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Kurgat Tabbed ECAC XC Rookie of the Week

October 21, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Ednah Kurgat was named the ECAC Division I Women's Cross Country Rookie of the Week after clocking a Liberty 6K record time of 20:22.0 at Pre-Nationals on Saturday.

Ednah Kurgat was named the ECAC Division I Women's Cross Country Rookie of the Week after clocking a Liberty 6K record time of 20:22.0 at Pre-Nationals on Saturday.

After breaking her second program record in as many races, Liberty freshman Ednah Kurgat has been named the ECAC Division I Women's Cross Country Rookie of the Week.

Kurgat was the Pre-Nationals women's 6K black race runner-up on Saturday, clocking a Liberty 6K record time of 20:22.0 at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. Combining all three of the Pre-Nationals women's races, Kurgat recorded the 16th-fastest time out of 674 women, including second among freshmen.

Kurgat crossed the line just 4.7 seconds behind black race champion Allie Buchalski of Furman for the Lady Flames' best-ever finish in a Pre-Nationals race. Liberty's previous best was 11th place by Jacy Christiansen in the 2014 Pre-Nationals white race.

Kurgat's time of 20:22.0 broke the previous Liberty 6K record of 20:35.78, set by Jennifer Klugh at the 2012 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships in Charlotte, N.C. It was Kurgat's second school record in as many races, after her 17:11.1 5K effort at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational on Sept. 26.

Kurgat and the rest of the Flames and Lady Flames are preparing for 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.