GREENSBORO, N.C. – Following a historic day for the Lipscomb track and field team, Gemikal Prude and Tucker Peabody were unable to follow the footsteps of teammate Madi Talbert to the NCAA Championships.
Prude and Peabody closed out their season Saturday at the NCAA Preliminary Round in Greensboro, N.C.
Freshman Madi Talbert qualified for the final round on Friday after she finished in the top 12 of the 3000-meter steeplechase to earn her trip to Eugene, Ore.
Prude, a freshman from Melbourne, Fla., finished in eighth place in his flight and 15th overall in the high jump. He had a top jump of 2.10 meters but was unable to convert at 2.14 meters.
The meet’s top jump came from Derek Drouin of Indiana who had a leap of 2.17 meters.
Peabody, competing in the 200-meter dash, finished fifth in his heat and 14th overall. The junior from Memphis, Tenn., crossed the finish line in 20.91 seconds.
The top time came from Anaso Jobodwana of Jacksonville State as he crossed the finish line in 20.13 seconds. Peabody finished eight-hundredths of a second out of the final transfer spot.
“Everything is a learning experience,” Bill Taylor, director of cross country and track and field, said. “Both Gemikal and Tucker performed well. It just wasn’t enough.
“They have a lot they can learn from this year to motivate and give focus for next year. They’ve both had an outstanding season and should be very proud of what they accomplished. We are certainly proud of them.”
Both Peabody and Prude reset the record books on several occasions this year.
Peabody set the school record in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Peabody’s top time in the 100 was in 10.36 seconds. In the 200, his specialty, he finished in 20.68 seconds to claim the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship.
Prude broke a school record that dated back to the 1970’s when he had a jump of 2.15 meters.
Talbert will see her season continue at the NCAA Championships June 5-8.