Lee earns 3 weekly honors

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Posted 10/5/17

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Gulf South Conference released this week’s cross country awards and the Flames swept the honors with the Lady Flames earning their first nod of the season. Christian Noble …

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Lee earns 3 weekly honors

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Gulf South Conference released this week’s cross country awards and the Flames swept the honors with the Lady Flames earning their first nod of the season. Christian Noble was the GSC men’s Runner of the Week with Caleb Eagleson earning GSC men’s Freshman of the Week. Emiy Buwalda earned the recognition of GSC women’s Runner of the Week.

Noble ran a new Lee record of 23:50 to place second last Friday evening at the Royals XC Challenge. His time is the fastest time in the GSC this season by 38 seconds. This is the third time he has won this award.

For the second time this season, Eagleson is the GSC Freshman of the Week. He ran the fastest time by a GSC freshman this season at the Royals XC Challenge. His time of 25:03 moves him up to No. 3 all-time on the Lee University freshman list.

“Our men have put in a lot of work the last couple of weeks,” said Lee head coach Caleb Morgan. “I am happy they were recognized for their performance this past weekend. We have a lot of momentum going into conference and regionals. We look to show that in two weeks.”

The Flames placed second as a team to then No. 9 Queens University of Charlotte. The duo was also part of the Flames’ school record for fastest average team time of 24:45.

Buwalda ran the fastest 5K time in program history at the Royals XC Challenge. Her time of 17:43 was also the fastest time run by a GSC athlete this season.

The Lady Flames placed first as a team to finish ahead of then No. 14 Queens University of Charlotte and No. 25 Saint Leo University.

“Our women are right where we want to be going into our two off weeks,” added Morgan. “We have run at a very high level so far this season. We should have another jump in fitness when we begin the championship season.”

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released its updated rankings Wednesday afternoon and both Lee squads maintain their position at the top of the South Region. The Flames moved up three spots from No. 17 to No. 14, while Queens fell one spot to 10th.

The Lady Flames swapped places with Queens. Lee is now ranked 14th and Queens dropped to 15th. The Lady Flames remain the top-ranked team in the South Region.

Lee returns to action on Oct. 21 at the GSC Championships. The competitions will be held at Oakville Indian Mounds Course in Danville, Ala.

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