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LU Men's Track Returns to Top 25 at No. 23

March 5, 2008
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Brandon Hoskins provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships last weekend, by scoring 5,383 points in the heptathlon at the Big South meet.

Brandon Hoskins provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships last weekend, by scoring 5,383 points in the heptathlon at the Big South meet.

Buoyed by a number of standout performances at last weekend's New Balance Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, the Liberty men's indoor track & field team has returned to the Top 25, after a two-week absence from the poll. The Flames are listed No. 23 in this week's rankings, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Liberty has been ranked as high as No. 7 this season in the poll, which is determined strictly by the national performance lists, using a mathematical formula. Arizona State sits atop the poll, followed closely by Tennessee and Florida State.

Five of Liberty's men's athletes appear on the NCAA national performance lists, just over a week before the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. Three of the Flames either added new qualifying marks or improved their previous performances last weekend, while helping Liberty capture its 11th-consecutive Big South indoor team title.

Senior Brandon Hoskins (Garden City, Texas) is Liberty's new NCAA provisional qualifier this week. He won the Big South heptathlon with a Liberty and conference-record score of 5,383, moving into the No. 27 position nationally.

Fellow senior Josh McDougal (Peru, N.Y.) ran a season-best 3,000-meter time of 7:54.85 at the Big South meet, automatically qualifying him for the national meet. He ranks No. 6 on the national performance list.

McDougal also remains in first place at 5,000 meters, with his 13:45.16 clocking from Dec. 1. The time is the second fastest in the world during the current indoor season.

The final Liberty athlete making a climb up the charts at the conference meet was senior Jon Hart (Wyomissing, Pa.). He added more than a foot to his best weight throw, reaching 66-6.5 to place first. Hart currently resides in spot No. 21 in the nation.

Clendon Henderson (Sr., Meadow, Texas) is sitting in good position to make his first national appearance indoors. He is rated No. 7 in the shot put, with a season-best effort of 61-10.5.

Finally, Matt Parker (Jr., Rome, N.Y.) is tied for 26th nationally in the men's high jump, entering the final weekend of competition prior to the national championships. His top clearance is 7-0.25.

Hart, Henderson, Hoskins and Parker will join 18 other Liberty men's and women's indoor track & field athletes at this weekend's IC4A and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Indoor Track & Field Championships. The meets will be held concurrently in Boston this Saturday and Sunday.

USTFCCCA Division I men's indoor track & field rankings
Rank – School (Points)
1 – Arizona State (110.84)
2 – Tennessee (108.08)
3 – Florida State (105.65)
4 – LSU (104.87)
5 – Florida (93.03)
6 – Stanford (85.22)
7 – BYU (75.76)
8 – Arkansas (73.67)
9 – Texas (69.75)
10 – Northern Iowa (68.37)
11 – Washington (64.95)
12 – Oregon (64.54)
13 – Oklahoma (58.99)
14 – Texas Tech (53.13)
15 – Baylor (52.16)
16 – Clemson (49.88)
17 – Boise State (48.42)
18 – Wisconsin (48.23)
19 – Georgia (48.12)
20 – Arizona (47.69)
21 – Georgetown (45.09)
22 – Nebraska (44.52)
23 – Liberty (44.25)
24 – Kansas (42.96)
25 – Michigan (42.56)