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LU Men's Track Moves Up to No. 21

May 28, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The No. 21 Liberty men's track & field team is shown above celebrating its 2008 Big South outdoor track championship.

The No. 21 Liberty men's track & field team is shown above celebrating its 2008 Big South outdoor track championship.

Two days before the Liberty men's track & field team opens competition at the NCAA East Regional Championship in Tallahassee, Fla., the Flames moved up one spot, to No. 21, in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Top 25 poll.

This week's poll is solely based on the list of athletes who have entered this weekend's four NCAA regional meets. Liberty is ranked fourth among the 100-plus teams at the NCAA East Regional Championship, behind only No. 4 Florida, No. 5 Florida State and No. 16 South Carolina. The Big South and IC4A champion Flames will attempt to improve upon their eighth-place finish at last year's regional meet, the highest regional placing in program history.

Nine Liberty men's athletes will compete in Tallahassee this Friday and Saturday. The list includes three seniors—Jon Hart (Hammer, shot put), Clendon Henderson (Discus) and Josh McDougal (5,000 meters), three juniors—Jarvis Jelen (3,000-meter steeplechase), Jordan McDougal (3,000-meter steeplechase) and Matt Parker (High jump), one sophomore—Evans Kigen (3,000-meter steeplechase) and a pair of freshmen—Clarence Powell (Triple jump) and Kolby Shepherd (Pole vault).

LSU remains No. 1 in this week's poll, while Texas A&M bumps up a spot to the No. 2 position. UCLA is ranked a season-high No. 3 this week.

The NCAA East Regional Championship is scheduled to begin Friday at 1 p.m., when Parker competes in the men's high jump at Florida State's Mike Long Track.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Men's Outdoor Track & Field Rankings
Rank – School (Points)

1 – LSU (291.64)
2 – Texas A&M (250.32)
3 – UCLA (216.08)
4 – Florida (212.00)
5 – Florida State (204.27)
6 – Arizona State (202.19)
7 – Arkansas (195.73)
8 – USC (189.99)
9 – Auburn (182.01)
10 – Tennessee (180.82)
11 – Baylor (167.80)
12 – Colorado (160.56)
13 – Texas (160.01)
14 – Oregon (149.61)
15 – UTEP (130.68)
16 – South Carolina (129.25)
17 – Kentucky (126.93)
18 – California (113.08)
19 – Arizona (106.13)
20 – Nebraska (103.85)
21 – Liberty (98.48)
22 – TCU (96.22)
23 – Mississippi State (94.09)
24 – Georgia (92.99)
25 – Boise State (92.15)