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Bryant Named ECAC Field Athlete of Week

February 11, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Anthony Bryant starred in the high jump and triple jump at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup, earning his first conference weekly award.

Anthony Bryant starred in the high jump and triple jump at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup, earning his first conference weekly award.

For the second time in the last three weeks, a Liberty performer has captured the ECAC Division I Men's Field Athlete of the Week award. Redshirt freshman Anthony Bryant is this week's honoree, after excelling in the high jump and long jump at last weekend's Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup in University Park, Pa.

Bryant (Charlottesville, Va.) set a new Big South record and tied the Liberty standard by high jumping 7-1.5 to win the event, last Saturday. Bryant's jump tied the mark of James Wilson from Feb. 20, 1988 as the highest leap in program history, either indoors or outdoors. His clearance also represented a provisional qualifier for the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. Bryant is currently tied for 11th place on the national high jump performance list.

Bryant also stretched the measuring tape out to a season-best 49-8.5 in the triple jump at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup, netting third place. Bryant is the No. 2 triple jump performer in program history, trailing only teammate Clarence Powell's (So., Marianna, Fla.) 50-4.5 school record.

Bryant's performances helped the Flames finish third place in the team-scored meet, ahead of SEC foe Auburn. The finish was an improvement from Liberty's ninth-place showing at the 2008 Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup.

Daniel Newell (R-Sr., Roanoke, Va.) was Liberty's first ECAC Division I Men's Field Athlete of the Week this season. He garnered the honor on Jan. 28, after scoring a career-high 5,346 points to win the Liberty Open heptathlon.

Bryant will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., this weekend for the prestigious Tyson Invitational. The redshirt freshman is entered in the high jump and triple jump, both of which will be contested Saturday.