The Liberty men's cross country team moved up to No. 10 in the Southeast Region after its showing at the UVA Duals.
After a strong showing at the season-opening UVA Duals, the Liberty men's cross country team climbed from No. 13 to No. 10 in the Southeast Region, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The top four teams in this week's regional poll remain unchanged, including Furman (No. 1), Virginia (No. 2), Virginia Tech (No. 3) and NC State (No. 4).
A short-handed Flames team won both of its duals on Sept. 2 in Earlysville, Va., including a 27-28 decision over No. 13 Virginia and a 15-40 victory over Norfolk State.
Liberty entered only five runners, and the Flames' quintet reached the 4K finish line within 13 seconds of one another. Junior Azaria Kirwa led the way with a third-place finish, followed by redshirt senior Samuel Proctor (fourth), redshirt sophomore Nick Doan (fifth), redshirt sophomore James Zentmeyer (seventh) and redshirt senior Colin Schultz (eighth).
The Flames should be a bit deeper at Saturday's Liberty Big South Preview, as promising freshmen Felix Kandie and Augostine Lisoreng are expected to make their debuts in a Liberty uniform.
Liberty's first home cross country meet since 2008 will be the first ever contested on the Flames' new course adjacent to the Liberty Indoor Track Complex. Liberty will compete against foes from High Point, Longwood, Radford and UNC Asheville, with the men's 8K set for 9 a.m. and the women's 5K to follow at 9:45.
USTFCCCA Division I Southeast Region Men's Cross Country Rankings 1) Furman 2) Virginia 3) Virginia Tech 4) NC State 5) Eastern Kentucky 6) Campbell 7) Kentucky 8) William & Mary 9) Charlotte 10) Liberty 11) Duke 12) Wake Forest 13) George Mason 14) Louisville 15) North Carolina
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