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Liberty Men's XC Jumps to No. 9 in SE Region

September 28, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Liberty men's cross country team is ranked a season-high No. 9 in the Southeast Region.

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

Thanks to a solid showing at Saturday's Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational, the Liberty men's cross country team climbed to a season-high No. 9 in the Southeast Region, as announced today by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Virginia retained its No. 1 ranking within the Southeast Region by winning its home invitational. Furman remains at No. 2, while NC State moved up to No. 3 this week.

The Flames tied with High Point for ninth place out of 15 men's teams at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational. The Panthers were ranked No. 9 in last week's Southeast Region poll. Liberty also finished ahead of Wake Forest, which was previously listed No. 10 in the region.

Liberty placed three runners inside the top 40 of Saturday's 8K race, including freshman Azaria Kirwa (28th place), redshirt junior Jeremie Bourget (37th) and redshirt junior Josh Showalter (40th).

Liberty will be back in action on Saturday, traveling to Spartanburg, S.C., for the Upstate Invitational/Big South Preview. The meet will be contested at the Milliken Center, site of the 2015 Big South Cross Country Championships, with the women's 5K starting at 9 a.m. and the men's 8K following at 9:45.

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