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Liberty Men Win 2006 New Balance Big South Indoor Track Championship; Womens Finish Second

February 25, 2006
|  Clemson, S.C.
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The Liberty men and the Coastal Carolina women won the 2006 New Balance Big South Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships this afternoon at the Clemson Indoor Track Facility in Clemson, S.C. The Flames won with a total of 196 points, while the Chanticleers captured 232.5 points for the Big South Title.

The Lady Flames tallied 142.5 points for second-place, while Radford took third with 81 points. Winthrop (61) placed fourth, followed by Charleston Southern (58), High Point (34), UNC Asheville (31) and VMI (20).

Liberty's men won with 196 points, followed by Radford (146), Charleston Southern (112), VMI (68), High Point (56), Winthrop (50) and UNC Asheville (29).

Liberty's Josh McDougal won Men's Outstanding Track Performer honors notching wins in the mile run and 3,000 meters for the Flames. Radford's Brian Richotte won the Men's Outstanding Field Performer after claiming a title in the weight throw and placing third in the shot put.

Liberty's Arlene Zelinskas was named Women's Outstanding Track Performer with a win in the pentathlon recording 3,345 points. She also won the 60-meter hurdles with a Big South record time of 8.64 in the event. Coastal Carolina's Chasity Johnson and Tiffany Evans of Radford earned Women's Co-Outstanding Field Performer honors. Johnson took first in the long jump with a NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 6.10 meters, a League record. She also took first in the triple jump with a leap of 12.48 meters. Evans placed first in the weight throw with a NCAA provisional qualifying throw of 19.35 meters to set a Conference record. She also finished No. 1 in the shot put with a mark of 14.57 meters.

Radford's Shemila Brandon took home Freshman of the Year honors for the women finishing second in both the long jump and the triple jump. Taili Evans of VMI picked up Freshman of the Year accolades for the men, finishing first in the long jump (7.10 meters), while posting a triple jump of 13.47 meters for fifth place.

Coastal Carolina's Alan Connie won Coach of the Year honors for the women, and Glenn Terry of Radford brought home the Coach of the Year for the men. Winthrop's Carrie Sellmer was the women's Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Kevin Sullivan of VMI was named the Big South's Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Team Results
Women - Team Rankings - 17 Events Scored
1. Coastal Carolina – 232.5
2. Liberty – 142.5
3. Radford – 81
4. Winthrop – 61
5. Charleston Southern – 58
6. High Point – 34
7. UNC Asheville – 31
8. Virginia Military Institute - 20


Men - Team Rankings - 17 Events Scored
1.Liberty – 196
2. Radford – 146
3. Charleston Southern – 112
4. Virginia Military Institute – 68
5. High Point – 56
6. Winthrop – 50
7. UNC Asheville - 29

Women's Track Performer of the Year
Arlene Zelinskas, Liberty

Women's Field Co-Performer of the Year
Chasity Johnson, Coastal Carolina
Tiffany Evans, Radford

Women's Coach of the Year
Alan Connie, Coastal Carolina

Men's Track Performer of the Year
Josh McDougal, Liberty

Men's Field Performer of the Year
Brian Richotte, Radford

Men's Coach of the Year
Glenn Terry, Radford

Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Carrie Selmer, Winthrop

Women's All-Academic
LaCoya Jones, Charleston Southern
Chasity Johnson, Coastal Carolina
Kate Atkinson, High Point
Arlene Zelinskas, Liberty
Ashley Camden, Radford
LaTanya Harris, UNC Asheville
Kathleen Resetar, VMI
Carrie Selmer, Winthrop

Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Kevin Sullivan, Virginia Military Institute

Men's All-Academic
Allan Batiste, Charleston Southern
Danel Slaydon, High Point
Ravanno Ferguson, Liberty
Lucas Wright, Radford
David Bell UNC Asheville
Kevin Sullivan, VMI
Justin Meade, Winthrop