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Thursday, October 03, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s and women’s cross country squads return to action against some of the nation’s best teams Friday at the Notre Dame Invite in South Bend, Ind.
Friday’s invitational features eight men’s and eight women’s teams ranked in the top 30 nationally. A total of 1,210 runners are set to compete in the meet.
The meet will serve as a bench mark for the Lipscomb squads as the men have won three meets in a row, while the women have finished first twice and second once. This meet also serves as the first race that Lipscomb will participate in that will offer the chance for at-large points to help qualify for NCAA National Championships.
Of the top-ranked schools in attendance, No. 7 Tulsa tops the men’s field. Of the nationally-ranked South Region field, Florida State comes in at No. 26.
On the women’s side, Florida State is ranked No. 2 while Duke is No. 4 in the NCAA.
Lipscomb was last on the course on Sept. 21 in Spokane, Wash., where both teams picked up the victory. Dani Walker led the women to a 1-2-3 finish enroute to being named the Atlantic Sun Conference Runner of the Week.
The men were led by Juan Gonzalez who finished fifth overall.
The Lady Bisons start their race at 3:15 p.m. The Bisons race begins at 4 p.m.