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    October 30, 2021 Orlando, Fla. RSS | | Box Score Box Score

    Led by Calli Doan’s individual victory, the No. 24 Liberty women’s cross country team made it back-to-back ASUN titles at Saturday morning’s 2021 ASUN Cross Country Championships. Meanwhile, the Flames claimed the men’s runner-up spot for the fourth consecutive year, competing at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.

    Doan paced five Lady Flames who earned All-ASUN honors with top-14 finishes, clocking a program-record 5K time of 16:57.4 that ranks No. 2 in meet history. Liberty defeated Lipscomb by 12 points (36-48) atop the 12-team women’s field, claiming consecutive conference titles for the first time since 2009 and 2010 (Big South). As a result, Heather Zealand was duly honored as ASUN Coach of the Year.

    On the men’s side, North Florida (41) and Liberty (55) went 1-2 for the second consecutive season. The Flames have now placed second at each of their four ASUN Cross Country Championships appearances and have finished inside the top two at 19 consecutive conference cross country championships, dating back to the 2003 Big South meet. Felix Kandie became a four-time All-ASUN performer with his team-best sixth-place finish.

    Women’s Team Results:
    1) Liberty – 36
    2) Lipscomb – 48
    3) Eastern Kentucky – 82
    4) Jacksonville – 109
    5) Kennesaw State – 146
    6) Central Arkansas – 179
    7) North Florida – 181
    8) Bellarmine – 201
    9) Stetson – 227
    10) North Alabama – 306
    11) Jacksonville State – 317
    12) FGCU – 333

    Men’s Team Results:
    1) North Florida – 41
    2) Liberty – 55
    3) Lipscomb – 60
    4) Eastern Kentucky – 73
    5) FGCU – 193
    6) Bellarmine – 204
    7) Central Arkansas – 220
    8) Kennesaw State – 222
    9) Stetson – 228
    10) North Alabama – 234
    11) Jacksonville State – 358
    12) Jacksonville – 378

    Women’s 5K Individual Results (98 Total Finishers):
    1) Calli Doan, Liberty – 16:57.4 (Runner of the Year, 1st Team All-Conference, Program Record)
    2) Hayleigh Palotti, Jacksonville – 16:58.9 (1st Team All-Conference)
    3) Adelyn Ackley, Liberty – 17:00.4 (1st Team All-Conference)
    4) Jone Zabaleta-Larranaga, Eastern Kentucky – 17:10.2 (1st Team All-Conference)
    5) Lydia Miller, Lipscomb – 17:11.9 (1st Team All-Conference)
    6) Anna Hostetler, Liberty – 17:17.1 (1st Team All-Conference)
    7) Colbi Borland, Lipscomb – 17:20.2 (1st Team All-Conference)
    8) Laura Taborda, Eastern Kentucky – 17:20.4 (2nd Team All-Conference)
    9) Mackenzie Barnett, Lipscomb – 17:20.7 (Freshman of the Year, 2nd Team All-Conference)
    10) Sarah Hendrick, Kennesaw State – 17:22.8 (2nd Team All-Conference)
    11) Merabu Nagwandala, Lipscomb – 17:23.4 (2nd Team All-Conference)
    12) Noel Palmer, Liberty – 17:27.6 (2nd Team All-Conference)
    13) Katie Meyer, Kennesaw State – 17:33.6 (2nd Team All-Conference)
    14) Grace Dwyer, Liberty – 17:46.8 (2nd Team All-Conference)
    21) Marie Hostetler, Liberty – 17:59.2
    23) Jamie Anderson, Liberty – 18:07.1
    31) Kyley Sorg, Liberty – 18:17.8
    34) Kristiana Young, Liberty – 18:19.9

    Men’s 8K Individual Results (98 Total Finishers):
    1) Ahmed Jaziri, Eastern Kentucky – 24:07.7 (Runner of the Year, 1st Team All-Conference)
    2) Noah Perkins, North Florida – 24:09.2 (1st Team All-Conference)
    3) Grant O’Callaghan, Lipscomb – 24:10.0 (1st Team All-Conference)
    4) Joan Tapias, Eastern Kentucky – 24:11.8 (1st Team All-Conference)
    5) Nathan Jubran, North Florida – 24:14.3 (1st Team All-Conference)
    6) Felix Kandie, Liberty – 24:18.5 (1st Team All-Conference)
    7) Brady Johnson, Lipscomb – 24:25.9 (1st Team All-Conference)
    8) Jake Turner, North Florida – 24:27.2 (2nd Team All-Conference)
    9) Ryan Drew, Liberty – 24:27.8 (2nd Team All-Conference)
    10) Kipruto Kogei, Liberty – 24:28.4 (2nd Team All-Conference)
    11) Kyle Harkabus, Liberty – 24:28.5 (2nd Team All-Conference)
    12) Timothy Doyle, North Florida – 24:29.5 (2nd Team All-Conference)
    13) Osman Humeida, FGCU – 24:31.4 (2nd Team All-Conference)
    14) Aidan O’Gorman, North Florida – 24:33.0 (2nd Team All-Conference)
    19) Landon Miller, Liberty – 24:47.7
    24) Caleb Olson, Liberty – 25:06.0
    25) Ben Butcher, Lipscomb – 25:06.5 (Freshman of the Year)
    38) Jeremiah Mussmon, Liberty – 25:37.9
    39) Stephen Carvalho, Liberty – 25:39.0
    46) Jack Cottrell, Liberty – 25:51.1

    Women’s Coach of the Year
    Heather Zealand, Liberty

    Men’s Coach of the Year
    Jeff Pigg, North Florida

    Race Reactions

    • Doan (16:57.4) and Adelyn Ackley (17:00.4) both bettered the previous Liberty women’s cross country 5K record of 17:08.7, set by Ackley at the 2019 ASUN Cross Country Championships.
    • Doan’s time ranks No. 2 in meet history, trailing only the 16:56 posted by Campbell’s Alicia Valtin in 2005.
    • Ackley, who had won each of the last two ASUN women’s cross country individual titles, came in third on Saturday with the sixth-fastest time in meet history.
    • Also setting cross country 5K personal bests for the Lady Flames were Anna Hostetler (17:17.1) and Jamie Anderson (18:07.1). Hostetler became the seventh Liberty runner ever to clock a sub-17:30 5K in cross country.
    • Doan has now recorded top-five finishes at all four of her ASUN Cross Country Championships appearances. She joins Jennifer Klugh (2009-12, Big South) as the only Lady Flames to earn a quartet of all-conference honors at the Division I level.
    • For the fifth time in her career, Grace Dwyer (14th place, second team All-ASUN) garnered all-conference honors for a team which won its conference title. Prior to contributing to Liberty’s back-to-back titles, she did the same for the 2016, 2017 and 2019 Furman women’s squads in the Southern Conference.
    • The Lady Flames’ team title was their second of 2021. The most recent edition of the ASUN Cross Country Championships had been contested in March 2021.
    • Like Doan, Kandie became an All-ASUN cross country runner for the fourth time on Saturday. He is the third Liberty men’s cross country runner to claim four all-conference medals at the Division I level, joining Josh McDougal (2004-07, Big South) and Josh Edmonds (2006-08, 2010, Big South) in that exclusive club.
    • Kandie’s 24:18.5 clocking was the fastest 8K by a Liberty men’s runner at this meet, bettering Kandie’s 24:21 effort from 2019.
    • Kipruto Kogei (24:28.4) and Kyle Harkabus (24:28.5) finished nearly side-by-side for the Flames in 10th and 11th places. Both set 8K personal bests and recorded All-ASUN finishes for the second straight season.

    Up Next
    Liberty will now turn its attention to the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships. The meet, which will determine the team and individual qualifiers to the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, is scheduled for Nov. 12 at the E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.

    The women’s 6K will begin at 11 a.m. with the men’s 10K to follow at noon.