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Henderson Tabbed Academic All-American

June 23, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Clendon Henderson has become both an All-American and an Academic All-American in the past two weeks.

Clendon Henderson has become both an All-American and an Academic All-American in the past two weeks.

Just 10 days after earning his first All-America honor in the discus, Liberty senior Clendon Henderson is now an Academic All-American as well. Henderson was named a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American for men's track & field/cross country today.

Henderson (Meadow, Texas) becomes the first Liberty men's track & field/cross country athlete ever to garner Academic All-America status at the NCAA Division I level. Five Lady Flames track & field/cross country performers have been so honored, including Arlene Zelinskas' second-team selection last season.

Henderson is Liberty's 14th NCAA Division I Academic All-American and the third this year. Megan Frazee (Women's Basketball) and Mike Gelatt (Men's Soccer) were previously recognized.

The Lone Star State native graduated in May with a 3.72 GPA in kinesiology. He had earlier been named a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection, after being a part of the second team in 2007. Henderson was also tabbed the Big South Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year at both the indoor and outdoor conference meets, and nabbed the inaugural Dr. Jerry Falwell Leadership Award at Liberty's Athletics Academic Awards Banquet.

Henderson's year inside the throwing circle was highlighted by a third-place finish in the discus at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, June 13 in Des Moines, Iowa. The effort made the senior Liberty's first-ever thrower to receive All-America recognition.

Henderson has been one of the nation's finest discus throwers all season, winning six meets, including the Texas Relays, Drake Relays and Big South Championship. He broke his own Liberty and Big South discus record with a 204-3 effort, marking one of three school and conference standards he shattered this year (also indoor and outdoor shot put).

The senior also qualified for the 2008 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, placing 14th in the shot put final. The indoor shot put was one of two Big South titles he captured, along with the discus. Henderson was a seven-time conference athlete of the week in 2008 (two Big South and five ECAC).
Henderson's track & field season is not yet complete. He will throw the discus at the USA Olympic Trials, July 3 in Eugene, Ore. The finals are set for July 6, the final day of the meet.

2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Team
University Division

First Team
Jangy Addy, Tennessee, Sr., 3.56, Journalism and electronic media
Ian Burrell, Georgia, Sr., 3.54, Criminal justice
Ian Butcher, St. Francis (Pa.), Sr., 3.99, English
Mat Clark, Northern Iowa, Jr., 3.73, Biology
Mike Duncan, Western Kentucky, Sr., 4.0, Physical education
Jacob Dunkleberger, Auburn, Sr., 3.48, Business administration
David Ebersole, Ohio State, Sr., 3.85, Accounting
Bret Ferrier, Weber State, Sr., 3.98, Computer engineering technology
Javier Garcia-Tunon, Florida State, Sr., 4.0, MBA
Kenneth Grosselin, Air Force, Sr., 3.94, Mathematics
Clendon Henderson, Liberty, Sr., 3.72, Kinesiology
Donovan Kilmartin, Texas, Sr., 3.55, Petroleum engineering
David Kinsella, Portland, Sr., 3.95, Biology
Greg Liebl, North Dakota State, Sr., 4.0, Business administration
Scott Sellers, Kansas State, Jr., 3.68, Finance
Ryan Vail, Oklahoma State, Sr., 3.63, Master's in international studies
Brent Vaughn, Colorado, Sr., 3.31, Applied math/engineering
Xuehan Xiong, Arizona, Jr., 4.0, Computer sciences

Academic All-America of the Year: Donovan Kilmartin, Texas