Lady Flames Place 26th in NCAA XC Championships Debut
Making its first appearance at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on Monday, the Liberty women's cross country team posted a 26th-place finish. Adelyn Ackley (66th place) and Calli Doan (85th) each notched top-100 individual finishes on the hilly Oklahoma State Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Okla.
BYU claimed the women's team national title with 96 points, followed by runner-up NC State (161) and third-place Stanford (207).
Individually, Alabama's Mercy Chelangat claimed the women's 6K title in 20:01.3 with teammate Amaris Tyynismaa following closely behind in third (20:10.2).
Ackley's 66th-place finish was the second-best showing ever by an ASUN Conference women's runner at this meet and the third-best placement ever by a Lady Flame.
Women's Team Results (31 Total Teams):
1) BYU – 96
2) NC State – 161
3) Stanford – 207
4) Michigan State – 212
5) Minnesota – 239
26) Liberty – 611
Women's 6K Individual Results (253 Total Finishers):
1) Mercy Chelangat, Alabama – 20:01.1
2) Taylor Roe, Oklahoma State – 20:06.7
3) Amaris Tyynismaa, Alabama 20:10.2
4) Mahala Norris, Air Force – 20:11.8
5) Hannah Steelman, NC State – 20:14.9
6) Taryn O'Neill, Northern Arizona – 20:23.0
7) Summer Allen, Weber State – 20:23.3
8) Bethany Hasz, Minnesota – 20:25.2
9) Kelsey Chmiel, NC State – 20:26.4
10) Ella Donaghu, Stanford – 20:26.7
66) Adelyn Ackley, Liberty – 21:15.6
85) Calli Doan, Liberty – 21:25.3
182) Noel Palmer, Liberty – 22:12.1
199) Grace Dwyer, Liberty – 22:26.3
213) Priscillah Kiplagat, Liberty – 22:36.5
215) Marie Hostetler, Liberty – 22:36.5
232) Emma Bower, Liberty – 22:56.9
• The Lady Flames came in third among the five Southeast Region squads competing on Monday, defeating Duke (27th place) and Furman (31st place).
• The only ASUN runner ever to place better than Ackley's 66th at this meet was Belmont's Lauren Weaver, who came in 45th at the 2007 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.
• The only Lady Flames who have ever placed higher than Ackley at this meet are Ednah Kurgat (12th in 2015) and Heather Sagan (59th in 2000).
• Both Ackley and Doan moved up considerably during the second half of the race. At the halfway mark, Ackley and Doan were in 156th and 157th place, respectively.
• Six of Liberty's seven runners were making their NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships debut on Monday. The exception was Grace Dwyer, who previously raced at the 2017 and 2019 NCAA meets for Furman.
• Marie Hostetler became the second Liberty women's cross country runner ever to race at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships as a freshman, joining Ednah Kurgat (2015).
• Most of Liberty's runners were competing in their third championship event in the last two and a half weeks. The Lady Flames previously raced at the ASUN Indoor Track & Field Championships (Feb. 26-27) and ASUN Cross Country Championships (March 5).
• The Lady Flames' performance on Monday capped off a history-making season. Coach Rachel Johnson's squad also won its first ASUN Conference team title, recorded its highest Southeast Region ranking (No. 5) and garnered its first vote for the USTFCCCA national poll.