Jennifer Klugh (front) and Dacia Bushman are the top returnees for the defending Big South champion Liberty women's cross country team.
2010 Cross Country Schedule Head coach Brant Tolsma announced the 2010 schedule for the defending Big South Conference champion Liberty men's and women's cross country squads today, and it features nine races, including four within the Commonwealth of Virginia. For the third straight season, the Flames and Lady Flames will open their season at the Virginia Tech Cross Country Relay, on Sept. 3. The race, which consists of two-person relay teams, will be the first of Liberty's three visits to Blacksburg, Va. Two weeks later, Liberty will visit one of its chief Big South Conference rivals, when it participates in the Sept. 17 Coastal Carolina Invitational. The Flames' final September meet will see the Liberty harriers return to Blacksburg, for the Sept. 25 Big South Preview. The event will be hosted by Radford, at the site of the 2010 Big South Cross Country Championships. Liberty will then head to the Keystone State on Oct. 1, to compete in the Brooks Paul Short Run, hosted by Lehigh. Two years ago, Sam Chelanga ran his first race in a Liberty uniform at the 2008 Brooks Paul Short Run, breaking the 8K course record with a 23:05. The defending NCAA national champion may open his final collegiate cross country campaign at the same venue. Terre Haute, Ind., will be the Flames' next stop, as Liberty is entered in the Pre-Nationals meet on Oct. 16. The Flames and Lady Flames will be able to preview the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course, which will play host to the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships for the seventh year in a row. Liberty will come back to the Commonwealth for one of its most important meets of the year, the Big South Cross Country Championships, on Oct. 30. Radford will host the meet in Blacksburg, which will see the Liberty men's team aim for its sixth straight Big South title and the Lady Flames shoot for their second conference crown in a row and fourth in the last five years. Runners not competing in the regional meet will get one final chance to compete during the 2010 season, Nov. 5 at the Cavalier Open in Charlottesville, Va. The aforementioned NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Cross Country Championships will return to E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky., for the second consecutive season. The Nov. 13 races will determine the qualifiers for the 2010 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. Chelanga will attempt to defend his national championship Nov. 22, at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. Teammate and classmate Evans Kigen also hopes to improve on his 20th-place finish at the 2009 NCAA meet, which netted his first career NCAA Division I All-America notation.
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