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Liberty Men's XC Ranked 10th in SE Region
The nine-time defending Big South champion Liberty men's cross country team is ranked No. 10 in the Southeast Region to begin the 2014 season, as announced today by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
N.C. State tops the preseason regional rankings, followed by Virginia, defending regional champion Eastern Kentucky, North Carolina and William & Mary, in that order.
The preseason Big South Conference favorite, head coach Brant Tolsma's Flames return two runners who placed in the top 31 at the 2013 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships in redshirt senior Josh MacDonald (15th place) and sophomore Jeremie Bourget (31st).
MacDonald and Bourget helped the Flames place 10th at the 2013 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships, marking Liberty's eighth top-10 regional finish in the last nine seasons.
The top two squads in each region will earn automatic berths to the 2014 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., where they will be joined by 13 at-large teams from across the nation. This year's NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships will be held on Nov. 14 at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky.
Liberty will open the 2014 season on Friday, when the Flames and Lady Flames compete in the UVa Duals at Panorama Farms in Earlysville, Va. The meet, which will begin at 4:30 p.m., will enable the Flames to get an early look at two of the other top men's teams in the Southeast Region, including No. 2 Virginia and No. 8 Duke.
USTFCCCA Division I Southeast Region Men's Cross Country Rankings
1) N.C. State
3) Eastern Kentucky
4) North Carolina
5) William & Mary
6) Virginia Tech
9) High Point
12) Wake Forest
13) Appalachian State