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Track team runs into record books at Oxy Invite
Monday, May 9, 2011
Track team runs into record books at Oxy Invite
Several members of the Lipscomb men’s and women’s track & field program competed this past weekend.  Two school records were broken and many PR’s were set.

“By the end of the Oxy meet I was very happy,” said head coach Bill Taylor.  “Our long distance runners really stepped up and performed well.”

Leading the way for the women at the Oxy Invite in Los Angeles was freshman Tessa Hoefle, who broke her own school record in the 5000-meter run by nearly 30 seconds, finishing in a time of 17:15.96 to finish 9th out of 50 women.  In the same race, freshman Missy Dowd set a PR of 17:57.45, her first time clocking under 18-minutes. Sophomore Emily Longden also competed in the 5000, running a PR of 18:11.47.

“Obviously Tessa was a big highlight,” Taylor said. “She was smooth and relaxed throughout the race.  She is really setting a tone for our 5000m runners this year. Her PR in high school was 18:02 for three-miles and now one year later as freshman in college she is running 17:15 for 3.1-miles.”

In the men’s 5000m sophomore Geoff Musick broke 15-minutes for the first time in his career, posting a PR of 14:51.32. The time was 20 seconds faster than his previous best.

“Geoff’s performance was a huge breakthrough for him,” Taylor said. “He knew the race was going to be a mental game and he has really matured on the mental side lately.  I knew he had a great chance to get a big PR.  I’m very proud of him for going out there and attacking throughout the race.”

Freshman Dani Walker set a new PR of 4:36.62 in the women’s 1500m.  Junior Catherine Beals dropped 10-seconds off her personal best, with a 4:40.53.  Sophomore Amanda Twigg finished in a time of 4:41.58.

“I was proud of Catherine Beals’ PR performance in the 1500m,” Taylor said.

In the 800-meter run freshman Katie Bunker just missed her personal best, with a time of 2:12.83 to win her heat.  Dani Walker also competed in the 800 this weekend, finishing with in 2:14.97.

Competing in the sprints, freshmen Tucker Peabody and Nasheed Burgess ran times of 10.70 and 10.96 in the 100m, and 21.76 and 22.03 in the 200m.  Sophomore Sara Stephens ran 56.84 in the women’s 400m.

Earlier in the day, at the Mt. Hood Track & Field Festival in Portland, OR, junior Louisa Van Batavia took down the Lipscomb 10,000m school record, winning in a time of 38:17.06.  She broke Susan Worden’s 2005 record of 38:32.81.

“It was wonderful for Louisa to break the 10K record up in Oregon in front of her family.  Our women have broken every record in track this year, except the 3000m steeplechase and the 400m hurdles.  The 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 5000m, 10,000m, 100m hurdles and three relay records all went down this year.  That’s a pretty good year for a program.”

Lipscomb has one regular season meet left this season.  Nine athletes will travel to Jacksonville, FL to compete in the North Florida Invite next weekend.