NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Bill Taylor, director of track and field and cross country, announced the five newest members of the men’s cross country team for the 2014 season.
"We've added great people who will help our program in many ways,” Taylor said. “As always they fit our culture and will strive for excellence in all they do.
“We look forward to their arrival, to helping them do big things and to their impact on our ever increasing success as a program."
The upcoming freshmen for Lipscomb cross country have collected a myriad of achievements during their respective high school careers.
Among the recruits are MVPs, state champions, and models of academic excellence.
The recruiting staff searched all over the country for athletes who would be a perfect fit for the culture surrounding the cross country program at Lipscomb.
The staff pursued athletes from several states across the country including Oregon, Illinois, North Carolina, Texas, and Ohio.
“Because our culture is so unique, we are looking for a specific recruit that fits our team in every way,” Taylor said. “Likewise, we are reaching amazing recruits because they figure out, especially after they visit and see what we are really like, that we offer something very special, something they want in their collegiate athlete experience.
“Plus, it’s fun to draw athletes together from all over the country to learn and grow from each other.”
Below is the list of incoming 2014-15 Bisons along with background info and highlights from their high school/previous school careers:
PR’s: 1:56 800m/4:06 1500/15:49 5k XC
- Nike Boarder Clash Qualifier in both 2012 and 2013
- 2013 XC Team Captain, MVP, and Most Inspirational Awards
- Track & Field Team was 2013 and 2014 OSAA 6A State Champions
- Finished 5th at the 2014 OSAA State Championships in the 800
Coach Reed on Sam:
“Sam is a great fit for Lipscomb. He is a great Christian and has strong academics and excellent
character. We wanted Sam as soon as we met him. He is a hard worker and had a solid high school
career. He has potential to grow and develop to be a great runner for us.”
Batavia, IL/Batavia HS/XC-Distance
PR’s: 4:28 1600/9:42 3200/15:02 XC 3mile
- 3.90 GPA
- Three-year letterwinner in both Cross-Country and Track & Field
- Indoor School record holder in 3200
- Competed at the 2013 IHSA State XC Championships and in the 1600 at the 2014 IHSAA State Track & Field Championships
Coach Reed on Mitch:
“Mitch is another guy who fits right in with our culture. He is going be a great addition to this team. He
loves Lipscomb and we believe will develop well with our training. Mitch will be a hard worker in the
class room and on the course we are excited to have him.”
Raleigh, NC/Knightdale HS/XC-Distance
PR’s: 52.70 400m/2:01 800m
- 3.96 GPA and 33 ACT
- Team was 2013 Outdoor and 2014 Indoor State Champions
- XC Team MVP for 2013 season
- 7 time Academic All-Conference honoree in Track and XC
Coach Reed on John:
“John comes in with excellent academics and great character. Both high attributes we look for in
recruits. He also has the potential to be a great mid distance runner. He is dedicated and determined to
be a strong contributor. We are glad to get John on our team.
Austin, TX/Vandegrift HS/XC-Distance
PR’s: 17:01 5k/34:44 10k
- Letterman in both XC and Track & Field Senior year
- Cross-Country Team Captain 2013-14
- National Honor Society
Coach Reed on Caleb:
“Caleb is a good runner and will add depth to our team. Caleb also comes in with a very high academic background. He is someone who fits our culture and will be a dedicated athlete.”
Mason, OH/Mason HS/XC-Distance
PR’s: 4:45 1600/10:01 3200/16:36 XC 5k
- 2 time letterwinner in XC and Track
- 1st Team All-Greater Miami Conference and State Qualifier
Coach Reed on Lucas:
Lucas is a guy with great character, grades, and athletic ability. We love that he is really passionate about his faith. We are glad he chose Lipscomb and we are very excited about his future as a bison.”