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Liberty Track Remains in Regional Rankings

February 7, 2012
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Isaac Wendland ran the fastest men's 800-meter time in the Big South Conference this season with his 1:52.79 effort on Saturday.

For the third consecutive week, the Liberty men's and women's indoor track & field teams have each earned rankings in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division I Regional Index. The Lady Flames are ranked No. 12 in the Southeast Region this week, while the Flames sit at No. 14.

Liberty is the only Big South Conference squad to appear in either the men's or women's regional rankings this week.

The Flames and Lady Flames performed well at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup, Saturday at University Park, Pa. Jocelyn Williams shattered her own program record in the women's weight throw with a toss of 59-8.5. Meanwhile, Liberty recorded eight new IC4A and ECAC-qualifying performances on the day.

Liberty now leads the Big South performance list in numerous events, two and a half weeks before the start of the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships. On the men's side, the Flames' conference leaders include Caleb Edmonds (5K-14:46.02), Kolby Shepherd (Pole Vault–17-1), Ryan Smith (Shot Put-58-4.75 & Weight-61-6.75) and Isaac Wendland (800-1:52.79).

The group of Lady Flames who top the current Big South performance list features Mia Aghaji (High Jump-5-7 & Triple Jump-40-2), Audrey Bamford (Pentathlon-3,012), Meghan Burggraf (800-2:12.72), Mychelle Cumings (Shot Put-47-5.25), Jennifer Klugh (Mile-4:55.91, 3K-9:44.62 & 5K-17:17.92) and Williams (Weight-59-8.5).

Liberty will divide its team between a pair of meets this weekend. The Flames and Lady Flames will host the Liberty Quad on Friday at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Some of Liberty's athletes will travel to Boston, Mass., for the Valentine Invitational. The two-day meet will get started Friday at 2:50 p.m. inside the Boston University Track and Tennis Center.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Regional Index (2012 Indoor, Week #3)

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

Women's Southeast Region
1) Clemson
2) North Carolina
3) Louisville
4) Virginia Tech
5) Kentucky
6) East Carolina
7) South Carolina
8) Duke
9) Virginia
10) Hampton
11) N.C. State
12) Liberty
13) Eastern Kentucky
14) UNCG
15) William & Mary