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Lipscomb track and field teams set four school records
Carolyn Latham
Carolyn Latham

Sunday, February 15, 2009

On Dec. 28th the Lipscomb University Men’s basketball team earned a historic win beating Indiana University 74-69 in Bloomington. On Friday the Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams returned to Bloomington to participate in the Hoosier Hills Invitational Indoor Track & Field meet.

The trip proved to be extremely successful for the Bisons and Lady Bisons.

Four school records were set along with 22 personal records and 13 season bests.

Lipscomb also had five runners win their heat races in this last Indoor meet before the ASUN Conference Championships.

“It was fun to come up here and compete so well,” said Lipscomb coach Bill Taylor. “The Indiana people know the name Lipscomb University from our basketball team’s victory this year. Those we spoke with were very friendly and very complimentary about our University. I’m glad we could put in a great showing here and add to the growing reputation of Lipscomb University and our Athletics program.

“I also want to say that Indiana knows how to host a meet. It was a busy day with more teams competing than I could count. Yet they ran the meet right on schedule all day long and did a terrific job. It was very enjoyable for us and we look forward to returning to an indoor meet here next year.”

Nathan Brame led the charge for the Bisons winning his heat of the 3000m with a PR of 8:56.72. That time is also the new LU indoor record for 3000m, bettering former Bison Jordan Wilson’s mark of 9:02.54.

Following close behind in the same heat, David Wolfe set a big PR with a time of 9:00.51, while freshman Trace Carlson also earned an all-time PR in the same heat with a 9:10.43. In the following heat, sophomore Jeff Hoover charged through late in the race to notch an exciting heat win with a new huge PR of 9:10.76. A freshman trio of Tyler Youngs, Hunter Hethcoat and Cormac Carolan-Tolbert ran 9:19.28, 9:29.79 and 9:30.37 respectively, all PR’s for 3000m.

In the women’s 3000m the Lady Bison’s also found great success. Carolyn Latham ran an all-time PR of 10:33.30 in the first heat, less than 3 seconds from the current indoor 3000m record.

In the second heat Jenny Randolph had another great finish, winning her heat and posting a gigantic PR of 10:38.85. Two weeks ago Jenny dropped 24 seconds off her equivalent 1600m PR in the mile, posting a new school record of 5:12.08. This was the third meet in a row in which Jenny has won either her heat or the whole meet for her event.

Caitlin Anderson also posted an all-time PR for 3000m with a time of 10:42.54. Shannon Shoemake and Meagan Hoar ran season bests of 11:14.52 and 11:28.20.

Earlier in the day Shannon Shoemake ran a season best mile in 5:26.70, winning her heat the tough way by leading from the gun to the finish. Also in that race, Louisa Van Batavia ran an all-time PR of 5:35.78. Laura Stewart and Meagan Hoar ran season bests of 5:40.57 and 5:41.71.

In the men’s mile Jeff Hoover ran a new PR of 4:36.43. Hunter Hethcoat ran a mile PR of 4:41.06 and Cormac Carolan-Tolbert ran a mile PR of 4:46.87. Chad Martin and Paul Wright finished with times of 4:49.19 and 4:19.59 respectively.

“On the men’s side we were actually down some of our top guys (top distance runner Ryan Chastain and Andrew Jones who has the top 800m time this year),” said Taylor. “ Others are stepping up and pushing the team forward. The team is supportive of each other and we are having a lot of fun. I expect that our outdoor season is going to raise up yet another level, especially as our training starts to really pay off. “

Valerie Winkler posted another heat win for Lipscomb in the women’s 800m, running an all-time PR of 2:23.49. Catherine Beals also PR’d in her first race of the indoor season, running 2:33.38 and Paloma Floden ran a season best of 2:40.64.

Valerie also set a new indoor school record in the 200m with a time of 28.28. Sequina Caro also competed in the 200m, running a season best of 29.03.

Clint Carter led the men in the 800m, posting a season best of 1:58.38. Freshmen Ben Fennell and Aaron Todd, along with sophomore Jonathan Williams ran season bests of 2:02.24, 2:02.40 and 2:02.55.

Kristin Ratzlaff heaved the 20lb weight throw 32 feet for another school record as well.

“That is what this is all about for me right now,” said Taylor. “We are a rapidly developing program. Our long term goals are to be one of the top Cross Country and Track and Field programs in the NCAA Division I.

“However, our focus in the present is on helping each athlete improve, earning one more point than ever before, taking one more second off, or going an inch farther than ever before. The fact that we are having a lot of performances that are massive drops in time is a bonus. The goal is to get better, whether it is by the second or the minute doesn’t matter.”

The Lipscomb teams will compete this weekend in the Atlantic Sun Indoor Championships at ETSU in Johnson City, Tenn.

“The conference is getting stronger and stronger every year,” said Taylor. “Times that ranked in the top ten last year are in the twenties this year in many events. It’s going to be tough for us to score, especially with our emphasis being on outdoor track, however I know the team is focused and will give it everything they have. I think at this point in our program’s rapid development we are trying to scrape up points wherever we can at conference, and continue to focus on seeing new PR’s and season bests.”

Full results from the Indiana Hoosier Hills Invite can be found on the Indiana University website.