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Henderson Part of USTFCCCA All-Academic Team

July 6, 2007
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Clendon Henderson not only enjoyed a succesful 2007 throwing season, but also excelled in the classroom.

Clendon Henderson not only enjoyed a succesful 2007 throwing season, but also excelled in the classroom.

Liberty junior Clendon Henderson has earned a spot on the 2007 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Men's Division I All-Academic Track and Field team, the association announced today.

McNeese State's Bradley Gebauer and Mississippi's Barnabus Kirui won the 2007 Division I Indoor and Outdoor Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards, respectively, highlighting the list of 233 honorees. To be eligible for inclusion on the team, athletes must carry a 3.25 GPA and obtain either an automatic or provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships or an outdoor regional qualifying standard.

Henderson (Meadow, Texas), a kinesiology major with a 3.64 GPA, enjoyed a successful first year at Liberty, after starting his collegiate career at South Plains Junior College and then redshirting the 2006 season. He and Jon Hart (Jr., Wyomissing, Pa.) became the Flames' first two throwers ever to qualify for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships. At the national meet, Henderson uncorked a school and Big South-record discus throw of 198-2, finishing 10th.

The Big South discus champion and indoor and outdoor shot put runner-up, Henderson was a second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District performer. 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 also earned a spot on this year's Big South Presidential Honor Roll.

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 also placed third in the discus at the Texas Relays and came in fourth at the prestigious Penn Relays.