Head coach Brant Tolsma (right) chats with freshman Stalline Kurgat.
After the Liberty men's and women's cross country teams both came away from the 2014 Big South Cross Country Championships with second-place finishes, Nick Pierce of the Liberty Flames Sports Network caught up with head coach Brant Tolsma to recap the meet.
The Liberty men's squad saw its conference-record streak of nine straight Big South men's cross country team titles snapped on Saturday in Boiling Springs, N.C., as High Point came away with a 27-52 victory over the Flames. Liberty was led by three All-Big South performers, in freshman Titus Koech (fourth place), junior Sam Hibbs (sixth place) and redshirt sophomore Josh Showalter (11th place).
The Lady Flames finished in the top two at the Big South Women's Cross Country Championship for the 11th consecutive season, placing just six points behind team champion High Point (67-73). Senior Jacy Christiansen became just the third Lady Flame ever to win the Big South women's cross country individual title, setting a new course-record 5K time of 17:37.64.
A small group of Flames and Lady Flames will compete at the Hokie Open, Friday afternoon in Blacksburg, Va. The men's 6K will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by the women's 4K at 5:10.
Liberty's top seven men's and women's runners will take this weekend off from competition, in preparation for the 2014 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships. The meet will be contested on Nov. 14 at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.