NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb track and field squads will split up for the weekend to vie in four separate competitions.
"This is a busy weekend for us,” said Bill Taylor, director of track and field. “We have 10 distance athletes at the Stanford Invite and the San Francisco State Distance Carnival, ready to run fast 5000-meter races.
“This is one of those competition weekends where we are getting each of our athletes the best competition and the best improvement opportunities.”
Dani Walker and Madi Talbert will be two of the distance runners taking part in the 5000-meter race at the Stanford Invite.
"Stanford is the best long distance meet in the nation each year,” Taylor said. “People go there to run fast. It's pretty simple.
“Dani and Madi will be in heat four of the 5000 meters. Sally (Larson) will be in heat five. Every race at Stanford provides the opportunity to run well into the 16s or faster.”
While Stanford will prove to be a challenge, the San Francisco State Distance Carnival will also be a test of endurance.
"San Francisco State is nearly as good,” Taylor said. “The men's side has especially become very strong, and our four guys will get strong competition up front to help them have a great chance at some nice personal records this weekend.”
Taylor feels the weather will be perfect for the distance races this weekend, which should also be a nice contribution to more personal records and fast times.
The team’s top sprinters, jumpers, and throwers will be traveling to the University of Florida to compete in the Florida Relays in search of improvements as well.
“Hot weather, a lot of professional competition, and high expectations by everyone there sets up big opportunities for improvements,” Taylor said.
Gemikal Prude will compete in his first full high jump event this season at the Florida Relays.
“He jumped at Vanderbilt, but didn't compete to win,” Taylor said. “He just got some practice jumps in and stopped. It's his home area, so I know he is excited to get down there and jump.”
Tucker Peabody will return to action in the 100 meters and 200 meters while Colin Dempster will compete in the 400 meters.
April Terry will also be competing at the Florida Relays in her specialty, the hammer throw.
The remainder of the group will set their sights on the EIU Big Blue Classic.
"At EIU the bulk of our team will face great competition and have important opportunities to develop post-conference or preliminary round qualifying times,” Taylor said. “We are excited about all four meets.”
The San Francisco State Distance Carnival will take place Friday while the rest of the meets are set to begin Friday and finish up Saturday.