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Chelanga Named Big South Runner of the Week

October 21, 2009
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Sam Chelanga is this weeke's Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week.

Sam Chelanga is this weeke's Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week.

Liberty's Sam Chelanga was named this week's Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week.

The redshirt junior from Nairobi, Kenya, finished second in the white race at the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday.

He clocked a time of 23:34.6 on the soggy 8K course, which was the second-best time out of 475 runners on the day, representing 20 nationally-ranked teams. Chelanga led the entire way, before Stanford's Chris Derrick passed him on the final straightaway for the win.

Chelanga, the 2008 NCAA national cross country runner-up, is gearing up for the Big South Championship, which will be held on Oct. 31 in Winston-Salem, N.C. Last season, Chelanga was the Big South individual champion, helping the Liberty men's team win its fourth straight conference title.