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Atkinson Voted ASUN Men's Indoor Track Scholar-Athlete of the Year

March 12, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Jovaine Atkinson was named ASUN Men's Indoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Jovaine Atkinson was named ASUN Men's Indoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Liberty redshirt senior Jovaine Atkinson has been voted the ASUN Conference Men's Indoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the conference's sports information directors and academic advisors. He was one of three Flames voted to the ASUN Men's All-Academic Team, joining Anders Janes and Bradley Prentice. Meanwhile, Lady Flames Tanner Ealum, Rachel Milnes, Noel Palmer and Cortney Strohman were all named to the ASUN Women's All-Academic Team.

An aeronautics major with a 3.80 GPA, Atkinson becomes Liberty's first ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year for track & field and is included on the ASUN Men's All-Academic Team for the second year in a row. The Spanish Town, Jamaica native won the men's 60 hurdles at five of his seven competitions this season, highlighted by his victory in the ASUN final. He set a meet record with his 7.76 clocking in the ASUN 60 hurdles prelims and also took third place in the ASUN 60 dash final. Atkinson's season-best time of 7.75 ranked No. 18 in the NCAA at season's end.

Janes earns his first ASUN All-Academic Team honor indoors after being named to the outdoor squad in 2019. The redshirt sophomore pole vaulter from Victoria, Minn., boasts a 3.43 GPA as a strategic communications major. Janes was the ASUN pole vault runner-up. He also cleared an indoor personal-best 16-6 at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational which ranks No. 5 in ASUN history and No. 7 all-time at Liberty.

A redshirt senior nursing major, Prentice owns a 3.40 GPA. The Virginia Beach, Va., native placed second at the ASUN Championship in both the men's 800 and distance medley relay. His 1:51.06 800 clocking at the South Carolina Invitational ranks No. 2 in program history and No. 3 all-time in ASUN Conference annals.

The second consecutive nursing major on this list, Ealum is a senior from Anchorage, Alaska who boasts a 3.47 GPA. She won two events (women's 800 and distance medley relay) at the ASUN Championship while anchoring the women's 4 x 400 relay squad to second place. Ealum's ASUN-winning 800 time of 2:06.64 set both meet and facility records while ranking No. 2 all-time at Liberty and No. 3 in ASUN Conference history.

The Lady Flames' next two honorees, Milnes and Palmer, both appeared on the 2019 outdoor Women's All-Academic Team but are making their indoor debuts on the squad. Milnes is a junior biomedical science major from Jonesboro, Ark., with a 3.96 GPA. She cleared a collegiate personal-best 12-8 to place third in the ASUN women's pole vault. That effort ranks No. 4 all-time in the ASUN and No. 5 all-time at Liberty.

A junior biology major from Forest, Va., Palmer is one of six members of the ASUN Women's All-Academic Team with a 4.0 GPA. She took fourth place in the ASUN women's 5K final and came in seventh in the 3K. Palmer's personal-best 9:50.37 3K effort from the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational ranks her No. 8 on Liberty's all-time list for the event.

Strohman, a senior from Pierre, S.D., majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology, owns a 3.67 GPA. She was the ASUN champion in the women's 400 and distance medley relay, while placing second in the 4 x 400 relay. Strohman also set a program record with her 300 time of 38.94 at the Liberty Flames Invite.

These seven individuals helped Liberty sweep the men's and women's team titles at the ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships for the second consecutive season.