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LU Men's, Women's XC Squads Regionally Ranked

October 13, 2008
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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The Liberty women's cross country team returned to this week's USTFCCCA Southeast Regional rankings, at No. 15.

The Liberty women's cross country team returned to this week's USTFCCCA Southeast Regional rankings, at No. 15.

After a weekend off competition, the Liberty men's cross country team remains No. 4 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Southeast Regional poll for the fourth week in a row. Meanwhile, the Lady Flames rejoin the Southeast Regional rankings at No. 15.

Prior to this season, head coach Brant Tolsma's Liberty men's cross country team had never been ranked higher than No. 4 in the Southeast Region. The Flames have been listed fourth in all four regional polls released so far in 2008. Redshirt sophomore Sam Chelanga (Nairobi, Kenya) has made an immediate impact in his first season of competition at Liberty, winning each of his first two races.

All three squads ranked ahead of Liberty—Virginia, N.C. State and William & Mary—also appear in the national rankings. The Flames will get a good gauge of their standing within the region this Saturday, when they travel to Terre Haute, Ind., for the Pre-Nationals. Liberty is one of seven teams currently listed among the Southeast Region's top 15 squads which is entered in either Saturday's white or blue 8K race.

Meanwhile, the Lady Flames, who had dropped out of the regional rankings last week, are listed No. 15 this week. Senior Rebekah Ricksecker (Laurel, Del.) has won the Big South Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week award twice in her first three races of the season, highlighting the team's efforts so far.

The Lady Flames will also participate in the Pre-Nationals on Saturday. Like the men's competition, seven of the 15 ranked teams in the Southeast Region will compete in Terre Haute, including top-ranked N.C. State. Liberty will not get to renew its rivalry with Big South foe Coastal Carolina this weekend, though. The Chanticleers, ranked No. 14 in the region, are not entered in this season's Pre-Nationals.

The Pre-Nationals will be contested at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, the site of the 2008 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. The women's and men's teams will be divided evenly, into two races each. The women's 6K blue race will get the day started at 11 a.m. Race assignments will be decided later in the week.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Men's Cross Country Regional Rankings
Southeast Region – Week 3
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

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