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Charnuski, Klugh & Watson Honored by USTFCCCA

July 28, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Olivia Charnuski, shown here celebrating her new school record in the 100-meter hurdles, was one of three Lady Flames named to the USTFCCCA Division I Women's Track & Field All-Academic Team.

Olivia Charnuski, shown here celebrating her new school record in the 100-meter hurdles, was one of three Lady Flames named to the USTFCCCA Division I Women's Track & Field All-Academic Team.

Sophomores Olivia Charnuski and Jennifer Klugh and redshirt senior Jaime Watson have each earned spots on the 2010 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I Women's Track & Field All-Academic Team.

Charnuski, a kinesiology major with a 3.49 GPA, capped off a stellar sophomore campaign by running the 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division I Preliminary Round meet. She earned a trio of All-Big South notations, placing second in both the indoor 60 hurdles and outdoor 400 hurdles, as well as third in the outdoor 100 hurdles. The native of Elmira, Ontario also came in sixth in the ECAC 100-meter hurdle final. However, her most impressive race of the year came at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier on April 29.

Twenty-one years to the day after Delethea Quarles had set Liberty's women's 100 hurdles record with a hand-timed 13.5 effort at the Penn Relays, Charnuski eclipsed her standard. The sophomore sped to a time of 13.65 on her home track to set the new mark.

Klugh, a mathematics major with teacher licensure, owns a 3.53 cumulative grade-point average. She also qualified for the inaugural NCAA Division I Preliminary Round meet, after chopping 11 seconds off her 1,500-meter personal best over the span of three races in May.

The Buckeye State native was the only Lady Flame to earn All-Big South honors in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track last season, helping Liberty capture the conference's first-ever "Double Triple." Klugh placed third in the Big South Cross Country Championship, before racking up 30 team points at the Big South indoor and outdoor track meets. She claimed runner-up honors in both the mile and 3K finals indoors, before notching second place in the outdoor 5K and third in the outdoor 1,500.

Watson finished her bachelor's degree in sport management with a 3.36 GPA and owns a 3.37 GPA thus far as she pursues a MBA. She enjoyed one of the best track & field years in program history to wrap up her career. Watson was named the Big South Women's Outstanding Track Performer indoors and finished third in the voting for the Big South Female Student-Athlete of the Year honor.

Watson made her first appearance at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, finishing 14th in the 800-meter run. She also became the first runner in Big South history to sweep the 400 and 800-meter titles at the conference indoor meet. Watson's senior season also featured school records in the indoor 400 (54.59), 500 (1:13.98), 800 (2:05.42) and 4 x 800 relay (9:15.21), as well as the outdoor 400 (53.61) and 800 (2:06.09).

The Wolverine State native was previously included on the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team in 2008 and is a five-time Big South Presidential Honor Roll member.

To qualify for the team, student-athletes had to compile a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and meet either the NCAA Division I indoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard or participate in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in their respective event(s).