BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – April Terry and Dani Walker set school records at the Southern Invitational hosted by Birmingham Southern College on Friday.
Terry set two new school records. She set a new outdoor record in the women’s shot put with a throw of 12.88 meters, which placed her second in the event. She was 0.02 meters short of first place Katelyn Poole of Samford who threw 12.90 meters.
The sophomore broke her own school record in the hammer throw with a throw of 44.27 meters, which placed her third in the event.
“April Terry performed impressively in the shot and hammer,” Bill Taylor, Lipscomb director of cross country and track and field, said.
Walker also set a new school record by 0.02 seconds in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. The junior ran in a time of 10:32.95, about 12 seconds over second place teammate freshman Madelin Talbert, who had a time of 10:44.70.
“Dani ran great,” Taylor said. “It’s funny because I’ve wanted her to run the steeple since her freshman season. I’ve believed she can be a top national steepler. It hasn’t worked out until now.
“She was pretty nervous this week. Then the race started and she just ran. She looked great. Her time today would have qualified for the NCAA National Championship Preliminary round last season. So, it’s really impressive for a first-ever race and this early in the season.”
Lipscomb placed a runner in each of the top five positions in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. Sophomore Kendra Lobley finished third with a time of 10:47.39, junior Tessa Hoefle finished fourth with a time of 11:01.44 and sophomore Minna Fields rounded out the top five with a time of 11:23.52.
“Madi, Kendra and Tessa also ran great,” Taylor said. “All four girls ran faster than Kendra did in this race last year and she went on to win conference and qualify for the nationals prelims.”
The top three spots broke the meet record.
Senior Ashton Fisher won the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:35.32. Senior Ben Wright finished third with a time of 9:47.21.
Freshman Max McBride won the first heat of the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in his collegiate debut with a time of 10:02.01. McBride finished eighth overall.
“Ashton ran great,” Taylor said. “It was a nice win for him. Ben Ashley made a huge improvement. Max McBride looked terrific winning the first heat.”
The men’s and women’s track and field teams finish the Southern Invitational on Saturday.