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Small contingent heading to two meets for track and field

Friday, April 12, 2013
by Ryan Hilgemann

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb track and field team will use a partial split squad this weekend competing at the Ole Miss Invite in Oxford, Miss., and at the Boston Moon Classic in Nashville.

“Ole Miss is a great meet,” Bill Taylor, director of cross country and track and field, said. “We are going to send Tucker Peabody and see if he can build off of his successes last weekend. Brenna Thompson will run the 400, looking for a breakthrough there. Our hurdlers will go along with other sprinters with a total of 11 people.”

Peabody, the Atlantic Sun Track Athlete of the Week, broke two school records at the Sun Angel Classic last weekend. He ran the top time in the A-Sun this season in the 200-meter dash in 21.13 seconds. He also ran the 100-meter dash in 10.5 seconds.

Brenna Thompson has the fifth fastest time in the 400-meter run. She ran in 57.11 seconds at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invite in March.

The Bisons have three of the top-five runners in the A-Sun in the 400-meter hurdles, with all three running at the Ole Miss Invite. Nelson Scott ranks second, finishing in 54.68 seconds at the Samford Invitational while Andrew Wolf and Ryan Whitley are fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Boston Moon Classic, hosted by Tennessee State University, will also see a small contingent of Lipscomb athletes.

“The TSU meet will have 10 people there highlighted by our throwers,” Taylor said. “Houston Ward and April Terry are obvious right now. Taylor Mason and John Clevenger are ranked second in the conference in the javelin and Kevin Floyd is second in the pole vault.”

Mason and Clevenger are coming off victories last weekend at the Margeret Simmons Invitational hosted by Murray State. Mason’s top throw on the year came at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invite with a throw of 38.93 meters. Clevenger’s best throw came at the UNF Spring Break Invitational, where he threw 50.33 meters.

Ward has the top throw in the A-Sun this season in the shot put with a toss of 15.48 meters last weekend at the Sun Angel Classic. Ward also has the third-best throw in the discus and fifth-best in the hammer throw.

Terry ranks second in the shot put with a 13.5-meter throw at the Sun Angel Classic and is ranked sixth in the hammer throw.

Using a limited squad will allow the middle distance and distance runners a chance to recoup after a busy four-week stretch of traveling.

“We have had a pretty packed schedule to this point,” Taylor said. “I feel our distance needs a break, needs some time to reset. We will get ready for Vanderbilt next week. This will be a nice stretch, after a lot of travel, to rest and train this weekend.”

Competition gets underway in Oxford at 9 a.m. with the last event starting at 8:10 p.m. The Boston Moon Classic will also begin at 9 a.m. with final events at 4 p.m.