NEW ORLEANS – The Lipscomb men’s and women’s cross country squads are off to a smooth start for the season after being ranked high in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s south region rankings.
The women moved up to fourth this week in the poll swapping places with Mississippi State. The Lady Bisons are ranked ahead of Southeastern Conference foes Auburn, Georgia, Florida, and Ole Miss. Florida State sits atop the region rankings.
The Bison men are also ranked in the top-10 in the region with a sixth-place ranking ahead of Belmont, Alabama, Georgia Tech, and Georgia. Florida State also sits in first place in the men’s standings.
With several top runners from both teams resting for the first part of the season, the rest of the group has kicked it into high gear to ensure strong performances.
At the Belmont Opener Aug. 29, sophomore Barbara Lee Ball placed 10th overall with a time of 18:04.40 tying her personal record in the 5-K. She also shattered her best time on the Vaughn’s Gap course.
Daniel Gardner and Juan Gonzalez placed second and third respectively at the Hatter Invitational Aug. 30. Gardner recorded a time of 26:44.28 while Gonzalez crossed the line in 26:44.71.
This past weekend at the Vanderbilt Commodore Classic, the women’s team finished fourth overall out of 17 Division I teams posting a total time of 1:29.26. The women’s top three runners sat out at Vanderbilt as well.
Freshman Paige Stoner has seen an array of positive results in her first two competitions posting a time of 18:22.75 at the Belmont Opener and 17:33.39 at Vanderbilt. Stoner’s performance at Vanderbilt earned her the Atlantic Sun Runner of the Week for this week.
Also at Vanderbilt, DA Lowery ran the team’s home course in 26:04.02 recording a personal record and running his fastest time on the course by 36 seconds.
The teams return to action Friday Sept. 26 as they travel to Boston for the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown.