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Chelanga Named BSC Track Athlete of Week

March 19, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Sam Chelanga wrapped his 2009-10 indoor track & field season up by placing second in the 5K at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Sam Chelanga wrapped his 2009-10 indoor track & field season up by placing second in the 5K at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Liberty redshirt junior Sam Chelanga has been honored as Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's Track Athlete of the Week, after finishing as the runner-up in the men's 5K at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Chelanga (Nairobi, Kenya) and Northern Arizona's David McNeill waged a memorable two-man battle at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark., before McNeill won the sprint to the finish line on the 25th and final lap. McNeill's official clocking was 13:36.41, the second-fastest winning time in meet history.

Chelanga followed closely behind in a season-best 13:37.01, claiming his second consecutive runner-up finish in the NCAA indoor 5K final and his seventh overall All-America certificate.

Chelanga is not expected to open his outdoor track season for several weeks, but many of his teammates are competing today and tomorrow, at the Shamrock Invitational in Conway, S.C.