MACON, Ga. – For the second straight week, Lipscomb women’s cross country runner Madi Talbert collected the Atlantic Sun Women’s Runner of the Week honor, announced by the conference Wednesday.
"Madi certainly deserves this honor again,” said Bill Taylor, director of cross country. “She is racing at a new level this season. She is bold, relaxed, powerful and willing to put herself in the right positions to take full advantage of her talent.
“The best is yet to come. She is just at the beginning of figuring out what she can really do.”
Competing in her second meet this season, Talbert finished 13th out of 300 runners at the Louisville Classic running against three nationally ranked top-30 teams and several Division I regionally ranked teams.
Talbert led the women’s team to a fourth place overall finish out of 32 teams closing out the race just three points behind No. 28 Virginia Tech.
Her time of 17:19 broke the cross country 5000-meter school record. She also led the team in breaking the cross country school record for total time (1:29:11.29) and average time (15:50.26).
"What I am most proud of Madi for is off the course,” Taylor said. “She is leading the girls to a new level on the course and off the course. She is stepping up and speaking boldly to her teammates about what they can do.
“The girls are moving up to her and her encouragement and even at times demand is making a big difference. It's really awesome seeing Madi mature as a racer and as a teammate."
The cross country squads return to action for split competitions at Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Indiana and the Front Runner Invite in Chattanooga, Tennessee Oct. 18.