Distance runners strong at Raleigh Relays
Friday, March 30, 2012
Distance runners strong at Raleigh Relays

RALEIGH, N.C. – A school record fell and several Lipscomb athletes moved up in the Atlantic Sun standings Friday at the Raleigh Relays.

In the men’s 3000m steeplechase, junior Ashton Fisher set the school record with a 9:19.78s run, extending his lead in the A-Sun to more than 10 seconds.

Senior Louisa Van Batavia got the day started right with a second-place finish in the second heat of the women’s 5000m run with a personal-best 17:56.25s mark.

Overall, a bunch of solid personal-bests today,” said Lipscomb head coach Bill Taylor. “Louisa breaking 18 minutes for the first time was awesome.”

Senior Ashley Lehman earned a seventh-place mark in her 5000m heat with a personal-best 17:00.63s mark, the top Lady Bison 5000m mark of the day. Heading into today, that mark would be the second-best in the Atlantic Sun this year.

“Ashley just missed breaking 17 minutes,” Taylor said. “She lowered her personal-best by 24 seconds and had a phenomenal race.”

Sophomore Alex Newby was 12th in her heat with a personal-best 17:52.11s time.

Sophomore Katie Bunker put together a 4:38.75s 1500m run, finishing seventh in heat three.

Junior Isaiah Greer just missed a top-10 mark in the men’s 5000m run, finishing 11th in the fourth heat with a 15:11.56s run. That run broke his previous personal-best by six seconds.

“We did a good job today,” Taylor said. “We got what we wanted and continue to raise the bar. This sets us up well for the final third of the season.”

The Bison and Lady Bison track and field teams will be in action tomorrow in Oxford, Miss. for the Ole Miss Invite.

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