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Liberty Places 5 on ASUN All-Academic Teams

May 28, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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(Clockwise from top left): Anders Janes, Jonny Saintil, Rachel Milnes, Noel Palmer, Kylie Polsgrove

(Clockwise from top left): Anders Janes, Jonny Saintil, Rachel Milnes, Noel Palmer, Kylie Polsgrove

Five Liberty athletes were voted to the 2019 ASUN Conference Outdoor Track & Field All-Academic Teams, as announced by the conference on Tuesday. The women's trio of Rachel Milnes, Noel Palmer and Kylie Polsgrove made the ASUN Women's All-Academic Team, while Anders Janes and Jonny Saintil were voted to the ASUN Men's All-Academic Team by the conference's sports information directors and academic advisors.

Milnes, a sophomore from Jonesboro, Ark., owns a 3.92 GPA as a biology major. She earned all-conference honors with a third-place finish in the ASUN women's pole vault final. Milnes' season-best clearance of 12-2.75 came at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier.

Palmer, who boasts a 4.0 GPA in biology, was a unanimous selection to the team. The sophomore from Forest, Va., was the ASUN women's 5K runner-up and qualified for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet in the 10K. She was named ASUN Women's Track Athlete of the Week on April 3, following a school-record 33:56.67 clocking in the 10K at the Raleigh Relays.

Polsgrove, who recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in exercise science and a 3.69 GPA, enjoyed an impressive senior season. The Newland, N.C., native was a double champion at the ASUN meet, taking top honors in the women's 400 hurdles and heptathlon. Her personal-best heptathlon score of 5,333 at the Tennessee Relays ranks No. 2 in program history and earned ASUN Women's Field Athlete of the Week honors on April 17.

Janes was unanimously voted to the team on the heels of a breakthrough redshirt freshman campaign. The communications major with a 3.55 GPA won the ASUN men's pole vault title and qualified for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet. A native of Victoria, Minn., Janes cleared a personal-best 16-7.5 at the Raleigh Relays to set a Liberty freshman record and earn the first of his two ASUN Men's Freshman of the Week honors.

Saintil, who hails from Miami, Fla., is the only Flame who was named to the ASUN All-Academic Team for both indoor and outdoor track & field this season. He recently graduated with a 3.45 GPA and a bachelor's degree in psychology. Saintil came in third in the ASUN men's triple jump to garner all-conference recognition. He also triple jumped a personal-best 49-0.25 at the Duke Invitational, a mark which is tied for No. 7 in program history.