LYNCHBURG, Va. -- The Liberty men and Coastal Carolina women won the 2008 Big South Cross Country Championships on Saturday. High Point's Zsanett Kis took the top spot in the women's 5K to pick up Runner of the Year honors. The Flames' Sam Chelanga finished first in the men's 8K to take home the men's Runner of the Year honor.
The Chanticleers finished with 54 points, followed by Liberty with 55 and High Point with 58. VMI was fourth with 126 points, while Radford was fifth with 130 points. In sixth was Winthrop with 143 points and in seventh was Big South newcomer Gardner-Webb 187 points. UNC Asheville (193) and Charleston Southern (237) rounded out the list for the women.
Kis posted a time of 18:23 to finish 16 seconds ahead of Liberty's Rebekah Ricksecker who clocked in at 18:39. In third-place was Mia Wyszynski of Coastal Carolina with a time of 18:45, followed by teammate Maranie Staab who finished with a time of 18:46. Carey Phillips from Winthrop was the ninth-place finisher with a time of 19:08 and Ashley Osborne of Liberty closed out the list of All-Big South runners with a time of 19:10.
The Liberty men posted 28 points, followed by High Point (64) and VMI (79). In fourth-place was Coastal Carolina with 134 points and UNC Asheville closed the top five 147 points. Winthrop and Radford finished tied for sixth with 151 points. Gardner-Webb finished eighth 224 and Charleston Southern was ninth with 240 points.
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• VOLLEYBALL -- In Asheville, N.C., the Eagles fell to UNC Asheville 3-2, despite beating the Bulldogs in almost all statistical categories.
The Eagles fall to 9-15 overall and 5-6 in the Big South while Asheville improves to 12-11 overall and 4-6 in conference play. The victory for the Bulldogs was the first over Winthrop since 2002, a span of 15 matches.
"We played a hard-fought match," Winthrop coach Sally Polhamus said. "We made errors at critical times, but these are errors we can fix."
Winthrop had three players who finished with double doubles and four players in double-digit kills. Senior middle hitter Shannon Sitzmann led the Eagles with 20 kills and also contributed 20 digs for her third double-double of the season. Sophomore outside hitter Kaley Viola notched her sixth double-double of the season with 13 kills and 20 digs. Junior right-side hitter Kelley Taylor finished with 14 kills while sophomore middle hitter Sara Felts finished with 12 kills. Freshman libero Janice Rivera completed the match with a season-high 30 digs.
As a team, the Eagles hit .225 for the match with 67 kills, 62 assists, 100 digs and 14 blocks. The 100 digs is a season high for the Eagles. Asheville hit .205 with 66 kills, 58 assists, 101 digs and five blocks.
Winthrop will continue on the road Tuesday as it travels to face Charleston Southern at 6 p.m.