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Liberty Men's Track Moves Up to No. 15

April 23, 2008
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Evans Kigen (left) clocked an 8:52.90 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the New Balance Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championship, and is now ranked No. 12 nationally in the event.

Evans Kigen (left) clocked an 8:52.90 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the New Balance Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championship, and is now ranked No. 12 nationally in the event.

After winning its 13th Big South Conference title in 15 seasons, the Liberty men's track & field team has moved up to the No. 15 spot in this week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) rankings.

The Flames, ranked in the Top 25 for the third consecutive week, are now situated just one position lower than their season-high No. 14 ranking from April 9. Liberty is the only men's team from the Commonwealth of Virginia ranked in this week's Top 25.

Liberty has a trio of seniors ranked in the top three of their respective events on the NCAA national performance list, aiding the team's ranking considerably. Clendon Henderson (Meadow, Texas) is currently second on the discus list at 204-3, a distance which ranks him No. 12 on the IAAF's world list.

Josh McDougal (Peru, N.Y.) ran his first 5,000-meter race of the outdoor season, April 17 at the Mt. SAC Relays. His 13:37.13 clocking, the second-fastest time of the senior's career, sits third on the current NCAA Division I national performance list.

In the decathlon, two-time All-American Brandon Hoskins (Garden City, Texas) is listed No. 3 in the NCAA with a score of 7,800. His mark, achieved at the Texas Relays, is the eighth-best decathlon score in the world so far this season.

Making a big move up the NCAA performance list this week was sophomore Evans Kigen (Eldoret, Kenya). The Flames' newcomer set a Big South meet record while winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8:52.90 on April 17. He is now listed No. 12 nationally.

LSU takes over the top spot in this week's poll, followed by two-time defending national champion Florida State. Texas A&M, last week's No. 1 team, drops to third.

The Flames' athletes will be divided between a pair of historic meets this week. Henderson, Jon Hart (Sr., Wyomissing, Pa.) and Matt Parker (Jr., Rome, N.Y.) will compete at the 99th edition of the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday and Saturday. Meanwhile, Kigen will be part of Liberty's delegation at the 114th Penn Relays, which will be contested at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Thursday through Saturday.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Men's Outdoor Track & Field Rankings
Rank – School (Points)

1 – LSU (285.01)
2 – Florida State (268.80)
3 – Texas A&M (257.09)
4 – Florida (226.14)
5 – Texas (197.09)
6 – Auburn (189.50)
7 – UCLA (183.55)
8 – Arizona State (171.74)
9 – Baylor (160.54)
10 – Tennessee (160.28)
11 – USC (151.97)
12 – Arkansas (141.57)
13 – TCU (136.87)
14 – UTEP (125.81)
15 – Liberty (125.56)
16 – Colorado (124.63)
17 – BYU (112.36)
18 – Clemson (111.16)
19 – Oregon (105.28)
20 – Texas Tech (103.16)
21 – Kentucky (100.69)
22 – Washington State (100.10)
23 – Wisconsin (96.33)
24 – Mississippi State (94.06)
25 – Georgia (94.03)