NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the first time this season, the Lipscomb cross country squads leave the friendly confines of Percy Warner Park. The Purple and Gold competes at the Eric Anderson Invite in Spokane, Wash. Saturday.
“We kind of wanted a meet that gave us some competition but was a bit lower key,” Bill Taylor, director of cross country and track and field, said. “I think this solves that. Primarily we will be scored against Washington State and Gonzaga, the other two DI teams that are there.
“Both of them on the men’s side are regionally ranked in the West, the strongest region in the nation. The women’s squads were preseason ranked. The rest of the field has some good D II teams because it is the site of the national meet for Division II.”
The Lipscomb women’s team moved up to fifth place in the South Region in the latest USTFCCCA rankings after finishing second at the Vanderbilt Invite. The men’s squad climbed the ladder to sixth place after winning the Vanderbilt Invite.
Washington State is ranked 10th in the West Region with Gonzaga holding 13th place for the men’s squads.
Lipscomb is participating in the only back-to-back weekend meets after competing at the Vanderbilt Invite last Saturday. Taylor believes the schedule is set up nicely before heading into the meat of the schedule.
“After this meet, we will now have a week off,” Taylor said. “Then we really get into the heart of the schedule where the at-large points are possible.”
The at-large points become important in determining which teams make the NCAA National Meet.
“This is kind of like our dress rehearsal before we get into the most impacting meets of the year,” Taylor said.
The college division of the races is scheduled to begin at 12:45 p.m.