After a rough stretch at the beginning of the month that included losses to conference opponents Montreat and Union College, the Lady Buffs have rebounded and won three straight over Appalachian Athletic Conference opponents. The Lady Buffs now stand at 5-9 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
“The injuries mounted for us at the beginning of the month and it looked pretty grey,” said head coach Doneva Bays. “Now that Marissa Langford and our other injured players are back, the skies are looking blue from here on out.”
The Lady Buffs have a big, four-game road stretch — three games against AAC foes — coming up.
“We would like to win all of our home games and at least half of our road games,” said Bays. “If we do those things, we’ll be in contention to win the conference and possibly get to the national tournament.”
The next home match for Milligan will against Montreat on Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m.
After a strong start to the season at Western Carolina at the beginning of September, the Buffs travel again to the Asheville area as they will run the Asheville Cross Country Invitational. The men will run four miles while the women will run two miles.
“I think this is a good bridge to actually racing 8K,” said head coach Chris Layne. “In reality, I really don’t care how we look right now. I care about how we look at the end of October.”
Layne said that one of the things to look for this weekend is the season debut of freshmen Nathan Baker and Amy Ferguson.
Baker is highly talented middle-distance runner from Middlesborough, England and the same high school as Hannah Segrave. Ferguson is a talented local runner out of Providence Academy.
The men’s golf team had great outing earlier in the week as they finished fourth and only five strokes off of the lead at the Bluegrass Mid South Classic in Kentucky. Sophomore Thomas Messenheimer carded an even par 72 in the final round on Tuesday and tied for fifth as an individual with a total of one over for the tournament.
Georgetown College won the event with a two-day score of 585.
The Buffs next tournament will be in Greeneville at the Bob Dibble Fall Invitational on September 25-26.
The cycling team finished an outstanding fourth place in the track nationals in Indianapolis last weekend. Stephanie Cucaz led the Buffs to a fourth-place finish by finishing ninth in the women's team sprint, ninth in the points race, third in the scratch race and 13th in the individual time trial — lead Milligan in each event.
Milligan placed fourth among 15 teams, while also finishing fourth in the coed team sprint.
On the men's side, brothers Colton and Grayson Brookshire, Blake Wilson and Brian Sciba also had a strong showing. The team finished sixth in the men's team pursuit and placed three in the top 50 in the men's team sprint.
Sciba was out front for the Buffs in the team sprint finishing 31st.