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Johnson, Nicholson Named BSC Athletes of Week

May 8, 2013
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Jennifer Nicholson (left) and Chris Johnson (right) are the Big South Women's and Men's Field Athletes of the Week.

Liberty redshirt senior Chris Johnson and sophomore Jennifer Nicholson have been named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's and Women's Field Athletes of the Week, respectively. For both Flames, it is their first career Big South weekly honor.

Johnson won the men's triple jump at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier on May 1, thanks to a personal-best 50-2.75 leap. The two-time Big South men's triple jump champion also put himself in good position to qualify for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, as he currently sits in a tie for 31st place in the East Region.

Nicholson also used a personal-best effort to win her event at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier, reaching 161-8 in the women's discus. The Missouri native eclipsed her previous best of 155-4 three times on the day, while climbing into the No. 43 spot in the East Region.

Johnson and Nicholson are both included among the 31 Liberty athletes slated to compete at the 2013 IC4A and ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The meet will run from Friday through Sunday at Weaver Track & Field Stadium in Princeton, N.J.