CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - Liberty's Sam Chelanga and Jennifer Klugh have been named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's and Women's Cross Country Runners of the Week, respectively, the League announced today.
Chelanga, a redshirt senior from Nairobi, Kenya, took first-place at the Pre-National meet for the second straight year as he clocked in at 23:19.9 over the undulating 8K course in Terra Haute, Ind. last week. Keeping with his front-running style, Chelanga raced out to the front of the pack from the opening gun. The defending NCAA national champion blazed out to an impressive 4:23 first mile and pushed the pace to win by the race by 12 seconds. Chelanga's win marked the Flames fifth individual Pre-Nationals winner in the past six years as former National Champion Josh McDougal claimed the top spot for three-straight years between 2005 and 2007.
Klugh, a redshirt sophomore from Centerburg, Ohio, placed 36th out of 261 runners in a field that included nine nationally-ranked teams at the Pre-National meet. Her 21:01 time on the 6K course marked the fastest time Lady Flame finish ever at the course in Terre Haute. Her finish was 21 seconds faster than former teammate Piper Newby's time at the 2007 Pre-National race. She only trails herself in the Liberty cross country record book as her time was only three seconds off her the school-record time of 20:58 at the Paul Short Run on Oct. 1.
Men's Honorable Mentions:
Adam Freudenthal, Winthrop - Won the Winthrop Fall Classic with a 6K time of 18:35.6.
Kyle Kling, Coastal Carolina - Finished 8th at Blue Ridge Open with an 8K time of 25:04.
Nicholas Baer, Presbyterian College - Finished 7th at Winthrop Fall Classic with 6K time of 20:39.
Neal Darmody, High Point - Won the Blue Ridge Open with an 8K time of 24:25.
Women's Honorable Mentions:
Jeanne Stroud, Winthrop - Won the Winthrop Fall Classic with a 4K course record time of 14:40.3.
Stephanie Newell, Presbyterian College - Posted first collegiate top-ten finish as she recorded a time of 17:17 on the 6K Winthrop Fall Classic Course.
Men's Cross County Runners of the Week
Sept. - 9 - Patrick Crawford, High Point
Sept. 15 - Brian Gorwitz, Radford
Sept. 22 - Evans Kigen, Liberty
Sept. 29 - Adam Freudenthal, Winthrop
Oct. 6 - Sam Chelanga, Liberty
Oct. 14 - Adam Freudenthal, Winthrop
Oct. 20 - Sam Chelanga, Liberty
Women's Cross Country Runner of Week
Sept. 9 - Jamie Brusa, Coastal Carolina
Sept. 15 - Ashley Lounsbury, Radford
Sept. 22 - Hailey Neal, Liberty
Sept. 29 - Hannah Granger, VMI
Oct. 6 - Jennifer Klugh, Liberty
Oct. 14 - Jeanne Stroud, Winthrop
Oct. 20 - Jennifer Klugh, Liberty