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Thursday, February 16, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb track and field teams return to Johnson City this weekend to compete in the 2012 Atlantic Sun Indoor Championships.
The Lipscomb squads enter this meet with two top athletes coming off stellar performances at last week’s Indiana Hoosier Hills. Sophomore Tucker Peabody and freshman April Terry both picked up weekly conference awards for their efforts in Bloomington.
Last season, the women’s team posted program-bests in finish (fifth) and points (53) to go along with four All-Atlantic Sun honors. Dani Walker, Dillon Seigenthaler and Adam Austin earned individual honors and the distance medley relay team of Walker, Sara Stephens, Amanda Twigg and Katie Bunker broke the A-Sun distance medley record.
Peabody leads the Bison into Johnson City. He ranks first in the conference in the 200m dash (21.28s) and is third in the 60m dash (6.86s) heading into the meet, and is 33rd nationally in the 200m.
Freshman Matthew Deery will be a contender in multiple events. Deery sits second in the pole vault (4.75m) going into this weekend. He will also compete in the heptathlon, along with Seigenthaler.
Freshman Colin Dempster (49.01s) and junior Bobby Bassett (49.75s) rank third and fourth, respectively, in the 400m dash entering the A-Sun Championships.
In the field, junior Logan Ray ranks second in the triple jump at 14.63m (48’ 0”). Freshman Houston Ward (shot put) also hopes to bring a medal back to Lipscomb; he ranks fourth in the event leading up to this meet.
The relay teams will be a big factor in Lipscomb’s performance. Both the men’s and women’s distance medley relay teams rank second in the conference, along with the men’s 4x400m team. The women’s 4x400m team is fourth.
Sophomores Tessa Hoefle (3000m run) and Walker (800m run) each rank fifth in the A-Sun in their respective events entering the weekend. Each broke the school indoor record in their event at last weekend’s Hoosier Hills.
Freshman Brenna Thompson’s school-record 58.10s in the 400m dash last weekend gives her a good chance at making the finals in the event this weekend.
Terry has come on strong in recent weeks; she ranks seventh in the shot put (11.74m) and the weight throw (14.29m).
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