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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
MACON, Ga. – Lipscomb freshman distance runner Kendra Lobley has been named Atlantic Sun Female Track Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced Wednesday.
The award is the first of Lobley’s career and the second weekly honor for a Lady Bison track and field athlete this season. Freshman April Terry took the Feb. 15 honor. Lobley is the first female Lipscomb track athlete to earn a weekly award since Dani Walker took the March 23, 2011 honor.
Lobley is the leader in the East Region in the 5000m run following her school-record 16:49.56s run at the Rhodes Open last weekend. She won the event by 23 seconds over her next closest competitor, and shaved 24 seconds off the Lipscomb school record.
In addition to leading the East Region, Lobley is third in the nation in the 5000m. She leads all freshmen and is one of only two first-year athletes in the nation among the top-20 in the event.
Since the beginning of outdoor season, Lobley has shaved nearly three minutes off her personal-best 5000m run time.
Lobley leads the A-Sun in the 5000m, and is also the conference leader in the 3000m steeplechase. She was runner-up in the event on March 9 at the Birmingham Southern Classic with an 11:07.63s mark, which is sixth-best in the East Region and 14th in the nation.
More amazingly, Lobley accomplished her steeplechase feat in her first collegiate attempt in the event.
Kennesaw State thrower Suzee Mills captured field honors this week.
Lobley and the rest of the Lispcomb squad return from Spring Break for Saturday’s Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational at the Vanderbilt Track and Field Complex.
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