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Big South Honors Edmonds, Burggraf and Williams
Three Liberty track & field athletes were honored on Thursday, as Caleb Edmonds was named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, Meghan Burggraf was tabbed Big South Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week and Jocelyn Williams was recognized as Big South Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week.
All three Flames earned their first Big South weekly honor of the season thanks to standout performances last weekend in Boston, Mass., at the IC4A and ECAC Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. Additionally, each of the three finished the 2011-12 indoor season with Big South-leading marks in their respective events.
Edmonds ran a personal-best time of 8:16.59 in the IC4A 3K final, winning his heat and placing seventh overall. The Empire State native now ranks No. 5 in program history for the event, trailing only Sam Chelanga, Josh McDougal, Josh Cox and Jordan McDougal.
Meanwhile, Burggraf and Williams both played key roles in helping the Lady Flames record their best-ever ECAC indoor team finish, an 11th-place showing.
Burggraf came in fourth in the ECAC 800-meter final, posting a personal-best 2:09.79 clocking. She became just the fourth Lady Flame ever to run faster than 2:10, either indoors or outdoors.
Williams was Liberty's lone event champion last weekend, capturing the ECAC weight throw crown. Her winning throw of 62-6.5, which came on the sophomore's sixth and final attempt, eclipsed her own school record. Williams, who won the event by almost a foot, is the first Liberty women's thrower ever to win an ECAC event championship.
Edmonds, Burggraf and Williams will all be in action this Friday and Saturday, as Liberty opens the 2012 outdoor track & field season at the Coastal Carolina Invitational. The two-day meet will be contested at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with each day's first events beginning at 10 a.m.