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Klugh Recognized by ECAC

October 31, 2012
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Jennifer Klugh has been honored with a conference weekly award after each of her three cross country races this fall, including twice by the ECAC and once by the Big South.

After winning her third consecutive Big South women's cross country individual title, Liberty redshirt senior Jennifer Klugh has been recognized as ECAC Division I Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week.

This is the second time Klugh has won the ECAC Division I Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week award this fall, after previously garnering the honor on Sept. 18. The Buckeye State native was also named Big South Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week on Oct. 3.

Klugh had to work hard to win her third straight Big South title, after home course favorite Jeanne Stroud of Winthrop built an early lead of almost 20 seconds. In the end, Klugh came out victorious against a strong field of competitors, lowering her own 5K school record to 17:18.72 in the process. The next three runners to cross the finish line also broke or tied their respective school records.

The Big South Women's Runner of the Year, Klugh is the first Lady Flame ever to win three straight Big South women's cross country individual titles. No Big South runner had accomplished the feat since Coastal Carolina's Jolene Williams in 1997, 1998 and 1999. Additionally, Klugh is the first Liberty women's runner to make the All-Big South cross country team four times in her career.

Klugh's performance helped Liberty capture the Big South women's team title with a score of 40 points. That put the Lady Flames 32 points ahead of runner-up Coastal Carolina, giving Liberty its largest margin of victory at this meet since 1991.

For her career, Klugh finishes as a 10-time Big South individual champion, including cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field. She helped seven Liberty teams capture Big South titles, including three in cross country, three in indoor track & field and one in outdoor track & field.

Klugh and her teammates will return to action on Nov. 9, when they travel to Charlotte, N.C., for  the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Cross Country Championships at McAlpine Creek Park. The women's 6K race begins at noon, followed by the men's 10K at 1:15 p.m.

Klugh's goal will be to qualify for the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships for the first time in her career. She has come close each of the last two years, finishing 15th at the 2010 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Cross Country Championships and placing 20th a year ago.