Calli Parlier placed an impressive 41st at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships as a freshman a year ago.
Both the Liberty men's (No. 12) and women's (No. 13) cross country teams are ranked in the NCAA Southeast Region to open the 2019 season, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The men's squad placed sixth at last year's NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships, marking the Flames' best regional finish since 2008. Two of Liberty's top four finishers from that race are back, including redshirt senior Nick Doan (51st place) and redshirt sophomore Felix Kandie (61st). The Flames also add VMI transfer Ryan Drew, who came in 77th at the 2016 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships as a freshman.
Meanwhile, the Lady Flames garner their first regional ranking since Oct. 29, 2012, when they were listed No. 15. A year ago, Liberty came in 13th at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships, their loftiest regional placement since the 2010 season.
The Lady Flames' top four finishers from last year's regional meet return, headlined by junior Noel Palmer (18th place). Sophomores Calli Parlier (41st) and Emma Bower (113rd) are also back, along with junior Lauren Hirneisen (117th).
Liberty will open the 2019 season at home, playing host to the Liberty Challenge, Friday afternoon at the Liberty Cross Country Course. The women's 4K will begin at 5 p.m. with the men's 4K to follow at 5:30.
This year's NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships will be hosted by Virginia at Panorama Farms in Earlysville, Va., on Nov. 15.
USTFCCCA Men's Cross Country Southeast Region Rankings - Preseason 1) NC State 2) Virginia 3) Eastern Kentucky 4) Virginia Tech 5) Furman 6) Wake Forest 7) Duke 8) Charlotte 9) North Carolina 10) William & Mary 11) Charleston Southern 12) Liberty 13) Kentucky 14) Louisville 15) Richmond
USTFCCCA Women's Cross Country Southeast Region Rankings - Preseason 1) NC State 2) Furman 3) Duke 4) Wake Forest 5) Virginia Tech 6) Virginia 7) Richmond 8) Kentucky 9) Eastern Kentucky 10) North Carolina 11) Louisville 12) Clemson 13) Liberty 14) High Point 15) George Mason
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