JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – More school records fell for Lipscomb on the second day of competition at the 2012 Atlantic Sun Outdoor Championships, hosted by North Florida.
The men’s team put together a program-best third-place finish, tallying up 115.5 points. The Lady Bisons set a program record with 98 points scored on their way to a fifth-place finish.
“This was a big step forward for us as a program,” said Lipscomb head coach Bill Taylor. “We had such a terrific day. We had more all-conference athletes and scored more points than ever before.”
Sophomore Tucker Peabody was a busy man on day two. He won the 200m dash with a school-record 21.14s mark. He’s now the defending A-Sun 200m champion in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
The 200m was not Peabody’s only medal-winning performance on Saturday. The Nolensville native picked up bronze in the 100m dash and tied a 36-year old school-record in the process with a 10.54s mark in the final. That tied him with Robert Smith for the all-time Lipscomb best.
The men’s 4x100m relay team featuring Peabody, Colin Dempster, Kenny Smith and Bobby Bassett earned bronze thanks to a 41.01s run that broke a school record that had stood since 1976.
The same group returned at the end of the day for the 4x400m relay and achieved even better results, winning the event with a Lipscomb-record 3:13.97s mark.
Dempster earned another medal in the competition in the 400m dash. The freshman procured a runner-up finish thanks to a personal-best 47.63s mark. Bassett finished just shy of a medal, coming in fourth at 48.24s.
“Colin ran an amazing 400m race and almost won it,” Taylor said. “He followed that up with a huge 46-second split in the relay.”
It was a new day, same result for Kendra Lobley. One day after breaking the school 3000m steeplechase record on her way to gold in the event, Lobley took the gold in the 5000m run Saturday. Her 17:16.69s mark was nearly 13 seconds better than her next closest competitor.
“Kendra pulled off a very difficult win in the 5K,” Taylor said. “You would never know she was a freshman by the way she races.”
Senior Ashley Lehman (fourth, 17:38.69s) and sophomore Tessa Hoefle (seventh, 17:58.93s) also scored points in the women’s 5K event.
“Ashley and Tessa came back strong in the 5K after a great 10K last night,” Taylor said.
Two Lady Bisons earned top-five finishes in the 1500m run. Sophomore Dani Walker earned her second silver medal in a row in the event, thanks to a 4:34.66s run that placed her just over three seconds behind the winner. Sophomore Katie Bunker finished fourth after a 4:39.23s run.
Walker, Bunker and junior Amanda Twigg each earned points toward the Lady Bisons team score in the 800m run. Walker led the Lipscomb trio with a 2:11.18s mark, finishing fourth; Twigg (2:15.06s) and Bunker (2:17.85s) finished seventh and eighth, respectively.
Walker still wasn’t finished – she joined senior Valerie Winkler, junior Sara Stephens and freshman Brenna Thompson to break the women’s 4x400m relay record with a 3:50.26s mark to earn silver in the event.
“Dani ran a tough and smart 1500,” Taylor said. “Then she came back with the second-fastest 800m in school history and ran a 56-second split in the 4x400m relay.
“Both 4x400m relays were big highlights. Our kids fought for every inch – it was awesome!”
Junior Taylor Mason led a trio of Lady Bisons to point-earning performances in the javelin throw. She earned a third-place showing thanks to her personal-best 37.86m (124’ 2”) toss, beating out teammate Brittany Duerk (fourth, 36.14m) for the bronze. Freshman Kaitlin Collier finished seventh with a 34.59m (113’ 6”) throw.
Freshman Matthew Deery earned silver in the 110m hurdles, becoming the first Lipscomb runner to break 15 seconds with a 14.97s mark. Freshman Andrew Wolf (15.43s) placed sixth, while sophomore Ryan Whitley (15.63s) came in eighth.
Two hurdlers scored for the men’s team in the 400m event as well, with Wolf picking up a bronze medal and all-conference honor with a personal-best 54.73s mark. Whitley was fifth at 55.61s.
The men found 10 big points in the javelin in a group effort. Four Bisons earned scoring marks, led by Deery’s fifth-place 50.40m (165’ 4”) toss. Senior Austin Ray (sixth, 50.01m), freshman John Clevenger (seventh, 46.75m) and junior Dillon Seigenthaler (eighth, 46.74m) also earned points for the Bisons.
In the multi-events, junior Dillon Seigenthaler finished fourth with 5,631 points scored.
Freshman Houston Ward narrowly missed medaling in the discus, coming in fourth with a 47.87m (157’ 0”) fling.
Junior Adam Austin tied for fifth in the high jump with a 1.91m (6’ 3.25”) mark.
Freshman Brenna Thompson added points to the women’s total with a sixth-place finish in the 400m dash with a 57.14s mark.
“I love our kids and the way they fight for each other,” Taylor said. “There is so much more to come in the future.”