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Cavalier Open Next for Liberty XC
While many of Liberty's cross country runners take this weekend off from competition, other Flames and Lady Flames will wrap up their 2010 campaign at Friday's Cavalier Open in Charlottesville, Va.
Approximately 10 Liberty harriers are expected to toe the line at Panorama Farms in the low-key, non-team scored meet. The gun for the men's 8K race is scheduled to go off at 4 p.m., with the women's 5K race to follow at 4:45.
Men's Tentative Lineup
Women's Tentative Lineup
The weather could be a bit cool for some runners' liking Friday afternoon in Charlottesville. The high temperature is forecasted at 56 degrees, under partly cloudy skies.
Previewing Panorama Farms
The cross country course at Panorama Farms has played host to some big meets in recent years. Most notably, it served as the venue for both the 2006 and 2007 ACC Cross Country Championships.
While not pancake flat, the course has yielded some outstanding times over the years, as evidenced by the facility records. The women's 5K record is 16:59 and the 6K standard is 20:13. On the men's side, the mark formerly held by Liberty's Josh McDougal has now been lowered to 23:16.
Coming Back to Charlottesville
Five Lady Flames competed in the 2009 Cavalier Open, Nov. 6 at Panorama Farms. Leading the way was Erica Scripa, who came in 17th with a 5K time of 19:31. Two of Liberty's other competitors that day are expected to return to Charlottesville for Friday's race.
Taylor Bowles was 26th a year ago in 20:05 and Amy Passauer took 37th place in 21:02.
No Liberty men's runners have raced at Panorama Farms since the Lou Onesty Invitational on Sept. 9, 2006. Josh McDougal's winning 8K time of 24:14.5 set a course record at the time and led the Flames to the team title.
Josh Edmonds is the only current Flame who raced that day, placing 19th in 25:57.0 in his collegiate cross country debut. However, Edmonds will forego Friday's race to prepare for next weekend's NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships in Louisville, Ky.
What Will They Do For an Encore?
Three Liberty runners entered in the Cavalier Open helped Liberty capture the men's team title at Saturday's Big South Cross Country Championships in Blacksburg, Va. Isaac Wendland came in 20th, Jarred Cornfield was 25th and Will Reeves crossed the line 32nd.
A Fond Farewell to Freeman
Friday's race will mark Chenoa Freeman's final appearance in a Liberty uniform, closing out her stellar career. The Lincoln, Del., native joined the women's cross country team this season, after four standout years on the track.
The 200/400-meter dash specialist earned six All-Big South honors during her career and helped the Lady Flames win the 4 x 400 relay at the 2008 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships. Her name appears in the Liberty track & field record book five times, including the indoor 300 (39.55) and 4 x 400 relay (3:47.16), as well as the outdoor 4 x 200 (1:37.99), 4 x 400 (3:41.00) and distance medley (11:30.56) relays.