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Liberty Men's XC Remains No. 10 in SE Region

September 15, 2014  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty remains ranked No. 10 in the Southeast Region this week.

Liberty remains ranked No. 10 in the Southeast Region this week.

After finishing second at Saturday's Gardner-Webb XC Invitational, the Liberty men's cross country team remained at No. 10 in the Southeast Region, as announced today by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The top 10 teams from the preseason regional poll remain unchanged. N.C. State continues to lead the way in the Southeast Region, followed by Virginia, defending regional champion Eastern Kentucky, North Carolina and William & Mary.

High Point, which checks in at No. 9 in the Southeast Region, claimed the Gardner-Webb XC Invitational men's team title on Saturday with 28 points. Liberty totaled 49 points for second place, as all six Flames finished inside the top 18 at the course which will play host to the 2014 Big South Cross Country Championships.

Freshman Titus Koech made an impressive collegiate debut, pacing the Flames and placing third overall in an 8K time of 25:46.04. He was joined in the top 10 by junior Sam Hibbs, who came in fifth with a 25:50.38 clocking.

Liberty's next meet will be the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational, set for Sept. 26 at Panorama Farms in Earlysville, Va. The women's 6K will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the men's 8K race at 11 a.m.

The Flames will face a number of regional rivals that day, including Virginia (No. 2 in the Southeast Region), William & Mary (No. 5), Duke (No. 8), High Point (No. 9), Wake Forest (No. 13) and Clemson (No. 14).

USTFCCCA Division I Southeast Region Men's Cross Country Rankings
1) N.C. State
2) Virginia
3) Eastern Kentucky
4) North Carolina
5) William & Mary
6) Virginia Tech
7) Louisville
8) Duke
9) High Point
10) Liberty
11) Kentucky
12) Furman
13) Wake Forest
14) Clemson
15) VMI