JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Lipscomb track and field concluded day one of the 2012 Atlantic Sun Indoor Track and Field championships with two medals in field events, one in the relays and a bevy of qualifications for tomorrow’s finals on the track.
A pair of freshmen seized the spotlight for Lipscomb. Matthew Deery took second in the pole vault with a 4.55m (14’ 11”) mark. He’s the first-ever Lipscomb field athlete to earn second team all-conference honors at the indoor championships.
Deery and junior Dillon Seigenthaler each remain within striking distance of medaling in the heptathlon. With the 60m hurdles, the pole vault and the 1000m run left tomorrow, Seigenthaler is in fifth with 2,617 points and Deery is sixth with 2,575 points.
Fellow freshman Houston Ward earned bronze in the shot put with a personal-best 15.26m (50’ 0.75”) toss. He is the first Lipscomb thrower to ever medal at the indoor championships.
“Houston got off a huge throw on his second attempt,” said Lipscomb assistant coach Luke Syverson. “A lot of his teammates came out of the stands to cheer him on and that really pumped him up. That throw put him into first place for almost two full rounds and woke some of the veteran throwers up. Hopefully this will carry over into the weight throw tomorrow. He did great!”
The women’s distance medley team took home bronze in the event this year after setting the conference record in 2011. Freshmen Kendra Lobley and Brenna Thompson and sophomores Katie Bunker and Dani Walker finished in 12:03.59s, behind Jacksonville and North Florida.
Freshman Kellie Foley finished fifth in the 3000m run for Lipscomb, earning points with a personal-best 9:59.72s mark.
“Our freshmen really stepped up today,” said Lipscomb head coach Bill Taylor. “Kellie Foley ran an amazing 3000m race. Matt Deery came up big in the pole vault, Houston Ward was outstanding in the shot and Kendra Lobley was incredible leading off the distance medley.”
Sophomore Tucker Peabody qualified fourth for tomorrow’s 60m dash final, with a 6.93s mark. He will compete in the 200m dash and the 60m final on Saturday.
In the distances, junior Isaiah Greer just missed medaling in the 3000m run. His 8:36.69s mark left him fourth, less than five-tenths of a second behind the bronze medal-winner.
Sophomore Ryan Whitley (8.66s, sixth) and freshman Andrew Wolf (8.80s, seventh) will represent the Bison in the 60m hurdles final tomorrow.
As a team, the men are fifth with 22 points while the women sit in sixth with 12.
“We really felt like our kids were either hot or cold today,” Taylor said. “Not much in the middle. Tomorrow should be fun and interesting.”
The championships continue tomorrow beginning at 7:30 a.m. (CT). Follow the live coverage here.