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Lipscomb cross country teams earn regional rankings
Bill Taylor
Bill Taylor

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Both Lipscomb University Cross Country teams earned rankings in the NCAA D-I South Region this week.

The Lady Bisons appear in the Regional rankings for the first time in Lipscomb history. The regional pollsters put them at ninth for their debut, after finishing second at both Vermont and the Commodore Classic meets the past two weeks. In the process the women finished ahead of three regionally ranked teams in those meets.

The men re-appear in the rankings at 15th in the South Region. The Bisons began the year at 15th in the pre-season poll, dropped out last week, and moved back this week.

"It's nice to know that what we are building is being noticed,” Lipscomb cross country coach BillTaylor. “The ladies have done a great job of racing this year and debuting at ninth is very fair. It's about where I expected they would appear.

"The women have run well and are getting better every week. Mentally and physically we have a lot of room for improvement, which is exciting. Mostly though, we are just having fun and letting the results take care of themselves.”

Taylor said the men's ranking is a pleasant surprise.

“We actually performed significantly better at the Commodore Classic than we did last year when we appeared in the rankings.” Taylor said. “So that makes some sense. However, we are still looking for a No. 5 runner to step up for us. If we get a No. 5 to step up we might be better than 15th. If we don't, I don't think we are rankable.

"I try not to talk about rankings much with our teams, but I think it's good for them to see that their efforts are noticed and that we are a rising program. This first ranking for the women is significant. Now we just get back to work and let all that other stuff be."

Lipscomb joins two other men's and two other women's teams from the Atlantic Sun Conference in the South Region rankings this week.

On the women's side, Jacksonville jumped from ninth to sixth, to lead all A-Sun teams. North Florida stayed at eighth.

On the men's side, Kennesaw State and Belmont each dropped one position to 11th and 12th respectively.

The Lipscomb men's and women's teams will both take the next weekend off, before returning to action on Oct 2. The Bisons and Lady Bisons will send split squads to two meets, with the A-Teams flying to Oregon to compete in the Willamette Invitational, and the B-Teams driving up to Louisville, Ky. to compete in the Louisville Classic.