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Liberty Men's Track Climbs to No. 9 in Region

May 3, 2011
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Thanks to a successful weekend at the Drake Relays and Radford Invitational, the Liberty men's track & field team moved up two spots in this week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division I Regional Index. The Big South champion Flames are now listed at No. 9 in the Southeast Region, while the conference runner-up Lady Flames remain at No. 14.

Virginia Tech remains atop this week's men's regional rankings for the second straight week, while the Clemson women's team is still a clear leader in the women's standings. Liberty is the only Big South Conference team represented in the regional rankings for either gender.

Elliot Galeone hurled the javelin 227-5 to place third among some of the nation's top throwers at the Drake Relays. At Radford, Liberty's top men's highlights included Sam Chelanga's 14:02.57 effort in his seasonal 5K debut and Anthony Bryant's season-best 24-2.5 long jump.

On the women's side, last week's top performers included Dacia Bushman and Jocelyn Williams. Bushman made a successful return to her home state of Iowa, finishing fourth in the Drake Relays 10K. Meanwhile, Williams won the discus at the Radford Invitational, qualifying for the ECAC meet with her personal-best 142-7 toss.

Liberty is now preparing for its final home meet of the season, Thursday's Liberty Twilight Qualifier. The one-day event will get started at 1 p.m. at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex at Osborne Stadium. Track events will commence at 2 p.m.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Regional Index (2011 Outdoor, Week #5)

Men's Southeast Region
1) Virginia Tech
2) North Carolina
3) Duke
4) N.C. State
5) Clemson
6) Virginia
7) South Carolina
8) Kentucky
9) Liberty
10) George Mason
11) Appalachian State
12) East Carolina
13) Louisville
14) Charlotte
15) Norfolk State

Women's Southeast Region
1) Clemson
2) North Carolina
3) Duke
4) Louisville
5) South Carolina
6) Virginia
7) Virginia Tech
8) Kentucky
9) N.C. State
10) East Carolina
11) Western Kentucky
12) Appalachian State
13) Charlotte
14) Liberty
15) North Carolina Central