MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Lipscomb Indoor track and field teams kicked off the 2011-12 season Saturday at the MTSU Christmas Invite. In the season’s first meet, several Bison and Lady Bisons athletes put together good performances.
For the men, sophomore Tucker Peabody picked up a big win in the 200m dash, winning by more than four-tenths of a second. He was fourth in the 55m dash with a 6.48s run, breaking Xavier Conley's 2009 record.
Freshman Gemikal Prude won his first college high jump event with a 1.98m (6’ 6.00”) jump. Junior Adam Austin was fifth with a 1.83m (6’ 0”) height.
Three Bisons finished in the top six in the 55m hurdles: junior Dillon Seigenthaler (third, 8.24s), freshman Andrew Wolf (fourth, 8.62s) and freshman Jeremy Voss (sixth, 9.42s) all picked up points for Lipscomb. Seigenthaler broke his school record from last season.
Junior Logan Ray earned a fourth-place spot in the triple jump with a 13.79m (45’ 3.00”) jump.
The 4x400m relay of Peabody, Wolf, Ray and Kenny Smith also placed fourth with a 3:29.12s mark.
In her first collegiate meet, freshman April Terry showed promise in the throws for the Lady Bisons. She finished fifth in both the shot put (11.21m; 36’ 9.50”) and in the weight throw (12.33m; 40’ 5.50”). Both marks are school records, breaking Taylor Mason's shot put record and Kristin Ratzlaff's 2009 weight throw mark.
In sprints, freshman Brenna Thompson finished fourth in the 400m dash in her first event, with a 1:00.85s mark. Senior Valerie Winkler was eighth in the event with a 1:02.90s run.
Freshman Abigail Dodson (2.59m; 8’ 6.00”) was runner-up in her first collegiate pole vault meet, setting the Lipscomb record.
“It was a really great start for us with only 13 athletes,”said head coach Bill Taylor. “With so few athletes, we still set six school records; that's pretty incredible. It shows we're on the right track and sets high expectations for the season. I hope it motivated both those who competed and those who weren't able to compete today to work hard during the break.”
“I saw good things from all who competed today,” assistant coach Luke Syverson concurred. “Tucker Peabody and April Terry really stood out for us. We have a long way to go and a lot of work to do, but it was good to hear the athletes echo that statement.”
In other Lipscomb track and field news, assistant coach Jenny Randolph qualified for the Boston Marathon this morning at a marathon in Huntsville, completing the 26.2 mile course in just under three and a half hours.
The track and field teams will have a break for the Christmas holidays before reconvening for Tennessee State’s Ed Temple Invitational, January 7.