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Liberty Men's XC Moves Up to No. 9 in Region
On the heels of a solid eighth-place showing at Friday's prestigious Brooks Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa., the Liberty men's cross country team moved up one spot to ninth in this week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) Southeast Region poll.
Head coach Brant Tolsma's Flames have now been ranked all five weeks the regional poll has been released this season, topping out at No. 7 in the preseason listing. The top three teams in this week's poll remain unchanged, with Duke leading ACC foes N.C. State and Virginia.
Led by redshirt senior All-Americans Sam Chelanga and Evans Kigen, the Flames finished eighth out of 42 teams in Friday's men's gold 8K race. Chelanga won the race by 15 seconds in his 2010 season debut, while Kigen followed with an 11th-place finish, in a personal-best 24:09 clocking.
Liberty has this weekend off from competition, before returning to action Oct. 16 at Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind. The Flames will match up with many of the nation's top cross country programs that day, at the site of the 2010 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.
USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Southeast Region Cross Country Rankings
2) N.C. State
4) North Carolina
5) William & Mary
7) Eastern Kentucky
10) Wake Forest
11) Norfolk State
12) Virginia Tech
13) High Point
14) George Mason
15) Appalachian State