NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb track and field teams will split up this weekend at the Samford Invitational in Birmingham, Ala., and the Jerry Quiller Classic in Boulder, Colo.
Most of the team will be making a return trip to Birmingham, where they competed last weekend in the Birmingham Southern Invite. Fourteen distance and middle distance runners will make the trek to the elevation of Colorado.
“Colorado is known for middle distance,” Bill Taylor, director of cross country and track and field, said. “It wouldn’t be a good meet for non-middle distance runners. For distance, it is at altitude and we aren’t going to get good times and they will take a while to recover.
“The distance runners will move down to the 1500m and the 800m while Brenna Thompson will compete in the 400.”
Although the elevation affects the distance runners, Taylor thinks it will benefit Thompson in her shorter race.
“Brenna probably has more of an advantage because of less air resistance in the 400,” Taylor said. “All of the girls running the mile compete more as 5000m runners. They will feel it (the elevation) and notice it, but they don’t know it yet.”
The Samford Invitational will allow for many of the athletes to start gearing up for their regular events after many have competed in other events the first two weeks of the outdoor season.
“The Birmingham athletes will start to move into their more traditional events,” Taylor said. “The hurdlers will start doing both hurdle events. People are moving to their regular events as they start to focus on getting their times and marks.”
Lipscomb is coming off a meet last week that saw sophomore April Terry and junior Dani Walker earn Atlantic Sun Conference Track and Field Athletes of the Week.
Terry set two school records, one in the shot put and one in the hammer throw. Walker set a school record in the steeplechase, her first time competing in the event.
The events at Samford get started Friday at 1 p.m. with the decathlon and heptathlon. Field events begin at 5 p.m. Saturday’s events begin at 1 p.m. with field events and 3 p.m. for the running events. The runners in Colorado get things started at 1 p.m.