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Chelanga, Talbert Share BSC Weekly Honor

March 25, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Sam Chelanga (left) and John Talbert were tabbed co-Big South Men's Track & Field Athletes of the Week.

Sam Chelanga (left) and John Talbert were tabbed co-Big South Men's Track & Field Athletes of the Week.

Liberty redshirt sophomore Sam Chelanga and freshman John Talbert have been named co-Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's Track & Field Athletes of the Week, it was announced this afternoon.

Chelanga (Nairobi, Kenya) earned his second Big South Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Week honor of the year, after finishing second in the 5,000-meter final at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 13. Chelanga clocked a 13:44.57, becoming the first Liberty men's track & field athlete ever to finish as national runner-up. Chelanga, now a four-time All-American, was also the second-place finisher at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in November.

Talbert (Newton, Kan.) made a big splash in the first outdoor meet of his collegiate career, the Lynchburg Invitational on March 21. He won the discus competition by more than 17 feet, stretching the measuring tape to 178-9. Talbert qualified for the NCAA Division I East Regional Championships in the event and claimed the No. 2 spot on Liberty's all-time performance list, trailing only Flames assistant coach Clendon Henderson. Talbert also notched a third-place finish in the hammer, on the strength of an IC4A-qualifying 173-2 effort.

The Liberty men's and women's track & field teams will be divided between a pair of meets this weekend. Talbert is entered in the discus and hammer at the Raleigh Relays, slated for Friday and Saturday at N.C. State's Paul Derr Track. Some of his teammates will travel across the Blue Ridge Mountains for the inaugural VMI/Washington & Lee Track & Field Carnival, to be contested Friday and Saturday in Lexington, Va.