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5 Flames Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors
The Liberty men's and women's track & field teams and student-athletes Meghan Burggraf, Zach Davis, Caleb Edmonds, Fred Fulton and ConRoy Smith have each garnered academic recognition from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Head coach Brant Tolsma's Flames and Lady Flames were each recognized as USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic Track & Field teams, thanks to posting cumulative team GPAs of 3.00 or higher during the 2013-14 academic year. The Liberty women's team posted a 3.24 GPA for the year, while the men's squad checked in at 3.22.
Burggraf, Davis, Edmonds, Fulton and Smith made the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team by compiling a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and either ranking among the nation's top 96 for their indoor event or competing at the NCAA Division I Preliminary Round meet outdoors. Edmonds is a USTFCCCA All-Academic Team member for the second straight year, while the other four Flames are each first-time honorees.
Burggraf, who graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in health promotion, made her NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round debut in the 800-meter run this season. The Lynchburg native's redshirt senior season also featured 800-meter titles at the ECAC indoor and Big South indoor and outdoor meets, as well as school records in the indoor 4 x 400 relay and outdoor sprint medley relay. Burggraf is now officially known as Meghan Cornfield after marrying Jarred Cornfield of the Liberty men's track & field/cross country teams on Saturday.
Davis, a criminal justice major, earned a pair of All-Big South distinctions during his freshman season. The Sparta, New Jersey native was the men's high jump runner-up and decathlon third-place finisher at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, before placing third in the IC4A decathlon competition. He high jumped at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, thanks to a facility record 7-0.25 clearance at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier.
Edmonds was another May 2014 graduate, after completing his bachelor's degree in pre-med. He earned numerous academic honors as a senior, headlined by a berth on the Capital One Academic All-America Men's Track & Field/Cross Country second team and the 2013 Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for men's cross country. A native of Cooperstown, New York, Edmonds was the 2014 Big South men's 1,500-meter champion and competed in the 5K at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet to close out his collegiate career.
A transfer from Messiah College, Fulton made an immediate impact during his first season with the Flames. The junior communications major was the Flames' top scorer at the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, thanks to a victory in the men's shot put and a runner-up finish in the weight throw. The following week, the Fredericksburg, Virginia native finished as the IC4A shot put runner-up.
Smith graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in exercise science, in the midst of his best season as a Flame. The native of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania captured the Big South men's 100-meter dash title, while also placing second in the 200 and 4 x 100 relay and fifth in the long jump. Smith then became the first Flame or Lady Flame ever to run the 100-meter dash at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, thanks to a personal-best time of 10.45 seconds at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier.