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Men's, Women's Track Both Regionally Ranked

April 3, 2012
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Freshman Abigail Flower owns the Big South's fastest time in the women's 200-meter dash this season, at 24.48 seconds.

In the early stages of the 2012 outdoor track & field season, the Liberty men's and women's teams have both earned rankings in the year's first U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division I Regional Index. The Flames open the campaign at No. 6 in the Southeast Region, with the Lady Flames checking in at No. 12.

The Liberty men's team, which trails five ACC squads in the region, is the only Big South team ranked this week. On the women's side, the Lady Flames are listed one spot ahead of Big South rival Coastal Carolina, which checks in at No. 13.

Liberty athletes top the Big South Conference performance list in a number of events through the first four weeks of the outdoor season. In men's events, the Flames' conference leaders include Caleb Edmonds (5K), Josh MacDonald (Steeplechase & 10K), Kolby Shepherd (Pole Vault), Ryan Smith (Shot Put) and Kyle Wheeler (High Jump).

The Lady Flames' list of Big South leaders includes Melinda Bendik (Hammer), Mychelle Cumings (Shot Put & Discus), Abigail Flower (200) and Jennifer Klugh (1,500).

Liberty is preparing for its first home meet of the 2012 outdoor season. The Liberty Collegiate Invitational will be contested Friday and Saturday at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex. Friday's first events will begin at 1 p.m., with Saturday's action getting started at 9:30 a.m.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Regional Index (2012 Outdoor, Week #1)

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

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