Track Continues Improvement at the Saluki Booster
Saturday, January 14, 2012
By Colby Wilson
Track Continues Improvement at the Saluki Booster

CARBONDALE, Ill. – In day two of track and field competition at the Saluki Booster, Lipscomb’s sprinters put together strong performances, building on Friday’s successes.

Three Lipscomb hurdles advanced to the finals of the 60m event. Junior Ryan Whitley (8.86s, ninth) finished just ahead of senior Dillon Seigenthaler (8.95s, 10th) and freshman Andrew Wolf (9.10s, 11th) and broke Seigenthaler’s previous school record of 8.89s in the process.

Sophomore Tucker Peabody (22.13s in the 200m dash) and freshman Colin Dempster (50.19s in the 400m) posted runner-up finishes in their respective events.

“I was happy with the way Tucker and Colin competed today,” said Lipscomb assistant coach Luke Syverson. “Colin got a good taste of 400m indoor strategy; after getting boxed in twice, he still almost pulled off the win.”

Junior Sara Stephens (1:00.32s) and freshman Brenna Thompson (1:00.53s) finished 12th and 13th, respectively, in women’s 400m action.

“SIU’s track is very tight 200m course,” Syverson said. “Times were a little slower than we hoped. For some runners, our youth got to us and let these slower times affect us a little too much in other events.

“Our women’s sprinters, (Sara, Brenna and Valerie Winkler) continue to compete well and get better at racing.”

Continuing from yesterday’s field events, junior Logan Ray finished fourth in the triple jump with a 14.03m (46’ 0.50”) mark and classmate Adam Austin set a season-best in the high jump at 1.93m (6’ 4”).

Freshman Houston Ward set a personal-best in the shot put, finishing 16th with a 13.26m (43’ 6”) toss.

“It was good to see Houston get a personal-best in the shot put,” Syverson said. “He’s continuing to improve. It was also good to see Adam Austin break out of a little funk he’s been in mentally in the high jump.

The Lipscomb track and field teams will take next weekend off before returning with a full squad at the Niswonger Invitational, Jan. 27-28, in Johnson City, Tenn.

“Having two weeks until our next meet is very beneficial,” said Lipscomb head coach Bill Taylor. “There is a lot of work to do and I expect big things at the Niswonger.”

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