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Men's Cross Country Sits No. 9 in Region
The Liberty men's cross country team is listed No. 9 in the Southeast Region, as announced this afternoon by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The Flames slipped two spots from their No. 7 preseason ranking, despite a solid showing at the season-opening Virginia Tech Cross Country Relays on Sept. 3. The region's top six teams remained unchanged, topped by the ACC trio of N.C. State (No. 1), Duke (No. 2) and Virginia (No. 3). Big South squad High Point also joined this week's rankings, in the No. 14 slot.
Liberty, resting All-Americans Sam Chelanga and Evans Kigen, still claimed two of the top three spots in the Virginia Tech Cross Country Relays. The tandem of freshman Josh MacDonald and junior David Ricksecker came in second overall, just one second behind Virginia Tech's victorious duo of Jason Cusack and Ryan Hagen. Brothers Caleb Edmonds and Josh Edmonds teamed up for a third-place finish, with Josh posting the fastest combined relay time of the day (21:11 for 7K).
The Flames will return to action Friday afternoon, at the Coastal Carolina Invitational. The men's 6K race is set to begin at 6:10 p.m. at Quail Creek Golf Club in Conway, S.C., following the women's 5K at 5:30.
USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Southeast Region Cross Country Rankings
1) N.C. State
4) North Carolina
5) William & Mary
7) Virginia Tech
8) Eastern Kentucky
10) George Mason
12) Norfolk State
14) High Point
15) Appalachian State