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Liberty Men's XC Remains No. 15 in Southeast

September 19, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Liberty men's cross country team is ranked No. 15 in the Southeast Region for the second week in a row.

The Liberty men's cross country team is ranked No. 15 in the Southeast Region for the second week in a row.

The Liberty men's cross country team is ranked No. 15 in the Southeast Region for the second straight week, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The top four spots in this week's poll remained unchanged, including No. 1 Eastern Kentucky, No. 2 Virginia, No. 3 NC State and No. 4 Furman.

Competing in its second meet of the season, Liberty placed second of nine teams at Friday's VT Alumni Invite in Blacksburg, Va. The Flames scored 49 points, finishing ahead of three teams listed in last week's USTFCCCA regional rankings (Akron, ETSU and Ohio).

Three Flames placed in the top 14 of Friday's 8K race, including junior Cameron Francis (fifth place, 24:54.3), freshman Stanley Langat (seventh, 25:00.5) and redshirt senior Josh Showalter (14th, 25:11.0).

Liberty's next meet will be the Louisville Sports Commission Cross Country Classic, slated for Oct. 1 at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. The Flames will square off against several other ranked teams from the Southeast Region that day, including Virginia Tech (No. 5), Louisville (No. 6), Kentucky (No. 9) and Davidson (No. 13).

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