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Coach's Corner with Brant Tolsma
The Liberty men's and women's cross country teams were both successful at Saturday's NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships. Nick Pierce caught up with head coach Brant Tolsma to recap his teams' accomplishments and look ahead to the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.
The Lady Flames were the first to race in Louisville, and they improved from an 18th-place team finish in 2009 to 10th place this season. Leading the way was redshirt sophomore Jennifer Klugh. The Big South Runner of the Year broke her own school 6K record with a 20:55.5 clocking and earned all-region honors with a 15th-place finish.
In the men's race, three Flames garnered all-region honors, with Sam Chelanga winning, Evans Kigen placing second and Josh Edmonds crossing the line 15th. As a result, Liberty finished eighth in the final team standings. Chelanga and Kigen both qualified for the NCAA national meet with their performances.
Chelanga and Kigen will race in the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on Monday, at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind. The men's 10K will begin at 12:48 p.m. Chelanga is the defending national champion, while Kigen earned All-America honors with his 20th-place finish at the 2009 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.