Liberty Wins 2010 Men's Cross Country Title

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BLACKSBURG, VA. - The Liberty Flames won 2010 New Balance Big South Men's Cross Country Championship presented by UCS and Musco Lighting at the Blacksburg Middle School course in Blacksburg, Va. on Saturday morning.  The Flames' Sam Chelanga finished first in the men's 8K to take home Runner of the Year honors.

Liberty posted 33 points, followed by High Point (45) and VMI (69).  In fourth-place was Winthrop with 134 points and Radford closed the top five 153 points.  In sixth was UNC Asheville with 162 points and in seventh was Coastal Carolina with 205 points.  Charleston Southern (209) and Gardner-Webb (247) rounded out the list.

The Flames took home the top three positions in Chelanga, who posted a new course record 24:03.55, alongside Evans Kigen who clocked in at 24:35.44 and Josh Edmonds who finished in 24:44.88.  High Point's Neal Darmody was fourth with a time of 24:53.96, followed Adam Freudanthal from Winthrop who posted of a time of 24:56.79.  High Point's Patrick Crawford checked in at No. 6 with a time of 25:01.85. Kyle Kling of Coastal Carolina was seventh with his time of 25:13.98.  VMI took the next two spots in Felix Kitur (25:20.82) and Andrey Dmitriev (25:21.69). Jevin Monds of High Point rounded out the All-Conference runners with a time of 25:27.81.

Liberty's Brant Tolsma was named Coach of the Year, while Crawford earned Freshman of the Year honors. Liberty's Edmonds was named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

2010 Runner of the Year
Sam Chelanga, Liberty

2010 Freshman of the Year
Patrick Crawford, High Point

2010 Big South All-Conference Team
Sam Chelanga, Liberty
Evans Kigen, Liberty
Josh Edmonds, Liberty
Neal Darmody, High Point
Adam Freudanthal, Winthrop
Patrick Crawford, High Point
Kyle Kling, Coastal Carolina
Felix Kitur, VMI
Andrey Dmitriev, VMI
Jevin Monds, High Point

2010 Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Josh Edmonds, Liberty

2010 Cross Country All-Academic Team
Josh Edmonds, Liberty
Jevin Monds, High Point
Kyle Kling, Coastal Carolina
Andrew King, Charleston Southern
Adam Freudenthal, Winthrop
Paul Steinke, Gardner-Webb
Adam Schnapp, UNC Asheville
Nicholas Baer, Presbyterian College
Sam Keltner, Radford

Coach of the Year
Brant Tolsma, Liberty