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Liberty Track Teams Remain No. 13 in Region

May 15, 2012
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Mychelle Cumings placed at the ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championship in both the discus (seventh) and shot put (fourth) over the weekend.

The Liberty men's and women's outdoor track & field teams both remain at No. 13 in this week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division I Regional Index for the Southeast Region.

Liberty is the only Big South Conference squad to appear in either the men's or women's Southeast Region listing this week, which is the final edition of the 2012 Regional Index.

The Lady Flames placed seventh at the ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championship, equaling the 2007 Liberty team for the program's best-ever placement at this meet. Liberty was spearheaded by redshirt senior Melinda Bendik, who won the ECAC hammer title with a school-record 201-3 throw.

Mia Aghaji and Mychelle Cumings also set school records for the Lady Flames over the weekend. Aghaji triple jumped 42-1.25 to finish as the ECAC runner-up, while Mychelle Cumings' record 51-2.75 shot put heave earned fourth place in the event.

The Liberty men's squad tied Monmouth for 11th place in the final IC4A standings. A trio of Flames recorded third-place finishes, including Josh MacDonald in the steeplechase, Ryan Smith in the shot put and Kolby Shepherd in the pole vault.

Liberty's next competition is the NCAA Division I Preliminary Round meet, which will be contested May 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla. The official list of qualifiers for the meet is scheduled to be announced on Thursday.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Regional Index (2012 Outdoor, FINAL)

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

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