(L-R): Augostine Lisoreng, James Zentmeyer and Samuel Proctor all earned All-Big South honors for the Big South runner-up Flames on Saturday.
The Big South runner-up Liberty men's cross country team is ranked No. 9 in the Southeast Region this week, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Southern Conference champion Furman maintained its hold on the No. 1 spot in the Southeast Region, followed by ACC runner-up Virginia Tech (No. 2), ACC third-place finisher NC State (No. 3), ACC fourth-place finisher Virginia (No. 4) and Big South champion Campbell (No. 5).
Hosting the Big South Cross Country Championships for the first time since 2008 on Saturday, Liberty finished just four points (38-42) behind national No. 28 Campbell in the men's team standings. The Flames came in second for the fourth consecutive season and have now recorded 15 straight top-two placements at the Big South meet.
For the first time since 2005, five Liberty men's runners made the All-Big South team. The Flames' honorees included junior Azaria Kirwa (second place), redshirt sophomore James Zentmeyer (seventh place), redshirt senior Samuel Proctor (10th), freshman Augostine Lisoreng (11th) and senior Graham Hansel (12th).
A small group of Flames and Lady Flames will travel to Blacksburg, Va., on Friday for the Hokie Open. The men's 6K will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by the women's 4K at 5:10.
Meanwhile, Liberty's top seven men's and women's runners will prepare for the 2017 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships. The qualifying meet for the 2017 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships will take place on Nov. 10 at Panorama Farms in Earlysville, Va. The women's 6K will go off at 10:30 a.m., followed by the men's 10K at 11:30.
USTFCCCA Division I Southeast Region Men's Cross Country Rankings 1) Furman 2) Virginia Tech 3) NC State 4) Virginia 5) Campbell 6) Charlotte 7) Eastern Kentucky 8) William & Mary 9) Liberty 10) Kentucky 11) Wake Forest 12) Morehead State 13) Duke 14) North Carolina 15) Appalachian State