Big South Announces Indoor T&F Weekly Awards

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - Winthrop's A.J. Fitzsimmons has been named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, while Jennifer Klugh of Liberty earned the Big South Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week.  Meanwhile, Liberty's Kolby Shepherd and Shelly Parker were tabbed the Men's and Women's Indoor Field Athletes of the week, respectively, the League announced today.

Fitzsimmions, a junior from Charleston, S.C, took first in the mile with a time of 4:20.02 at the Gator Invitational over the weekend.

Klugh, a senior from Centerburg, Ohio, set the Liberty record in the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:44.62 at the Virginia Tech Invitational over the weekend.  Her time currently ranks her No. 1 in the Big South as she finished second overall in the event.  She later helped her distance medley team finish second overall with a time of 11:58.50.

Shepherd, a red-shirt senior from Dublin, Ga., cleared 17' 1.0" to finish second in the pole vault at the Virginia Tech Invitational.  The jump marked his first-ever 17 foot clearance indoors in a Liberty uniform, becoming just the third Flame to ever to do so.

Parker, a junior from Lynchburg, Va., posted a mark of 12' in the pole vault at the Virginia Tech Invitational.  She finished 10th overall in the event.

Men's Track Honorable Mentions:
Jevin Monds, High Point - Placed third in the mile with a time of 4:18.27 at the UNC Invitational.

Women's Track Honorable Mentions:
Sharrone Honor, Winthrop - Posted the Big South's second-fastest 55 meter hurdles time this season as she broke the tape in 8.12 to finish No. 9 at the Gator Invitational.

2011 Men's Indoor Track Athletes of the Week
Dec. 8 - Milan Ristic, UNC Asheville
Jan. 19 - Javon Young, Charleston Southern
Jan. 26 - A.J. Fitzsimmons, Winthrop

2011 Men's Indoor Field Athletes of the Week
Dec. 8 - Ademola Titcombe, VMI
Jan. 19 - Lavon Allen, Charleston Southern
Jan. 26 - Kolby Shepherd, Liberty

2011 Women's Indoor Track Athletes of the Week
Dec. 8 - Jennifer Klugh, Liberty
Jan. 19 - Emma Bussard, UNC Asheville
Jan. 26 - Jennifer Klugh, Liberty

2011 Women's Indoor Field Athletes of the Week
Dec. 8 - Mychelle Cumings, Liberty
Dec. 15 - Jennifer Sing, VMI
Jan. 19 - Patra Norman, Charleston Southern
Jan. 26 - Shelly Parker, Liberty