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Liberty Men's Track Team Remains in Top 20

May 7, 2008
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Clendon Henderson improved his career best in the hammer by eight inches at last Thursday's Liberty Twilight Qualifier, to 192-8.

Clendon Henderson improved his career best in the hammer by eight inches at last Thursday's Liberty Twilight Qualifier, to 192-8.

For the fifth consecutive week, the Liberty men's outdoor track & field team is included in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) Top 25 poll. This week, the Flames are ranked No. 20.

Liberty athletes competed at both the Liberty Twilight Qualifier and the Duke Twilight Meet last week. During the pair of competitions, the Flames notched two new regional qualifications and one improvement, aiding in their national ranking.

Jarvis Jelen (R-Jr., Sioux Falls, S.D.) qualified for the NCAA East Regional Championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, after winning the event on Sunday at the Duke Twilight Meet, in a career-best time of 9:03.69. The junior became the ninth Liberty men's athlete to earn a berth in the regional meet and the third to do so in the steeplechase. Teammates Evans Kigen (So., Eldoret, Kenya) and Jordan McDougal (R-Jr., Peru, N.Y.) will join Jelen at the starting line at the regional meet in Tallahassee, Fla.

Matt Parker (Jr., Rome, N.Y.) qualified for the regional meet in a second event, the 110-meter hurdles, last Thursday at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier. Aided by a tailwind, Parker posted a career-best 14.26 clocking, which was good for second place. Earlier in the year, the junior had met the regional standard in the high jump for the second straight season.

Competing in his final home meet as a Liberty track & field athlete, senior Clendon Henderson (Meadow, Texas) added eight inches to his personal best in the hammer. He improved his mark on the NCAA performance list to 192-8. Henderson is the only Liberty athlete currently qualified for the NCAA East Regional Championships in three different events, as he has also exceeded the standards in both the shot put and discus. The Lone Star State native remains No. 2 among NCAA athletes with his 204-3 discus effort from the Texas Relays.

Texas A&M seized the No. 1 ranking from LSU, which dropped to No. 3 this week. Florida is currently ranked second.

Liberty has this weekend off competition. The Flames will return to action at the IC4A Outdoor Track & Field Championships, scheduled for May 16-18 in Princeton, N.J. Liberty will aim to repeat as IC4A champion, after taking the 2007 team title. The meet will also serve as the Flames' final opportunity to post regional-qualifying marks.

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

1 – Texas A&M (260.93)
2 – Florida (248.00)
3 – LSU (247.82)
4 – Florida State (240.73)
5 – USC (206.67)
6 – Arizona State (203.55)
7 – UCLA (185.52)
8 – UTEP (170.25)
9 – Auburn (168.64)
10 – Texas (165.69)
11 – Baylor (149.08)
12 – Colorado (137.40)
13 – Oregon (133.87)
14 – Tennessee (128.73)
15 – Arkansas (125.98)
16 – TCU (120.97)
17 – Arizona (119.04)
18 – Kentucky (118.74)
19 – Washington State (104.28)
20 – Liberty (102.93)
21 – BYU (97.50)
22 – Clemson (95.21)
23 – Georgia (92.54)
24 – Washington (91.97)
25 – California (88.86)