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Liberty XC to Return to Panorama Farms, Saturday

September 24, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty will compete in its second consecutive meet at Panorama Farms, Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.

Liberty will compete in its second consecutive meet at Panorama Farms, Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.

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Men's 8K Course Map

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After a prolonged break from competition, the Liberty men's and women's cross country teams will return to action at Saturday's Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational. The Flames and Lady Flames, who have not raced since Sept. 2, will face numerous nationally and regionally ranked opponents at Panorama Farms in Earlysville, Va.

The men's 8K race will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the women's 5K at 10:45.

How to Follow the Flames and Lady Flames
Live results will be available, courtesy of Flash Results, Inc., including in-race splits and team scores.

Additionally, periodic updates will be available by following the new Liberty track & field Twitter account, @Liberty_TF.

Weather Report
Autumn weather will be in place in Earlysville on Saturday, with a chance of rain showers and a high temperature in the low 60s.

Scouting the Competition – National Perspective
Both the men's and women's races at Panorama Farms will feature nationally ranked teams. The men's field is headlined by No. 9 Virginia, No. 18 Furman and No. 20 Eastern Kentucky. Meanwhile, No. 16 Virginia is the only nationally ranked women's team entered in the meet.

Scouting the Competition – Regional Perspective
This weekend marks the first opportunity for cross country teams to earn at-large points for qualification to the 2015 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. At-large points will certainly be up for grabs at Panorama Farms, with regionally ranked teams from five different regions set to compete on Saturday.

In the men's race, 10 of the 15 teams entered are ranked in their respective regions. These include Virginia (No. 1, Southeast), Furman (No. 2, Southeast), Eastern Kentucky (No. 3, Southeast), Oklahoma (No. 6, Midwest), Yale (No. 7, Northeast), Auburn (No. 8, South), High Point (No. 9, Southeast), Wake Forest (No. 10, Southeast), Butler (No. 11, Great Lakes) and Liberty (No. 15, Southeast).

Similarly, 10 of the 15 women's teams competing on Saturday are regionally ranked, including Virginia (No. 3, Southeast), Eastern Kentucky (No. 5, Southeast), Furman (No. 6, Southeast), Auburn (No. 7, South), Eastern Michigan (No. 7, Great Lakes), Oklahoma (No. 7, Midwest), Wake Forest (No. 9, Southeast), Bowling Green (No. 11, Great Lakes), Coastal Carolina (No. 11, Southeast) and Yale (No. 11, Northeast).

Scouting the Competition – Big South Perspective
Liberty will go head-to-head against its top Big South Conference rivals for the first time this season at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational. The top three teams in both the Big South men's (High Point, Liberty and Campbell) and women's (High Point, Liberty and Coastal Carolina) preseason polls will square off on Saturday.

Checking Out the Course
Liberty is certainly familiar with the looping, undulating terrain of Panorama Farms. The Flames and Lady Flames opened the 2015 season at the UVa Duals on Sept. 2 and will return to Panorama Farms for the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships on Nov. 13.

Redshirt junior Jeremie Bourget will be racing at Panorama Farms for the fifth time in his career on Saturday. He recorded an impressive 31st-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships at Panorama Farms.

Meanwhile, redshirt senior Caroline Parris can do Bourget two better. She will be racing at Panorama Farms for the seventh time in her career this weekend, but just the second time at the 5K distance. By the time Parris crosses the finish line on Saturday, she will have run more than 21 miles worth of races at Panorama Farms during her time at Liberty.

Looking Back at Last Year
The Liberty men's squad placed seventh of 12 teams at the 2014 Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational, defeating regionally ranked opponents William & Mary and Duke. The Flames were led by Josh MacDonald (20th place) and Sam Hibbs (29th place).

Meanwhile, the Lady Flames finished ninth a year ago, just ahead of eventual Big South champion High Point. Jacy Christiansen was named Big South Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week after her 23rd-place finish.

Noting the Newcomers
Newcomers took center stage for both the Liberty men's and women's cross country teams at the season-opening UVa Duals on Sept. 2. Freshman Ednah Kurgat won the women's 4K race by 14 seconds, with classmate Elizabeth Mulford following in 11th place.

In the men's 4K, freshman Azaria Kirwa placed second and earned Big South Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week honors. The next two Flames to cross the finish line (Luke Jelen, 11th place and James Zentmeyer, 12th place) were also making their Liberty cross country debuts.

Torree Scull, another of the Lady Flames' talented freshmen, will run her first collegiate cross country race on Saturday. She was the 2015 Illinois 3A state runner-up in the 1,600, clocking a personal-best time of 4:55.56.