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Markus Ballengee

Class: Junior Position: Decathlon Height: 6-5 Previous School: Staunton River High School Hometown: Moneta, Va.

Top Efforts in a Liberty Uniform
60 - 7.10 (Indoor)
100 - 11.04
400 - 49.72
1,000 - 2:45.26 (Indoor)
1,500 - 4:30.17
60H - 8.19 (Indoor)
110H - 14.42
400H - 53.44
LJ - 22-3.75 (6.80m) (Indoor)
TJ - 44-4 (13.51m) (Indoor)
HJ - 6-8.25 (2.04m) (Indoor) 
PV - 16-6.75 (5.05m) (Indoor)
SP - 44-3.5 (13.50m)
DISC - 146-3 (44.58m)
JAV - 179-0 (54.56m)
HEP - 5,537 (Indoor School Record)
DEC - 7,722

NCAA Division I All-America Honors (1)
2018 Outdoor Decathlon - 7th 

IC4A Individual Titles (1)
2018 Indoor Heptathlon

All-Big South Honors (4)
2017 Indoor Heptathlon - 2nd
2017 Outdoor Decathlon - 3rd
2018 Outdoor 110 Hurdles - 2nd
2018 Outdoor High Jump - T3rd

2018 Outdoor Track & Field (So.)
• Voted Big South Men's Field Athlete of the Year, thanks in large part to his performance in his NCAA national debut
• Earned first team All-America honors by placing seventh in the NCAA decathlon final with a personal-best score of 7,722
• His NCAA score ranks No. 2 in Liberty history and was the best-ever score by a Flames decathlete at the NCAA meet. It was aided by personal bests in the 400 (49.72), javelin (179-0) and 1,500 (4:30.17).
• Two weeks later, finished fifth in the USATF decathlon final despite being the youngest member of the field (20 years old)
• Focused on individual events at the Big South meet, placing second in the 110 hurdles, tied for third in the high jump, fourth in the 400 hurdles and pole vault, eighth in the long jump, ninth in the shot put and 11th in the discus
• Named Big South Field Athlete of the Week on April 4 after placing sixth in the Texas Relays decathlon with a big personal-best score of 7,537
• Represented Team USA for the first time at the Thorpe Cup
• Won a bronze medal in the FISU America Games decathlon in Brazil

2017-18 Indoor Track & Field (So.)
• IC4A heptathlon champion with a Liberty, Big South, meet and facility-record score of 5,537 (ranked No. 26 nationally for 2018)
• Finished fourth in the Big South heptathlon after an untimely no-height in the pole vault and took eighth place in the triple jump
• Opened the season with a heptathlon victory at the Liberty Kickoff. His score of 5,523 set new Liberty and Big South records for the first time on the year.
• Season included marks of 8.19 in the 60 hurdles, 6-8.25 in the high jump and 16-6.75 in the pole vault
• Named Big South Men's Field Athlete of the Week after each of his record-breaking heptathlon performances (Jan. 31 and March 8)

2017 Outdoor Track & Field (Fr.)
• Placed third in the Big South decathlon and tied for sixth in the high jump
• Third-place decathlon finisher at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships
• Scored a personal-best 6,840 points for eighth place in the Virginia Challenge decathlon
• Achieved marks of 14.76 in the 110 hurdles, 6-6 in the high jump and 14-6.25 in the pole vault
• Helped the Flames post the second-fastest shuttle hurdles relay time (58.98) in program history, at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier

2016-17 Indoor Track & Field (Fr.)
• Capped off his freshman season with a third-place finish in the IC4A heptathlon with a personal-best score of 5,152
• Big South heptathlon runner-up, while also finishing fourth in the 60 hurdles
• Heptathlon debut resulted in a second-place finish at the Liberty Kickoff with a score of 4,943 points
• Top event marks included 8.35 in the 60 hurdles, 22-3.5 in the long jump and 6-6 in the high jump
• Part of Liberty's school record-setting shuttle hurdles relay quartet which clocked 32.88 seconds at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational

Prep
• Graduated from Staunton River High School
• Three-time Virginia 3A state champion (2015 indoor high jump, 2016 indoor high jump, 2016 outdoor 110 hurdles)
• During his senior indoor season, placed first in the state in the high jump, second in the 55 hurdles, fourth in the long jump, fourth in the triple jump and sixth in the 4 x 200 relay
• Closed out his high school career by placing first in the 110 hurdles, third in the triple jump, fifth in the high jump, seventh in the 300 hurdles and eighth in the 4 x 400 relay at the 2016 Virginia 3A outdoor meet
• Personal-best marks included 7.67 in the 55 hurdles, 14.45 in the 110 hurdles, 39.44 in the 300 hurdles, 6-4 in the high jump and 45-8.5 in the triple jump
• Also participated in football and wrestling

Personal
• Son of Jackson Conner and Tammy Ballengee-Conner
• Birthday is Jan. 8
• Biomedical sciences major