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Zach Barker

Class: R-Junior
Position: Distance
Height: 5-10

Previous School: Conrad Weiser HS

Hometown: Wernersville, Pa.

Top Efforts in a Liberty Uniform
Mile – 4:22.00 (Indoor)
3K – 9:11.05 (Indoor)
3K SC – 9:37.80
5K – 15:16.81 (Indoor)
10K - 32:46.20

All-Big South Honors (1)
2013 Cross Country - 11th

2013 Cross Country (Sr.)
• Helped Liberty win the Big South title, serving as the Flames' No. 4 runner and placing 11th overall for his first career All-Big South honor
• Finished a career-best 151st at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championship
• Raced to an 8K personal-best time of 25:05.1 at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational

2013 Outdoor Track & Field (R-So.)
• Big South Presidential Honor Roll
• Finished ninth in the Big South steeplechase final, in a personal-best time of 9:47.60
• Also posted personal-best efforts in the 5K (15:34.13 at Raleigh Relays) and 10K (32:46.20 at Coastal Carolina Invitational)

2012-13 Indoor Track & Field (R-So.)
• Ran only two indoor races, clocking an indoor personal-best 15:37.91 in the 5K at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge cup and placing 19th in the Big South 5K final

2012 Cross Country (Jr.)
• Top seven runner for the Big South champion Flames
• Liberty's No. 7 runner and the 14th-place finisher overall at the Big South meet, where he ran an 8K season-best time of 25:38.83
• Moved up 24 spots from the 2011 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championship, placing 159th

2012 Outdoor Track & Field (So.)
• Included on the Big South Presidential Honor Roll
• Did not compete in any races for Liberty and was redshirted

2011-12 Indoor Track & Field (So.)
• Did not compete in any races for Liberty and was redshirted

2011 Cross Country (So.)
• Served as Liberty's No. 7 runner for most of the season
• Came in sixth for the Flames and 29th overall at the Big South meet, in an 8K season-best time of 25:54
• Ran at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championship for the first time, placing 183rd

2011 Outdoor Track & Field (Fr.)
• Made the Big South Presidential Honor Roll
• Sliced his 3K steeplechase best to 9:53.75 at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, earning a ninth-place finish

2010-11 Indoor Track & Field (Fr.)
• Ran the 3K at the Big South indoor meet, placing 15th

2010 Cross Country (Fr.)
• Made his Liberty debut at the Virginia Tech Cross Country Relays, where he and fellow newcomer Jarred Cornfield teamed up for a fifth-place finish
• Placed 24th overall and seventh on the Liberty team at the Coastal Carolina Invitational, helping the Flames capture the team championship

Prep
• Graduated from Conrad Weiser High School, along with fellow Liberty distance runner Nate Jones
• Helped his team win its first-ever District 3 AAA boys' cross country championship in 2008
• Placed 37th at the Pennsylvania State Cross Country Championship as a senior
• High school personal-best efforts included 4:26 (1,600), 6:22 (2K steeplechase), 9:38 (3,200) and 15:48 (cross country 5K)

Personal
• Son of Steve and Debbie Barker
• Younger brother Alexandru Barker is a sophomore on the Liberty track & field team
• Marketing major
• Birthday is Jan. 30