Lady Bisons, Bisons excel at Savannah Eyeopener
Monday, March 2, 2009
Lady Bisons, Bisons excel at Savannah Eyeopener
The Lipscomb University Men’s and Women’s Track & Field teams battled strong gusty winds and a lightning storm that cut the meet short, but still picked up three event wins at the Savannah State University Eyeopener meet in Savannah, Ga.

The meet was the first of the outdoor season for the Bisons and Lady Bisons. Both teams didn’t miss a step on the transition from indoor track to outdoor.

Caitlin Anderson picked up the first win of the day in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase with a time of 12:03.65. It was also a new all-time PR for Caitlin, who earned All-A-Sun Conference honors in the steeplechase last year as a freshman.

Not to be outdone, freshman Nathan Brame scored the first win for the men in the Men’s 3000m Steeplechase with a time of 9:59.02 in his first ever 3-K Steeple race. It was also the first overall event win of the year for Brame. Sophomore Jonathan Williams finished third in the Steeple with a time of 10:07.90.

“It set a great tone for the day to get wins in the first two events of the meet,” said coach Bill Taylor. “We had a really great day with highly competitive performances and marks despite some nasty homestretch headwinds. Every week we seem to get stronger and stronger…it’s very exciting!”

Five more Lipscomb men competed in the 3000-meter Steeplechase, four of which had never run a steeple race before. Tyler Youngs finished 5th in 10:26.45, Jeff Hoover 6th in 10:29.37, Hunter Hethcoat 9th in 10:41.33, Paul Wright 10th in 10:44.24, and Ben Fennell 14th in 11:00.44.

Lipscomb also picked up another overall event win in the Women’s 1500m. Jenny Randolph ran a great tactical race in the wind to earn yet another victory for herself this season. Her time of 4:55.42 is a 1500m PR despite the weather conditions. Carolyn Latham finished 5th with a PR of 5:03.27, Louisa Van Batavia finished 7th with a PR of 5:07.57, Shannon Shoemake was 9th in 5:10.98, Laura Stewart 10th 5:13.24, Meagan Hoar 11th 5:16.92 and Catherine Beals 13th in 5:20.65.

“Our fastest 1500m women’s time last year was 5:04 for the whole season,” said Taylor. “ In the first meet of the year, in strong winds, we already have two women faster than that and several more close. The progress we are making is incredible in this amount of time!”

Lipscomb also posted several second and third place overall finishes. Laura Stewart finished second overall in the women’s 800m in a time of 2:28.99. Ryan Chastain finished second in the men’s 800m in a time of 1:58.64, while Nathan Brame doubled back from his 3000m Steeplechase to finish third in the men’s 800m with a new PR of 1:59.87.

The throwers also made their mark on this meet with a pair of third place finishes. Alex Jerkins threw a new PR in the shot put with a throw of 45 feet 4.5 inches with the 16 lb. implement, and Austin Ray heaved the college javelin 143 feet 2 inches.

“This was a fun meet in that I dropped most of our athletes down,” said Taylor. “Our 5000m runners did the 1500 and the 800, our 800m runners did the 400 and were supposed to do the 200m (cancelled due to Lightning storms), our 400 runners did the 100m. We got a lot out of this meet.

“As I said, this was a great opening outdoor season meet for us. I was impressed that nobody worried about the gusting winds. Our athletes just went out, did their best, and left it at that. We had many PR’s and high finishes. It’s just so nice to see this kind of progress with our program. This year and the next few years are going to be very special as we keep raising the bar in everything we do.”

All Lipscomb Results:

Women’s 400m: Valerie Winkler 12th 1:03.65

Women’s 800m: Laura Stewart 2nd 2:28.99, Shannon Shoemake 4th 2:29.69, Louisa Van Batavia 5th 2:30.77, Caitlin Anderson 11th 2:36.08, Catherine Beals 14th 2:38.13, Meagan Hoar 16th 2:39.12, Carolyn Latham 18th 2:42.56

Women’s 1500m: Jenny Randolph 1st 4:55.42, Carolyn Latham 5th 5:03.27, Louisa Van Batavia 7th 5:07.57, Shannon Shoemake 8th 5:10.98, Laura Stewart 10th 5:13.24, Meagan Hoar 11th 5:16.92, Catherine Beals 13th 5:20.65

Women’s 3000m Steeplechase: Caitlin Anderson 1st 12:03.65

Women’s Shot Put: Kristin Ratzlaff 15th 30 feet 9 inches, Jessi Marshall 24th 26 feet

Women’s Discus: Kristin Ratzlaff 14th 88 feet, Jessi Marshall 20th 74 feet 10 inches

Women’s Javelin: Jessi Marshall 7th 66 feet 6 inches

Men’s 100m: Michael Knox 15th 11.67, Chad Roberts 24th 11.90, Brock Lutes 27th 11.98 Steven Mason 31st 12.40, Joey Lever 33rd 12.48

Men’s 400m: Clint Carter 9th 51.74, Andrew Jones 12th 52.39, Aaron Todd 56.53, Josh Baker 58.90

Men’s 800m: Ryan Chastain 2nd 1:58.94, Nathan Brame 3rd 1:59.87, Jonathan Williams 2:03.31, Paul Wright 9th 2:05.22, Tyler Youngs 12th 2:07.21, Cormac Carolan-Tolbert 13th 2:08.04, Jared Carlson 14th 2:08.25, Hunter Hethcoat 15th 2:08.56, Trace Carlson 19th 2:09.59, David Wolfe 20th 2:10.34, Ben Fennell 26th 2:13.93, Chad Martin 29th 2:16.40

Men’s 1500m: David Wolfe 4th 4:12.62, Trace Carlson 7th 4:18.36, Jared Carlson 11th 4:22.72, Chad Martin 18th 4:29.67

Men’s 400m Hurdles: Jacob Nelson 7th 1:01.21

Men’s 3000m Steeplechase: Nathan Brame 1st 9:59.02, Jonathan Williams 3rd 10:07.90, Tyler Youngs 5th 10:26.45, Jeff Hoover 6th 10:29.37, Hunter Hethcoat 9th 10:41.33, Paul Wright 10th 10:44.24, Ben Fennell 14th 11:00.44

Men’s 4x100m Relay: Michael Knox, Joey Lever, Chad Roberts, Brock Lutes 9th 44.37

Men’s Shot Put: Alex Jerkins 3rd 45-4.5

Men’s Discus: Alex Jerkins 14th 110-4

Men’s Javelin: Austin Ray 3rd 143-2

Lipscomb Track & Field will next compete in the Birmingham Southern Invitational on March 14th.