After a strong showing at Friday's Paul Short Run, the Liberty men's cross country team remains at No. 10 in the Southeast Region, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Furman maintains its hold on the No. 1 spot, but the Paladins are now followed by Virginia Tech (No. 2), Virginia (No. 3), Eastern Kentucky (No. 4) and NC State (No. 5).
Liberty placed sixth of 40 squads in the men's 8K gold race, marking the Flames' best team showing in Paul Short Run history. Liberty finished ahead of numerous regionally ranked opponents, highlighted by Georgia Tech (No. 4 South), Georgia (No. 5 South), Tennessee (No. 6 South), Army West Point (No. 5 Northeast) and UConn (No. 6 Northeast).
Junior Azaria Kirwa led the way for the Flames, finishing as the runner-up with the sixth-fastest 8K time in the meet's 44-year history, 23:31. Kirwa was one of five Liberty runners to clock times of 25:00 or faster and one of seven to break 25:30.
Kirwa was followed across the finish line by Nick Doan (39th, 24:16), Samuel Proctor (47th, 24:25), James Zentmeyer (65th, 24:31), Augostine Lisoreng (127th, 25:00), Benjamin Klemmeck (146th, 25:07) and Louis Paone (174th, 25:16).
Liberty will take this weekend off from competition before returning to action at Pre-Nationals on Oct. 14. The meet will be contested at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky., site of the 2017 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. The men's red seeded 8K, the first of the day's four races, will begin at 10 a.m.
USTFCCCA Division I Southeast Region Men's Cross Country Rankings 1) Furman 2) Virginia Tech 3) Virginia 4) Eastern Kentucky 5) NC State 6) Campbell 7) Charlotte 8) William & Mary 9) Kentucky 10) Liberty 11) Duke 12) Wake Forest 13) Morehead State 14) North Carolina 15) George Mason
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