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Liberty Men's XC Drops to No. 10 in SE Region

September 16, 2013
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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The Liberty men's cross country team, ranked No. 10 in the Southeast Region, will race at the VMI Invitational on Saturday.

The Liberty men's cross country team dropped two spots to No. 10 in the Southeast Region's first regular-season rankings, as announced today by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Eastern Kentucky remains atop the regional rankings from the preseason poll, followed by defending Southeast Region champion Virginia and N.C. State. Liberty's Big South rival High Point was one of the biggest movers this week. After being unranked in the preseason regional listing, the Panthers now check in at No. 8.

Liberty has only competed in one meet thus far in the 2013 season, the low-key UVa Duals on Aug. 30. Head coach Brant Tolsma's Flames only entered five runners as Liberty defeated Radford and lost to host Virginia.

The Liberty men's and women's squads will be back in action Saturday morning, when they travel to Buena Vista, Va., for the VMI Invitational. The men's 8K will begin at 10 a.m., with the women's 5K to follow at 10:45.

Saturday's races will be contested at the Vista Links Golf Course, which will host the 2013 Big South Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships on Nov. 2. Nine of the 12 Big South teams are slated to compete in Saturday's meet.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Southeast Region Men's Cross Country Rankings
1) Eastern Kentucky
2) Virginia
3) N.C. State
4) North Carolina
5) Furman
6) Duke
7) Louisville
8) High Point
9) Virginia Tech
10) Liberty
11) Richmond
12) Wake Forest
13) William & Mary
14) George Mason
15) Kentucky