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Lady Bisons post highest A-Sun finish in school history
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Lady Bisons post highest A-Sun finish in school history
At the conclusion of day two of the Atlantic Sun Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday in Johnson City, the Lipscomb men’s and women’s teams added 17 personal bests, six school records and four All A-Sun honors.

The women’s team led the way, posting a program all-time best fifth place team finish (previous best was eighth) and an all-time high points total of 53 points. The previous best was 18 points which was set last year.

Dani Walker led the way for the Lady Bisons, earning All-A-Sun honors with a pair of third place finishes in the mile and 800 meters. Her mile time of 5:06.87 was also her full mile PR and a new school record, besting her own record set earlier this indoor season.

In the Women’s 5000 meters, three Lipscomb women ran faster than the previous Lipscomb school record. Ashley Lehman finished fourth with a time of 17:50.91, Tessa Hoefle finished seventh in 17:57.13 and Catherine Beals finished ninth in 18:03.11. All three were under Susan Worden’s previous school record of 18:03.30, set in 2007. Shelby Marvel also ran an all-time 5K PR of 18:17.26, finishing 12th.

Four out of five Lipscomb milers ran new all-time PRs. In addition to Dani, Amanda Twigg ran 5:08.20 to finish fourth, Alyssa Miller ran 5:12.48 to finish fifth and Emily Longden ran 5:17.76 to finish 15th. Priya Pappu just missed a new PR, with a time of 5:16.95 to finish 11th and win her heat.

In the sprints, Sara Stephens ran a new indoor school record of 58.63 for 400 meters, breaking her own record set last year. Rachel Smith set a new school mark in the 200 meters of 26.03. Rachel broke Sara’s 200-meter record set last year. Rachel also ran a new PR in the 400 meters of 60.16.

Taylor Mason threw the weight a new personal best of 42-4.

In the women’s 800 meters, Katie Bunker finished fifth overall, Alyssa Miller was sixth, Jaimie McFarland was eighth and Amanda Twigg was 10th.

The men finished seventh with 38 points, the second highest point total in school history. The highest total was last year with 49 points.

Dillon Seigenthaller led the way for the men, moving from fourth to third in the men’s heptathlon. His third place performance earned him all-A-Sun honors. He also set PRs in the 60-meter hurdles, 1000-meters and posted his best ever heptathlon score. His 60-meter hurdles and heptathlon score were also new school records, besting records Dillon previously set this year.

“I was proud of Dillon in the heptathlon too,” Taylor said. “ He really fought for his A-Sun honors.”

Adam Austin also earned All-A-Sun honors for the Bisons with a third place finish in the high jump.

Tim Muller ran an all-time PR in the 5000 meters of 15:03.05 to finish fifth.

Isaiah Greer posted a new PR of 4:20.90 in the mile.

Tucker Peabody ran a new PR of 6.98 in the 60-meter dash to finish fifth. He finished fourth in the 200 meters.

“It was a great meet for us,” said coach Bill Taylor. “A lot of records fell and tons of PRs.

“The women really stepped it up, and I was very happy with our progression in the distance races. We don’t focus on the indoor season and just train through it on our way to the outdoor season. So to get so many great marks and PRs is very encouraging to everyone. ’m looking forward to getting on to the outdoor season and building on what we’ve started.”

The Bisons and Lady Bisons will rest next weekend before jumping into the outdoor season a week later at the North Florida Spring Break Invite in Jacksonville.