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Chastain's historical NCAA win earns Runner of the Week

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

MACON, Ga. - Lipscomb’s Ryan Chastain made history for his school by capturing the program’s first individual title since joining the NCAA, winning at the Vanderbilt Invitational and for his achievement, he earned the second Runner of Week award in Bisons history, the conference office announced on Wednesday.

Chastain, a junior from Mitchell, Ind., won the first individual race top honor in Bisons history completing the 8K Vanderbilt Invitational in a time of 26:23.65, 23 hundredths of a second in front of the second place runner. Earlier this season, running a 5K on the same course at Percy Warner Park in Nashville he finished with his best time ever on the course, 15:28, a minute faster than any team member has covered the distance. Ryan consistently ranks as the top finisher for the Bisons. The mechanical engineering major defeated runners from Albany, Rhodes, Emory, Tennessee Tech and Lambuth.

The Bisons hit the road for their next meet, traveling west to Chicago to participate at the Loyola Lakefront Invitational on Saturday.

The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life, with a focus on academic and athletic integrity and a balance between the two for the student-athlete, and maintaining a high level of sportsmanship. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun encompasses six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun consists of some of the most dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.