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Women's Harriers Win BSC Sportsmanship Award

December 23, 2008
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The Liberty women's cross country team has won the Big South Team Sportsmanship three of the past four seasons.

The Liberty women's cross country team has won the Big South Team Sportsmanship three of the past four seasons.

For the third time in the past four seasons, the Liberty women's cross country team has captured the Big South Team Sportsmanship Award, as voted on by the conference's student-athletes.

The Lady Flames, coached by Brant Tolsma, also earned the award in 2005 and 2006. They were one of three Liberty squads to capture Big South Team Sportsmanship Awards on Tuesday, joining the volleyball and women's soccer teams. Liberty has now earned a Big South-best 19 team sportsmanship awards since the program was instituted in the fall of 2005.

The Liberty women's cross country team nearly won its third straight Big South title, finishing one point behind Coastal Carolina in second place. The Lady Flames were led by senior Rebekah Ricksecker (Laurel, Del.), who was the Big South runner-up and earned all-region honors as a result of her 11th-place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships.

At the conclusion of the 2008-09 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 three years.