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Liberty Garners Big South Men's Cross Country Team Sportsmanship Award

December 6, 2006
|  Charlotte, N.C.
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Liberty celebrates its second-straight Big South title.

Liberty celebrates its second-straight Big South title.

Liberty has been honored as the 2006 recipient of the Big South Conference's Team Sportsmanship Award for men's cross country, it was announced today by Big South Commissioner Kyle B. Kallander. The Lady Flame harriers received the same distinction on Tuesday. 

Coach Brant Tolsma's Flames, which won its second-straight New Balance Big South Men's Cross Country Championship in November, received six first-place votes and 20 points. High Point and VMI shared second place in the voting with 10 points apiece. 

The team awards are voted on by Big South student-athletes and are awarded at the end of each competitive season. Teams cannot vote for themselves. 

"The Big South Conference places great emphasis on the values of sportsmanship and fair play," said Kallander. "The creation of these awards appropriately recognizes those student-athletes and coaches within the conference that are leaders in exemplifying these values." 

The Liberty cross country teams have now captured three out of four Big South Conference Team Sportsmanship Awards since the program was instituted at the beginning of the 2005-06 athletic season.