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Klugh Leads Way with 4th Place at ECAC XC
Liberty redshirt junior Jennifer Klugh closed out her stellar 2011 season in style Saturday morning at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. She placed fourth at the ECAC Division I Cross Country Championships, helping the Lady Flames finish eighth in the team standings. Meanwhile, the Flames also came in eighth at the IC4A Cross Country Championships, the season's final meet.
One of only seven runners to crack the 18:00 barrier on the renowned 5K course Saturday morning, Klugh contributed to Liberty's final women's team score of 198 points. Iona took home the ECAC women's title with 56 points, outdistancing runner-up La Salle's score of 83.
Sophomore Caleb Edmonds served as Liberty's No. 1 runner for the first time in his career, coming in 18th in the IC4A 5-mile championship. His performance helped the Flames place eighth of 17 squads with 219 points. Princeton ran away with the IC4A team championship trophy with just 50 points, finishing 71 markers in front of Albany.
ECAC Women's Race Recap
Klugh's official 5K time was 17:51 on Saturday, placing the Buckeye State native fourth out of 94 runners in the ECAC race. It marked the second-best placement of her career at an ECAC event, trailing Klugh's third-place finish in the mile at the 2011 ECAC Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Just four days removed from celebrating her 21st birthday, fellow junior Khristina Kanagy followed with a 35th-place finish in a time of 18:41. Freshman Jacy Christiansen made it three Lady Flames under the 19:00 mark, posting an 18:49 for 44th place.
Juniors Betel Yosef and Alyssa Allen closed out the Lady Flames' five scorers. Yosef ran a 19:17 for 55th place, while Allen stopped the clock in 19:32 for the 63rd spot.
Freshman Meredith Mistretta also picked up some valuable experience on Saturday, clocking a time of 20:15 and coming in 82nd.
IC4A Men's Race Recap
Competing in his home state, Edmonds led Liberty's tight 1-2-3 pack on the 5-mile course. Edmonds, David Ricksecker and Josh MacDonald were separated by just 13 seconds, paced by Edmonds' 25:30 clocking and 18th-place finish.
Ricksecker was 24th out of 154 entrants with a 25:43, while MacDonald posted the same time in 26th place.
Isaac Wendland came across the line in 26:11 for 66th place, 23 seconds before redshirt freshman Nate Jones became Liberty's fifth finisher. Jones' official time was 26:34 as he ended up 88th overall.
Big South champion Zac Edwards did not have his best race on Saturday, ending up 97th overall in a time of 26:54. Zach Barker closed out Liberty's team showing with a 124th-place finish in 27:34.