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LU Men's Track Ties for 29th at NCAA Indoor

March 14, 2009  College Station, Texas  RSS
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The Liberty men's indoor track & field team tied for 29th place at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, which wrapped up Saturday in College Station, Texas.

The Liberty men's indoor track & field team tied for 29th place at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, which wrapped up Saturday in College Station, Texas.

On the strength of Sam Chelanga's runner-up finish in the men's 5,000-meter final Friday evening, the Liberty men's track & field team has notched its third top 30 finish at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships in the last four seasons. The Flames tied Memphis and Wisconsin for 29th place in the final team standings, after the two-day meet wrapped up Saturday at the McFerrin Athletic Center in College Station, Texas.

Liberty totaled eight points in the meet. Meanwhile, Oregon racked up 54 points to outdistance Florida by 18 markers and claim its first-ever NCAA men's indoor national team title.

The Flames' team finish was a seven-spot improvement from the 2007 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. Liberty's best-ever men's team finish at the NCAA indoor meet was a tie for 23rd place in 2006, when the Flames recorded their highest team point total, nine. Liberty also shared 30th place in 2007.

Chelanga (R-So., Nairobi, Kenya) clocked a 13:44.57 on Friday to become Liberty's first NCAA national runner-up in either men's indoor or outdoor track & field at the NCAA Division I level. Chelanga is now a four-time All-American and a two-time national runner-up (also 2007 cross country).

ESPN2 will air 90 minutes of coverage from the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, March 23 at 2:30 p.m.

Liberty will continue its outdoor track & field season Saturday at 9 a.m., when the Flames travel across town to compete in the Lynchburg Invitational at Lynchburg College.