williams will all be in action this weekend, as the Flames and Lady Flames play host to the Liberty Collegiate Invitational. The meet will begin Friday at 1 p.m. and Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the newly-renovated Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex.