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USTFCCCA Bestows Academic Honors Upon Liberty Track
The Liberty men's and women's track & field teams and the quartet of Mychelle Cumings, Caleb Edmonds, Isaac Wendland and Kyle Wheeler have each earned academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Head coach Brant Tolsma's Flames and Lady Flames were each honored as USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic Track & Field teams, by posting a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher during the 2012-13 academic year. The Liberty women's squad recorded a 3.19 team GPA for the year, while the men's team finished at 3.13.
Meanwhile, Cumings, Edmonds, Wendland and Wheeler each made the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team by compiling a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and participating in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships (including preliminary rounds). Edmonds is a first-time USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree, while the other three Flames made it for the second time.
Cumings, a sophomore exercise science major, qualified for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the first time in 2013, in the women's discus. She also captured the ECAC women's discus crown and a trio of Big South titles (indoor and outdoor shot put, outdoor discus). Cumings was named the Big South Most Outstanding Women's Field Performer for both the indoor and outdoor championships.
A junior pre-med major, Edmonds enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2012-13. He raced to Big South titles in the indoor 3K and outdoor 5K and came within 0.68 seconds of qualifying for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 5K. The Empire State native set the Liberty outdoor 3K school record (8:23.83) and became just the third Flame ever to run a sub-14:00 5K (13:57.09).
Wendland, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in pastoral leadership, closed out his collegiate career in style by qualifying for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 1,500. He won the Big South 800 and 1,500-meter titles and the IC4A 1,500-meter crown before lowering the Liberty and Big South 1,500-meter records to 3:43.91.
A sophomore business finance major, Wheeler won the third Big South men's high jump title of his young career indoors before placing third outdoors. The Texas native was an IC4A scorer in the high jump both indoors and outdoors. He then high jumped at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet for the second consecutive season.