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Taylor adds 15 distance specialists for Lady Bisons
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Bill Taylor

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Head coach Bill Taylor has been busy on the recruiting trail in both women’s cross country and track & field. Women’s distance is the largest group in Lipscomb’s 2010 recruiting class with 15 newcomers out of 27 total recruits for both the men’s and women’s teams, including the first recruit for the athletics department from the state of Hawaii.

The recruits are:

Anna Belner (Johnston, Iowa): Anna is part of the Johnston High School record holding 4x800m relay. Her PR’s are: 2:21 4x800m relay split, 2:23 800m, 5:03 1500m, 15:02 4-K and 20:21 in the 5-K. She has been all-academic every year of high school and will pursue a degree in Pre-Pharmacy. Anna chose Lipscomb because of the unique atmosphere, the academics, the rapidly growing cross country and track programs and the Christian environment at a D-I level.

Kaleigh Bueckert (Pasadena, Calif.) : Kaleigh was the 2009 MVP for Maranatha Christian School in both cross country and track. She missed most of the 2010 track season due to an illness. She was both an All-Region and All-State selection in 2009. Her PRs are: 2:26 800, 5:20 1600m, 11:14 3200m, 18:47 three-miles and an 18:59 in the 5-K. Kaleigh was named Female Athlete of the Year for Maranatha Christian High School for the 2009-2010 school year. She will pursue a degree in Exercise Science. She chose Lipscomb because of the excellent academics in a strong Christian environment.

Katie Bunker (Cedarville, Ohio): Katie finished second in the Ohio state meet for 800m in 2010, after finishing second in 2009, third in 2008 and fourth in 2007. She was the Regional and District Champion at 800m all four years of high school. She was the Conference Champion at 400m in 2008 with a conference record. She holds the 800m record for Cedarville High School as well at the region. Her PRs are: 59.26 400m, 2:13.05 800m and 20:24 for a 5-K.

Katie also played basketball. She is a 4.0 National Honor Society student who will pursue a degree in Pre-Pharmacy. She chose Lipscomb because of the “awesome” track and cross country programs, the strong Christian atmosphere, the Pharmacy program and the great location in Nashville.

Missy Dowd (Duvall, Wash.) : Missy ran four years for Cedarville High School cross country and track, and was first team All-League. She was also a team captain for the girls cross country team in 2008 and 2009. Her PRs are: 2:33 800m, 5:21 1600m, 11:03 3000m, 11:30 3200m, 19:01 three-mile and a 19:22 5-K. Missy will pursue a degree in either Nursing or Education. She graduated with honors from high school.

Muriel Epling (Matthews, N.C.): Muriel will study Art at Lipscomb. Her PRs are: 2:32 800m, 5:42 1600m, 20:16 5k.

Tessa Hoefle (Rockford, Ill.) : Tessa finished third in the Illinois state cross country championships in 2009 and was regional champ. She has been part of the second place 4x800m relay team at state the past three years. Tessa has also been team captain the past three years. Her PRs are: 2:18 800m, 5:17 1600m, 11:30 3200m and 18:02 in the three-mile. She holds the Winnebago High School record for 3200m. A 4.0 student, Tessa was the valedictorian for her graduating class. She will pursue a degree in Journalism or Pre-Medicine.

Ali Keith (Mililani, Hawaii): Ali was the 2007 Hawaii state champion for cross country and finished fourth in 2009. A 4.0 student and class valedictorian, she will pursue a Biology degree at Lipscomb. Her PR’s are: 2:28 800m, 5:01 1500m, 5:27 1600m, 10:52 3000m, 19:01 three-mile and 20:57 5-K. She holds Mililani High School records in the 1600m and 3000m. Ali was also named Gatorade Hawaii state cross country athlete of the year in 2007. She finished ninth in the 3000m and third in the 1500m at this year’s Hawaii state championships. She chose Lipscomb because of how personal and family-like the team and coaches were.

Miranda Klein (Nashville, Tenn.): Miranda holds the David Lipscomb High School record for 5000m in cross country at 19:01 and was the state champion in cross country in 2008. In 2009 she finished first in the sub-sectional and sectional championships at 1600m and finished sixth in the 1600m at state after running on the second place state 4x800m relay. Her PRs are: 2:24 800m, 5:18 1600m, 10:56 3000m, 11:34 3200m. Miranda will pursue a degree in Psychology. She chose Lipscomb because of the strong Christian environment, the quickly growing Cross Country and Track programs, the location in Nashville with so much to do and how friendly and supportive people are.

Jaimie McFarland (Tacoma, Wash.): Jaime finished third in the Washington State championships for 800m. Her PR’s are: 2:18 800m, 5:22 1600m, 12:20 3200m, and19:36 5-K. Jaimie will pursue a degree in Pre-Med at Lipscomb.

Alyssa Miller (Cheyenne, Wyo.): Alyssa has won nine individual Wyoming State Championships in indoor and outdoor track during her career at Central High School. Most recently she was the 800m state champion this year and second in the 1600m. Alyssa was also a star for Central High School in swimming, earning two Wyoming state titles; all-state honors the past three years and a school record in the 200 freestyle.

Because swimming season was in the fall, she has never run cross country, with the exception of jumping into the Regional Nike Team race and running 20:43 for a 5-K without any training. Her PRs are 2:20 800m, 5:14 1600m and 11:17 in the 3200m. Alyssa was Athlete of the Year for Central High School and Marine Corps Athlete of the year.

Her Central High School Track teams won four team state championships for Indoor Track, and one for outdoor track. Alyssa is an honor student who will pursue a degree in Pre-Medicine at Lipscomb. She chose Lipscomb because of everything the university has to offer academically, athletically and the great location.

Alex Newby (Knoxville, Tenn.): Alex has earned All-State honors in track the past two years, and in cross country for three years for Farragut High School. She was also a starter for Farragut’s basketball team. An honor student, Alex will pursue a degree in Nutrition at Lipscomb.

Her PRs are: 5:15 for the full mile, 11:25 for the full two-mile and 19:03 for a 5-K, which is also a Farragut High School record. Alex chose Lipscomb because it’s a strong Christian university at the D-I level and because the cross country and track programs are growing rapidly.

Lacey Printz (Kent, Wash.): Lacey qualified for the state cross country championships three times, and lettered all four years for cross country and track at Thomas Jefferson High School. Her PRs are: 62 400m, 2:26 800m, 5:25 1600m, 11:15 3000m, 11:42 3200m, 18:14 three-mile and 19:21 in the 5-K. An honor student, Lacey will pursue a degree in Communications at Lipscomb. She was also named team captain for both cross country and track and was named Thomas Jefferson Distance Runner of the Year. She chose Lipscomb because she fell in love with the area, the campus and the people.

Cortney Thomas (Lacey, Wash.) Cortney earned seven varsity letters for cross country and track at Aberdeen High School and North Thurston High School. She also received the Ram Award. She holds the North Thurston High School record for 1600m. She was cross country team captain and first team All-Conference and League in 2007, 2008 and 2009. She was also named cross country MVP in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Her PRs are: 5:27 for 1600m, 11:56 for 3200m and 19:42 for a 5-K. Cortney will pursue a degree in Exercise Science or Nutrition at Lipscomb. She chose Lipscomb because of the growing XC and track programs, the friendly people on campus and the location in Nashville.

Dani Walker (Wichita, Kan.): Dani finished second in the Kansas 6A cross country championships and won the 800m at the Kansas state track & field championships for the second time this year. She was voted Best Female Athlete and Athlete of the Year for Maize High School. Dani’s state championship meet was a busy one in 2010. In addition to winning the 800m, she also finished third in the state 400m and 1600m. Her PRs are: 58.43 400m, 2:15.85 800m, 5:04 1600m, 11:28 3200m, 14:43 4000m and 19:45 in the 5-K. An honor student, Dani will pursue a degree in Pre-Medicine at Lipscomb. She chose Lipscomb because the team and coaches are so nice and the campus is great.

Emily Wilson (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.): Emily qualified for the state cross country championships as an individual from 2006 to 2008. She is also a former state qualifier in the 1600m and 3200m. Her PRs are 5:29 1600m, 12:24 3200m and 21:21 for a 5-K. A high honors graduate, she will pursue a degree in Bible at Lipscomb.