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Henderson, Parker Both Finish Second At Virginia Tech Invitational

January 13, 2007  Blacksburg, Va.  RSS
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Matthew Parker leaped 6-7.5 to place second on Saturday.

Matthew Parker leaped 6-7.5 to place second on Saturday.

Liberty junior Clendon Henderson finished as the shot put runner-up and sophomore Matthew Parker took second place in the high jump, making the field event duo the Flames' top placers on the second and final day of the Virginia Tech Invitational, Saturday afternoon at the Rector Fieldhouse. 

In a sizable men's shot put field which included 37 entrants, Henderson (Meadow, Texas) recorded a best mark of 55-1 to put him exactly two feet behind event champion, Richard Wooten of Tennessee. Henderson's teammate, Jon Hart (Jr., Wyomissing, Pa.) wrapped up a nice weekend with a sixth-place effort in the shot. Hart's top throw was 52-4.75. 

Parker (Rome, N.Y.) cleared the same height, 6-7.5, as high jump champion, Tyler Clarke of Duke, but finished second to Clarke on misses. Parker suffered the same fate at the season-opening Liberty Kickoff on Dec. 2, finishing second at that event on misses as well. 

Philip Leineweber (So., New Freedom, Pa.) recorded a fifth-place finish for the second time at the Virginia Tech Invitational after covering 800 meters in 1:54.20. He had previously taken fifth in Friday's 500-meter dash. Travis Campbell (Sr., Candler, N.C.) gave Liberty a strong 1-2 punch in the 800, taking the eighth spot with a 1:54.63 clocking. 

The Lady Flames' best finisher on Saturday was senior Arlene Zelinskas (Dayton, Ohio). Zelinskas crossed the line fourth in the 55-meter hurdles in a time of 8.02. She had established a Liberty record time, 7.99, during Friday evening's semifinal race. 

Like Lenineweber on the men's side, Jaime Watson (So., Ravenna, Mich.) finished fifth in both the 500 meters and the 800 meters over the weekend. Her 800-meter time on Saturday was 2:17.89. 

Freshman Chenoa Freeman (Lincoln, Del.) placed 11th in the 400-meter dash, notching a 57.51, and became the fifth-fastest performer in the event in program history in the process. 

Liberty will be off until Jan. 26-27, when it returns home to host the On Track Open at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center. Action begins at 3 p.m. on Jan. 26 with the pentathlon 60 meters.