Big South Announces Track & Field Weekly Awards



CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( - Liberty's Caleb Edmonds has been named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, while Meghan Burggraf of  Liberty earned the Big South Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week.  Meanwhile, Winthrop's Jared Baird and Jocelyn Williams of Liberty were tabbed the Men's and Women's Field Athletes of the Week, respectively, the League announced today.

Edmonds, a red-shirt freshman from Cooperstown, N.Y., posted a time of 8:16.59 in the 3,000-meter event at the IC4A Championship over the weekend.  His time was a personal-best as he finished seventh overall in the event.

Burggraf, a junior from Lynchburg, Va., finished fourth at the ECAC Championship over the weekend in the 800-meter event.  She posted a personal-best time of 2:09.79 to become the fourth Lady Flame to ever break the 2:10 barrier.

Baird, a red-shirt senior from Truro, Nova Scotia, shattered the Big South record in the javelin as he posted a mark of 71.30 meters to finish first at the UNF Invitational last weekend.  His throw is currently ranked No. 3 on the NCAA performance list and is No. 5 on the Canadian National list this season.

Williams, a sophomore from Hampton, N.J., took home first in the weight throw at the ECAC Championship with a throw of 62' 6.5".  Her mark broke her old Liberty record to lead her team to its best finish ever at the ECAC Championship.

Men's Field Honorable Mentions:
Ryan Smith, Liberty - Finished second in the weight throw at the IC4A Championship with a throw of 63' 2.0".
Kolby Shepherd, Liberty - Placed third in the pole vault at the IC4A Championship with a jump of 17' 0.75".

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
Feb. 2 - Milan Ristic, UNC Asheville

Feb. 9 - Rozzie Johnson, Charleston Southern
Feb. 16 - Vincent Wyatt, Radford
March 8 - Caleb Edmonds, Liberty

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
Feb. 2 - Ryan Smith, Liberty

Feb. 9 - Ryan Smith, Liberty
Feb. 16 - Ryan Smith, Liberty
March 8 - Jared Baird, Winthrop

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
Feb. 2 - Erica Peake, Coastal Carolina

Feb. 9 - Manika Gamble, High Point
Feb. 16 - Jennifer Klugh, Liberty
March 8 - Meghan Burggraf, 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
Feb. 2 - Mia Aghaji, Liberty

Feb. 9 - Jennifer Sing, VMI
Feb. 16 - Mychelle Cumings, Liberty
March 8 - Jocelyn Williams, Liberty