Mick becomes first Lipscomb runner to qualify for NCAA regionals
Monday, April 17, 2006

April 17, 2006

Ruth Mick made track history for Lipscomb University over the weekend becoming the first member of the program to qualify for the NCAA Regionals.

Mick won the women's 800-meter run at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla. She ran a school record and personal best 2:15.20 in the race. Mick will compete in the NCAA Regionals in Knoxville, Tenn., May 26.

"Ruth is running faster than ever," said first-year Lipscomb cross country and track coach Karen Robichaud. "We're going to try to get her down to 2:09 so she can maybe look at going to the nationals.

"She has such an amazing work ethic. She has pushed herself to reach her potential. It is very rewarding to coach her."

Mick, a senior from Zelinople, Pa., is majoring in environmental science. She is the female winner of the James R. Byers Award for 2006, the top award given annually to a male athlete and a female athlete at Lipscomb. Mick has also excelled in the classroom as a member of the Atlantic Sun All-Academic Team.

"She is very intrinsically motivated," said Robichaud. "She has such a relationship with God. She feels that he has given her ability, and she wants to maximize it to His glory.

"She is very positive. She talks to herself during a race. That positive disposition and the fact she is so goal-oriented helps her."

Also posting a personal best in the 800 meters were Elizabeth Schall, finishing third with a time of 2:16.77, and Jill Dyer, the sixth place finisher with a time of 2:20.19.

Susan Worden placed seventh in the women's 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:41.98. Samantha Wood was ninth with a time of 18:51.48. Amanda Wright finished 17th with a time of 20:26.44.

In the women's 10,000 meters Worden placed seventh with a time of 38:11.99. Candice Cox was 16th with a time of 44:56.76.

Paige Griffin was 18th in the women's 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:16.84.

In the women's triple long jump Danielle Graham cleared a distance of 10.87 meters.

"Danielle winning fifth place as a freshman is very exciting," said Robichaud. "Her gymnastics background definitely fortifies both her work ethic and her form. She will be working on the pole vault this summer."

Jessica Strange posted a personal best in the javelin finishing fifth in the event with a throw of 36.34 meters.

"She came out and contributed right from the very beginning in the javelin," said Robichaud.