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Bryant Garners Big South Track Weekly Honor

February 13, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Anthony Bryant, who set the Big South high jump record last weekend, was tabbed Big South Men's Track Athlete of the Week.

Anthony Bryant, who set the Big South high jump record last weekend, was tabbed Big South Men's Track Athlete of the Week.

Liberty redshirt freshman Anthony Bryant has earned his second conference award of the week, it was announced today. Previously named the ECAC Division I Men's Field Athlete of the Week, Bryant is also the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week.

Bryant (Charlottesville, Va.) broke teammate Matt Parker's (Sr., Rome, N.Y.) Big South record and tied the Liberty standard by high jumping 7-1.5 to win the event, at last Saturday's Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup in University Park, Pa. 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, 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.

Liberty has now earned the Big South Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week distinction twice in the last three weeks. Daniel Newell (R-Sr., Roanoke, Va.) received the weekly honor on Jan. 28, after winning the Liberty Open heptathlon crown.

Bryant is one of five Liberty athletes currently in Fayetteville, Ark., preparing for this weekend's prestigious Tyson Invitational. The redshirt freshman is entered in the high jump and triple jump, both of which will be contested Saturday.