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Tuesday, September 15, 2009The Lipscomb men’s cross country team is ranked in the South Region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for the first time in the history of the program in the NCAA era.
The Bisons enter the week ranked 15th in the South Region. Alabama is first in the region followed by Auburn, Florida State, Florida and South Alabama in the top four.
“While we don't concern ourselves with rankings, it is great to get our first ever regional recognition and to know that people are noticing our progress,” said coach Bill Taylor. “I am happy for our athletes to set the bar higher and to accomplish another honor never before seen at Lipscomb.
“It is another sign of where our men's and women's cross country and track and field programs are going and what our ultimate goals are. Every chance we have to get Lipscomb University's name out and to increase the incredible reputation this university has is terrific.”
Lipscomb is one of three Atlantic Sun Conference teams in the South Region rankings. ETSU is seventh and Belmont is 11th.
The Bisons and Lady Bisons are back in action Saturday morning at the Vaughn Gap’s Course at Percy Warner Park in Nashville as part of the Vanderbilt Invitational. The women race at 9 and the men follow at 10.
The Bisons finished third in the Belmont Opener to start the season.
A pancake breakfast, hosted by the SGA and Student Involvement is scheduled to begin at the course at 8.
Said Taylor, “We have big goals for this program and for the immediate future and we expect to be the type of men's and women's teams that are always at or near the top of the Regional rankings."