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Walker named Most Outstanding Track Performer

Thursday, February 28, 2013
by Ryan Hilgemann

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb junior distance runner Dani Walker has been named the Most Outstanding Track Performer by the Atlantic Sun Conference Track and Field coaches as announced by the A-Sun Thursday. Walker was a unanimous decision by the coaches.

“Dani had such an amazing championship,” Bill Taylor, director of cross country and track and field, said.

Walker, the MVP of the A-Sun Championships,  won the 3000m, 5000m and the mile at the championships last weekend. Her time of 9:37.98 in the 3000m broke the A-Sun meet record by over 13 seconds. Walker also marked the second fastest championship time in the mile with a time of 4:43.89. Walker rounded off her performance by anchoring the 4X400 relay just 30 minutes after completing the 5000m.

“I am very excited to see what Dani does next,” Taylor said. “She is just arriving at a whole new level and has a lot more improvement ahead of her. Our whole program does, and she is leading the way for the team.”

Walker captured school records in all four events she competed in, garnering a meet-best 31.25 personal points.

The outdoor season for the Lipscomb track and field squads kick starts this weekend with the North Florida Spring Break Invite in Jacksonville.

“We have raised some excitement from the A-Sun Indoor Championships,” Taylor said. “We are kind of resetting and people are anxious to get outside and run on a 400-meter track.”

The outdoor season signals the addition of four new events that do not take place during the indoor season- the javelin, hammer throw, discus and steeplechase.

Senior Taylor Mason has had past success in the javelin, with a third place finish at last year’s outdoor championships.

“She was all-conference last year,” Taylor said. “She returns for her senior year more dedicated to that event than ever before.”

Mason had a throw of 37.86 meters to finish just outside of the top-two at the outdoor championships.

The discus is also well-liked by sophomore Houston Ward. Ward finished just off the podium at the outdoor championships with a toss of 47.87 meters.

Taylor thinks the progression from the indoor to the outdoor season has been solid so far.

“Our progression is going really well,” Taylor said. “We are far ahead of where we have been before, especially in distance runners. We had three women go under the 3000m school record at the indoor championships. We have a lot of stuff going well and expect it to keep getting better.

“Every time you have success, you build off of it. We use it as a learning experience. Anything positive or negative, we take it and use it to make it better for our team.”

The two-day event at North Florida begins Friday with field events beginning at 8 a.m. Running events begin at noon. On Saturday, both field and running events begin at 8 a.m.