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13 Flames Named to Big South XC All-Decade Teams

November 1, 2013
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Rebekah Ricksecker (left) and two-time NCAA national champion Sam Chelanga are two of Liberty's representatives on the Big South All-Decade teams for the 2000s.

On the eve of the 2013 Big South Cross Country Championships, a dozen former Liberty runners and head coach Brant Tolsma have been named to the inaugural Big South All-Decade teams. Part of the Big South's 30th anniversary celebration, the all-decade teams were determined by conference administrators and fan voting.

NCAA national champions Sam Chelanga and Josh McDougal highlighted the Flames' quartet of selections to the 2000s men's all-decade team, where they were joined by Josh Edmonds and Jarvis Jelen.

All four of Liberty's members of the 1990s men's all-decade team were conference champions during their careers, including Josh Cox, Stephen Githuka, Bill Khan and Bruce Kite. Tolsma was tabbed the men's coach of the decade for both the 1990s and 2000s, after leading the Flames to 11 team titles during the pair of decades.

On the women's side, Liberty was represented by the trio of Dacia Bushman, Rebekah Ricksecker and Heather Sagan on the 2000s all-decade team, while Urlene Dick was the lone Lady Flame to make the 1990s all-decade team.

1980s WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY ALL-DECADE TEAM
Runner Name, School - Notes
Susan Dixon, Charleston Southern - 3-time All-Conference
Danielle Fondale, Charleston Southern - 2-time All-Conference
Mitzi Hartwell, Radford - Big South Champion
Denise Holliday, Winthrop - 2-time All-Conference
Darlene Johnson, Charleston Southern - 2-time All-Conference
Diana Naylor, Radford - Big South Champion, 3-time All-Conference
Angie Ogden, Radford - Big South Champion, 2-time All-Conference
Shelley Tyler, Coastal Carolina - Big South Champion
Sonja Vertacnik, Coastal Carolina - 4-time All-Conference
Kelly Webb, Coastal Carolina - 3-time All-Conference
Head Coach, School - Notes
Mick Stewart, Radford - 2 Championships (1986-87)

1990s WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY ALL-DECADE TEAM
Runner Name, School - Notes
Kathy Beach, Davidson - Big South Champion, 2-time All-Conference
Mandy Becker, UNC Asheville - 3-time All-Conference
Catherine Conder, Coastal Carolina - 3-time Big South Champion, 4-time All-Conference, Big South Hall of Fame
Urlene Dick, Liberty - 3-time All-Conference
Beth Greene, Winthrop - 3-time All-Conference
Angela Murphy, Coastal Carolina - 3-time All-Conference
Lauri Occhipinti, Coastal Carolina - 4-time All-Conference
Valentine Stumpf, Coastal Carolina - Big South Champion, 2-time All-Conference
Becky Vonderhaar, UNC Asheville - 4-time All-Conference
Jolene Williams, Coastal Carolina - 3-time Big South Champion, 4-time All-Conference, Big South Hall of Fame
Head Coach, School - Notes
Stan Rosenthal, UNC Asheville - 4 Championships (1994-95-98-99), 4-time Coach of the Year
Alan Connie, Coastal Carolina - 4 Championships (1993-95-96-97), 4-time Coach of the Year

2000s WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY ALL-DECADE TEAM
Runner Name, School - Notes
Kali Burt, High Point - 4-time All-Conference
Dacia Bushman, Liberty - 3-time All-Conference
Hannah Granger, VMI - Big South Champion, 3-time All-Conference
Diana Jepchirchir, Coastal Carolina - All-American, Big South Champion, 2-time All-Conference
Zsanett Kis, High Point - Big South Champion, 2-time All-Conference
Anne Marie Moutsinga, Coastal Carolina - 3-time Big South Champion, 4-time All-Conference
Kim Nemergut, Coastal Carolina - 4-time All-Conference
Rebekah Ricksecker, Liberty - 3-time All-Conference
Heather Sagan, Liberty - 2-time Big South Champion, 2-time All-Conference
Julia Viellenhner, Coastal Carolina - All-American, Big South Champion
Head Coach, School - Notes
Alan Connie, Coastal Carolina - 6 Championships (2001-02-03-04-05-08), 6-time Coach of the Year

1980s MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY ALL-DECADE TEAM
Runner Name, School - Notes
Mike Abercrombie, Charleston Southern - 2-time All-Conference
Bob Carr, Coastal Carolina - 2-time All-Conference
Jay Curwen, UNC Asheville - 2-time All-Conference
Nathan Dowd, Charleston Southern - 3-time All-Conference
Al Dunn, Charleston Southern - Inaugural Big South Champion
Ken Frenette, Campbell - 2-time Big South Champion, 4-time All-Conference
Richard Golden, Winthrop - 2-time All-Conference
Dwayne Stover, Radford - Big South Champion
Stewart Uldrick, Charleston Southern - Big South Champion, 3-time All-Conference
Keelyn Wu, Radford - Big South Champion, 3-time All-Conference
Head Coach, School - Notes
Tyler Will, Radford - 3 Championships (1985-86-87)

1990s MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY ALL-DECADE TEAM
Runner Name, School - Notes
Josh Cox, Liberty - 2-time Big South Champion, 2-time All-Conference
John Decatur, Coastal Carolina - 4-time All-Conference
Tim Gautreau, UNC Asheville - 3-time All-Conference
Stephen Githuka, Liberty - 3-time Big South Champion, 3-time All-Conference
Jeff Greene, Winthrop - Big South Champion, Big South Hall of Fame
Merrill Hausenfluck, Radford - Big South Champion, 2-time All-Conference
Bill Khan, Liberty - 2-time Big South Champion, 3-time All-Conference
Bruce Kite, Liberty - Big South Champion, 3-time All-Conference

David Pitaro, Campbell - Big South Champion, 3-time All-Conference
Patrick Van Boden, Charleston Southern - 4-time All-Conference
Head Coach, School - Notes
Brant Tolsma, Liberty - 6 Championships (1991-92-94-97-98-99), 4-time Coach of the Year

2000s MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY ALL-DECADE TEAM
Runner Name, School - Notes
Sam Chelanga, Liberty - 2-time National Champion, 3-time All-American, 3-time Big South Champion
Jesse Cherry, High Point - 3-time All-Conference
Campbell Claridge, Coastal Carolina - 4-time All-Conference
Josh Edmonds, Liberty - 4-time All-Conference
Adam Growley, Winthrop - Big South Champion, 3-time All-Conference
Jarvis Jelen, Liberty - 3-time All-Conference
Terah Kipchiris, Coastal Carolina - 2-time Big South Champion, 3-time All-Conference
Tamas Kovacs, High Point - 3-time All-Conference
Dawitt Legesse, Radford - 3-time All-Conference
Josh McDougal, Liberty - National Champion, 4-time All-American, 4-time Big South Champion
Head Coach, School - Notes
Brant Tolsma, Liberty - 5 Championships (2005-06-07-08-09), 5-time Coach of the Year