Liberty's Butts, McDougal Earn Big South Athlete of the Week Honors

Charlotte, N.C. -- Lady Flame Kena Butts and Flame Josh McDougal were named New Balance Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week by the Big South Conference on Wednesday.

Butts (Jr., Voorhees, N.J.) set a Big South record for the women's high jump at the Liberty Record Bash on Saturday. She cleared 1.80 meters (5' 10 ¾") and provisionally qualified for the 2005 NCAA Championships. It was the ninth top performance in the country in the event this season.

McDougal (Fr., Peru, N.Y.), running in his first indoor meet of the season, also set a Big South record at the Liberty Record Bash in the 3,000 meter with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 8:01.78. His performance was the seventh top performance in the country in the event this season.

The Liberty men's and women's track and field teams will be in action again this weekend as they travel to Blacksburg, Va. for the Virginia Tech Challenge. The meet gets underway Friday, February 11 at 5 p.m.

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