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Freeman, Henderson Sweep Big South Honors
Freeman (So., Lincoln, Del.) got her weekend started on Jan. 11, running a school-record time of 39.55 in the 300-meter dash. Her time, which shaved more than a second off Gina Turner's 16-year-old school mark, placed fifth in the event.
The following afternoon, Freeman nearly set another school record, moving up to No. 2 on Liberty's all-time 400-meter dash performance list with a 56.69 clocking. She finished third with an ECAC-qualifying effort, which paces all Big South performers.
Henderson (Sr., Meadow, Texas) also posted strong marks on both days of the meet. On Jan. 11, he finished third in the weight throw, adding almost a foot and a half to his personal best with a 62-1 heave.
Henderson saved his best work for Saturday, though, winning the shot put title by over four feet with a personal-best, school-record and Big South-record 61-10.5 toss. Liberty's first 60-foot shot putter, indoors or out, Henderson has provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. He is listed second behind Manhattan's Milan Jotanovic on the NCAA national performance list and has the 10th-best shot put mark in the world during the current indoor season.
The indoor track athlete of the week award is the first of either Freeman or Henderson's career, although Henderson did win a pair of Big South Men's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week distinctions last season (April 11 & May 13). Henderson is the second Liberty student-athlete to earn the award this season, joining Josh McDougal (Sr., Peru, N.Y.), who was recognized on Dec. 6.
The Liberty men's and women's indoor track & field teams will be off this weekend before hosting their second meet of the season, the On Track Open, Jan. 25-26. Action at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center will begin at 3 p.m. on Jan. 25, with the pentathlon 60-meter hurdles.