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Powell Named Big South Track Athlete of Week

January 30, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Clarence Powell nearly broke the 50-foot barrier in the triple jump on Saturday, falling a single centimeter shy.

Clarence Powell nearly broke the 50-foot barrier in the triple jump on Saturday, falling a single centimeter shy.

Liberty freshman Clarence Powell only competed in one event, the triple jump, at the On Track Open, but his record-setting leap was spectacular enough to garner his first Big South Choice Hotels Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week award.

Powell (Marianna, Fla.) extended to 49-11.75 to win the event by more than nine inches, Saturday at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center. He has now improved the Liberty school record in each of the first three meets of his college career.

Powell, who has qualified for the IC4A Indoor Championships in Boston, tops the Big South triple jump performance list by more than two feet over Radford's Nic Moore. The Liberty freshman also ranks second among Big South high jumpers, as his 6-10.25 clearance at the Dec. 1 Liberty Kickoff trails only teammate Matt Parker (Jr., Rome, N.Y.).

Parker was one of two conference athletes to receive honorable mention athlete of the week honors, as a result of his personal-best 8.20 clocking in the 60-meter hurdles on Saturday. His performance is the fastest by a Big South hurdler this year.

Powell is the third Liberty men's indoor track athlete to capture the Big South weekly honor this season. Josh McDougal (Sr., Peru, N.Y.) was recognized on Dec. 6 and Clendon Henderson (Sr., Meadow, Texas) claimed the Jan. 16 award.

The Liberty men's and women's track & field athletes will be split between two meets this weekend. Powell will be included in a Flames contingent traveling to Penn State for the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup, slated for Friday and Saturday. Another group of athletes will compete in Saturday's VMI Winter Relays.