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Klugh Places 93rd at NCAA XC Championship

November 17, 2012
|  Louisville, Ky.
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Jennifer Klugh placed 93rd in the women's 6K at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship, Saturday in Louisville, Ky.

Liberty redshirt senior Jennifer Klugh wrapped up her stellar collegiate career with a 93rd-place finish in the women's 6K race at the 2012 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. She clocked the second fastest time of her career, 20:44.7, on a picture-perfect day for running at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.

In her first NCAA national meet appearance, Klugh finished well within the top half of the 253 women's finishers. She was in good company, as the Buckeye State native crossed the finish line just four places behind Washington's Katie Flood, the reigning NCAA Division I national champion in the 1,500-meter run.

Klugh also finished the race strongly during the second half of the mostly flat 6K course. She finished ahead of 19 runners who led her at the halfway split.

Klugh closes out her career as one of the finest women's distance runners in program history. Between cross country and track & field, she won 10 individual Big South titles and set four different school records. She also became just the second Lady Flame ever to race at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, joining Liberty Athletics Hall of Famer Heather (Sagan) Zealand, who did so in 2000 and 2001.

Up front, Iowa State's Betsy Saina outsprinted Abbey D'Agostino of Dartmouth and Jordan Hasay of Oregon in the final straightaway to win the women's individual title in a time of 19:27.9. Hasay's third-place finish helped the Ducks claim the team national championship with 114 points. Providence was second with 183 tallies.