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Shepherd Tabbed Big South Athlete of Week

April 7, 2011
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Kolby Shepherd cleared 17-0.75 in the pole vault on Saturday, earning his second straight Big South Men's Field Athlete of the Week honor.

For the second week in a row, Liberty redshirt junior Kolby Shepherd has been named the Big South Men's Field Athlete of the Week, it was announced today.

Shepherd earned the award after winning Saturday's men's pole vault competition at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational with a 17-0.75 clearance. His third Liberty Collegiate Invitational pole vault title in the last four years actually came inside the Tolsma Indoor Track Center, due to gusty wind conditions at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex.

Shepherd made a first-attempt clearance at 17-0.75, going over the 17-foot barrier for the first time in a Liberty uniform. He then made three strong attempts at 17-7.25, which would have set a new school record.

Shepherd became just the fourth Liberty men's pole vaulter ever to clear 17 feet and the first to do so since Ken Howell in 1999. The clearance also ties Shepherd for the No. 12 spot on the current NCAA Division I national performance list.

Along with 10 teammates, Shepherd is making his first career appearance at the Texas Relays this week. He is set to compete against some of the nation's top collegiate pole vaulters Saturday at 4 p.m. Eastern.