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Davidson Claims First Top 10 Finish at Hokie Open
Davidson (Charlotte, N.C.) ran 11 seconds faster than he did on the same 6K course at the season-opening Virginia Tech Invitational on Sept. 8. His time of 20:15.2 placed ninth out of 15 competitors. Virginia Tech sophomore Chris Padilla led the way, breaking the tape in 18:48.4.
Competing unattached for the Flames were Mark Hopely (Fr., Lorney's Point, N.J.) and Joe Greer (Fr., Inglis, Fla.). Hopely completed the undulating course in 19:47.3 for seventh place and Greer took 11th, in a time of 20:32.0.
Liberty's lone representative in the women's 4K race was Melissa Martens (So., Baraboo, Wis.), also competing unattached. Martens, a transfer from Wisconsin-Whitewater, who is completing a year of residence at Liberty, placed sixth out of eight entrants. Her time was 16:14.6. Virginia Tech freshman Asia Washington was the overall winner, clocking a 15:05.5.
The full Liberty men's and women's squads will return to action next Saturday, at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships. The meet, which will provide the Flames and Lady Flames' final opportunities to qualify for the NCAA Division I National Championships, will be hosted by Louisville at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park. The men's 10K championship will begin at 11 a.m., followed by the women's 6K championship at 12:15 p.m.