Blake, Worden, Rutherford Lead Lipscomb In The School's First Track & Field Atlantic Sun Championship
Saturday, September 3, 2005


The Lady Bisons Track & Field team traveled to Orlando, Fla., to compete in the Atlantic Sun Championship. The team finished 9th in the overall results.

The young team had nine top-ten finishes. Senior Monica Blake led the effort with a second place finish in the javelin throw (121-01) giving her all-conference honors.

Freshman distance runner Susan Worden had a fourth place finish in the women's 10,000 meter run (38:02) missing all-conference by one place.

Freshman Lindsey Rutherford also helped pace the Lady Bisons with a 6th place finish in the triple jump (34-11.25).

Also, the women's 4 x 100 meter relay team (with freshmen Shannon Childs, Brittany Miller, Lindsey Rutherford and junior Tenielle Smith) had a 6th place finish in the meet.

Other top performances included an 8th place finish in the 1500 meter run by freshman Elizabeth Schall (4:50) and an 8th place finish in the 800 meter run by sophomore Ruth Mick (2:18).

"This was a good meet to wrap up our season," said head coach Clay Nicks. "I would like this meet to occur two or three weeks from now as the girls seemed to have performed better with warmer weather.

"I am very proud of what this team has accomplished this year. They are very young and all of them gave what they had this weekend. I think they are excited because the younger ones realize they can improve a lot next year."

Nicks also had praise for the senior leadership on the team.

"I am very grateful for the leadership the seniors have provided this season and we will miss them," Nicks said. "Most of them have been here since we started the program in 2002. They have helped us become a better team."

A handful of the Men's Cross-Country team members also competed this weekend as individuals. Sophomore Zac Yanis led the way with a 4th place showing in the 800 meter run (1:57.76). Yanis narrowly missed all-conference honors by .54 of a second.

"Zac ran a great race and fell just short of his goal," said Nicks. "The 800 was very competitive and I expect he will be back in the mix next year."

Senior Jonathan Eckberg closed out his career with a seventh place finish in the 3000 meter steeplechase (10:04).

"Jonathan has been a leader for us all year.," said Nicks. "He ran a great race and I am happy with how he performed this weekend."