Friday, September 09, 2011
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The women’s team was the overall champion and the men placed third at the Chattanooga Powerade Invitational, Friday afternoon, on the Moccasin Bend course.
"We improved in some key areas in this meet," said head coach Bill Taylor. " Our pack is coming together. The girls improved dramatically over last week in working together and moving up in the race. We still have a lot of work to do and can improve a lot. This was definitely a step in the right direction and I feel like we accomplished the goals we had for this race."
The women were led, as they so often are, by sophomore Dani Walker. The Wichita, Kan., native was runner-up in the women’s two-mile event with an 11:13s mark, averaging just over five and a half minutes per mile.
Three other Lady Bisons joined her in the top-five, with sophomore Tessa Hoefle finishing just a hair behind Walker in third at 11:14s. It was the first top-five finish of Hoefle’s career.
"Dani and Tessa continue to lead the team in the races right now," said Taylor. "The women have closed the gap a ton on them though and are working with them longer. They have done such a great job of setting the tone for the team."
Behind Hoefle were freshman Minna Fields (fourth, 11:20s) and senior Louisa Van Batavia (fifth, 11:24s).
The Lady Bisons continued their domination of the field by placing three more athletes in the top-10: freshmen Maggie Lawrence (seventh, 11:26s) and Kendra Lobley (eighth, 11:28s) were joined by senior Catherine Beals (10th, 11:32s) in the top-10 to give Lipscomb seven of the top 10 places on the women’s side.
"Minna was the top freshman today, finishing third for the team," said Taylor. "She ran terrific and has an incredibly bright future. Maggie and Kendra were right there too. I think Kendra may have broken her 3200m track PR today on a XC course. Those three freshmen are really making an impact. It's really nice too that they have great returners to follow and learn from. All three are just going to get better and better."