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Henderson Earns ECAC Weekly Honor

April 10, 2008
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Clendon Henderson is ranked among the NCAA's top five throwers in both the discus (No. 1) and the shot put (No. 5).

Clendon Henderson is ranked among the NCAA's top five throwers in both the discus (No. 1) and the shot put (No. 5).

For the second consecutive week and the fourth time this year, Liberty senior Clendon Henderson has been honored as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Men's Field Athlete of the Week.

Henderson (Meadow, Texas) garnered the award as a result of his performance at last weekend's 81st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. He notched personal-best distances in all three of his events (hammer, discus & shot put), winning both the discus and shot put. The recognition is the second in as many days for Henderson, who was tabbed Big South Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Week on Wednesday.

The senior's top performance at the prestigious meet came in the discus, on April 4. Henderson threw a Liberty and Big South-record 204-3 on his final attempt, winning the competition and retaking the national lead in the event. The Lone Star State native also improved his position on the "B" qualifier list for this summer's U.S. Olympic Trials and moved up to No. 10 in the world for the 2008 season.

Henderson was an unlikely victor in the shot put, the following day. He added almost six feet to his existing outdoor shot put best, notching a 61-3 on his next-to-last throw. The senior, who set Liberty and Big South shot put marks as well, is now ranked No. 5 nationally. It was the first time he had competed in the shot put this outdoor season, and Henderson wasted little time qualifying for the NCAA East Regional Championships. He has now punched his ticket to Tallahassee, Fla., in the shot put, hammer and discus.

Henderson had begun his meet on April 3, with an eighth-place showing in the hammer. He recorded a career-best throw of 192-0 in the process. The senior has now eclipsed the 190-foot plateau in both the hammer and discus throws.

The senior won the ECAC Men's Field Athlete of the Week twice (Jan. 17 & Feb. 7) during the indoor track & field season, and has now claimed a pair of awards (April 3 & April 10) outdoors.

Henderson's efforts have helped the Liberty men's track & field squad achieve a No. 14 national ranking in this week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Top 25 poll.

Liberty's men's and women's track & field teams will compete in their final meet before the 2008 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships this Saturday. The Flames and Lady Flames are entered in the Lynchburg Track & Field Classic, hosted by Lynchburg College. Field event action is set to begin at 9 a.m., with running events to follow at 10:30.