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Liberty Men's XC Climbs to No. 10 in Southeast

October 19, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Liberty men's cross country team moved up to No. 10 in the Southeast Region, heading into the 2015 Big South Cross Country Championships.

The Liberty men's cross country team moved up to No. 10 in the Southeast Region, heading into the 2015 Big South Cross Country Championships.

Thanks to its victory in Saturday's Pre-Nationals black race, the Liberty men's cross country team has climbed two places to No. 10 in the Southeast Region, as announced today by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Virginia continues to top the regional rankings, followed by Furman and NC State.

Three Big South teams are ranked in the Southeast Region for the second straight poll, including No. 10 Liberty, No. 11 Campbell and No. 12 High Point.

The Flames scored 159 points to top the 31-team field in Saturday's Pre-Nationals 8K black race in Louisville, Ky. It marked Liberty's first men's cross country team victory since the 2013 Big South Cross Country Championships.

Three Liberty runners placed inside the top 20 and four Flames ran sub-25:00 8K times, including freshman Azaria Kirwa (10th place, 24:15.1), sophomore Cameron Francis (15th place, 24:22.7), redshirt junior Jeremie Bourget (20th place, 24:34.0) and redshirt junior Josh Showalter (42nd place, 24:51.7).

Liberty's next meet will be the 2015 Big South Cross Country Championships, Oct. 31 in Spartanburg, S.C. The men's 8K will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by the women's 5K at 11:30, with both races taking place at the Milliken Center.

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