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Guridy, Bowles Record Top-10 Finishes
Alicia Guridy and Taylor Bowles were two of the numerous Liberty cross country runners who finished their 2010 season on a positive note at Friday afternoon's Cavalier Open meet. Guridy placed sixth and Bowles was seventh in the women's 5K race at Panorama Farms.
No team scores were kept at the low-key meet, which featured only 81 total runners between the women's 5K and men's 8K. Redshirt sophomore Isaac Wendland was Liberty's top men's finisher, taking 11th place.
Guridy, a redshirt junior, missed a spot in the top five by less than a second, after being edged at the finish line by King College's Danielle Beauvais. Guridy's 5K time of 19:44.46 was only 1.5 seconds shy of her personal best. Meanwhile, Bowles clocked a season-best 20:01.20 for the seventh position in the women's field of 37 entrants.
The Lady Flames' No. 3, 4 and 5 finishers also ran their fastest times of the season on Friday. Amy Passauer took 17th place, in a time of 20:23.04 which set a personal best by nearly 20 seconds. Freshman Jessica Gass posted a 20:32.78 for 19th place, while classmate Meg Bowles' 20:59.83 put her in the 24th position.
Chenoa Freeman, a six-time All-Big South performer on the track, donned a Liberty uniform for the final time on Friday. Her last race resulted in a 21:34.75 clocking and a 29th-place finish.
On the men's side, Wendland followed up his 20th-place showing at the Big South Championship with another impressive performance on Friday. He posted a personal-best 8K time of 26:00.79, claiming 11th place out of 44 runners.
Freshmen Zach Barker and Jarred Cornfield finished back-to-back, in 21st and 22nd place, respectively. Barker notched a season-best 26:31.95, with Cornfield close behind in 26:36.15. Will Reeves was Liberty's final competitor in Friday's meet, coming in 36th in 28:06.08.
Although Friday's meet marked the end of the 2010 season for these 11 runners, Liberty's top seven men and top seven women will prepare for the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships on Nov. 13. The meet, which will determine the field of competitors for the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, will take place at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. The women's 6K in Louisville is set to begin at 10 a.m., with the men's 10K to follow at 11:15 a.m.