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Liberty Men's XC Climbs to No. 9 in Southeast

September 29, 2014  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Liberty men's cross country team is ranked a season-best No. 9 in the Southeast Region this week.

The Liberty men's cross country team is ranked a season-best No. 9 in the Southeast Region this week.

Thanks to victories over regional foes William & Mary, Wake Forest, Duke and Clemson at Friday's Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational, the Liberty men's cross country team moved up to a season-high No. 9 in today's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Southeast Region poll.

Virginia, which claimed victory at its home invitational, moved past NC State for the No. 1 spot in the Southeast Region. Meanwhile, Furman jumped all the way from No. 12 to No. 3 after finishing second at UVa on Friday.

Liberty placed seventh out of 12 squads at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational with 190 points. For the first time this season, redshirt senior Josh MacDonald was the Flames' No. 1 runner, placing 20th overall in 24:39.15 on the 8K course. Junior Sam Hibbs (29th place) and freshman Titus Koech (40th) rounded out the Flames' top three on the day.

The Flames and Lady Flames will race in two different states on Saturday. A number of athletes will preview the course for the 2014 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships at the Greater Louisville Classic, contested at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. Other runners will race in the Hagan Stone Classic in Greensboro, N.C.

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