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Jennifer KlughClass: R-Junior
Previous School: Highland HS
Hometown: Centerburg, Ohio
2010-11 (R-So.): Became Liberty's first Big South women's cross country individual champion since Heather Sagan in 2001, garnering Big South Women's Runner of the Year accolades … later tied for second in the voting for Big South Female Student-Athlete of the Year for all sports … also the first conference sophomore since 1995 to be voted Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women's cross country … came in 15th at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championship, garnering all-region honors … set the Liberty women's cross country 6K record with her 20:58 effort at the Brooks Paul Short Run and later improved it to 20:55.5 at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championship … paired with Khristina Kanagy to win at the season-opening Virginia Tech Cross Country Relays … two-time Big South Women's Runner of the Week (Oct. 6 & Oct. 20) … made both the USTFCCCA and Big South All-Academic teams for cross country … On the Track: Named Big South Women's Outstanding Track Performer, after scoring 28 points at the indoor conference meet … won both the Big South mile and 3K titles, before finishing second to teammate Dacia Bushman in the 5K … broke the Liberty and Big South indoor 5K records with her 16:56.14 at the Flotrack Husky Classic … placed third in the ECAC mile final … made the Big South All-Academic team for indoor track ... three-time Big South Women's Track Athlete of the Week indoors (Jan. 26, Feb. 17 & March 10) … outdoors, qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round in the 1,500 for the second consecutive year … scored 18 points at the Big South outdoor meet, thanks to winning the 1,500 title and finishing second behind teammate Dacia Bushman in the 5K … took ninth place in the ECAC 1,500 final, after running a personal-best time of 4:27.33 in the prelims … also lowered her outdoor 3K (9:52.44) and 5K (17:40.21) best times during the season … now ranks No. 2 in program history for the outdoor 3K … Awards Summary: Big South Runner of the Year (cross country) … Big South Women's Outstanding Track Performer (indoor track) … Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year (cross country) … one NCAA All-Region honor (cross country – 15th place) … four Big South individual titles (cross country, indoor mile, indoor 3K, outdoor 1,500) … six All-Big South honors (cross country – 1st place, indoor mile – 1st place, indoor 3K – 1st place, indoor 5K – 2nd place, outdoor 1,500 – 1st place, outdoor 5K – 2nd place) … five-time Big South Athlete of the Week … VaSID Academic All-State Team … USTFCCCA All-Academic Team (cross country) … Big South All-Academic Team (cross country and indoor track) … Big South Presidential Honor Roll.
2009-10 (R-Fr.): Served as Liberty's No. 2 runner during most of her first collegiate cross country campaign … her times improved each time she stepped to the starting line, until she ended the year with a 5K season best of 18:37 and a 6K best of 22:07.1 … ran the Lady Flames' fastest combined time on her two 2.5K legs at the Virginia Tech Cross Country Relay, 18:41.3 … her relay team, which also included Katie Albright, placed fourth overall in the season-opening meet … placed third in both of her races at Shady Oaks in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Big South Preview and the Big South Championship … closed her year with a 60th-place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship … On the Track: Notched a pair of runner-up finishes at the Big South indoor meet, in the mile and 3K … qualified for the ECAC indoor meet, where she took sixth place in the mile final … during the indoor season, joined Liberty's all-time top 10 in three events … those performances included the mile (4:54.13), 3K (10:07.46) and 5K (17:54.44) … carried her success over into the outdoor campaign … finished second in the Big South 5K and third in the 1,500, becoming the only Lady Flame to earn all-conference honors in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track in 2009-10 … finished 10th in the ECAC 1,500-meter final … ran the 1,500 at the first-ever NCAA Preliminary Round meet … led off for the second-fastest distance medley quartet in program history, which clocked 11:32.55 at the Penn Relays … joined three Liberty top 10 lists during the outdoor season, including the 3K (9:57.03), 1,500 (4:27.82) and 5K (17:53.43) … Awards Summary: Five All-Big South honors (cross country – 3rd place, indoor mile – 2nd place, indoor 3K – 2nd place, outdoor 1,500 – 3rd place, outdoor 5K – 2nd place) … USTFCCCA All-Academic Team (track & field) ... Big South Presidential Honor Roll.
2008-09 (Fr.): Redshirted her freshman cross country season … On the Track: Clocked a season-best 5:14.04 to finish sixth in the mile at the Big South indoor meet … also placed sixth in the Big South outdoor 1,500-meter final … closed her year with a season-best 1,500 time of 4:50.42 at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier … Awards Summary: Big South Presidential Honor Roll.
Prep: Five-time All-Ohio performer at Highland High School (three cross country, two track & field) … qualified for the Ohio Division II State Cross Country Championship all four years, placing 19th as a sophomore, fourth as a junior and seventh as a senior … at the 2007 Ohio Division II State Track & Field Championship, finished second in the 1,600 and third in the 3,200 … valedictorian of her high school class.
Personal: Daughter of Robert and Amy Klugh … majoring in mathematics with teacher licensure … birthday is Aug. 25.
Cross Country Personal Bests
5K: 17:28.3 - School Record
Sept. 30, 2011 – Charlotte Invitational
6K: 20:55.5 - School Record
Nov. 13, 2010 – NCAA Southeast Regional Championship
Track Personal Bests
1K: 3:04.12 (indoor)
Mile: 4:51.04 (indoor)
5K: 16:56.14 (indoor) - School Record
Big South Cross Country Championship (5K)
2009 (Winston-Salem, N.C.): 3rd place, 18:37 (All-Big South)
2010 (Blacksburg, Va.): 1st place, 17:54.33 (Big South Runner of the Year, All-Big South)
2011 (Conway, S.C.): 1st place, 17:29 (Big South Runner of the Year, All-Big South)
NCAA Southeast Regional Championship (6K)
2009 (Louisville, Ky.): 60th place, 22:07.1
2010 (Louisville, Ky.): 15th place, 20:55.5 (All-Region)
2011 (Louisville, Ky.): 20th place, 20:57.5 (All-Region)