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Cross country earns top-10 spots in tough field at Commodore Classic
Saturday, September 17, 2016
By Logan Butts
Cross country earns top-10 spots in tough field at Commodore Classic

NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb cross country squad posted a pair of top-10 finishes in its second meet of the season at the Commodore Classic on Saturday.

The meet was the second in a row to start the season for the Bisons to take place at their home course, Vaughn’s Gap.

The women’s squad finished ninth out of a 25-team field with a point total of 253. The Purple and Gold finished above Southeastern Conference programs Georgia and Auburn and just behind national-ranked Vanderbilt and Mississippi State.

Senior Sally Larson was the top individual racer for the women, placing 41st with a time of 17:57.8. She was followed closely by sophomore Brooke Kingma who took 47th with an 18:02.8 mark.

Junior Avery Franklin (18:06.0) and senior Barbara Lee Ball (18:10.7) finished 51st and 57th, respectively, while junior Kacey Kemper (18:16.3) placed 68th.

On the men’s side, the Bisons finished in 10th with 307 total points, ahead of host Vanderbilt and rival Belmont.

Sophomore Brent Leber posted the best finish for both the men’s and women’s squad, placing 26th with a time of 25:29.7 for the 8K race.

Freshmen Jonathan Schwind (26:02.4,  Kyle Johnson (26:15.0), and Kyle Israel (26:15.6) finished 59th, 78th, and 79th, respectively.

The Bisons will be back in action next Saturday at the Texas A&M Invite.