Liberty sophomore Markus Ballengee has been voted 2018 Big South Men's Field Athlete of the Year by the conference's track & field/cross country head coaches, it was announced on Monday.
Ballengee is the second straight Flame to win this award, following Carson Waters' honor in 2017.
Monday's other three major award winners included Campbell's Sabina Allen (Women's Field Athlete of the Year), High Point's Famke Heinst (Women's Runner of the Year) and Campbell's Amon Kemboi (Men's Runner of the Year).
Ballengee recently earned first team All-America honors with a seventh-place decathlon finish at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The native of Moneta, Va., tallied a personal-best 7,722 points at the NCAA meet, ranking No. 2 in Liberty and Big South Conference history.
Indoors, Ballengee set the Liberty and Big South all-time heptathlon records with his winning score of 5,537 points at the IC4A Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Ballengee scored points in seven different Big South events in 2018, including the indoor triple jump (eighth place), indoor heptathlon (fourth place), outdoor 110 hurdles (second place), outdoor 400 hurdles (fourth place), outdoor long jump (eighth place), outdoor high jump (tie for third place) and outdoor pole vault (fourth place).
Ballengee was a three-time Big South Men's Field Athlete of the Week, earning the honor on Jan. 31, March 8 and April 4.
Ballengee's sophomore season is not yet complete. He is entered in the decathlon at the 2018 USATF Outdoor Championships, Thursday and Friday in Des Moines, Iowa.
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