April 24, 2006
The Lipscomb University track team faced more than 900 competitors from over 40 universities at the Vanderbilt University meet Saturday.
"It was a thrilling, ending the season on such a positive note with so many shattered records," said Lipscomb track coach Karen Robichaud. "Our runners ran toe-to-toe with established programs, scoring more points than some of the Southeast's big dogs. It was a huge confidence boost for us all to compete so well against programs with exponentially bigger teams, coaching staffs, and budgets."
Susan Worden ran a strategically brilliant race to shatter the school 5K record with a time of 17:53.46; Worden placed third overall in the 5K, scoring points for the Lady Bisons. On Worden's heels for most of the race was junior Samantha Wood who ran her personal record of 18:10.40 placing seventh out of 39 competitors and adding more points for Lipscomb. Amanda Wright and Candice Cox finished the second heat well, posting personal bests for the season.
Junior Elizabeth Schall ran her personal record of 4:23.29 one of our school's fastest times in the 1500M, finishing ninth out of 57 competitors.
"With Ruth Mick and Candice Cox graduating, some big shoes must be filled if our distance program is going to sustain a competitive edge in the A-Sun conference," said Robichaud. "As these performances indicate, juniors Susan Worden, Elizabeth Schall, Sam Wood and Amanda Wright are ready for the challenge."
Mick, who has grown accustomed to breaking school records this year (in cross-country 18:04. and in the 800M 2:15.20) dropped another school record to place second overall in the steeplechase event with a time of 11:05.80
Furthermore, Danielle Graham beat Belmont's and Southern Illinois's jumpers to jump the school record in the long Jump of 17 feet and two inches.
"The successes tonight represent the culmination of the hard work and sacrifices these ladies have endured the last ten months," said Robichaud. "It's been a pleasure to work with such exceptional athletes."