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Liberty Track Ranked in Region's Top 15

February 14, 2012
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Rachel Houseknecht set two personal bests at Friday's Liberty Quad, pole vaulting 12-5.5 and clocking a time of 8.64 in the 60 hurdles.

For the fourth straight week, the Liberty men's and women's indoor track & field teams are both ranked 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.

For the first time this year, the Flames are not the top-ranked Big South team in the region. This week, Charleston Southern leapfrogged Liberty to claim the No. 13 spot in the men's listing.

Liberty divided its squad between two meets last weekend, the Liberty Quad and the Valentine Invitational. The Lady Flames posted new school records at both meets, thanks to Mychelle Cumings' 51-3 shot put at the Liberty Quad and Jennifer Klugh's 16:48.32 5K clocking at the Valentine Invitational.

On the men's side, weekend highlights included Taylor Courtney's victory in the 500-meter run and Ryan Smith's first-place finish in the weight throw at the Valentine Invitational. Additionally, the Flames posted seven new IC4A-qualifying performances between the pair of meets.

Liberty will have this weekend off from competition. The Flames' next meet will be the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, which will be contested Feb. 24-25 at Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Regional Index (2012 Indoor, Week #4)

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

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