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LU Men's XC Retains No. 4 Regional Ranking

September 29, 2008
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The Liberty men's cross country team is ranked No. 4 in the Southeast Region, as the Flames prepare for Friday's Brooks Paul Short Run.

The Liberty men's cross country team is ranked No. 4 in the Southeast Region, as the Flames prepare for Friday's Brooks Paul Short Run.

Now that the 2008 cross country season has begun in earnest, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has released its Week 1 regional cross country rankings. The Liberty men's squad maintains its preseason No. 4 listing in the Southeast Region, while the Lady Flames check in at No. 14.

Coach Brant Tolsma's men's team has won each of its first two meets of the 2008 season, the Virginia Tech Cross Country Relay on Sept. 5 and the Liberty Big South Preview on Sept. 20. The Flames have also boasted the individual first-place finishers at both meets. Sam Chelanga (R-So., Nairobi, Kenya) and Mark Hopely (R-Fr., Carney's Point, N.J.) teamed up to win the Virginia Tech Cross Country Relay. Two weeks later, Jordan McDougal (R-Sr., Peru, N.Y.) edged teammate Josh Edmonds (Jr., Cooperstown, N.Y.) at the Liberty Big South Preview finish line, claiming his first collegiate cross country victory.

Liberty's No. 4 ranking equals the highest regional listing in program history. The men's Southeast Region rankings remained largely unchanged from the preseason ratings, with N.C. State, Virginia and William & Mary still holding down the top three spots.

The Lady Flames, ranked No. 14 in the Southeast Region, have finished a close second place behind regional rivals at both of their two meets this season. Liberty was edged by the host Hokies (No. 4 in the Southeast Region) at the Virginia Tech Cross Country Relay and fell by seven points to Coastal Carolina (No. 10 in the Southeast Region) at the Liberty Big South Preview. Seniors Ashley Osborne (Bristol, Va.) and Rebekah Ricksecker (Laurel, Del.) have led the way for the Lady Flames, teaming up for a first-place finish at Virginia Tech and placing second and third, respectively, at the Liberty Big South Preview.

ACC teams own the top six positions in the Southeast Region women's poll, headed by N.C. State, North Carolina and Duke. Coastal Carolina and Liberty are the lone Big South squads included in this week's poll.

The Liberty men's and women's teams will return to action Friday at the Brooks Paul Short Run, hosted by Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa. The men's 8K race, featuring 24 regionally-ranked teams, will begin at 11 a.m. The women's 6K race, which includes 23 regionally-ranked squads, will follow at 11:45 a.m.

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

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Regional Rankings
Southeast Region – Week 1
1) N.C. State
2) North Carolina
3) Duke
4) Virginia Tech
5) Wake Forest
6) Virginia
7) Louisville
8) Kentucky
9) Richmond
10) Coastal Carolina
11) William & Mary
12) James Madison
13) Clemson
14) Liberty
15) Charlotte