The ASUN runner-up Liberty men's cross country team moved up one spot to No. 10 in the Southeast Region this week, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Ohio Valley Conference champion Eastern Kentucky takes over the top spot in the region, followed by Southern Conference titlist Furman at No. 2. NC State, which placed third in the ACC, is ranked No. 3 this week.
Making its inaugural appearance at the ASUN Cross Country Championships, Friday at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, N.Y., Liberty placed a close second to North Florida, 25-34. The Ospreys are ranked No. 6 in the South Region this week.
Senior Azaria Kirwa captured the men's 8K individual title in 25:03.7, winning the race by 10 seconds to earn ASUN Men's Runner of the Year honors. He was joined by four teammates among the race's all-conference performers, including sophomore Augostine Lisoreng (fifth, 25:30.5), redshirt sophomore Benjamin Klemmeck (eighth, 25:36.8), redshirt junior Nick Doan (ninth, 25:44.0) and redshirt freshman Felix Kandie (11th, 25:45.8).
Kandie and fellow redshirt freshman Paul Squires (23rd, 26:17.8) each earned places on the ASUN All-Freshman Team.
A small group of Flames and Lady Flames will take part in the Hokie Open, Friday in Blacksburg, Va. The low-key meet will consist of a men's 6K at 4:30 p.m. and a women's 4K at 5:10 p.m. Both races will take place at Virginia Tech's Buford Meredith Cross Country Course.
Liberty's top seven men's and women's runners will take this weekend off from competition in preparation for the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships. The meet, which will determine the qualifiers for the 2018 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, is slated for Nov. 9 in Rock Hill, S.C. The women's 6K will begin at 11 a.m., followed by the men's 10K at noon.
USTFCCCA Men's Cross Country Southeast Region Rankings – Week 6 1) Eastern Kentucky 2) Furman 3) NC State 4) Virginia 5) Wake Forest 6) Virginia Tech 7) Kentucky 8) Duke 9) North Carolina 10) Liberty 11) Louisville 12) William & Mary 13) Campbell 14) Charlotte 15) Appalachian State
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