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    January 23, 2021 Charleston, S.C. RSS | | Box Score Box Score

    The Liberty women's cross country team could not have asked for any better of a start to the 2021 spring season at Saturday afternoon's CSU Buccaneer Invitational. The Lady Flames swept the top five places in the women's 5K, giving Liberty the team title with a perfect score of 15. Meanwhile, the Liberty men's squad placed third in the team standings, paced by Ryan Drew's third-place individual finish.

    The Lady Flames defeated ASUN foe North Florida by 43 points (15-58) for their first team title since the FGCU Invitational on Sept. 7, 2019. Individually, Calli Doan (17:18.1) and Priscillah Kiplagat (17:18.8) crossed the finish line nearly side-by-side for first and second place, respectively. Newcomers Grace Dwyer (third place, 17:38.1), Anna Hostetler (fourth, 17:44.0) and Marie Hostetler (fifth, 17:47.5) completed Liberty's 1-5 sweep.

    On the men's side, North Florida took top team honors with 22 points. Host Charleston Southern edged the Flames for second place, 47-56. Drew (24:23.1) and Caleb Olson (eighth place, 24:46.5) were each top-10 finishers in the men's 8K.

    Women's Team Results:
    1) Liberty – 15
    2) North Florida – 58
    3) College of Charleston – 65
    4) Gardner-Webb – 115

    Men's Team Results:
    1) North Florida – 22
    2) Charleston Southern – 47
    3) Liberty – 56
    4) Gardner-Webb – 120

    Women's 5K Individual Results (41 Total Finishers):
    1) Calli Doan, Liberty – 17:18.1
    2) Priscillah Kiplagat, Liberty – 17:18.8
    3) Grace Dwyer, Liberty – 17:38.1
    4) Anna Hostetler, Liberty – 17:44.0
    5) Marie Hostetler, Liberty – 17:47.5
    7) Emma Bower, Liberty – 18:13.0
    12) Brittany Carnathan, Liberty – 18:37.1
    19) Chelsea Stocki, Liberty – 19:13.8
    20) Jessica Rogers, Liberty – 19:13.9
    21) Lauren Hirneisen, Liberty – 19:15.4
    22) Madison MacPherson, Liberty – 19:21.1
    24) Kyley Sorg, Liberty – 19:25.5
    27) Katie MacDougall, Liberty – 19:42.1

    Men's 8K Individual Results (40 Total Finishers):
    1) Nathan Jubran, North Florida – 24:15.5
    2) Jake Turner, North Florida – 24:19.9
    3) Ryan Drew, Liberty – 24:23.1
    4) Aidan O'Gorman, North Florida – 24:23.8
    5) Alan Deogracias, Charleston Southern – 24:30.0
    8) Caleb Olson, Liberty – 24:46.5
    14) Joe Spitzer, Liberty – 25:19.0
    15) Felix Kandie, Liberty – 25:29.6
    16) Kyle Harkabus, Liberty – 25:29.9
    24) Stephen Carvalho, Liberty – 26:07.6
    25) Jeremiah Mussmon, Liberty – 26:09.5
    32) Jacob Underwood, Liberty – 26:42.2

    Race Reactions
    • Doan's individual victory was the first of her collegiate cross country career.

    • Kiplagat enjoyed a big breakthrough, lopping 29 seconds off her cross country 5K personal best to become the sixth Lady Flame ever to crack the 17:30 barrier.

    • Dwyer (Furman) and Anna Hostetler (Iowa) were making their Liberty cross country debuts after transferring. Hostetler's younger sister Marie is the lone freshman on this year's team.

    • Liberty's No. 8 women's runner on the day, Chelsea Stocki also set a cross country 5K PR of 19:13.8.

    • Drew and Olson both clocked 8K personal bests on Saturday, with Olson dipping under 25 minutes for the first time.

    • The Flames' No. 5, 6 and 7 finishers (Kyle Harkabus, Stephen Carvalho and Jeremiah Mussmon) were all true freshmen making their collegiate debuts.

    • Liberty's first race in 435 days was contested on the Charleston Southern University campus.   

    Up Next
    Liberty will face its stiffest competition of the regular season at the FSU Winter Cross Country Classic, slated for Feb. 5 in Tallahassee, Fla. The day's opening race is set for 9 a.m. at Apalachee Regional Park, which will also play host to the 2021 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in November.