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Liberty Track Teams Both Sit No. 11 in Region

May 1, 2012
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Caleb Edmonds (left) and Josh MacDonald both ran well at the Penn Relays last Thursday. Edmonds clocked a personal-best 5K time of 14:21.15 and MacDonald came in fifth in the championship section of the men's steeplechase.

As the calendar turns to May, the Liberty men's and women's outdoor track & field teams are both ranked No. 11 in this week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division I Regional Index for the Southeast Region.

Melinda Bendik provided the biggest highlight of Liberty's week of competition last week, breaking her own school record in the women's hammer at the Highlander Invitational. The redshirt senior's mark of 197-10 ranks No. 7 in the East Region and No. 20 nationally.

Daniel Klase became Liberty's third men's javelin thrower to qualify for the IC4A meet. Meanwhile, the quartet of Meghan Burggraf, Amanda Wimbush, Jennifer Klugh and Jacy Christiansen qualified for the ECAC meet with their 4 x 800 relay time of 9:11.33 at the Penn Relays.

A total of 40 Liberty athletes have qualified for the IC4A and ECAC Championships in individual events so far this season. A few of their teammates will make one final attempt to add to that number this weekend at the Duke Twilight and Winthrop Twilight. Both meets are slated to begin Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Regional Index (2012 Outdoor, Week #5)

Men's Southeast Region
1) Virginia Tech
2) North Carolina
3) Virginia
4) Duke
5) Clemson
6) N.C. State
7) George Mason
8) South Carolina
9) Norfolk State
10) Western Kentucky
11) Liberty
12) Appalachian State
13) East Carolina
14) North Carolina A&T
15) Kentucky

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