NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Staying at home for the weekend, the Lipscomb track and field teams completed the first day of the Vanderbilt Invite on Friday. Although there were not a lot of events, the Purple and Gold made its mark on the meet in the form of Tucker Peabody.
Peabody crushed his own school record, which he had already set twice this season, enroute to winning the 200-meter dash. Finishing in 20.69 seconds, Peabody won by nearly a half second as Noah Akwu of Middle Tennessee finished second in 21.04 seconds.
“It was a huge day for Tucker,” Bill Taylor, director of cross country and track and field, said. “Even though he has been improving, I didn’t expect an improvement today. The temperature was in the low 50s and sprinters usually suffer from colder weather.
“He looked terrific and it was a massive personal record. He was trying to break 21 seconds. He crushed 21 seconds.”
Peabody’s time is not only tops in the Atlantic Sun Conference this season but ranks seventh nationally and fifth in the east region. His previous time was 21.04 seconds at the Ole Miss Invite last weekend.
“I was really proud of our 5000 guys tonight,” Taylor said. “They took a big step forward for themselves and the program. We had three men break 15 minutes. I don’t think we’ve ever had two guys break 15 in the same meet before. We have four freshmen who have done it this year.”
Daniel Gardner finished in fourth place in the 5,000-meter run in a time of 14:48.84. The time was a personal record for the freshman as he finished more than two seconds ahead of fifth place Nate Shipley of SE Missouri.
Grant Stromberg finished eighth overall in 14:56.45 and was followed closely by Geoff Musick who finished ninth.
“Daniel ran so smart in the first heat,” Taylor said. “It is the best race I’ve seen him run. Then Grant and Geoff pushed each other lap after lap. Grant ran terrific and Geoff is back.”
Finishing just off the podium, Kevin Floyd had a vault of 4.76 meters in the pole vault.
Katie Bunker finished fifth in the 1,500-meter run in a time of 4:31.58. Putting space between her and sixth place, Bunker finished seven seconds ahead of Samantha Salinas of Arkansas State.
Action continues Saturday with field events at 10 a.m. and running events at noon. Admission is free to the meet which takes place on the campus of Vanderbilt.