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Klugh Named to USTFCCCA All-Academic Team

February 9, 2012
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Jennifer Klugh is a member of the USTFCCCA Division I Women's Cross Country All-Academic Team for the second year in a row.

Liberty redshirt junior Jennifer Klugh has earned a spot on the 2011 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I Women's Cross Country All-Academic Team for the second straight season.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 and have either earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region's top 15 (or top 10 percent) in 2011.

Klugh, a mathematics major with a 3.38 grade-point average, placed 20th at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championship to earn all-region honors for the second year in a row.

Klugh won the Big South women's cross country individual championship for the second consecutive season, defeating her nearest competitor by 17 seconds. The Buckeye State native became the first Big South women's runner to win back-to-back individual conference titles since Coastal Carolina's Anne Marie Moutsinga in 2002 and 2003.

At the Charlotte Invitational on Sept. 30, Klugh clocked a 5K time of 17:28.3, breaking Lori Lingenfelter's school record that had stood for 24 years. Her winning 5K clocking of 17:29 at the Big South meet was the second-fastest 5K effort in program history.

Klugh was previously named to the Big South All-Academic Team for women's cross country for the second straight year.

Klugh is currently in the midst of a strong track & field season. She has qualified for the ECAC meet in the mile, 3K and 5K, and leads the Big South Conference in all three events. On Friday, she will run the 5K at the Valentine Invitational in Boston, Mass.