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Liberty Men's Track Ties for 54th at NCAA Meet

June 9, 2012
|  Des Moines, Iowa
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Kolby Shepherd tied for fifth place in the NCAA Division I men's pole vault final, enabling Liberty to share 54th place in the final men's team standings.

Liberty tied Air Force for 54th place in the final men's team standings at the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which wrapped up Saturday at Drake Stadium.

The Flames finished the meet with 3.5 points, courtesy of Kolby Shepherd's performance in the men's pole vault final on Friday. The redshirt senior cleared a school-record 17-8.5 to share fifth place in the competition and earn All-America honors.

Florida won the men's team national championship with 50 points, edging conference rival LSU's final score of 48. Three-time defending champion Texas A&M took third place with 40 points.

Liberty, the only Big South Conference men's or women's team to score points at this year's NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, finished ahead of a number of storied track & field programs, including Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia.

This is the sixth consecutive season that the Liberty men's squad has scored points at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Flames' highest team finish came in 2011, when they tied for 12th place with 18 points.

The Flames' successful year also featured Liberty's sixth consecutive Big South men's "Triple Crown," consisting of conference titles in men's cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field.

Liberty's 2012 outdoor track & field season will wrap up June 15-17 in Bloomington, Ind., where the freshman trio of Jacy Christiansen, Mychelle Cumings and Daniel Klase will compete in the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships.