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LU Men's XC Remains No. 4 in Southeast Region

October 6, 2008
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Jordan McDougal's 10th-place finish at the Brooks Paul Short Run helped the Flames place 10th of 45 teams. (Photo by David Bracetty)

Jordan McDougal's 10th-place finish at the Brooks Paul Short Run helped the Flames place 10th of 45 teams. (Photo by David Bracetty)

For the third week in a row, the Liberty men's cross country team is ranked fourth in the Southeast Region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). This week's ranking comes on the heels of a 10th-place finish at last Friday's Brooks Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa.

The Flames, who had won their first two meets of the 2008 season, placed three runners in the top 30 at the Paul Short Run. Sam Chelanga (R-So., Nairobi, Kenya) dominated the field, winning by 38 seconds and setting an 8K course record of 23:05. Jordan McDougal (R-Sr., Peru, N.Y.) came in 10th, while Josh Edmonds (Jr., Cooperstown, N.Y.) followed in 30th place. Their efforts helped Liberty defeat a trio of ranked teams within the Southeast Region—No. 9 Richmond, No. 11 Appalachian State and No. 12 Charlotte.

Liberty's No. 4 regional ranking equals the highest in program history. The top three teams in the Southeast Region remain the same (Virginia, N.C. State and William & Mary), but Virginia seized the No. 1 position from ACC foe N.C. State after winning last Saturday's George Mason Invitational.

Liberty will have this weekend off competition, before traveling to Terre Haute, Ind., for the Oct. 18 Pre-Nationals. The meet will be held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, the site of the 2008 NCAA Cross Country Championships.

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