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    Liberty’s Calli Doan came in fourth at Friday’s NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships, leading the No. 27 Lady Flames to their best-ever team finish at this meet (fifth place). Meanwhile, a tight Liberty pack produced an 11th-place showing in the men’s race at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park.

    By virtue of her lofty individual finish, Doan earned the right to compete at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on Nov. 20 in Tallahassee, Fla. She will find out Saturday at 5 p.m. on NCAA.com whether any teammates will join her in the Sunshine State.

    Adelyn Ackley (14th place) joined Doan in earning all-region accolades and is also in the mix for possible individual qualification, while the Lady Flames will see if they qualify as a team for the second season in a row.

    No. 1 NC State (34) and No. 9 North Carolina (73) claimed the two automatic bids to Tallahassee on the women’s side. No. 30 Kentucky (103) and Furman (126) placed third and fourth, respectively, and will be ahead of the Lady Flames on the chart of potential at-large qualifiers.

    On the men’s side, Wake Forest (47) upset No. 17 Furman (66) for the regional title. Ryan Drew (46th place) paced a group of five Flames who crossed the 10K finish line within a 26-second spread. Liberty tallied 291 points to place 11th at this meet for the second time in a row.

    Women’s Team Results (31 Total Teams):
    1) No. 1 NC State – 34
    2) No. 9 North Carolina – 73
    3) No. 30 Kentucky – 103
    4) Furman – 126
    5) No. 27 Liberty – 160

    Men’s Team Results (30 Total Teams):
    1) Wake Forest – 47
    2) No. 17 Furman – 66
    3) North Carolina – 99
    4) NC State – 138
    5) Charlotte – 164
    11) Liberty – 291

    Women’s 6K Individual Results (223 Total Finishers):
    1) Kelsey Chmiel, NC State – 19:58.4 (All-Region)
    2) Katelyn Tuohy, NC State – 20:06.2 (All-Region)
    3) Tori Herman, Kentucky – 20:09.4 (All-Region)
    4) Calli Doan, Liberty – 20:11.8 (All-Region)
    5) Bethany Graham, Furman – 20:13.5 (All-Region)
    14) Adelyn Ackley, Liberty – 20:32.7 (All-Region)
    42) Anna Hostetler, Liberty – 21:23.8
    47) Grace Dwyer, Liberty – 21:25.1
    56) Noel Palmer, Liberty – 21:39.4
    92) Marie Hostetler, Liberty – 22:15.8
    121) Jamie Anderson, Liberty – 22:42.5

    Men’s 10K Individual Results (222 Total Finishers):
    1) Athanas Kioko, Campbell – 28:58.1 (All-Region)
    2) Aaron Las Heras, Wake Forest – 29:17.9 (All-Region)
    3) Fearghal Curtin, Charleston Southern – 29:19.0 (All-Region)
    4) Zach Facioni, Wake Forest – 29:21.3 (All-Region)
    5) Parker Wolfe, North Carolina – 29:23.4 (All-Region)
    46) Ryan Drew, Liberty – 30:37.9
    59) Felix Kandie, Liberty – 30:52.9
    60) Landon Miller, Liberty – 30:53.7
    62) Kipruto Kogei, Liberty – 30:56.1
    69) Caleb Olson, Liberty – 31:03.9
    93) Kyle Harkabus, Liberty – 31:36.2
    125) Jeremiah Mussmon, Liberty – 32:14.0

    Race Reactions

    • Prior to Friday, the best-ever finish at this meet for Liberty women’s cross country was seventh in 2007. That race also took place at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park.
    • Illustrating the Lady Flames’ rapid ascent as a program, Liberty placed 26th at this meet in 2017, 13th in 2018 and 13th in 2019.
    • This is just the second time two Lady Flames have earned all-region honors in the same season. Coach Heather (Sagan) Zealand took sixth and Samantha Pelletier was 18th in 2001.
    • The only Lady Flame ever to finish higher than Doan’s fourth place at this meet was Ednah Kurgat, the 2015 regional runner-up.
    • Doan has now improved from 41st place at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships as a freshman to 26th in 2019 to fourth this year.
    • Doan, the ASUN individual champion, has placed inside the top seven at all five of her races this fall.
    • Doan will become the second Lady Flame ever to make multiple appearances at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, joining Coach Heather (Sagan) Zealand, who qualified in 2000 and 2001.
    • Among the Lady Flames with previous regional meet experience, the following runners recorded their top regional finishes on Friday: Doan (4th place; previous best – 26th), Ackley (14th place; previous best – DNF) and Anna Hostetler (42nd place; previous best – 54th in Midwest Region).
    • Among the Flames with previous regional meet experience, the following runners recorded their top regional finishes on Friday: Drew (46th place; previous best – 58th) and Caleb Olson (69th place; previous best – 84th).
    • Four of the seven Flames in action on Friday were competing in a cross country 10K for the first time: Landon Miller, Kipruto Kogei, Kyle Harkabus and Jeremiah Mussmon.

    Up Next
    The 2021 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships will take place on Nov. 20 at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Fla. The women’s 6K will begin at 10:20 a.m., with the race to be televised live on ESPNU.