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XC earns two top-10 finishes at Regionals, Leber on cusp of Nationals
Friday, November 15, 2019
By Logan Butts
XC earns two top-10 finishes at Regionals, Leber on cusp of Nationals

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - History was made at the NCAA South Regional on Friday morning for the Lipscomb cross country squad as Brent Leber finished with the top placement ever for a Bison in a Region race. The Bisons also earned top-10 placements as a team on both the men’s and women’s sides. 

Leber finished seventh overall out of 169 racers with an outstanding time of 30:26.4 in the 10k race. 

Of the top six runners, five came from Alabama and Middle Tennessee. Middle Tennessse has already qualified for Nationals, so if Alabama is selected as an at-large bid for the National Championship on Saturday’s Selection Show, then Leber will take one of the South Region’s four individual qualifying spots for Nationals. 

Leber helped lead the men’s team to a sixth-place finish, tying the mark for their best finish from 2017 and 2013. The Bisons compiled 205 total points, the best score for an ASUN squad in the race.

On the women’s side, Lipscomb also grabbed a top-10 mark, as the Lady Bisons finished in 10th with 258 points, also the best mark for an ASUN squad in Tallahassee. 

Senior Brooke Kingma had the top time for the women, placing 32nd out of 200 racers with a time of 21:04.7 in the 6k. 

 

WOMEN’S RESULTS:

Kingma | 32nd | 21:04.7

Senior Hannah Owens | 42nd | 21:10.7

Junior Lauren Flynt | 45th | 21:14.6

Junior Haley Kling | 67th | 21:42.6

Junior Grace Lahey | 77th | 21:55.0

Senior Grace Oetting | 84th | 22:00.3 

Sophomore Ayse Allsion | 175th | 23:43.6

 

MEN’S RESULTS: 

Leber | 7th | 30:26.4

Senior Zach Israel | 27th | 31:12.5

Freshman Ronald Kigen | 42nd | 31:32.3

Junior Patrick Smith | 66th | 32:05.5 

Freshman Scott McKenzie | 68th | 32:09.6

Freshman Brady Johnson | 79th | 32:25.9

Senior Sam Shaylor | 33:00.1


NEXT UP: Leber will have to wait until tomorrow’s Selection Show to see if he has qualified for Nationals or not. The Selection Show takes place at 4 p.m. and can be viewed on NCAA.com. The National Championship takes place on Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Indiana.