NEW YORK – It was a dominant day for the Lipscomb cross country squad as the Bisons trip to New York City for the Fordham Invite produced two team and two individual titles.
On the men’s side, Lipscomb took three of the top five, six of the top 10, and nine of the top 15 slots on the way to taking the team titles with 23 total points. They were 46 points ahead of second place Manhattan and 65 ahead of third place FGCU.
“We really got everything we could have hoped from today,” Lipscomb Director of Track and Field Bill Taylor said. “This was the first race of the season for our runners here.
“We came here so we could preview the course that we will compete on at the conference championships. That was the biggest benefit from this trip. Getting two team wins and both individual wins was a bonus in a lot of ways.”
For the women, the Lady Bisons notched three of the top five and five of the top 10 in route to winning the team title with 25 points, which was 40 points better than second place Princeton.
“I am really proud of both teams,” Taylor said. “They did some things today that we have been talking about. It was a big confidence builder and a nice step towards being the teams we want to be.
“Both teams also have a lot they can do even better, and there was excitement within the teams knowing this was a terrific start, and still just a start.”
Sophomore Silas Griffith took the individual title for the men with a time of 25:53.02, while junior Courtney Brenner won the women’s race with a 17:48.99 mark. The men ran an 8K, and the women raced a 5K.
“Courtney ran a very smart race,” Taylor said. “She is running amazing in practices and is at a level in which anything is possible each race. Courtney has great race instincts.
“Silas ran very similar to Courtney. He put himself in position and made smart moves. He looked strong and relaxed today.”
Griffith was joined by juniors John Green (26:12.23), William Kachman (26:13.47), Zach Israel (26:21.70), and freshman Patrick Smith (26:23.57) in fourth through seventh place, respectively. Fellow junior Kyle Johnson rounded out the top 10 with a time of 26:35.55.
Freshman Adan Rodriguez (26:41.77), sophomore Jonathan Schwind (26:45.01), and junior Owen Glogovsky (26:46.24) placed 13th, 14th, and 15th, while freshman Sam Kuhn (27:19.26) finished 23rd.
“John Green had a terrific season debut,” Taylor said. “He is going to get stronger and stronger throughout the season. Will and Zach are staples in our top five. They did exactly what they needed to do today. Patrick Smith took a big step forward on the team today. He is going to have a great season.
“I was also really impressed with our freshmen Adan and Sam. It’s not easy going from high school to NCAA Division I level cross country competition, and moving from 5000m races to 8000m races. Both guys had incredible freshman debuts.”
Joining Brenner in the women’s top five were senior Julia Fritz (18:25.51) in fourth and sophomore Lauren Flynt (18:34.04) in fifth.
Junior Brooke Kingma (18:54.80) and sophomore Kayla Rudie (18:58.31) placed seventh and eighth, while senior Bridgette Doucet (19:27.45), junior Hannah Owens (19:40.82), and freshman Madison Allie (20:14.90) finished 17th, 19th, and 26th, respectively.
“Today was also a really strong breakthrough race for Julia Fritz,” Taylor said. “She ran a strong and calm race. This was Brooke Kingma’s first cross country race since 2016. I know she was a bit nervous, yet she shook it off and found out she is great.
“Lauren was a solid rock for us last year and looks equally strong this year. I was also really proud of Kayla Rudie. She was a strong runner in our top seven last year. She was even stronger today and showed she is ready for a great season.”
With such a strong performance on a course they will see again for the ASUN Championship, the Bisons finished Saturday with plenty of hope moving forward.
“Today was a nearly perfect setup for the rest of the season,” Taylor said. “Both teams know the things they will do better. It was a very successful trip to New York City.”