Big South Cross Country Breaks Records Over Weekend

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Edwards Wins, Klugh Breaks School Record
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Liberty redshirt juniors Zac Edwards and Jennifer Klugh both posted impressive performances during Friday afternoon's Charlotte Invitational. Edwards captured the men's 8K individual title, while Klugh broke Liberty's long-standing 5K program record at McAlpine Park.

Edwards won his second straight race, completing the 8K course in 24:08.7. It was the South Alabama transfer's second straight victory, following up his win at the Coastal Carolina Invitational/Big South Preview on Sept. 17.

Edwards led three Liberty finishers in the top 13, a front-running effort which netted second place in the men's team standings. The Flames totaled 86 points, trailing only Virginia Tech's winning score of 35. Liberty defeated a pair of regionally-ranked opponents on Friday, as Wake Forest placed third with 101 points and Georgia Tech came in fourth with 106 tallies.

Klugh placed seventh overall with her school-record clocking of 17:28.3. The effort bettered Lori Lingenfelter's existing program standard of 17:35, which had stood since Aug. 26, 1987.

The Buckeye State native's performance helped the Lady Flames place ninth out of 36 teams with 272 points. For the second time in as many meets, Liberty suffered a close loss to new Big South foe Campbell. The Camels came in eighth with 247 markers.

Virginia Tech won the women's team championship with 84 points, giving the Hokies a comfortable margin over runner-up Furman's 127 tallies.

Men's Meet Recap
Edwards crossed the finish line more than five seconds ahead of the men's 8K runner-up, Gilbert Kemboi of USC Upstate. Liberty men's runners have now recorded individual victories in each of the 2011 season's first three meets. Josh MacDonald preceded Edwards' pair of triumphs with a first-place finish at the season-opening Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational on Sept. 2.

David Ricksecker ran a personal-best 8K time for the second straight meet, coming in ninth place with his 24:41.2 effort. MacDonald followed closely behind in 13th place, making his first foray into the sub-25 minute club at 24:45.7.

Sophomore Caleb Edmonds continued the string of personal-best times, with his 25:13.7 time netting a 30th-place finish in the field of 258 runners. Yet another personal-best effort, Will Reeves' 25:32.3 clocking, closed out Liberty's five scorers with a 44th-place showing.

Isaac Wendland came in 54th at 25:56.0, dipping under 26 minutes for the second meet in a row. Sophomore Zach Barker served as the Flames' No. 7 runner on Friday, clocking a personal-best 26:27.8 for 77th place.

Women's Meet Recap
Klugh's record-setting run sliced 26 seconds off of her previous best cross country 5K clocking. It also marked her third individual school record, to go along with the cross country 6K (20:55.5) and indoor track 5K (16:56.14) marks she set a year ago.

Klugh's seventh-place finish came in a sizable field of 290 runners. She crossed the finish line 35 seconds ahead of the next Big South finisher, Campbell senior Rachel Deline.

Liberty's No. 2 and 3 runners on Friday were juniors Betel Yosef and Khristina Kanagy, and they finished back-to-back, with each recording a personal-best time. Yosef ran 18:36.1 for 61st place and Kanagy clocked 18:38.1 for the 62nd position.

Katie Russo almost broke the 19-minute barrier for the first time in her collegiate cross country, posting a 19:01.1 effort and placing 87th. Freshman Meredith Mistretta closed out the Liberty scoring five, notching a 112th-place finish with her time of 19:23.3.

Running on her former home course, Charlotte native Alyssa Allen stopped the clock in 19:43.2 for 133rd place. Caroline Parris was the Lady Flames' seventh finisher, nabbing 153rd place at 20:11.2

In two weeks, Liberty will run its final tune-up meet for the 2011 Big South Cross Country Championships as the Flames and Lady Flames compete in the Panorama Farms Invitational. The Oct. 14 meet in Charlottesville, Va. will begin at 4 p.m. with the men's 8K race. The women's race will follow at 4:45 p.m. and will see the Lady Flames compete at the 6K distance for the first time this season.

Chanticleers Impress in First 6k Race of the Season
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Coastal Carolina women's cross country team turned in several impressive finishes at the Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh University on Friday, September 30.

Coastal competed in the 6-kilometer Gold race that featured seven of the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top 25 teams including four teams in the Top 10 along with numerous teams favored in their respective conferences.

The Chanticleers bested Big South member Winthrop along with regional foes Western Carolina and Virginia Commonwealth on their way to a 41st place finish in the 45 team field. The Chants accumulated a total team score of 1,065 as all five Coastal scorers finished within 1:06 of one another.

Senior Christian Johnson and sophomore Emily Marchini finished the race with an identical time of 22:49 to lead Coastal. Junior Janel Reeves crossed the finish line third for the black and teal clad Chants in a 23:32 clip. Stephanie Taylor, a sophomore, finished the course in a personal-best 23:48 followed by Shelby Nicosia in 23:54 to round out the Chanticleer scorers.

Seanna Kautz made her season debut in the meet turning in a time of 24:07. Jessica Dennison concluded the Coastal finishers as she stopped the watch at 24:53.

The Chants are off next week before returning to action on Oct. 14 at the Blue Ridge Mountain Open hosted by Appalachian State in Boone, N.C. The race will be Coastal's final tune-up before hosting the Big South Championship meet on Oct. 29.

Zach Hensel's PR Highlights Chants Day at Paul Short Run
BETHLEHEM, Pa - Freshman Zach Hensel turned in a personal-record 8-kiliometer time of 28:19 to highlight Coastal's day at the Paul Short Run held on the Campus of Lehigh University on Friday, Sept. 30.

Hensel's time was six seconds faster than his previous best as he finished 245 of 381 competitors in the Brown race section of the prestigious Paul Short Run.

Freshman Evan Niciphor was the Chanticleers' top finisher for the second consecutive event as he finished in a 27:44 clip to place 184 overall. Fellow freshman Joseph Keitt followed closely behind Niciphor with a time of 27:52. Sophomore Cameron Wells was the third Coastal athlete to complete the circuit with a time of 28:04. Tyler Cummings (28:11) and Hensel rounded out the scoring for the Chants.

Senior Rob Delviscio and sophomore Spencer Lange finished the event with times of 29:46 and 29:55, respectively.

Coastal placed 44th of 46 as a team overall with a total tally of 1,064.

The Chants are off next week before returning to action on Oct. 14 at the Blue Ridge Mountain Open hosted by Appalachian State in Boone, N.C. The race will be Coastal's final tune-up before hosting the Big South Championship meet on Oct. 29

Panthers Compete at Paul Short Invitational
The High Point University men's cross country team competed in the Paul Short Invitational on Friday, placing 30th in the national-class field at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. Sophomore Patrick Crawford (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) led HPU with a 63rd-place finish.

The University of Oklahoma dominated the race, scoring just 34 points with the No. 2, 3, 4 and 7 finishers. Georgetown placed second with 143 points and Columbia took third with 143. The Panthers placed 30th with 909. The only other Big South school in the race was Winthrop, which placed 45th. UNC Greensboro's Paul Chelimo won the individual title.

Crawford led HPU for the second race in a row with his 63rd-place finish and a time of 25:18. Junior Jacob Smith (Brockville, Ontario/Thousand Islands Secondary School) was the Panthers' second finisher in 210th with a time of 26:10 and freshman Reece Ayers (Tunkhannock, Pa./Tunkhannock) was HPU's No. 3 runner in 234th with a time of 26:21.

Junior Dakota Peachee (Garner, N.C./West Johnston) placed 254th with a time of 26:33 and senior Neal Darmody (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard) placed 264th with a time of 26:37 to finish out HPU's top five.

Next up for HPU is the Blue Ridge Open at Appalachian State on Oct. 14 in Boone, N.C. That will be HPU's final test before the Big South Championship on Oct. 29 in Conway, S.C.

HPU Women's Cross Country Competes in Paul Short meet
The High Point University women's cross country team placed 37th in the national-class Paul Short Invitational on Friday at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. Sophomore Kayleigh Perry (Myerstown, Pa./Eastern Lebanon County) led the Panthers for the third meet in a row.

Providence College won the team title with 101 points, just ahead of Villanova's 104. Syracuse placed third with 125 points and Georgetown scored 141. The Panthers' scored 926 to place 37th. Winthrop finished 44th in the 45-team field.

Perry finished the 6K course in 22:34 for a 142nd-place finish out of 396 runners. Junior Kelsey Hunt (Bedford, N.H./Manchester West) placed 158th in 22:41 and sophomore Audrey Malloy (Pennsburg, Pa./Upper Perkiomen) took 217th in 23:07.

Senior Kelsey Fraser (Lockport, N.Y./Lockport) was High Point's fourth finisher in 240th-place with a time of 23:22 and freshman Sarah Dorrell (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) placed 271st with a time of 23:34.

Next up for HPU is the Blue Ridge Open at Appalachian State on Oct. 14 in Boone, N.C. That will be HPU's final test before the Big South Championship on Oct. 29 at Quail Creek Golf Course in Conway, S.C.

Campbell Women Finish 8th, Men 9th at Charlotte Invite
CHARLOTTE, N.C.-Campbell's women's cross country squad took eighth while the men finished ninth Friday at the Charlotte Invitational at McAlpine Park.

A total of 36 women's teams competed in the event, while 34 were on the trail Friday evening. Virginia Tech earned the team title on both sides, with each individual scorer (five best from each school) finishing in the top-20 of each race, including four placers in the top-10 in the men's race.

Senior Rachel Deline led the CU women, placing 27th with a time of 18:02.91, a 5K personal best. Junior Cynthia Navarro recorded a mark of 18:09.36, taking 29th, also a personal record. Deline's mark is the fourth best all-time in Campbell history, while Navarro's time is sixth in the CU record books.

Ashley Matthews (18:40.12, 55th), Samantha Robbins (18:46.90, 60th) and Claudia Mundy (19:02.51, 76th) also placed for the Camels. All three earned personal best marks.

Junior DeLohnni Nicol-Samuel paced the men's unit with a personal best 8K time of 25:18.42. The mark pushes Nicol-Samuel into a tie for seventh in the Campbell all-time performance list.

Morgan Timiney took 69th with a time of 26:31.66, while Eric Baldwin placed 83rd, clocking in with a PR of 26:41.87. Evan Darm (26:47.60, 89th) and Clayton Woll (27:13.60, 117th) also placed on the day.

Next up for the Camels will be the Blue Ridge Open, hosted by Appalachian State in Boone, N.C. on Oct. 14.

Radford Cross Country Posts Eight PR's at Greater Louisville Classic
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Radford cross country teams combined for eight PR's and Thomas Keefe (Fairfax Station, Va./South County Secondary) led the way for a solid showing at the Greater Louisville Classic Saturday afternoon at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park.
 
For the second consecutive meet, Keefe led the Highlander field and posted the fastest time of the year with his 73rd-place performance in a group of 285 runners.  He lowered his PR once again, this time by 11 seconds to finish at 26:16.97. 
 
Sophomore Brian Gorwitz (Yorktown, Va./Grafton) kept pace with Keefe and finished 83rd overall with a time of 26:22.17, also a personal-best. 
 
Following the trend of setting new PR's was freshman Ryan Farnan (Winchester, Va./Millbrook), who crossed the finish line in 26:37.98, good for 114th place.  In addition, Sam Keltner (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) and Chris Weeks (Hamilton, Va./Loudoun Valley), who finished in 125th and 127th, also set career times of 26:40.94 and 26:41.77, respectively.
 
On the women's side, senior Caroline Ratterree (Falcon, Colo./Northeastern JUCO) capped the 5k with a personal-best 19:19.67 to finish 67th of 257 runners.   Freshman Teresa Williamson (Chesapeake, Va./Hickory) crossed the line in 19:32.35. 
 
Hannah Scheren (Lovettsville, Va./Loudon Valley) posted a 20:05.45 and teammate Emily Marshall (Prince George, Va./Prince George) recorded a 20:07.07, the eighth and final personal-best in the meet for the Highlanders.