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Liberty Harriers Earn Sportsmanship Award

December 19, 2007
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The Liberty men's cross country team, seen here celebrating its third-straight Big South team title, won its second-consecutive Big South Team Sportsmanship Award today.

The Liberty men's cross country team, seen here celebrating its third-straight Big South team title, won its second-consecutive Big South Team Sportsmanship Award today.

For the Liberty men's cross country team, it has been a year of repetition. The Flames, who won their third-straight Big South team title, have received the Big South Team Sportsmanship award for the second-consecutive season, as voted on by the conference's student-athletes.

Coach Brant Tolsma's cross country program has now captured four out of six Big South Team Sportsmanship Awards, since the honor was initiated in 2005. The Lady Flames earned the recognition in 2005 and 2006. Liberty has won a Big South-best 12 Big South Team Sportsmanship Awards over the last three years, a total which also includes the volleyball squad's award today.

The men's cross country team, in addition to remaining atop the Big South Conference, recorded its highest-ever finish (fifth) at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships this past season. Leading the way was senior Josh McDougal (Peru, N.Y.), who capped an undefeated season with the first NCAA Division I cross country individual title in school history.

At the conclusion of the 2007-08 athletic season, the Big South Conference's Institutional Sportsmanship Award will be announced. An institution's sport winners count towards the Institution Sportsmanship Award and the winner is determined on a system recognizing the highest percentage of the maximum possible points each institution is capable of achieving in that year. The institution with the highest percentage will win the award. VMI has won the Big South's Institutional Sportsmanship Award the first two years.