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Hart Tabbed BSC Track Athlete of the Week
Hart (Wyomissing, Pa.) opened the meet at Coastal Carolina by heaving the hammer a season-best 209-10 on March 21, finishing as the event runner-up. His effort ranks No. 3 on the NCAA national performance list and is tops among East Region competitors.
The senior went on to record a 57-5.75 effort in the shot put, good for another second-place finish. Hart's throw, which fell just two inches shy of his own program record, currently sits No. 8 in the nation.
Hart, a 2007 national qualifier in the hammer throw, has punched his ticket to May's NCAA East Regional Championships in both the hammer and shot put already. He also earned a spot at the IC4A meet with his discus performance on March 22. The senior finished second to teammate and classmate Clendon Henderson (Meadow, Texas) with a personal-best 159-10 discus toss.
The senior is Liberty's second consecutive recipient of the Big South Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Week award. Josh McDougal (Sr., Peru, N.Y.) was honored last week, after claiming a pair of All-America honors at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Hart and the rest of the Liberty men's and women's track & field teams will host their first meet of the 2008 outdoor season, this Friday and Saturday. The Liberty Collegiate Invitational will begin with the multi events, Friday at 1:15 p.m.