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Lipscomb cross country teams will compete in two meets
Tim Muller
Tim Muller

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sixty-Eight teams have entered the Chile Pepper Invite, almost half of which are nationally or regionally ranked.

The Bisons will face 31 ranked men’s teams, 18 of which are ranked in NCAA Division 1. The men will compete against five nationally ranked NCAA D-1 teams including No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 6 Arkansas, No. 7 Indiana, No. 16 Oklahoma and No. 21 Tulsa.

The Lady Bisons will compete against 28 ranked women’s teams, 17 ranked in NCAA Division 1. Six nationally-ranked NCAA D-1 teams will toe the line against Lipscomb, including No. 21 Tulsa, No. 24 Indiana, No. 25 Arkansas, No. 28 Oklahoma State, No. 35 SMU and No. 39 Oklahoma.

“It’s quite a meet!” said Lipscomb head coach Bill Taylor. “It is another great learning experience for our men and women. The more you compete against the best, the better you get and the more routine it becomes. And for us, a meet like this at this moment in our progression as a program, is great. We can go in there relaxed, race, and find out where we stack up. There is no pressure, just the opportunity to learn and grow.”

Both teams are in great shape both physically and mentally heading into the weekend.

“Physically and psychologically they have grown throughout the season,” Taylor said. “It has been an amazing year. Now that we are near the end I sense another level of excitement and fun within the team to finish strong.

“It will also be a great final tune-up before the Atlantic Sun Conference meet in two weeks. It’s a perfect way to wrap up the regular season.”

With half the team in Arkansas, the other half will be competing in Evansville.

“Evansville is a pretty fast course and the competition is obviously lighter than Arkansas,” Taylor said. “There will probably be about 10 teams there. It’s a terrific opportunity for our athletes to go after PRs and finish the season really strong. I am looking forward to their results.

“Both teams have specific goals for each race. They know what they need to do.”

Going into this weekend the Lipscomb women are ranked a program high third in the Atlantic Sun and ninth in the NCAA South Region. The men are ranked a program high fourth in the Atlantic Sun and 15th in the South Region.

At Arkansas, the men will race 10,000 meters at 9:45 a.m., while the women’s 5,000 meters race will start at 10:30 a.m. At Evansville, the women will race 5,000 meters at 11 a.m., while the men follow with an 8,000-meter race.