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Flames Earn No. 9 Ranking in Region

October 6, 2009
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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The men's cross country squad is ranked ninth in the region this week.

The men's cross country squad is ranked ninth in the region this week.

The Liberty men's cross country squad, which has been ranked as high as sixth this season, is listed ninth this week in the Southeast Region, according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).The Flames won the Hagan Stone Park Classic on Saturday with a perfect score of 15, taking the first six slots among collegiate athletes in the 8K event, held in Greensboro, N.C.

2008 NCAA National Cross Country runner-up Sam Chelanga made his 2009 debut Saturday, finishing first overall with a time of 24:45.

The Flames are preceded in the Southeast region by No. 1 William & Mary, No. 2 Virginia, No. 3 N.C. State, No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Virginia Tech, No. 6 Louisville, No. 7 Richmond and No. 8 Kentucky.

The Flames and Lady Flames are back in action Oct. 17, when both squads compete in the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind.

The meet is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.