Lady Bisons finish fourth in Evansville Invite
Sunday, October 14, 2007

Oct. 14, 2007

Carolyn Latham, a red shirt sophomore, led the Lipscomb Lady Bisons to a fourth place team finish at the Evansville Invite by posting a 5-K time of 18:30 for sixth place overall.

Latham has led the Lady Bisons in every meet this season. While her time was not an all-time PR, it was one minute ten seconds faster than she ran this race last year.

"Carolyn challenged herself today. Said Head Coach Bill Taylor. She ran up front again and stuck. She is getting used to running in the 18s every week now and is getting very comfortable with going out with the best in the race. "

Right behind Latham, freshman Caitlin Anderson had a breakout day with a huge PR of 18:48. Caitlin has now taken almost two minutes off her 5-K PR prior to this season.

"Caitlin's performance was terrific!," said Taylor. "She was strong and aggressive. You could see the desire in her eyes as she just went out and gave it all. The whole team was so happy for her."

Shannon Shoemake also posted a PR time of 19:18. That time was a 34-second improvement over her time in this race last year. Freshman Jenny Randolph followed close behind in 19:22.

"Shannon and Jenny ran solid again, making our top four very strong," said Taylor. "It was terrific to see Julie Alley finish what she started last week and get the result for her effort. She's now another runner we have up in our top group."

Though her breakout result was delayed by a week, sophomore Julie Alley ran aggressively for the second week in a row. Last week she was on pace for a tremendous race but passed out 400m before the finish. This week she charged through, finishing as the fifth runner for Lipscomb with a great time of 19:53, just off her high school PR and 36 seconds faster than her time on this course last year.

Erin Pyles finished sixth for the team, right with Alley, in an identical time of 19:53. After running with Carolyn Latham early, Erin struggled late in the race, yet still ran one minute 23 seconds faster than her time on this course last year.

Paloma Floden ran her best race of the year in an all-time PR of 19:58, her first time below the twenty minute barrier. Her time was 38 seconds faster than last year on this course. Paige Griffin ran a time of 20:49 to finish as the eighth Lipscomb runner and Valerie Winkler ran 20:52 to round out the Lipscomb contingent.

"Paloma looked great as well," Taylor said. "She really stepped it up and raced. I enjoyed seeing the desire she had. And Paige gets better each week as she comes back from a summer injury. Her race this week was twice as good as her first race of the season last week. Now she gets two weeks to prepare for conference."

The Bisons get next weekend off to prepare for the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships on Oct 27th. Lipscomb University is hosting the championships this year at the Vaughn's Gap course in Percy Warner Park.