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Zelinskas, Henderson Named to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team

June 7, 2007
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Clendon Henderson and Arlene Zelinskas both garnered ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District recognition.

Clendon Henderson and Arlene Zelinskas both garnered ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District recognition.

Liberty senior Arlene Zelinskas has been named a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection for women's track & field/cross country, it was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. Also, junior Clendon Henderson has received second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District recognition for men's track & field/cross country.
 
Zelinskas (Dayton, Ohio), who graduated in May with a 3.96 GPA in biology, now advances to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America ballot, where she will attempt to become the fifth Academic All-American in the history of the Liberty women's track & field/cross country program. 

One day after advancing to the men's discus finals at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Henderson (Meadow, Texas), a kinesiology major with a 3.61 GPA, became Liberty's sixth ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honoree during the current academic year. Allyson Fasnacht and Megan Frazee of women's basketball, Dawn Jeffs of softball and Kevin Mahan of men's soccer were the University's previous award recipients. 

Zelinskas has captured a number of awards during her final campaign at Liberty. Most recently, she was named Big South Conference Woman of the Year and was nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Zelinskas was also named the recipient of the 2007 Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award, which is Liberty's highest athletics honor. 

At the conference level, the Buckeye State native won a pair of Big South Outdoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year distinctions and was twice recognized as the Big South Indoor Track & Field Women's Outstanding Performer of the Year. She was a four-time member of the Big South All-Academic team and earned inclusion on the Big South Presidential Honor Roll on three occasions. 

Zelinskas, who made the Dean's List eight times at Liberty, was included on the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women's All-Academic Track & Field team a year ago. She also earned a spot on the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State All-Academic team second-team roster in 2006. 

On the track, Zelinskas helped Liberty capture the 2007 Big South Women's Outdoor Track Championship, contributing 38.5 points to the Lady Flames' first conference title since 2003. She holds numerous school and conference records, is a 15-time all-conference performer and won eight Big South event titles during her career. Zelinskas capped off her Liberty career by competing in the high jump, 100-meter hurdles and 4 x 100 relay at the NCAA East Regional Championships. 

Liberty's quartet of women's track & field/cross country Academic All-Americans include Holly Deem (third-team, 1998), Cathy Williams (third-team, 1998), Heather Sagan (first-team, 2002; second-team, 2001) and Danielle McNaney (first-team, 2005; second-team, 2004). 

Henderson has enjoyed a successful first year at Liberty, after starting his collegiate career at South Plains Junior College and then redshirting the 2006 season. He is competing at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the first time, after placing third at the NCAA East Regional Championships. He is currently preparing for the discus final at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, slated for Friday at 8:15 p.m. Eastern. Henderson and teammate Jon Hart (Jr., Wyomissing, Pa.) became the first two Liberty throwers ever to reach the national meet. 

The Big South discus champion and indoor and outdoor shot put runner-up, Henderson has pushed the school and conference discus records up to 198-2 this season. The junior garnered a pair of Big South Men's Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week honors (April 11, May 3) and was included on the Big South All-Academic team for outdoor track. 

Henderson finished as the discus runner-up at the IC4A Championships, helping Liberty capture the team title for the second time in program history. He was also third in the discus at the Texas Relays and came in fourth at the prestigious Penn Relays.

ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Teams

District 3 University Division
First Team

Jane Daniels, Charlotte, Sr., 4.00/Biology
Brenna Burns, Davidson, Jr., 3.98/Psychology
Arlene Zelinskas, Liberty, Sr., 3.96/Biology
Gunild Kreb, Virginia Tech, Grad., 4.0/Education, Curriculum & Instruction
Shannon Rowbury, Duke, Grad., 3.85/Humanities
Sharonda Johnson, Charlotte, Sr., 3.89/Chemistry
Lauren Bosshardt, Wofford, Jr., 3.98/Biology
Meghan Gaffney, Appalachian State, Jr., 3.97/Special Education
Georgia Kloss, North Carolina, Sr., 3.81/Art History
Elizabeth Stanford, Georgia State, Sr., 3.97/Biology
Lamarra Currie, Charlotte, So., 4.00/Psychology

Second Team
Jessica Weber, UNC Greensboro, Sr., 3.95/Elem. Education/Psychology
Madeline McKeever, Duke, So., 3.88/Biology
Jessica Kerzie, Georgia Southern, Sr., 3.96/Early Childhood Education
Nicole Brown, Georgia Southern, Sr., 3.335/Computer Information Systems
Katelyn Ealer, Elon, Jr., 3.94/History
Sarah Coghlan, North Florida, Sr., 3.85/Graphic Design
Sara Petrick, Florida, So., 3.99/Health Education & Behavior
Meghan Bishop, William & Mary, Sr., 3.71/Biology
Natasha Hastings, South Carolina, Jr., 3.45/Exercise Science

ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Teams

District 3 University Division
First Team

Keith Bechtol, William & Mary, Sr., 3.96/Physics
Kevin Sullivan, VMI, Jr., 3.99/Computer Science
Dan McKenzie, South Carolina, Sr., 3.93/Chemical Engineering
Javier Garcia-Tunon, Florida State, Jr., 4.00/Business Management
Joe Samaniuk, Virginia Tech, Sr., 3.92/Chemical Engineering
John Crews, N.C. State, Jr., 4.0/Mechanical Engineering
Tibor Vegh, N.C. State, Jr., 4.0/Economics
Tom Lancashire, Florida State, Sr., 3.93/Exercise Science
Eric Garren, Elon, Jr., 3.96/Business Administration & Finance
Andrew Dumm, Virginia, Sr., 3.58/Foreign Affairs

Second Team
Brendon Helms, Appalachian State, Sr., 3.87/History & Secondary Education
Clendon Henderson, Liberty, Jr., 3.61/Kinesiology
Tamas Kovacs, High Point, So., 3.93/International Business
Ian Burrell, Georgia, Jr., 3.51/Criminal Justice
Adam Bingaman, Virginia Tech, Sr., 3.71/Electrical Engineering
Thomas Hilliard, South Carolina, Sr., 3.52/Accounting
Nazar Trilisky, Georgia Tech, Jr., 3.92/Computer Engineering
Phillip Warsaw, Wake Forest, So., 3.93/Mathematical Economics
Andrew Lemoncello, Florida State, Sr., 3.28/Sport Management
Sam Morris, Davidson, Jr., 3.48/History
Enoch Nadler, Florida, Jr., 3.37/Business Administration
Jussi Heikkila, South Carolina, Jr., 3.58/Finance
Lucas Wright, Radford, Sr., 3.81/French & History