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Ricksecker Named Big South Runner of Week
It has been a week of firsts for Liberty redshirt senior David Ricksecker. After earning his first collegiate cross country individual victory on Friday, he has been named the ECAC Division I Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week and now the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week in back-to-back days. Both honors are the first of his collegiate career.
Ricksecker is the third different Liberty runner to be tabbed Big South Runner of the Week this season. Ngetich Kipchirchir was the Big South Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week on Sept. 19, while Jennifer Klugh was recognized as the Big South Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week on Oct. 3.
Ricksecker's victory came in the Royal Cross Country Challenge men's 8K race, Friday afternoon at McAlpine Park in Charlotte, N.C., in a personal-best time of 24:07.6. It was the first time a Liberty men's cross country runner has won a race since Zac Edwards took home the title at the 2011 Big South Cross Country Championships.
Ricksecker was followed closely by teammates Caleb Edmonds, Ngetich Kipchirchir and Jeremie Bourget in second, third and fourth places, respectively. As a result, the Flames notched a resounding victory in the men's team standings with only 19 points. Liberty's first men's cross country meet title of the 2012 season came by 61 points over runner-up Western Carolina.
Ricksecker will now attempt to become just the 12th men's runner in program history to earn three All-Big South cross country honors during his career. In the process, he will try to lead Liberty to its unprecedented eighth consecutive Big South men's cross country team championship.
The 2012 Big South Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships will be contested on Oct. 27 in Rock Hill, S.C. The meet will be hosted by Winthrop at the Winthrop Coliseum and Farm. The women's 5K championship will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by the men's 8K at 11:30.