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Polsgrove, Kirwa, Jones Earn Big South Accolades

April 26, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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(L-R): Azaria Kirwa, Kylie Polsgrove and Darrel Jones each earned Big South Conference weekly awards on Wednesday.

(L-R): Azaria Kirwa, Kylie Polsgrove and Darrel Jones each earned Big South Conference weekly awards on Wednesday.

The Liberty men's and women's track & field squads earned three Big South Conference weekly honors on Wednesday, as Kylie Polsgrove was named Big South Women's Field Athlete of the Week, Azaria Kirwa was tabbed Big South Men's Track Athlete of the Week and Darrel Jones was honored as Big South Men's Field Athlete of the Week.

Polsgrove's first career Big South weekly award came after the sophomore placed fifth in the Virginia Challenge heptathlon with a career-best score of 5,184 points. Polsgrove now ranks No. 3 on the Liberty and Big South all-time heptathlon lists with the highest score by a conference heptathlete in 10 years.

Polsgrove, who ranks No. 39 nationally for the heptathlon in 2017, set or tied her personal best in each of the first five events, highlighted by a 5-8 clearance in the high jump. That effort tops the 2017 Big South women's high jump list, is tied for ninth in conference history and has Polsgrove in contention for a spot at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet.

Kirwa clocked a 5K personal-best time of 14:00.29 to finish 10th at the Virginia Challenge on Saturday and punch his ticket to the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet in a second event (also the 10K). The sophomore improved his personal best by 11 seconds while climbing into fifth place in program history and ninth place on the Big South's all-time list.

Jones triple jumped a personal-best 51-3 on Friday at the Virginia Challenge, placing fourth in the event's invitational section. A junior, Jones is currently tied for No. 32 nationally this season. The Big South weekly honor is his third of 2017 and the sixth of the Empire State native's career.

Jones will now prepare for the championship section of the men's triple jump at the Penn Relays, set for 2 p.m. on Saturday. The 123rd running of the meet will take place Thursday through Saturday at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa.

Liberty will also send a group of athletes to Lannigan Field in Charlottesville, Va., for the second straight weekend. The Virginia Grand Prix will be contested on Saturday, beginning at 11:30 a.m.