NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sophomore Tessa Hoefle and senior Ashley Lehman finished second and third in the women’s five-kilometer race leading the Lady Bisons to a second-place finish out of 23 teams. Isaiah Greer paced the men’s team for the third week in a row, leading the Bisons to a sixth-place finish at the Vanderbilt Commodore Invite.
Hoefle and Lehman finished just behind MTSU’s Lucy Kipkiai. Hoefle, from Winnebago, Ill., was runner-up with an 18:05.40s mark, while Lehman was third with an 18:08.10s run. Both runners stepped up in the squads first race without sophomore Danielle Walker, out for the season with a broken foot.
Minna Fields was the first Lipscomb freshman across the line, finishing 14th with an 18:30.00s time. Fields finished fifth among freshman runners in the race.
Hoefle, Lehman and Fields each bested the previous school-record 5K mark at Vaughn’s Gap, set by Alex Newby last season.
Two seniors rounded out the scoring for Lipscomb’s women’s squad. Catherine Beals had her season’s best showing to date, finishing 18th with an 18:39.70s mark, while classmate Louisa Van Batavia was right on her heels at 18:40.70s.
In all, Lipscomb placed seven runners in the top-25 of a race that featured 194 runners. The Lady Bisons finished second as a team, behind Alabama and ahead of Belmont, Cincinnati, Memphis and Florida Gulf Coast, among other schools.
The men’s side was led by Greer, who finished 18th with a 25:54.30s mark in the season’s first eight-kilometer race. It set the Lipscomb 8K record on the Vaughn’s Gap course, breaking Tim Muller’s 26:12 mark last season.
Juniors Geoff Musick and Ashton Fisher were neck and neck at the line, with Musick (26:28.40s) just besting Fisher (26:28.50s) for 36th; Fisher would settle for 37th.
In his first collegiate eight-kilometer run, freshman Ryan Gadsey was the fourth Lipscomb runner on the board with a 26:58.00s. Gadsey has earned points in each of his first three meets for the Bisons.
Junior Ben Wright rounded out the scoring for the Bisons, finishing 58th out of 190 runners. Cincinnati won the men’s event; Lipscomb finished behind Belmont and Middle Tennessee but ahead of Vanderbilt and Florida Gulf Coast.
Next weekend, the squads will be spread out across the country. The top women runners will be out in Palo Alto, Calif., for the Stanford Invitational, while the top men will be in Spokane, Wash., for the Erik Andersen Invite. The remaining runners will return to Chattanooga for the Chattanooga Cross Country Festival. All three meets will be held Saturday, Sep. 24.
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