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Coach's Corner with Brant Tolsma

April 20, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Lady Flames celebrate their first Big South outdoor team title since 2007.

The Lady Flames celebrate their first Big South outdoor team title since 2007.

Coach's Corner with Brant Tolsma (Audio Interview)

After his men's and women's outdoor track & field teams completed the first "Double Triple" in Big South Conference history, Liberty Head Track & Field Coach Brant Tolsma reflected upon the memorable, historical achievement with Nick Pierce.

With its men's and women's team victories at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Liberty became only the ninth different NCAA Division I institution ever to win a Double Triple. A Double Triple consists of conference championships in men's and women's cross country, men's and women's indoor track & field and men's and women's outdoor track & field within the same athletic year.

Tolsma also looked ahead to this week's Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Liberty will take approximately 30 athletes to the prestigious meet at Franklin Field, where they will compete against some of the nation's best collegiate and post-collegiate performers.

The Penn Relays, which begin in earnest on Thursday, have generated extra excitement this year because Olympic champion and world record holder at 100 and 200 meters Usain Bolt will anchor Jamaica's men's 4 x 100 relay squad Saturday afternoon. Highlights from the meet will be televised on ESPN2 Saturday, from 8-10 p.m.

Double Triples in NCAA Division I History
Big South:
Liberty (2009-10)
Big 10: Wisconsin twice (1985-86 & 1996-97)
Mountain West: BYU four times (1999-2000, 2000-01, 2004-05 & 2006-07)
Northeast: Mount St. Mary's (1996-97)
Patriot: Army three times (1994-95, 1995-96 & 1996-97)
SEC: Tennessee (1983-84) and Arkansas (1999-2000)
Southern: Appalachian State (2002-03)
Summit (then called the Mid-Continent Conference): Southern Utah (2003-04)
WAC: BYU three times (1990-91, 1997-98 & 1998-99)