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May 29, 2007
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Brandon Hoskins will compete in the decathlon at the NCAA National Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the third consecutive year.

Brandon Hoskins will compete in the decathlon at the NCAA National Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the third consecutive year.

For the first time in school history, Liberty will send four male student-athletes to the NCAA National Outdoor Track & Field Championships, to be held June 6-9 in Sacramento, Calif. Jon Hart, Clendon Henderson, Brandon Hoskins and Josh McDougal will all represent the Flames at the meet. 

Hart (Jr., Wyomissing, Pa.) will be making his first appearance at the national meet and will compete in the men's hammer throw. He qualified by finishing second at this past weekend's NCAA East Regional Championships with a personal-best heave of 219-2. Hart owns the 11th-best throw among the 26 national qualifiers, entering the national championship. He is scheduled to compete in the hammer qualifying round, June 6 at 4:45 p.m. Eastern. 

Like Hart, Henderson (Jr., Meadow, Texas) will make his debut at the NCAA National Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Henderson will throw the discus after placing third at the NCAA East Regional Championships last Friday. His top throw, 190-8, ranks 17th among the 26 national participants. Henderson's event will get underway with qualifying, June 6 at 10 p.m. Eastern. 

Hoskins' (Jr., Garden City, Texas) decathlon provisional qualifying score of 7,463, achieved at the IC4A Championships, earned him a trip to the NCAA National Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the third consecutive year. The junior ranks fifth on the national performance list and will open the decathlon competition at 1 p.m. Eastern, on June 6. 

McDougal (Jr., Peru, N.Y.) is the only male runner registered for both the 5,000 and 10,000-meter races at the national meet. He will be competing in the 5,000-meter event for the third straight year and won All-America distinction with his ninth-place finish a year ago. McDougal enters the meet with the top 5K time in the nation, 13:20.43, and will run in the qualifying heats at 11:50 p.m. Eastern, on June 6. 

McDougal is entered in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA National Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the first time in his career. His personal-best 28:27.65 effort at Stanford on April 29 automatically qualified McDougal for the race and ranks No. 8 among the entrants. The 10,000-meter final is slated for 11 p.m. Eastern, on June 7. 

Liberty came very close to sending several more athletes to Sacramento. Matt Parker (So., Rome, N.Y.) tied for fifth place in the men's high jump at the NCAA East Regional Championships and was edged in a jump-off, which determined the region's final national qualifier. Carol Jefferson's (Jr., Schwenksville, Pa.) school and conference-record 10K time of 34:37.27 left her just 1.4 seconds away from earning an at-large berth to the national meet. Finally, senior Arlene Zelinskas (Dayton, Ohio) scored 5,242 points in the heptathlon at the ECAC Championships and ended up three spots away from the final cut-off on the national performance list. 

The NCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be hosted by Sacramento State at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex. Action at the four-day meet will begin on June 6, at 1 p.m. Eastern, with the men's decathlon opening-day events.