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Four school records set at Vanderbilt Invitational
Bill Taylor
Bill Taylor

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Lipscomb women broke school records for the 800-meter, 1500-meter and 5000-meter at the Vanderbilt Invite Friday and Saturday.

Amanda Twigg started things off Friday evening, running a big personal record and setting a new school record in the 1500-meter of 4:36.14.  The previous school record in the event was set just a week ago when Dani Walker broke Amanda’s previous school record.

Walker ran a time of 4:43.47, followed closely by Priya Pappu who ran a personal record of 4:43.51.  Katie Bunker ran 4:52.80 in her first ever track race longer than 800m.

Later Friday evening Tessa Hoefle broke her own school record in the 5000-meter with a time of 17:43.34.  Close behind her Catherine Beals ran a personal record of 17:47.34, and Missy Dowd just missed breaking into the 17’s with an 18:02.47.  Missy’s time was also a personal record.  When she started this season her personal best was 19:22.

Tessa, Catherine and Missy finished 3rd through 5th in the race.  Louisa Van Batavia ran her best 5K of the season, finishing 10th in 18:24.  She was followed in 11th and 12th by Cortney Thomas who ran a new personal best of 18:29 and Emily Longden in 18:33.  Cortney’s best 5k in high school was 19:42.

On Saturday Dani Walker broke teammate Katie Bunker’s 800-meter school record, posting a personal record of 2:10.96.

Sara Stephens ran another solid 400-meter race, finishing second by .04 of a second in 56.60.  Rachel Smith ran a big PR in the 400-meter with a time of 58.64 for tenth place.

Senior Caitlin Anderson ran her final race in a Lipscomb uniform.  Caitlin finished 5th in the women’s 3000m steeplechase in 11:53.

“It’s nice to take down three major distance records in the same meet," head coach Bill Taylor said.  “Even better to see so many PR’s!  It’s fun to see our records set and reset each week, and I like that you never know who on the team is going to get a record.  It’s wide open all the time.  

“The girls work so well together, push each other, support each other and celebrate together.  We get a lot of PR’s in most races because of this and it usually becomes a matter of who is a bit better on any given day.

“I also enjoy watching the whole program get better and better and better.  This is a very fun process as we march toward being one of the best programs in the nation.”

On the men’s side Ashton Fisher broke his own school record in the 3000-meter steeplechase, posting a time of 9:37.67.

Tucker Peabody and Nasheed Burgess again led the way in the men’s sprints.  Tucker finished 3rd in the 100-meter with a time of 10.71 and second in the 200-meter with a time of 21.47.  Nasheed picked up a pair of 8th place finishes with times of 10.88 and 22.10.

Isaiah Greer led the way in the men’s 1500-meter with a time of 3:59.70, his best time of the season.  Geoff Musick led the men in the 5000-meter with a time of 15:22.

In the field events Adam Austin finished fourth in the high jump with a leap of 6-4.  Logan Ray finished 6th in the triple jump in 45-feet 9-inches.  Dillon Seigenthaller finished second in the javelin with a toss of 168-6, while Steven Mason finished sixth in 143-6.

“It was a hard week of training for our sprinters," Taylor said.  "I felt they ran great this weekend, but the payoff for the training is coming in the next two weeks.  

A smaller roster will continue the season competing at the Butler Invite next weekend, then traveling to Los Angeles, California for the Oxy Invite the following weekend.