NASHVILLE – Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Bill Taylor released the 2016 fall slate on Tuesday, which features meets both familiar and new for Lipscomb cross country squad.
The schedule kicks off with a pair of local meets, the Belmont Opener on September 3rd and the Commodore Classic on September 17th, both mainstays in the Bison cross country slate. The two Nashville races will be followed by a meet and course brand new to the Purple and Gold, the Texas A&M Invite on September 24th. That same weekend, the squad will also compete in the Austin Peay XC Festival.
"I really like this year’s schedule,” Taylor said. “We have gone to some of the biggest meets in the nation the past four or five years: Boston, Pre-Nationals, Louisville, Stanford. There is a lot of value in going to those meets, especially with an older and experienced team.
"This schedule is a bit lower key, yet still highly competitive. Both teams have some solid returners, yet need some younger runners to step up this season. “
On October 1st, Lipscomb will run in the USC Upstate Eye Opener, a first-time competition for the team, before closing out the regular season with another new meet, the Wake Forest Invite (Oct. 14th), and the UTC Frontrunner (Oct. 15th).
"This schedule allows for development,” Taylor said. “There will be great competition, yet it isn't as deep up front as in many of the meets we have attended in the past. In meets like the ones at Texas A&M and Wake Forest, the top teams should be fairly even with us.
"It really allows us to focus on tactics and use the meets as teaching opportunities. We really aren't racing for at-large points this year. We are working to get stronger through the season and see what we can do in the Championship races. The schedule will set us up really well for the end of the season and for even greater success in the future."