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Both Men's And Women's Track And Field Programs Finish Second At Big South Track & Field Outdoor Championships
For just the second time in the history of the championship, Liberty's men's program finished second to Coastal Carolina, while the women's team also finished second to the Chanticleers as the 2006 New Balance Big South Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluded on Sunday.
Since the Big South started sponsoring outdoor track and field as a championship sport in 1994, Liberty has claimed all but one men's conference championship with the lone non-title year coming in 2003, while this marks the third-straight year that Liberty's women's team has finished second in the outdoor championship event.
Over the four-day event, Liberty had six different individual athletes claim conference titles in eight different, including Jamie Watson with a meet record in the 800m (2:10.69), Josh McDougal in the 1,500m (3:45.01), Carol Jefferson in women‘s 5,000m (17:45.95) and in the women‘s 10,000m (36:55.10), Jordan McDougal in the men's 5,000m (14:56.46) and in the men's 10,000m (31:57.60), Kena Butts in the high jump (1.72m) and Clarence Murray in the decathlon (5,699 points).
All in all, Liberty had 34 individual athletes claim all-conference honors by finishing in the top three in 28 different events.
Liberty's Arlene Zelinskas, who finished ninth in the high jump with a height of 5.45m, was named the Big South Women's Outdoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Zelinskas was joined by fellow teammate Ravanno Ferguson on the Big South All-Academic team, while finishing second in the 100m (10.64), third in the 200m (21.26) and was a member of the 4x100 meter relay team that finished second and the 4x400 meter relay team that finished third.