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    February 5, 2021 Tallahassee, Fla. RSS | | Box Score Box Score

    Top-25 individual finishes by Calli Doan (13th place) and Adelyn Ackley (23rd place) led the Liberty women's squad to an impressive seventh-place team finish in the garnet (seeded) race at Friday morning's FSU Winter Cross Country Classic. Meanwhile, the Liberty men's squad came in 17th in a men's garnet race which featured seven nationally ranked teams.

    Up front in the women's race, it was No. 8 Colorado edging No. 4 Stanford, 72-77, for the team title. The Lady Flames totaled 207 points for seventh place out of 18 teams, just 26 tallies behind fourth-place Oklahoma State and ahead of No. 29 Boston College and Notre Dame.

    Doan (lifetime-best 20:38.9) and Ackley (20:47.2) both dipped under 21 minutes on the 6K course, which will play host to the fall edition of the 2021 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships this November.

    In the men's race, Stanford (67 points) took top honors over No. 6 Iowa State and No. 13 Colorado, which posted matching scores of 98. The Flames' point total of 454 put them 17th of 20 teams, ahead of regionally ranked foe Charleston Southern, which had topped Liberty in the season opener on Jan. 23.

    For the second straight race, the Flames were paced by the duo of Ryan Drew (72nd place, 24:50.4) and Caleb Olson (77th place, 24:54.8).

    Women's Garnet Race Team Results (18 Total Teams):
    1) No. 8 Colorado – 72
    2) No. 4 Stanford – 77
    3) No. 23 Duke – 128
    4) Oklahoma State – 181
    5) No. 20 Iowa State – 189
    7) Liberty – 207

    Men's Garnet Race Team Results (20 Total Teams):
    1) No. 12 Stanford – 67
    2) No. 6 Iowa State – 98
    3) No. 13 Colorado – 98
    4) No. 27 Utah State – 160
    5) No. 19 Wake Forest – 184
    17) Liberty – 454

    Women's Garnet 6K Individual Results (126 Total Finishers):
    1) Ella Donaghu, Stanford – 20:07.0
    2) Cailie Logue, Iowa State – 20:09.1
    3) Zofia Dudek, Stanford – 20:09.1
    4) Taylor Roe, Oklahoma State – 20:10.0
    5) Rachel McArthur, Colorado – 20:19.9
    13) Calli Doan, Liberty – 20:38.9
    23) Adelyn Ackley, Liberty – 20:47.2
    52) Grace Dwyer, Liberty – 21:33.6
    56) Priscillah Kiplagat, Liberty – 21:34.1
    68) Marie Hostetler, Liberty – 21:48.3
    91) Noel Palmer, Liberty – 22:08.2
    117) Anna Hostetler, Liberty – 22:49.2

    Men's Garnet 8K Individual Results (142 Total Finishers):
    1) Wesley Kiptoo, Iowa State – 22:48.8
    2) Eduardo Herrera, Colorado – 23:03.4
    3) Adriaan Wildschutt, Florida State – 23:16.7
    4) Zach Facioni, Wake Forest – 23:25.0
    5) Cole Sprout, Stanford – 23:31.6
    72) Ryan Drew, Liberty – 24:50.4
    77 Caleb Olson, Liberty – 24:54.8
    98) Felix Kandie, Liberty – 25:23.7
    104) Kipruto Kogei, Liberty – 25:36.0
    118) Kyle Harkabus, Liberty – 25:51.2
    130) Joe Spitzer, Liberty – 26:05.3
    142) Stephen Carvalho, Liberty – 27:36.5

    Race Reactions
    • For the Lady Flames, Ackley and Noel Palmer were both making their season debuts on Saturday. It was Palmer's first cross country race in a Liberty uniform since Nov. 9, 2018, as she redshirted the 2019 season.

    • Marie Hostetler was the 15th-fastest freshman in the women's race.

    • Priscillah Kiplagat's 21:34.1 clocking set a new 6K personal best.

    • Kipruto Kogei served as the Flames' No. 4 runner during his collegiate debut. He and Kyle Harkabus gave Liberty a pair of freshmen inside its top five.

    • Liberty's Jacob Underwood (62nd place, 27:22.1) and Jeremiah Mussmon (64th place, 27:24.6) took part in Saturday's men's gold (unseeded) 8K.

    Up Next
    Liberty will take a break from competition leading up to the ASUN Cross Country Championships, which are scheduled for March 5 at the Georgia Premier Cross Country Course in Macon, Ga. The women's 5K will begin at 11 a.m. with the men's 8K to follow at noon.

    During the interim, some of Liberty's distance runners will compete on the indoor track, including at the ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships on Feb. 26-27 at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex.