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February 3, 2011
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Josh MacDonald will compete in the USA Cross Country Championships in his home state of California on Saturday.

Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup live results

Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup schedule


New Balance Indoor Grand Prix official website


New Balance Indoor Grand Prix live results


USA Cross Country Championships official website


USA Cross Country Championships live video streaming


Liberty track & field athletes will be spread from coast to coast this Saturday, competing at three different venues. Most of the team will participate in the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup in University Park, Pa. Meanwhile, Sam Chelanga will head to Boston for the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix and freshmen Caleb Edmonds and Josh MacDonald will race in the USA Cross Country Championships in San Diego.

How to Follow the Flames
Penn State will have live results available throughout the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup.

Live results will also be available for the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, courtesy of Flash Results, Inc. Additionally, the New Balance meet will be taped and aired on ESPN2 Sunday, between 2-4 p.m.

As for the USA Cross Country Championships, the website RunnerSpace.com will provide live video streaming of all races on Saturday. Edmonds and MacDonald will compete in the junior men's 8K at 3:30 p.m. Eastern.

Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup Preview
This will be Liberty's fourth consecutive appearance at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup, hosted by Penn State at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track. This year, the meet has been condensed from a two-day event into a full Saturday of activity.

Set for a 9 a.m. start, the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup will be the Flames' first team-scored meet this season. Liberty's best-ever men's team finish at the event was third place in 2009. The Lady Flames placed ninth in both 2008 and 2010.

The full list of competing teams is unavailable at this time, but the host Nittany Lions will be a force to be reckoned with. Penn State's men's squad is ranked No. 9 nationally, while the women's team sits at No. 19.

Anthony Bryant, the reigning Big South Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week, is entered in both the men's high jump and triple jump on Saturday. He won the high jump title at the 2009 Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup, equaling the school record of 7-1.5 in the process.

The reigning Big South Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week, Christina Mitchell, will also compete in a pair of events at Penn State. The junior is entered in the 60-meter hurdles and high jump.

Liberty should fare well in both the mid-distance and distance events. Redshirt seniors Evans Kigen and Josh Edmonds will both run their first 3K of the season on Saturday. For Kigen, it will be his first race since earning All-America honors at the 2010 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on Nov. 22.

On the women's side, Jennifer Klugh will run her indoor specialty event, the mile, for the first time this year. She has already notched personal-best times and ECAC qualifiers in the 3K and 5K this season, and will now aim to improve upon her mile personal best of 4:54.13.

New Balance Indoor Grand Prix
The second meet in the Visa Championship Series, the New Balance will take place inside the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston Saturday, starting at 5 p.m. The meet features notable entrants such as Alan Webb, Jenny (Barringer) Simpson and Jenn Suhr.

Chelanga will complete in the New Balance Men's 3K at 7:10 p.m. against a talented field of professionals, including Mo Farah of Great Britain and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia. Farah was the 2010 European Champion in both the 5K and 10K and owns a personal-best time of 7:34 in the 3K. Gebremeskel, ranked No. 7 in the world in the 5K last year, has clocked a 7:44 3K.

Chelanga will look to improve upon his 3K personal-best effort of 7:57.85 and give chase to Josh McDougal's school record of 7:53.16 set in 2006. In his first two races of the season, Chelanga has clocked a personal-best time of 4:03.84 in the mile and run a world-leading 13:41.35 in the 5K.

Watch Chelanga's pre-race interview below, courtesy of RunnerSpace.com.

USA Cross Country Championships
Many of the USA's top distance runners not competing in Boston will head to Mission Bay Park in San Diego, Calif., for Saturday's USA Cross Country Championships. They will attempt to qualify for the Team USA squad which will compete at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Punta Umbria, Spain.

Edmonds and MacDonald are entered in the junior men's 8K at 3:30 p.m. The race includes a mixture of collegiate athletes, as it is open to anyone who is 19 years old or younger in 2011.

The top six finishers in the junior men's race will qualify for the World Cross Country Championships, like Edmonds' older brother Josh Edmonds did in 2007. They will also have the option of competing in the North American, Central American & Caribbean (NACAC) Cross Country Championships, Feb. 19 in Tobago.

Edmonds and MacDonald will see a familiar face in San Diego, High Point's Patrick Crawford. He was tabbed Big South Men's Cross Country Freshman of the Year, after finishing sixth at the conference meet. MacDonald was the second-fastest freshman in that race, placing 11th.

Other collegiate competitors to watch include Erik Olson of Stanford and the Oklahoma State duo of Kirubel Erassa and Matthew McElroy. Olson placed 11th at the Pac-10 Cross Country Championships, while Erassa and McElroy were highly-touted freshman recruits on Oklahoma State's national championship-winning team.

Top high school entrants include Craig Lutz, Ammar Moussa and Ryan Urie, who placed third, fourth and seventh, respectively, at the 2010 Nike Cross Nationals. Moussa, who hails from Arcadia, Calif., is the top returnee from the junior men's race at the 2010 USA Cross Country Championships. He placed sixth in last year's race, earning a trip to the World Championships.