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Coach's Corner with Brant Tolsma
After successfully claiming both team titles at Saturday's Big South Cross Country Championships, Liberty head coach Brant Tolsma and redshirt senior Josh Edmonds recapped the meet with Nick Pierce.
The Lady Flames started the day in Blacksburg, Va. by claiming their fourth Big South title in the last five years. Jennifer Klugh won the individual title, Dacia Bushman came in third and Hailey Neal was fourth, highlighting Liberty's 25-point victory over Coastal Carolina.
The Liberty men's team then followed suit, recording its sixth consecutive Big South crown by a 33-45 margin over High Point. Sam Chelanga, Evans Kigen and Edmonds swept the top three spots in the individual standings to punctuate the team victory.
Edmonds, also recognized as Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year, joined an exclusive club with his third-place finish. He and Josh McDougal are the only two runners in program history ever to earn All-Big South honors four times during their college career.
In addition to listening to Tolsma and Edmonds discuss Saturday's meet, fans can also watch a video highlight package from the Big South Cross Country Championships, courtesy of the Big South Network. The link is available at the top of this release.
At the conclusion of Saturday's meet, numerous Big South coaches were complimentary of Liberty's efforts.
Speaking about the Lady Flames, Coastal Carolina head coach Alan Connie stated, "My hat is off to Liberty for putting together a great race today from top to bottom to earn the Big South championship."
VMI head coach Paul Spangler added, "All you can control in cross country is yourself, and today, Liberty and Coastal deserved to go 1-2."
Moving on to the men's race, High Point head coach Mike Esposito noted, "Liberty, up front, is about as good as anyone in the country."
Approximately 10 Flames and Lady Flames will close out their 2010 cross country season Friday, when they travel to Charlottesville, Va., for the Cavalier Open. The men's 8K will get things started at 4 p.m., with the women's 5K scheduled to follow at 4:45.
Meanwhile, Liberty's top seven men's and women's runners will take this weekend off from competition. They are preparing for the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships, Nov. 13 in Louisville, Ky. The women's 6K race will begin at 10 a.m. and the men's 10K will go off at 11:15, at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.