Track and field solid at Rhodes Open
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Track and field solid at Rhodes Open

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – With Spring Break approaching, the Bison and Lady Bison track and field teams entered Saturday focused on putting together strong marks at the Rhodes Open before embarking on a week away from campus. Lipscomb brings new school records and one individual victory back to Nashville after a successful weekend in the Bluff City.

Freshman Kendra Lobley won the women’s 5000m run with a school-record 16:49.56s run. She won the event by nearly 23 seconds over her next closest competition. Sophomore Tessa Hoefle (17:12.85s) also got under the previous school-best mark of 17:17; she finished third.

“Kendra ran another amazing race,” said Lipscomb head coach Bill Taylor. “She’s been tremendous for us this season. Tessa was also under the school record and we had a lot of ladies put together personal-bests today, so that was a big highlight.”

Freshman Matthew Deery added another school record to his collection, this time in the pole vault. He hit 4.72m (15’ 6”) to place second in the event. Sophomore Anna Belnar broke the women’s school record with a 3.05m (10’ 0”) height.

In women’s hammer throw action, freshman April Terry set a school record with a 42.82m (140’ 6”) toss to finish fourth. She would later record a personal-best in the shot put, finishing sixth with a 12.00m (39’ 4.50”) mark.

“Great effort by April today,” Taylor said. “She threw a massive personal-best in the hammer.”

Terry’s classmate Houston Ward was also fourth in the men’s hammer with a 44.63m (146’ 5”) mark, and followed that up with a fourth-place finish in the shot put at 14.05m (46’ 1.25”).

In a tough women’s 400m dash field, junior Sara Stephens (58.10s) and freshman Brenna Thompson (58.37s) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.   

Sophomore Katie Bunker put together a top-three finish in the 800m run with a 2:15.31s mark, finishing third. Senior Louisa Van Batavia was also third in the 10,000m run, coming in with a 38:26.71s clip.

Junior Ashton Fisher posted a 9:37.36s mark in the 3000m steeplechase, where he finished fourth overall.

In relays, the 4x100m team of freshmen Colin Dempster and Kenny Smith, sophomore Tucker Peabody and junior Bobby Bassett finished third at 42.30s.

“Despite the highlights, it was a pretty average meet for us,” Taylor said. “I don’t know if anticipation for Spring Break was a factor or what, but overall we were kind of flat.

“It will be nice for everyone to get a break, come back to compete in Nashville, and then focus and finish the season strong.”

Lipscomb track and field returns to action next Saturday at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational.

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