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Liberty Men's, Women's XC Teams Triumph at FGCU

September 7, 2019  Fort Myers, Fla.  RSS
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Felix Kandie (left) and Ryan Drew (right) finished 1-2 in the men's 8K at Saturday's FGCU Invitational.

Felix Kandie (left) and Ryan Drew (right) finished 1-2 in the men's 8K at Saturday's FGCU Invitational.

Liberty continued its strong start to the 2019 season at Saturday morning's FGCU Invitational. The Flames swept both the team and individual (Adelyn Ackley – women's and Felix Kandie – men's) titles at the Buckingham Course, which will host the 2019 ASUN Cross Country Championships in November.

For the second straight meet, the Lady Flames posted a 1-2-3-4 finish on their way to a near-perfect score of 16 points. Liberty topped runner-up South Florida by 48 points atop the four-team women's field.

Ackley won by a wide margin (57 seconds) with her winning 5K time of 17:42.27. Teammates Calli Parlier (second place, 18:39.27), Priscillah Kiplagat (third, 19:01.91) and Brittany Carnathan (fourth, 19:17.34) rounded out the top four.

Kandie's second consecutive individual victory paced the Flames' 1-2-3 showing. As a result, Liberty won the men's meet by a score of 25-42 over ASUN foe Stetson. Kandie crossed the 8K finish line in 26:41.89, followed closely by fellow Flames Ryan Drew (second, 26:45.07) and Joe Spitzer (third, 26:45.11).

Women's Team Results:
1) Liberty – 16
2) South Florida – 64
3) FGCU – 68
4) Stetson – 94

Men's Team Results:
1) Liberty – 25
2) Stetson – 42
3) FGCU – 71
4) South Florida – 94

Women's 5K Individual Results (37 Total Finishers):
1) Adelyn Ackley, Liberty – 17:42.27
2) Calli Parlier, Liberty – 18:39.27
3) Priscillah Kiplagat, Liberty – 19:01.91
4) Brittany Carnathan, Liberty – 19:17.34
5) Alexandra Weir, South Florida – 19:22.19
6) Katie MacDougall, Liberty – 19:34.51
7) Jamie Anderson, Liberty – 19:38.72
8) Naomi Armstrong, Liberty – 19:46.17
9) Jessica Rogers, Liberty – 19:47.86
11) Madeline Hebert, Liberty – 20:05.03
12) Madison MacPherson, Liberty – 20:15.29
14) Rebekah Leone, Liberty – 20:36.45
17) Sophia Jantomaso, Liberty – 20:42.39
19) Kyley Sorg, Liberty – 20:50.42
21) Emma Zealand, Liberty – 21:05.93
24) Lauren Peurifoy, Liberty – 21:12.77
25) Chelsea Stocki, Liberty – 21:15.70
27) Abby Orvis, Liberty – 21:17.89
28) Lauren Hirneisen, Liberty – 21:25.34

Men's 8K Individual Results (29 Total Finishers):
1) Felix Kandie, Liberty – 26:41.89
2) Ryan Drew, Liberty – 26:45.07
3) Joe Spitzer, Liberty – 26:45.11
4) Tristen Montalvo, Stetson – 26:56.74
5) Joseph Tolman, Stetson – 26:59.76
9) Nick Doan, Liberty – 27:19.84
10) Caleb Olson, Liberty – 27:20.96
12) Andrew Stanley, Liberty – 27:24.52
14) Benjamin Klemmeck, Liberty – 27:32.95
17) Jacob Underwood, Liberty – 27:45.80
23) Paul Squires, Liberty – 29:06.03

Race Reactions
• Saturday marked the first time the Liberty men's and women's teams posted first-place finishes at the same meet since the 2012 Big South Cross Country Championships on Oct. 27, 2012.

• Ackley has now won the first two races of her collegiate career by a total of 2:05.

• Parlier, the 2018 ASUN Freshman of the Year, made a successful sophomore season debut with her runner-up finish on Saturday.

• The Lady Flames featured eight of the top nine women's finishers and 11 of the top 14.

• This is the second straight season a Liberty men's runner has won his first two races of the year. Azaria Kirwa notched three straight first-place finishes to begin 2018.

• Competing in just his third collegiate cross country race, Spitzer placed third, crossing the line two places and 14 seconds ahead of reigning ASUN Freshman of the Week Joseph Tolman from Stetson.

• Spitzer was one of five Liberty freshmen to record top-10 finishes on Saturday, along with men's teammate Caleb Olson (10th place) and the Lady Flames' trio of Ackley (first place), Kiplagat (third) and Katie MacDougall (sixth).    

Up Next
Liberty will split up its runners between two different meets on Sept. 27, beginning with the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational in Earlysville, Va. The event will preview the course for the 2019 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships.

Other Liberty runners will compete in that day's Queen City Invite at the lightning-fast McAlpine Creek Park course in Charlotte, N.C.