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Melinda BendikClass: R-Senior
Previous School: South Plains College
Hometown: Odessa, Texas
2011 (Sr.): Set the Liberty weight throw record with her 55-0.25 effort at the ECAC indoor meet, capturing ninth place in the event … came in fourth in the Big South indoor weight throw and ninth in the shot put … redshirted the outdoor season but competed in several meets unattached … won the hammer throw at the Radford Invitational with a personal-best 198-3 heave … that effort ranked her No. 37 on the USA year-end list for 2011 … Big South Presidential Honor Roll member.
2010 (Jr.): Broke the Liberty hammer throw record four times, topping out at 183-6 at the ECAC meet, where she came in sixth … NCAA Preliminary Round qualifier in the hammer … at the Big South outdoor meet, placed second in the hammer and fifth in the discus … also qualified for the ECAC meet in the discus … season-best discus toss of 142-9 ranks No. 3 in program history … indoors, came in third in the weight throw and sixth in the shot put at the Big South Championship … named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll.
Previous School: Two-time NJCAA All-American at South Plains College … helped South Plains sweep the NJCAA indoor and outdoor national titles in 2009, finishing second in the hammer and fourth in the discus at the national championship … in 2008, she placed third in the NJCAA discus and was named South Plains' Field Event Newcomer of the Year … her top throws measured 168-3 in the hammer and a school-record 142-5 in the discus.
Prep: Attended Odessa High School, helping her track team win four straight district titles … three-time regional qualifier in the discus, placing seventh as a sophomore, fifth as a junior and third as a senior … received the Basil Wilkerson Award as Odessa's female athlete of the year … also played outside hitter on the volleyball court.
Personal: Daughter of Mae Bendik … the youngest of six children … kinesiology major … birthday is March 3.
Top Efforts in a Liberty Uniform
SP – 38-0.25 (11.59m) (Indoor)
WT – 56-9.5 (17.31m) (Indoor)
DISC – 142-9 (43.51m)
JAV – 84-3 (25.69m)
HAM – 202-7 (61.76m) (School record)
NCAA Division I All-America Honors (1)
2012 Outdoor Hammer - 16th (2nd team)
ECAC Individual Titles (1)
2012 Outdoor Hammer
Big South Individual Titles (1)
2012 Outdoor Hammer
All-Big South Honors (4)
2010 Indoor Weight Throw – 3rd
2010 Outdoor Hammer – 2nd
2012 Indoor Weight Throw - 2nd
2012 Outdoor Hammer - 1st