NASHVILLE – With the Atlantic Sun Championships waiting at the end of the month, the Lipscomb cross country squad will be taking on meets in Kentucky and Alabama over the weekend in preparation for the postseason.
As has been the case for almost all of the races so far this season, the Bisons will be facing another stacked field at the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday.
"Louisville is a great opportunity for our teams,” Lipscomb Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Bill Taylor said. “There are six nationally-ranked teams on the women's side and five on the men's side.”
The men’s squad did not race last weekend at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown. They have not had a chance to race together since the Commodore Classic in mid-September.
"For the men, this is really only the second chance to run together so far this season,” Taylor said. “They've been looking forward to this meet for two weeks and are ready to go. The big thing for the men last time out was the gap between our number three runner and our number four runner. If the guys stick together, they will have a very good result.”
The women excelled at the Coast-to-Coast Battle, placing fifth out of 25 teams with 151 points. Senior Madi Talbert won the A-Sun Runner of the Week for her performance. She finished 20th in a field of over 200 runners with a time of 17:28.
"Our women are coming off a very successful performance at Boston, and are trying to improve a few things this week,” Taylor said. “It looks like we will be running without Barbara Lee Ball, which is a significant loss. On the other side, Bridgette Doucet will make her college debut this week. So we won't be quite at full strength, but I don't think it will impact much. Others just need to step up, and with our depth, that shouldn't be a problem."
The action in Louisville will kick off at with the men’s race at 9:30 a.m., followed by the women’s at 10:15.
The Bisons will also have runners participating in the Foothills Classic in Jacksonville, Ala. on Saturday. The men’s race will start at 8:30 a.m., followed by the women’s race at 9:30.