Men's XC/TF announces 2016 spring signing class
Thursday, May 5, 2016
By Logan Butts
Men's XC/TF announces 2016 spring signing class
Players are pictured clockwise from top left.

NASHVILLE – The men’s cross country and track and field programs have announced the addition of five new Bisons through the 2016 signing class.

Each of the new signees will arrive to campus with an accomplished resume, and the cross country and track and field coaching staff believes they will all make a positive impact on the team from the start.

With the men’s cross country team coming off of an Atlantic Sun Championship three-peat and the track and field squad in the midst of another successful season, the new players will look to add talent to an already deep pool of student-athletes.

 

John Green (top left) – West Forsyth High School, Cumming, Georgia

Personal Records – 4:22 (1600m), 9:26 (3200m), 15:42 (XC)

Career Highlights – 3rd place finish in 2015 Georgia 6A State XC Championships , 7th place finish in 3200m at 2015 Georgia Olympics, 6th place finish in 9:26 at the 3200m at 2016 Taco Bell Classic, 2015 Georgia 6A Regional XC Individual Champion

Assistant Coach Tim Muller on Green:

“We are extremely happy to have John Green sign with Lipscomb. I watched him run a tough and smart race at last year’s Georgia cross country championships. With terrible conditions John was patient, tactical, and had a very fast finish. The team will definitely be able to use his distance prowess in the coming years. John also brings tremendous character to the team. I know he is a guy who will uphold our team’s values.”

Robert Lockwood (top right) – W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, Virginia

Personal Records – 4:24 (1600m), 9:30 (3200m), 15:30 (5k XC)

Career Highlights – 4th place 1600m finish at 2016 VHSL Indoor Championships, 4th place 3200m finish at 2016 VHSL Indoor Championships, 7th place finish 3200m finish at 2015 VHSL State Outdoor

Assistant Coach Benton Reed on Lockwood:

“Robert is an excellent young man; we are ecstatic he is joining our program! He is an excellent fit for our team. We believe he will add a lot of value on the course and in the classroom. Robert brings a lot of energy and passion for the sport, and it will be great to have that excitement on the team. He will be an exceptional Bison.”

Sam Shaylor (bottom right) – North Cobb Christian High School, Marietta, Georgia

Personal Records – 2:01 (800m), 4:27 (1600m), 9:40 (3200m), 15:54 (5k XC)

Career Highlights – 2nd place finish at GHSA State XC Championships, Individual champion at Georgia 6A Private School XC Championships, 9th place finish in 1600m at 2015 Georgia Olympics, 7th place finish in 3200m at 2015 Georgia Olympics

Assistant Coach Tim Muller on Shaylor:

“Sam was one of my favorite recruits all year. An extremely respectful and committed young man, when he decided to commit to Lipscomb it really made the coaches day. He is a workhorse that loves the long distances. I cannot wait to see how collegiate training develops him as a runner. He has huge potential. Sam also brings a great faith background coming from a Christian school.”

Jonathan Schwind (bottom middle) - Lambert High School, Suwanee, Georgia

Personal Records – 1:53.29 (800m), 4:12.25 (1600m), 9:14.05 (3200m), 15:55 (5k XC)

Career Highlights –3rd place finish 1600m in 2015 Georgia Olympics, 2nd place finish 3200m in 2015 Georgia Olympics, Back-to-back county champion in 800m (2015 and 2016), back to back sectional champion in 1600m (2015 and 2016), 5th place finish in GHSA State Cross Country Championships in 2015

Assistant Coach Benton Reed on Schwind:

“We are thrilled to have Jonathan join our team next year. As soon as he visited in the fall we knew he was the perfect fit for our program. Jonathan is a tough runner and will add a lot to our team athletically. We are also excited because of his high character. He is an extremely diligent worker and wants to do some big things in the future.”

Zach Israel (bottom left) – Brookwood High School, Snellville, Georgia

Personal Records – 1:57.97 (800m), 4:15.29 (1600m), 9:21.28 (3200m), 15:44 (5k XC)

Career Highlights – Champion in 3200m at 2016 UIL (Texas) Track and Field Championships, 2016 GHSA Sectional Champion in the 1600m, 2016 GHSA Sectional Champion in the 3200m, Individual champion in 3200m at Jerry Arnold Georgia Challenge (9:21), 3rd place finish in GHSA State Cross Country Championships in 2015

Assistant Coach Benton Reed on Israel:

“We are so excited he chose Lipscomb. We place a lot of weight on a recruit’s character and fit on the team. Zach made an incredible first impression on campus with the coaches and the guys. We knew immediately he belonged here. Zach is a dedicated, hardworking runner. We know Zach will be a positive teammate and a runner we can count on.”