Nedrick, Sauder Earn 2nd Team All-America Honors on Friday
Liberty closed out its stay at the 2022 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday by earning two more second team All-America honors. Kevin Nedrick finished 11th in the men’s discus, while Kennedy Sauder tied for 15th in the men’s high jump at Hayward Field.
First-year Flame Nedrick reached 191-2 on his second discus attempt, just three inches shy of his lifetime best. That placed the Westmoreland, Jamaica native 11th overall, leaving him only two places and six inches away from securing a spot in the event final.
Nedrick becomes Liberty’s first men’s discus All-American since Clendon Henderson in 2008. He is the first ASUN Conference athlete ever to earn All-America honors in this event.
A native of Lauderhill, Fla., Sauder needed only one jump to lock up the second All-America medal of his young collegiate career. His first-attempt clearance at the opening height of 6-10.75 put the freshman in a tie for 15th place in the final standings. Sauder had previously tied for 13th place at the 2022 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships in March, also garnering second team All-America recognition at that event.
Sauder is the first Liberty freshman ever to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships and becomes the first Flame to attain outdoor men’s high jump All-America distinction at any level of competition. Sauder posted the best finish by a Flames men’s high jumper at this meet, improving upon Matt Parker’s tie for 16th place in 2009. Sauder is also the nation’s only freshman to collect All-America medals for both the indoor and outdoor men’s high jump in 2022.
Nedrick and Sauder join Liberty’s men’s 4 x 100 relay quartet of Brandon Letts, Donald McClinton, Christian Lyon and Diamantae Griffin as second team All-Americans this week. The relay squad placed 12th in Wednesday’s semifinals with a Liberty and ASUN-record time of 39.08.
Friday’s events officially concluded Liberty’s 2022 outdoor track & field season and the 2021-22 athletic year for the Flames.