Thursday, October 31, 2013
MACON, Ga. - The Atlantic Sun Women's Cross Country Championship is set for November 2nd at 10 a.m. CST and will be hosted by two-time defending champion Lipscomb in Nashville, Tennessee on the Vaughn's Gap Course at Percy Warner Park.
The Bisons have been a dominant force in the A-Sun this season as they have received unanimous first-place votes in every A-Sun Coaches Poll this year.
A-Sun Women's Cross Country Championship Preview (#ASunXC):
- Of the current A-Sun women's squads Lipscomb is the only team to hold more than one A-Sun Title (2011-2012). Three more A-Sun teams own a single title with North Florida (2010), Jacksonville (2009) and Kennesaw State (2005).
- North Florida fell shy of the Bisons in the coaches poll securing second place with 88 points. ETSU (73), Jacksonville (72), and FGCU (53) round off the top five in the poll.
- Only four harriers return that finished on the A-Sun First Team selection in 2012 with Lipscomb's Dani Walker and Tessa Hoefle as well as ETSU's Katie Hirko and Jacksonville's Svenja Meyer.
- Hirko was named the 2012 A-Sun Freshman of the Year after finishing fourth in last year's championship with a time of 17:36.80.
- LU's Tessa Hoefle and Dani Walker are the only runners competing that have two first team finishes under their belt.
- A Nashville school has always won the A-Sun Championship when the meet is located in Tennessee.
- In the most recent U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Regional Poll the Bisons are ranked fifth in the South Region. LU has been ranked as high as No. 4 in the South this season.
- Lipscomb's Dani Walker had the best finish in the 2012 A-Sun Championship of the returning harriers. Walker crossed the line in 17:26.00 in third-place overall.
- The Bucs' Hirko and the Bisons' freshman Sally Larson have each won two A-Sun Runner of the week honors this season. The duo were the only two runners to win twice this year.
- Four of the six fastest winning times in A-Sun Championship have been posted in the last four years. Last year, Jacksonville's Joane Pierre ran the fourth-fastest championship time with a time of 17:17.50, while USC Upstate's Jemeli Sang ran the fifth-fastest championship time in 2011 on the Vaughn's Gap Course.
- The women's individual champion has not come from the winning team since the 2008 A-Sun Championship.