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Edwards Tabbed ECAC Men's XC Runner of Week
For the second time this season, Liberty redshirt junior Zac Edwards has been tabbed the ECAC Division I Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week. He captured the award after winning the individual title at Saturday's Big South Cross Country Championships.
The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) is the nation's largest athletic conference, consisting of 88 Division I schools primarily along the East Coast. Along with the Big South, the ECAC also features members from such conferences as the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), BIG EAST, the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and the Ivy League.
Edwards' third consecutive victory this season came in impressive fashion. He set a new 8K course record at Coastal Carolina's Quail Creek Golf Club with his 23:56 clocking. Edwards finished 18 seconds ahead of race runner-up Jacob Smith from High Point.
Edwards enabled the Flames to extend a pair of impressive streaks. Liberty became the first Big South men's cross country team ever to win seven straight conference championships, and Edwards is the Flames' eighth straight men's individual Big South titlist.
Edwards' time of 23:56 was the third-fastest ever by a Liberty men's runner at the Big South Championship. Flames assistant coach Josh McDougal (23:49 in 2004) and two-time NCAA national cross country champion Sam Chelanga (23:50 in 2009) are the only two names ahead of Edwards on the list.
Edwards will now try to qualify for the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships for the third time in his collegiate career, after representing Alabama in 2008 and South Alabama in 2009.
The NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships, which will determine the qualifiers for the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, are set for Nov. 12 in Louisville, Ky. The men's 10K race will begin at 10 a.m., with the women's 6K scheduled to go off at 11:15.