Big South Announces Cross Country Runners of the Week

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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, kicked his 2010 cross country season off in fine form with a first place finish at the Paul Short Run over the weekend.  The defending NCAA national champion took control from the beginning of the race, crossing the first mile marker at 4:38.  From that point on he was never challenged and took home his second Paul Short title in three years with a time of 23:34 on the wet 8K course.

Klugh, a redshirt sophomore from Centerburg, Ohio, set a Liberty 6K record as she clocked in at 20:57 at the Paul Short Run to finish 18th overall.  Her time was a major improvement from her previous personal best of 22:07.   After crossing the first mile in a conservative 5:41, she surged to pass 50 runners during the remainder of the race as she was the first Lady Flame to ever break the 21 minute barrier in the 6K.

Men's Honorable Mentions:
Felix Kitur, VMI - 6th at Charlotte Invitational with a 25:02 8K

Women's Honorable Mentions:
Jenna Moye, VMI - 28th at Charlotte Invitational with a 18:27 5K

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

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