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Big South Runner-up Liberty Ranked No. 12 in Southeast

October 31, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Liberty men's cross country team finished second at Friday's Big South Cross Country Championships.

The Liberty men's cross country team finished second at Friday's Big South Cross Country Championships.

On the heels of its Big South runner-up finish, the Liberty men's cross country team has matched its highest regional ranking of the 2016 season. The Flames are listed No. 12 in the Southeast Region, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

ACC squads own the top three positions in the Southeast Region, including Virginia (No. 1), NC State (No. 2) and Virginia Tech (No. 3).

Competing at Friday's Big South Cross Country Championships in Swannanoa, N.C., Liberty placed a close second to Campbell, 31-37. The tightest men's team battle at the Big South meet since 1995 resulted in the Flames' 14th consecutive top-two finish at the championship.

The Flames were paced by a quartet of All-Big South performers, in freshman Stanley Langat (third place, 25:32.17), sophomore Azaria Kirwa (fourth, 25:33.89), redshirt senior Josh Showalter (fifth, 25:37.68) and junior Cameron Francis (12th, 26:19.79). Langat was named Big South Freshman of the Year for his performance.

A group of Liberty runners will travel to Blacksburg, Va., for Friday's Hokie Open. Liberty's second meet at Virginia Tech this season will begin with a men's 6K at 4:30 p.m., followed by a women's 4K at 5:10.

Meanwhile, the Flames' top seven men's and women's competitors will prepare for the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships. The meet will be contested on Nov. 11 at Panorama Farms in Earlysville, Va., with the women's 6K beginning at 11 a.m. and the men's 10K following at noon.

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