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Henderson Posts Nation-Leading Discus Throw

March 28, 2008
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Clendon Henderson thrived in his first home meet of the 2008 outdoor track & field season, Friday afternoon.

Clendon Henderson thrived in his first home meet of the 2008 outdoor track & field season, Friday afternoon.

Liberty senior Clendon Henderson got the Liberty Collegiate Invitational started in fine fashion, Friday afternoon at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex. His first attempt in the discus sailed out to 193-4, which ranks as the nation's best throw by a collegiate performer this season.

Henderson (Meadow, Texas) outdistanced former Penn State thrower Steve Meyers by nearly 15 feet to win the invitational section of the men's discus. The Flames senior also shattered his own facility record of 181-11 in the process. Classmate Jon Hart (Wyomissing, Pa.) took third place, with his top effort of 155-1.

Outside of the discus, the decathlon and heptathlon were the only events contested on Friday. Just one Liberty athlete, Matt Tarr (Jr., Madison Township, Pa.), completed the first day's disciplines. He ranks third in the decathlon with 3,038 points.

Steve Price of Baldwin-Wallace notched 3,525 points on Friday and will take a 286-point advantage into Saturday's final five decathlon events. In the heptathlon, North Carolina's Alexandria Coppadge also holds a sizeable lead, 279 points. She recorded 3,083 points through four events, putting the Tar Heel well in front of last year's heptathlon titlist, Meredith Withers of Roanoke.

Day two of the Liberty Collegiate Invitational will begin Saturday at 10 a.m., with the women's pole vault. The gun for the first running event, the men's 4 x 100 relay, will go off at 12:30 p.m.