NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Looking to continue a trend of finishing higher than the previous year, the Lipscomb men’s track and field team begins the Atlantic Sun Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday in Johnson City, Tenn. Hosted by ETSU, the championship meet takes place at the David E. Walker Track at Gentry Field.
“We have been on a progression (as a team) and one of our goals is to score more points than ever before, have more all-conference performers than ever before and finish higher than ever before,” Bill Taylor, director of cross country and track and field, said. “We are looking to be the best team we have ever had and keep moving forward until we are in contention to win.”
Junior Tucker Peabody, the defending champion in the 200m, enters the meet with the top time this season, running in 21.36 seconds at the Niswonger Invite, the same track the championships are held.
Peabody also enters with the fifth best time in the 60m, running in 6.91 seconds. Freshman Jalen Thompson is not far behind as he enters with the eighth-best time, running in seven seconds flat.
Freshman John Kingstedt, who has only run one race this season, enters with the seventh-best time in the 3000m run. Kingstedt finished third at the Hoosier Hills Invite in a time of 8.35.97.
“He hasn’t had a deficit in his training (running only one race),” Taylor said. “He isn’t at a deficit compared to our team. The problem is that we don’t train for indoor with our distance runners, we plan for a peak in the outdoor season.
“We are expecting the 3000 to be a highly competitive event with a lot of different possibilities to where people can finish.”
Senior Tim Muller has also had a great indoor season, and enters the championships with the seventh-best time in the mile. Muller clocked in at 4:18.79 at the Hoosier Hills Invite.
Sophomore Gemikal Prude, who tied the school that was set in 1977, ranks second in the high jump after a leap of 2.08 meters. Prude is second behind Andre Dorsey of Kennesaw State who owns a leap of 2.13 meters.
Sophomore Houston Ward, who set a flurry of school records in the early portion of the season, enters the meet third in the shot put. Ward had a toss of 14.89 meters in the shot at the TSU Invite. A heave of 14.49 meters in the weight throw enters Ward into the meet in fourth place on the A-Sun performance list.
“This will be our hardest week of training this season,” Taylor said. “The overall health of the men’s team is pretty good. We are in pretty good shape and ready to go.”
With the championships signaling the close of the indoor season, Taylor is looking for positives to be carried over into the outdoor season along with bonds that can be made by the team.
“We are trying to build momentum for the outdoor season which begins just a week later,” Taylor said. “The championships are a great opportunity for our guys to bond together and really work for each other.
“They are motivated and that will be a good thing to build off of for the outdoor season.”