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Liberty XC Returns to Action at UVA, Queens

September 25, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty XC Returns to Action at UVA, Queens

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The Liberty men's and women's cross country teams will compete for the first time in three weeks, sending runners to two different meets on Friday. A majority of the Flames and Lady Flames will race in the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational Friday morning in Earlysville, Va., while a group of Lady Flames will head to Charlotte, N.C., for Friday afternoon's Queen City Invite.

The Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the men's 8K. The women's 6K will follow at 10:15.

The Queen City Invite women's 5K is set for a 5 p.m. start Friday afternoon.

Who's Heading Where?
Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational Men's 8K Entries: Nick Doan, Ryan Drew, Felix Kandie, Benjamin Klemmeck, Caleb Olson, Joe Spitzer, Paul Squires, Andrew Stanley, Jacob Underwood

Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational Women's 6K Entries: Adelyn Ackley, Jamie Anderson, Naomi Armstrong, Emma Bower, Brittany Carnathan, Madeline Hebert, Priscillah Kiplagat, Katie MacDougall, Madison MacPherson, Calli Parlier, Jessica Rogers, Kyley Sorg

Queen City Invite Women's 5K Entries: Lauren Hirneisen, Sophia Jantomaso, Rebekah Leone, Abby Orvis, Bethany Park, Lauren Peurifoy, Vivian Reed, Heidi Smith, Chelsea Stocki, Emma Zealand

How to Follow the Flames and Lady Flames
Live results will be available during the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational, courtesy of Flash Results.

Periodic updates from the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational will be posted to the Liberty Track & Field/Cross Country Twitter account, @Liberty_XCTF.

Weather Report
Friday morning's forecast for Earlysville, Va., calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 60s and lower 70s.

Friday afternoon's weather in Charlotte is expected to be mostly sunny with a chance of thunderstorms and a high around 90 degrees.

Checking Out the Courses
The Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational will be contested at Panorama Farms in Earlysville, Va. The same course will later play host to the 2019 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships on Nov. 15.

Liberty will be racing at the undulating Panorama Farms course for the first time since the 2017 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships (Nov. 10, 2017). Nick Doan and Ryan Drew are the only Flames scheduled to compete on Friday who boast previous race experience at Panorama Farms.

The Queen City Invite will take place at the lightning-fast McAlpine Creek Park course. At last year's Queen City Invite, Noel Palmer set the Liberty women's cross country 5K school record with her winning time of 17:09.

The following Lady Flames who are entered in Friday's Queen City Invite recorded their personal-best 5K times at McAlpine Creek Park a year ago: Lauren Hirneisen (18:26), Sophia Jantomaso (18:32), Rebekah Leone (19:20) and Heidi Smith (18:50).

Scouting the Competition
Liberty will face its strongest competition of the young season at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational. Ten of the 16 men's teams entered are regionally ranked, while host Virginia is listed No. 22 nationally. On the women's side, nine of the 18 squads appear in this week's regional rankings, with Michigan State coming in at No. 11 in the nation.

The Liberty men's squad enters the meet at No. 13 in the Southeast Region. On Friday, they will face five other teams who appear in this week's Southeast Region rankings, including Virginia (No. 2), Wake Forest (No. 7), Charlotte (No. 8), William & Mary (No. 11) and Kentucky (No. 15).

Similarly, the Lady Flames will have an opportunity to improve upon their No. 12 regional ranking when they face Virginia (No. 7), Richmond (No. 8), Kentucky (No. 9) and High Point (No. 15).

The Lady Flames who compete at the Queen City Invite will face opponents from several Division I schools, including Coastal Carolina and James Madison. However, a large portion of the competitors will hail from Division II, Division III and NAIA institutions.

2 For 2
Freshman Adelyn Ackley has opened her collegiate career by winning her first two races (Liberty Challenge and FGCU Invitational) by an average of more than a minute per race. On Friday, she will race the 6K distance for the first time after beginning the year with a 4K and a 5K. Ackley will be challenged by a field headlined by All-Americans Jessica Pascoe (Florida) and Hannah Steelman (Wofford).

On the men's side, redshirt sophomore Felix Kandie has built upon his 2019 track & field season which saw him earn All-America honors in the steeplechase. He was victorious at both the Liberty Challenge and FGCU Invitational for the first two cross country individual wins of his collegiate career. On Friday, Kandie will square off against Morgan Beadlescomb of Michigan State, the squad from nationally-ranked Virginia and others.

Only two Liberty runners have ever notched top-10 finishes at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational. Josh MacDonald placed ninth in the men's race in 2013, while Ednah Kurgat came in seventh in the women's race in 2015.

Team Titles
Liberty swept the men's and women's team titles at the FGCU Invitational on Sept. 7. It marked the first time both the Flames and Lady Flames claimed team championships at the same meet since the 2012 Big South Cross Country Championships.

The Lady Flames finished 1-2-3-4 for the second straight meet, with Adelyn Ackley, Calli Parlier, Priscillah Kiplagat and Brittany Carnathan claiming the top four spots. Meanwhile, the Flames' trio of Felix Kandie, Ryan Drew and Joe Spitzer produced a 1-2-3 finish in the men's race.

Liberty's best-ever team showings at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational are fifth place in the 2011 men's race and fifth place in the 2012 women's race.

Up Next
Liberty only has one meet scheduled for the month of October. The Flames and Lady Flames will compete in the Pre-National Invitational, Oct. 19 at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind. The meet will preview the course for the 2019 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships and will feature a number of the nation's best teams and individuals.