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Liberty Men's Track Climbs to No. 6 in Region

February 15, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Taylor Schmidt is an IC4A qualifier in the heptathlon.

Taylor Schmidt is an IC4A qualifier in the heptathlon.

After a strong weekend of performances in three different venues, the Liberty men's indoor track & field team moved up three spots in this week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division I Regional Index. The Flames are now listed No. 6 in the Southeast Region.

Clemson tops this week's regional rankings, while Big South member Charleston Southern joins the rankings for the first time at No. 15.

Liberty athletes competed in Seattle, Wash. (Flotrack Husky Classic), Fayetteville, Ark. (Tyson Invitational) and Lynchburg (Liberty Quad) over the weekend and fared well in all three meets.

Sam Chelanga placed fifth in the men's 3K at the Flotrack Husky Classic, automatically qualifying for the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships with his time of 7:50.92. Meanwhile, Evans Kigen picked up an IC4A qualifier in the 5K.

In Arkansas, Ryan Smith heaved the shot put a personal-best 58-6.5 to finish second. The redshirt sophomore now ranks No. 28 nationally in the event.

Meanwhile, Liberty won eight events at Friday evening's Liberty Quad. Jacob DeValve qualified for the IC4A meet in the shot put, while Roderick Spruel notched an IC4A qualifier in the 60-meter dash.

The Flames are now preparing for the 2011 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, scheduled for Feb. 24-25 in Clemson, S.C. The Liberty men's squad enters the meet as the 13-time defending conference champion.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Regional Index (2011 Indoor, Week #4)
Men's Southeast Region

1) Clemson
2) Virginia
3) North Carolina
4) Virginia Tech
5) Norfolk State
6) Liberty
7) N.C. State
8) Louisville
9) South Carolina
10) Duke
11) George Mason
12) Kentucky
13) Appalachian State
14) Charlotte
15) Charleston Southern