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    October 15, 2021 Tallahassee, Fla. RSS | | Box Score Box Score

    Liberty’s Adelyn Ackley (sixth place, 20:04.9) and Calli Doan (seventh, 20:05.0) both broke the 6K program record during Friday morning’s FSU XC Invite/Pre-Nationals. Their efforts helped the Lady Flames defeat three nationally ranked opponents to place eighth overall at Apalachee Regional Park. In the men’s race, Felix Kandie (23:55.5) became the seventh Flame ever to break 24:00 for an 8K as Liberty finished an ASUN-best 20th as a team.

    Prior to Friday, Ednah Kurgat’s 20:06.7 effort from the 2015 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships had stood as the program record for six years. The performances by Ackley and Doan contributed to Liberty’s team score of 279 points. That matched the point total of No. 16 Northern Arizona, but the Lumberjacks won the tiebreaker for seventh place.

    The eighth-place Lady Flames finished in front of No. 24 Georgetown (10th place, 317), No. 27 Kentucky (12th place, 342) and No. 28 Toledo (11th place, 335) along with 22 other squads in the 33-team field. No. 5 Colorado posted a dominating victory in the women’s race, tallying 54 points to runner-up No. 10 Utah’s 149.

    The men’s race also saw a dominating team performance, as No. 1 Northern Arizona blitzed No. 7 Colorado, 64-128, atop the 40-team field. The Flames finished right in the middle of the pack in 20th place with 595 points, one spot and nine points ahead of defending ASUN champion North Florida.

    Kandie placed 59th in the men’s 8K with his personal-best 23:55.5 effort. He is the first Flame to dip under 24 minutes since Azaria Kirwa clocked 23:53 at the Queen City Invite on Sept. 28, 2018.

    Women’s Team Results (33 Total Teams):
    1) No. 5 Colorado – 54
    2) No. 10 Utah – 149
    3) No. 15 Florida State – 163
    4) No. 14 Ole Miss – 165
    5) No. 12 North Carolina – 184
    8) Liberty – 279

    Men’s Team Results (40 Total Teams):
    1) No. 1 Northern Arizona – 64
    2) No. 7 Colorado – 128
    3) No. 8 Arkansas – 128
    4) No. 5 BYU – 131
    5) No. 2 Notre Dame – 203
    20) Liberty – 595

    Women’s 6K Individual Results (243 Total Finishers):
    1) Abby Nichols, Colorado – 19:46.4
    2) Lauren Gregory, Arkansas – 19:47.7
    3) Lauren Ryan, Florida State – 19:51.1
    4) Taryn O’Neill, Northern Arizona – 19:53.4
    5) Emily Covert, Colorado – 19:54.6
    6) Adelyn Ackley, Liberty – 20:04.9
    7) Calli Doan, Liberty – 20:05.0
    64) Noel Palmer, Liberty – 20:49.6
    103) Grace Dwyer, Liberty – 21:14.3
    105) Anna Hostetler, Liberty – 21:16.2
    187) Jamie Anderson, Liberty – 22:17.6
    197) Kristiana Young, Liberty – 22:28.0
    198) Marie Hostetler, Liberty – 22:30.8

    Men’s 8K Individual Results (299 Total Finishers):
    1) Conner Mantz, BYU – 22:47.0
    2) Adriaan Wildschutt, Florida State – 22:49.5
    3) Victor Kiprop, Alabama – 22:54.8
    4) Abdihamid Nur, Northern Arizona – 22:55.2
    5) Dylan Jacobs, Notre Dame – 22:55.5
    59) Felix Kandie, Liberty – 23:55.5
    71) Ryan Drew, Liberty – 24:02.1
    149) Landon Miller, Liberty – 24:37.8
    162) Kyle Harkabus, Liberty – 24:42.3
    169) Kipruto Kogei, Liberty – 24:44.6
    210) Stephen Carvalho, Liberty – 25:01.7
    213) Jack Cottrell, Liberty – 25:03.0
    216) Caleb Olson, Liberty – 25:04.8

    Race Reactions

    • Both the Flames and Lady Flames fared well from a Southeast Region perspective. The Lady Flames, who entered the week ranked No. 5 in the region, defeated regional No. 3 Kentucky on Friday. The Liberty men’s squad, which is not currently ranked in the region, finished ahead of regional No. 10 Charleston Southern and just two spots behind regional No. 8 Kentucky.
    • For the second straight race, Ackley edged Doan by the narrowest of margins at the finish line. On Friday, Ackley defeated her teammate by 24 thousandths of a second.
    • Ackley and Doan were in some good company at the front of the pack. The athletes they defeated on Friday included last year’s indoor 5K national champion (Joyce Kimeli of Auburn) and last year’s indoor mile runner-up (Krissy Gear of Arkansas).
    • Only women’s individual champion Abby Nichols of Colorado (3:13.9) covered the final 1,000 meters faster than Ackley (3:14.8) and Doan (3:15.0), as the Liberty duo moved up from 14th and 15th places.
    • Other than Ackley and Doan, the following Lady Flames achieved 6K personal bests on Friday: Anna Hostetler (21:16.2), Jamie Anderson (22:17.6), Kristiana Young (22:28.0) and Jessica Rogers (24:33.7). Rogers competed in the open race.
    • Kandie and Ryan Drew (71st place, 24:02.1) were the top two ASUN men’s finishers, both crossing the line in front of defending conference champion Nathan Jubran (81st place, 24:07.2) of North Florida.
    • Kandie and Drew were joined in setting 8K personal-best times by teammates Landon Miller (24:37.8), Kyle Harkabus (24:42.3), Kipruto Kogei (24:44.6) and Jack Cottrell (25:03.0). Harkabus and Kogei each posted sub-25:00 efforts for the first time.

    Up Next
    A group of Lady Flames will race in this afternoon’s VertCross Invitational. The women’s 5K will begin at 5 p.m. at the Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville, N.C.