As the calendar winds down to the final days of 2015, the Liberty Flames Sports Network is looking back at the moments that made this athletics year special for Flames Nation.
The series continues today by looking at Moment No. 6, freshman Ednah Kurgat finishing 12th at the 2015 NCAA Women's Cross Country Championships on Nov. 21.
Kurgat made program history with her 12th-place finish in the women's 6K in the national championship event at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. She became the Lady Flames' first-ever NCAA Division I women's cross country All-American while clocking a program-record time of 20:06.7.
Kurgat, just the third Lady Flame ever to qualify for the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, ran inside the top 10 nearly the entire way on a breezy day in Louisville. The native of Eldoret, Kenya ended up 12th overall and fifth among freshmen in the field of 254 competitors, edging Josh McDougal (13th place in the 2004 men's race) for the highest placement ever by a Liberty freshman at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.
Despite falling during the race, Kurgat was able to improve significantly upon her own Liberty women's 6K cross country record time of 20:22.0. That mark was recorded during her previous visit to Louisville, in the Oct. 17 Pre-Nationals black race.
The Liberty Flames Sports Network will continue to countdown the top moments of 2015 when LibertyFlames.com reveals moment No. 5 next Monday.
Liberty Athletics Top Moments of 2015: No. 12 – Women's tennis sets program wins record with victory over Radford No. 11 – Softball's 10th inning victory over Coastal Carolina No. 10 – Consecutive 4-3 wins by men's tennis over Coastal Carolina and Presbyterian No. 9 – Baseball rallying for come-from-behind win over High Point on Senior Day No. 8 – Men's and women's track & field sweeps Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships titles No. 7 – Chris Turner's interception during the fourth quarter against Coastal Carolina No. 6 – Ednah Kurgat finishing 12th at the NCAA Women's Cross Country Championships No. 5 – Revealed on Dec. 28 No. 4 – Revealed on Dec. 29 No. 3 – Revealed on Dec. 30 No. 2 – Revealed on Dec. 31 No. 1 – Revealed on Jan. 1
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