MACON, Ga. – The Lipscomb cross country squads continue to unveil both athletic as well as academic dominance with three runners being awarded Atlantic Sun Conference academic honors Thursday.
Sophomore Sally Larson, who sports a 4.0 with a major in Graphic Design, secured Scholar Athlete of the Year in addition to a spot on the Academic All-Conference Team.
"Sally continues a Lipscomb tradition of representing the conference at the highest level athletically and academically," said Bill Taylor, director of cross country. "Tessa Hoefle set the bar, winning this award the first three years of its existence. It's cool to see Sally pick it up where she left off."
Larson led the Lady Bisons to a 12th place overall finish at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown in a field of several regionally and nationally ranked programs. She crossed the line in 18:14.0 finishing 66th out of more than 200 runners.
She finished 65th at the Greater Louisville Classic logging a time of 18:07.7 warranting a fourth place overall finish for the women’s team in the gold race. Larson placed sixth overall at the A-Sun Cross Country Championships landing the Lady Bisons their fourth-consecutive championship title. She finished with a time of 17:46.4.
Also named to the women’s A-Sun Academic All-Conference team was sophomore Barbara Lee Ball. The Nashville native holds a 4.0 GPA as a nursing major.
Ball finished 10th at the Belmont Opener with a time of 18:04.4. Her performance at Belmont earned her A-Sun Runner of the Week.
She ran the Commodore Classic on the campus of Vanderbilt in 17:43.6 to collect a fourth-place team finish. Ball placed 20th out of almost 300 runners. At the conference championships, Ball crossed the line in 17:54.2 placing ninth overall.
Jared Wingerter was the only runner from the men’s team to be named to the All-Academic Team possessing a 3.61 with a major in biology.
Wingerter placed 100th at the Greater Louisville Classic with a time of 25:40.5. He was the fourth Lipscomb runner to complete the 8-K at the A-Sun Championships to clinch the team’s second-straight conference title.
"I'm very proud of our student-athletes both on and off the course," Taylor said.
Both teams advanced to the NCAA Division I South Regional Championship, which will take place Friday morning with the women's race beginning at 8 a.m. CT and the men at 9 a.m.