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Liberty's Men Win First Title Since 1999

October 29, 2005
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Liberty's Men Win First Title Since 1999

Picked to win the 2005 Big South Cross Country Championships before the season began, Liberty's men cross country team lived up to expectations as they won their first cross country title since 1999 and placed five runners on the all-conference team.

The Flames' Josh McDougal picked up his second-straight league championship and posted a course record for the second-straight year, while head coach Brant Tolsma was named as the men's Big South Coach of the Year and Evan Falat took home the top academic award as he was honored as the Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Liberty posted 26 points, followed by VMI (73), High Point (80), Coastal Carolina (81), UNC Asheville (110) and Radford (139).

McDougal took home the 2005 men's Runner of the Year honor, posting a course record time of 24:00 in the 8K race, repeating his effort from a year ago. High Point's Tomas Kovacs (25:14) finished second while Nelson Oliveria (25:30) of Coastal Carolina finished third. Liberty's Clint Jackson (25:30) and Jarvis Jelen (25:32) and Evan Falat (25:45) finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. VMI's Donnie Mikels posted a seventh place time of 25:52 followed by Coastal Carolina's Doug Currie with a time of 25:53. Root Kirbach notched a time of 25:57.80 to finish ninth, and Liberty's Drew Ponder finished up the All-Big South team with a mark of 25:57.81.

For the second year in a row the Lady Flames placed second as Coastal Carolina Women's Cross Country Team won its fifth-straight Big South Cross Country Championship.

Coastal Carolina's women finished with 27 points, followed by Liberty (47), High Point (79), Winthrop (119), VMI (156), Birmingham-Southern (159), UNC Asheville (171) and Radford (222).

Coastal's Anne Marie Moutsinga became the third Chanticleer runner and the third-ever Big South runner to win three championships. Moutsinga took the 2005 Big South Runner of the Year award and led her Chanticleers with a course record time of 17:45 in the 5K race. Sarah Roberts of Liberty finished second with a time of 18:03, while Saskia Janssen of Coastal Carolina came in third with a time of 18:15. High Point's Kali Burt posted a time of 18:19, good for the fourth spot as Felicitas Mensing's 18:29 was fifth. At No. 6 with a time of 18:32 was Chanticleer runner Estelle Oberson and finishing seventh was Carrie Selmer of Winthrop with a time of 18:37. Liberty's Danielle Jordan (18:42), and Carol Jefferson (18:43) finished eighth and ninth respectively, while Kelsey Stafford from VMI notched a 19:01 to finish tenth and round out the Big South's All-Conference squad.

Runner of the Year (Men)
Josh McDougal, Liberty

Runner of the Year (Women)
Anne Marie Moutsinga, Coastal Carolina

2005 Big South All-Conference Team (Men)
Josh McDougal – Liberty
Tamas Kovacs – High Point
Nelson Oliveira – Coastal Carolina
Clint Jackson – Liberty
Jarvis Jelen – Liberty
Evan Falat – Liberty
Donnie Mikels – VMI
Doug Currie – Coastal Carolina
Root Kirbach – UNC Asheville
Drew Ponder – Liberty

2005 All –Conference Team (Women)
Anne Marie Moutsinga – Coastal Carolina
Sarah Roberts – Liberty
Saska Janssen – Coastal Carolina
Kali Burt – High Point
Felicitas Mensing – Coastal Carolina
Estelle Oberson – Coastal Carolina
Carrie Selmer – Winthrop
Danielle Jordan – Liberty
Carol Jefferson – Liberty
Kelsey Stafford – VMI

2005 Scholar-Athlete of the Year (Men)
Evan Falat, Liberty

2005 Scholar-Athlete of the Year (Women)
Carrie Selmer, Winthrop

2005 Cross Country All-Academic Team (Women)
Rachel Bramlett – Birmingham-Southern
Heather Koziel – Charleston Southern
Danielle Hagler – Coastal Carolina
Kate Atkinson – High Point
Danielle Jordan – Liberty
Jasselle Cruz – Radford
Ingrid Allstaedt – UNC Asheville
Kathleen Resetar – VMI
Carrie Selmer – Winthrop

2005 Cross Country All-Academic Team (Men)
Aalok Sharma – Birmingham-Southern
Nelson Oliveira – Coastal Carolina
Jeff Fairman – High Point
Evan Falat – Liberty
Joel Hanlon – Radford
David Bell – UNC Asheville
Ben Switzer – VMI
Gaines Bailey - Winthrop