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Liberty Women's XC Ranked No. 15 in SE Region

August 27, 2012  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Betel Yosef is one of four seniors on a veteran Liberty women's cross country team.

Betel Yosef is one of four seniors on a veteran Liberty women's cross country team.

For the second consecutive year, the Liberty women's cross country team is ranked in the Southeast Region to start the season, as announced today by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Lady Flames open the 2012 campaign in the No. 15 spot.

Liberty sits just one position behind defending Big South Conference champion High Point, which begins the year at No. 14. ACC squads own the top six spots in the Southeast Region, led by two-time defending regional champion Virginia.

The Lady Flames return their top four runners from the team which placed 22nd at the 2011 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championship. Leading the way is redshirt senior Jennifer Klugh, who is the two-time defending Big South individual champion and a two-time all-region performer.

The top two finishers in each region will earn automatic berths to the 2012 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Louisville, Ky., where they will be joined by 13 at-large teams from across the nation. This year's NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships will be held on Nov. 9 in Charlotte, N.C.

Liberty will square off against several of its regional rivals right away, at Friday's season-opening Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational in Blacksburg, Va. The field includes regional No. 1 Virginia, No. 5 Duke and No. 6 Virginia Tech. The women's 4K race will go off at 6 p.m., with the men's 6K set to follow at 6:45.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Southeast Region Women's Cross Country Rankings
1) Virginia
2) N.C. State
3) North Carolina
4) Clemson
5) Duke
6) Virginia Tech
7) James Madison
8) William & Mary
9) Kentucky
10) Richmond
11) Charlotte
12) Wake Forest
13) Elon
14) High Point
15) Liberty