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Walker is top finisher for cross country at Pre-Nationals

Saturday, October 19, 2013

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Senior Dani Walker led the Lipscomb women’s cross country team to a 23rd place finish against the top teams in the country Saturday at the Pre-Nationals meet in Terre Haute, Ind.

Walker finished in 79th place in a time of 21:18.34 in a field of 340 runners. Freshman Sally Larson crossed the finish line in 86th position in 21:20.16 while sophomore Madi Talbert placed 93rd in 21:24.11.

With 12 nationally-ranked teams in the 49 team meet, Georgetown claimed the top spot while Emma Bates of Boise State claimed first place in 20:09.09. 

"Today was another learning experience," Bill Taylor, director of cross country and track and field, said. "Not exactly what we wanted to accomplish for the men or the women. However, we had some good things happen too.

"We are still growing and learning what we can be."

The men’s team finished 43rd overall and was led by freshman Juan Gonzalez with a 127th place finish in 24:48.58. Fellow freshman Christian Freeman crossed the line in 169th place in 25:02.12. 

The men’s side had 52 teams including nine nationally-ranked squads led by winner Colorado. The individual champion was Kennedy Kithuka of Texas Tech who crossed the finish line in 22:52.78. 

In the open portion of the meet, sophomore Fidel Leon finished 27th in 26:03.70. Freshman D.A. Lowry finished 42nd in 26:22.15.

The Lady Bisons had five runners in the open division led by freshman Hannah Feiten with a 16th place finish in 22:25.72. Junior Kendra Lobley was 22nd in 22:35.95. 

Lipscomb also sent a contingent of runners to the Frontrunner Invitational hosted by Chattanooga. Freshman Alex Tate finished 23rd in women’s two mile run in 12:05.56. Freshman Taylor Romine crossed the line just behind in 26th in 12:11.28. 

Sophomore Andrew Bosket was the top finisher for the men, placing 26th in 16:10.48 in the 5K run. Sophomore Austin Casassa finished 29th in 16:15.12. 

Lipscomb returns to its home course on Nov. 2 for the Atlantic Sun Championships. The Lady Bisons will be looking for their third-straight title while the men, ranked second in the A-Sun Coach’s Poll, will look to become first time A-Sun Champions.