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Davis, Jones Named Big South Athletes of Week
Liberty freshman Zach Davis and sophomore Janae Jones have been tabbed the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's and Women's Field Athletes of the Week, respectively, thanks to their performances at the May 1 Liberty Twilight Qualifier.
Davis earns his first career Big South weekly honor after becoming the first athlete ever to eclipse the seven-foot barrier in the men's high jump at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex. The New Jersey native won the Liberty Twilight Qualifier title by clearing a personal-best and facility-record height of 7-0.25 on his first attempt.
The ninth Flame ever to high jump seven feet indoors or out, Davis now ranks No. 4 on Liberty's all-time outdoor list. The freshman is currently tied for 16th in the East Region for the men's high jump, giving him a good chance at qualifying for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet at the end of the month.
Davis' busy day at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier also included a personal-best 16.94 clocking for the 110 hurdles and a 13-3.5 pole vault clearance.
Jones' winning triple jump effort of 41-0.25 enabled the Commonwealth native to capture her first Big South weekly award this year and the third of her career. Her big jump, which came in round one, makes Jones just the second Lady Flame ever to triple jump over 41 feet.
Jones, who also placed fifth in the women's long jump at 18-0.25, is also in contention for entry into the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet. She sits 40th in the East Region in the women's triple jump at this juncture of the season.
Three Flames are competing at the Roanoke/Virginia Tech Twilight Qualifier today. Meanwhile, Davis and Jones will be back in action at the 2014 IC4A and ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, to be contested in Princeton, N.J., May 16-18.