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Flames Earn No. 15 Regional Ranking

October 20, 2009
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The Liberty men's cross country team is ranked 15th in the Southeast Region this week.

The Liberty men's cross country team is ranked 15th in the Southeast Region this week.

The Liberty men's cross country squad, which has been ranked as high as sixth this season, is listed 15th in the Southeast Region this week, according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

On Saturday, the Flames competed in the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind., where Liberty runner Sam Chelanga finished second overall, clocking a time of 23:34.6 in the 8K white race.

Chelanga led the entire way until Stanford's Chris Derrick passed him on the final straightaway for the win.

Evans Kigen was the second Liberty runner to finish, coming in 57th in the field of 237 runners, with a time of 24:38.2.

No. 1 Stanford won the event with 47 points, while the Flames finished 29th out of 35 teams.

Virginia Tech is ranked first in the Southeast Region, followed by William & Mary, Duke, Louisville and N.C. State in the top five.

The Flames and Lady Flames are back in action Oct. 31, when both squads compete in the Big South Championship in Winston-Salem, N.C. The meet is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Liberty will be seeking its fifth consecutive Big South men's cross country title.