(L-R): Liberty's Tanner Ealum, Janae Jones, Colin Schultz and Zach Davis each earned Big South Conference weekly honors on Wednesday.
After posting a number of impressive performances at the 2017 IC4A and ECAC Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, Liberty swept the Big South Conference's four weekly awards for the second time this season. The Flames' honorees included Colin Schultz (Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week), Zach Davis (Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week), Tanner Ealum (Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week) and Janae Jones (Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week).
The Lady Flames recorded their highest ECAC finish (second place) in program history, while the Flames placed fourth in the final IC4A standings at the three-day meet, contested Friday through Sunday at the Boston University Track & Tennis Center.
Schultz earned his first career Big South weekly honor after breaking the Liberty and Big South men's 1,000-meter run record on back-to-back days in Boston. Isaac Wendland had owned both records with his 2:24.74 clocking at the 2011 IC4A meet before Schultz's 2:23.99 effort in Saturday's prelims. A redshirt junior from Las Vegas, Nev., Schultz then lowered the mark to 2:23.01 while placing second in Sunday's IC4A final. His time ranks No. 10 in NCAA Division I for the 2016-17 indoor season.
Davis captured the IC4A heptathlon title, joining Brandon Hoskins (2008) as the Flames' only IC4A heptathlon champions in meet history. Now a three-time Big South Field Athlete of the Week for his career, Davis scored a personal-best 5,259 points to win by 105 tallies and move into third place in Liberty and Big South Conference history. The senior from Sparta, N.J., threw the shot put a personal-best 46-1.25, high jumped a season-best 6-10.75 and matched his career-best pole vault clearance of 14-7.25.
A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Ealum finished as the ECAC 400 dash runner-up and anchored the Lady Flames to a third-place showing in the ECAC 4 x 400 relay final. The two-time Big South Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week (also Feb. 1) broke her own Liberty freshman record in the 400 with her 55.10 clocking during Sunday's final. The previous day, Ealum clocked 53.9 seconds for the anchor leg of Liberty's 4 x 400 relay quartet, helping the Lady Flames come within 0.15 seconds of the program record with their preliminary time of 3:42.79.
Jones was named Big South Women's Field Athlete of the Week for the third time this season (also Jan. 25 and Feb. 8) and the sixth time in the redshirt senior's career. One week after winning her first Big South women's indoor triple jump title, the Matoaca, Va., native earned ECAC triple jump runner-up honors with her 40-9.75 effort on Sunday.
With its 2016-17 indoor season now complete, Liberty will now turn its attention to the 2017 outdoor track & field campaign. The Flames and Lady Flames will travel to Charleston, S.C., for their season opener, the CSU Spring Break Invitational (March 17-18).
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