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Woodbridge Named BSC Field Athlete of Week

May 18, 2011
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Geren Woodbridge, the 2011 IC4A decathlon champion, was named Big South Men's Field Athlete of the Week.

Liberty redshirt senior Geren Woodbridge closed out his collegiate career in style over the weekend, coming from behind to win the IC4A decathlon championship. As a result, he was named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's Field Athlete of the Week.

Woodbridge scored a season-best 7,016 points on Friday and Saturday in Princeton, N.J., outdistancing Keith Onto of UMBC by 97 points. However, Woodbridge's first IC4A championship and Liberty's 12th IC4A decathlon crown in the last 20 years came about in an unlikely manner.

After a subpar effort in the discus, Woodbridge dropped to fifth place in the decathlon standings with just three events to go. However, the Allentown, Pa., native then made a powerful charge to the top of the leaderboard.

A season-best 15-5 pole vault clearance enabled Woodbridge to move into third place. He then took over the lead with a season-best 190-9 toss on his third and final javelin effort, turning a 171-point deficit into a 76-point lead.

Woodbridge, who had finished second in the decathlon each of the last two years at this meet, made sure he retained the lead in the final event, the 1,500-meter run. He raced to a personal-best time of 4:33.12, cementing his come-from-behind decathlon victory.

Woodbridge's effort helped Liberty place eighth in the final IC4A standings, marking the Flames' fifth consecutive top-10 finish at the IC4A Outdoor Track & Field Championship.