(L-R): Anders Janes, Chelsea Igberaese and Noel Palmer
For the third consecutive week, three Liberty athletes earned ASUN Conference outdoor track & field honors on Wednesday. This week's award winners include Anders Janes (Men's Freshman of the Week), Noel Palmer (Women's Track Athlete of the Week) and Chelsea Igberaese (Women's Field Athlete of the Week).
Janes, Palmer and Igberaese all garnered their first ASUN track & field weekly awards, although Palmer was previously a three-time ASUN Women's Runner of the Week during the 2018 cross country season. All three Flames broke records and punched their tickets to the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet over the weekend.
Lady Flames have now won all three ASUN Women's Track Athlete of the Week (Ty'Asia Dansbury – March 20, Delaney McDowell – March 27, Palmer – April 3) and Women's Field Athlete of the Week (Naomi Mojica – March 20 & 27, Igberaese – April 3) honors during the outdoor season.
Janes enjoyed a breakthrough performance while winning the college section of the men's pole vault, Friday at the Raleigh Relays. The redshirt freshman from Victoria, Minn., added seven inches to his previous personal best with a 16-7.5 clearance. He broke the Liberty freshman record (16-6.75) set by All-American Kolby Shepherd in 2008 and ranks No. 8 overall in program history.
Janes, who arrived at Liberty in the fall of 2017 with a 14-4 personal best, tops the 2019 ASUN performance list and is tied for No. 46 nationally. Only six freshmen in the nation have vaulted higher than Janes during the 2019 outdoor season.
Also competing Friday at the Raleigh Relays, Noel Palmer clocked a school-record 10K time of 33:56.67 to place ninth overall (seventh among collegiate athletes) in the event's invitational section. The sophomore from Forest, Va., shaved 45 seconds off her previous best and took down the previous Liberty standard of 34:00.60 set by Ashley Osborne in 2010. Palmer currently ranks No. 36 in the nation for the women's 10K, including eighth among sophomores.
Igberaese was the women's discus Section B champion at the Texas Relays on Saturday, thanks to a school-record 179-6 heave on her third attempt. The Dacula, Ga., native added 12.5 feet to her previous best and shattered Patria Vaimaona's 168-7 effort from the 2018 Big South Championship. Igberaese ranks No. 1 on the ASUN women's discus list by 39 feet, and the sophomore currently sits No. 16 nationally.
Liberty is taking this weekend off from competition before returning to action at three different meets next weekend. The Flames and Lady Flames are scheduled to compete at the Tennessee Relays (April 11-12 in Knoxville, Tenn.), Gamecock Invitational (April 13 in Columbia, S.C.) and WildCat Invitational (April 13 in Lynchburg, Va.)
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