Freshman Stanley Langat paced the Flames with a 27th-place finish in Saturday's Louisville Sports Commission Cross Country Classic men's 8K gold race.
Freshman Stanley Langat fashioned the most impressive performance of his young collegiate career, placing 27th in the men's 8K gold race at Saturday's Louisville Sports Commission Cross Country Classic at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park.
Langat's effort helped Liberty place 12th of 33 men's teams with 382 points, just nine tallies behind 10th-place Davidson. Grand Valley State, ranked No. 2 nationally among Division II teams, took home the men's gold race team title with 82 points, beating out runner-up Middle Tennessee (100 points).
Meanwhile, the Lady Flames came in 31st of 36 squads in the women's 5K gold race with 860 points. No. 14 Michigan ran away with the team championship, outdistancing runner-up Guelph by 101 points (58-159).
Men's 8K Gold Race Recap Langat was the 27th of 312 men's runners to cross the finish line Saturday morning, clocking an 8K personal-best time of 24:39.42.
Redshirt senior Josh Showalter followed in 50th place, clocking a time of 24:57.02. The Flames' next two finishers were juniors, in Cameron Francis (69th place, 25:09.49) and Graham Hansel (122nd, 25:41.97).
Redshirt senior Danny de Nijs served as the Flames' fifth and final scorer, posting a season-best time of 25:50.86 for 138th place.
Sophomore Jack Tidball cracked the 26:00 barrier for the first time, finishing in 25:52.62 for the 141st position. Classmate Azaria Kirwa followed in 26:10.35, good for 179th place.
Women's 5K Gold Race Recap Senior Terrill Zentmeyer finished as the Lady Flames' No. 1 runner for the first time in her career. The Florida native clocked a personal-best time of 18:39.0 for 174th place in the 368-runner field.
Kammi Kurtz shattered her previous 5K best by 38 seconds, running 18:49.7 for 197th place. It was the first time the sophomore has ever run in Liberty's top two.
Senior Kat Bouton joined the sub-19:00 club on Saturday, finishing 207th with her personal-best 18:52.3 effort.
One of three freshmen in the Lady Flames' top seven, Kelly Shaffer crossed the line 219th with a time of 18:58.3.
Just three days before her 22nd birthday, senior Lindsey Bray celebrated with a personal-best time of 19:04.8 and a 230th-place finish.
Freshmen Valerie Wierenga (238th place, 19:09.5) and Brooke Turner (253rd, 19:18.0) closed out the Lady Flames' top seven.
Up Next Liberty will return to action in two weeks, at the ISU Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind. The meet will be contested on Oct. 15 at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, site of the 2016 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. The day's first of six races will begin at 11 a.m.