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Henderson, Jefferson Receive Big South Track Athlete of the Week Awards

May 3, 2007
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Carol Jefferson, shown here with a big lead in the Big South 10,000-meter final, set a new conference record in the event at the Penn Relays, last Thursday.

Carol Jefferson, shown here with a big lead in the Big South 10,000-meter final, set a new conference record in the event at the Penn Relays, last Thursday.

After they both set new Liberty and Big South Conference records at the Penn Relays this past weekend, juniors Clendon Henderson and Carol Jefferson have been honored as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week. 

Henderson's (Meadow, Texas) award is his second of the year, after he previously garnered the honor on April 11. The junior eclipsed his own program and conference discus record this past Friday, hitting a best mark of 186-3. The effort earned him a fourth-place finish in a field which included four of the nation's top 10 collegiate discus throwers. Henderson has qualified for the NCAA East Region Championships in the event and is ranked No. 24 nationally. He has also achieved the regional standard in the hammer throw. 

The Liberty men's track and field team has now captured five of the six Big South Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week awards this spring. In addition to Henderson's pair of distinctions, Josh McDougal (Jr., Peru, N.Y.) has been honored twice and Jon Hart (Jr., Wyomissing, Pa.) was recognized on March 21. 

Jefferson (Schwenksville, Pa.) has lowered her school record in the 10,000 meters by 1:40 this season, from 36:17.61 to the 34:37.27 clocking she achieved last Thursday at the Penn Relays. Her latest effort eclipsed the two-year-old Big South record of Coastal Carolina's Anne Marie Moutsinga and enabled Jefferson to cross the line as the race runner-up. Jefferson also provisionally qualified for the NCAA National Championships and is ranked No. 35 in the nation. 

The Flames and Lady Flames will wrap up the home portion of their 2007 schedule today, when they host the Liberty Twilight Qualifier. The meet begins with the opening events of the heptathlon, at 1 p.m.