Director of Track and Field Bill Taylor announced the team awards and season honors for the 2013 Lipscomb Track & Field season.
"We have a tradition of awards that represent our core values within the cross country and track & field programs" Taylor said. "These are big honors for our athletes as it means they represent the best of what we are and lead the way in making our program one of the best in the nation in every way, which creates a very unique and special environment."
Andrew Wolf (Sophomore – Puyallup, Wash.) and Andrew Bosket (Freshman – Arlington, Wash.)
"It is hard to win this award for our team," Taylor said. "We have so many dramatic improvements for so many athletes in so many events. To win it two years in a row is crazy.
"Andrew Wolf is co-recipient of this award this year, his second year in a row to win the award. And why not? After a ton of improvement last season, culminating in All-A-Sun honors in the 400m hurdles, Andrew topped that by winning the A-Sun 400m hurdles this year. He lead a sweep of the event by Lipscomb hurdlers, and added All-A-Sun honors in the 110m hurdles. He set school records in the 110m hurdles and the 60m hurdles and is closing in on the 400m hurdles record. It was a very exciting season for Andrew and worthy of the award."
"Andrew Bosket came in as a pretty average middle distance guy from high school. Even starting the track season Andrew wasn’t putting up fast 800m times, posting a 2:04.61 and a 2:03 in his first two meets.
"Then Andrew started to click. His workouts got better and better. His tenacity in racing and race intelligence improved. Andrew finished the season running 1:53.07 at the A-Sun Championships!
"His improvement was remarkable and is a taste of what is to come. Andrew has shown the willingness to work and to learn, and most of all to be an amazing runner. He is becoming a student of the sport and has huge goals. He has a ton of room to improve still, which is very exciting and has a very bright future ahead."
The Matt Deery Fightin’ Bison (the person who demonstrated the most guts, mental toughness and physical toughness):
Geoff Musick (Senior – Nashville, Tenn.)
"Geoff has ultimate desire for this programs success," Taylor said. "He wants to see himself, and even more so his teammates, achieve greatness. You always know Geoff is going all-out in both practice and competition.
"This season Geoff broke 15-minutes for 5000m for the second season in his career, leading a group of four freshmen under 15. His example of toughness has made the entire team tougher and better."
For the Team (the best teammate, the most positive and caring):
Kenny Smith (Sophomore – Etowah, Tenn.)
"Kenny has immense care for the success of this program and expresses it constantly," Taylor said. "He gives his personal best in all that he does, and has high expectations for everyone.
"He served as a team captain for the first time this year and worked behind the scenes and visibly to make each person and the program as a whole the best it can possibly be."
Heart of Gold (the person who demonstrates the highest character, who doesn’t compromise, who does the right thing every time, even when nobody is looking):
Gemikal Prude (Freshman/Sophomore – Melbourne, Fla.)
"Gemikal has been an inspiration to the entire team this year," Taylor said. "Going from being academically ineligible as a freshman last year, to not only being eligible, but posting a 4.0 GPA this spring.
"From not being able to compete, to breaking one of our oldest records in the indoor and outdoor high jump. Gemikal also won the A-Sun outdoor title in the high jump and qualified for the NCAA I National Championship Preliminary Round.
"Although Gemikal is a pretty quiet guy, as the season went on, the team got a chance to see his heart for them, and his desire for success both for himself and for this program. He has gained a mountain of respect for being a guy that took responsibility for his actions, for his mistakes, and took control to change."
Total Commitment (who did it right, did it all, did it all the time, and did all the little things):
Kenny Smith (Sophomore– Etowah, Tenn.) and Geoff Musick (Senior – Nashville, Tenn.)
"Kenny earns this honor for the second year in a row," Taylor said. "He is simply one of the hardest workers on the team. He does everything it takes to be as good as he can possibly be, and expects the same from his teammates.
"Kenny would be the first to say he is not the naturally fastest, most gifted guy on the team, but he earns everything he gets. As a result, for the second year in a row he helped the men’s 4x100m relay earn All-A-Sun honors. For the second year in a row he helped the men’s 4x400m relay shock the conference with a surprise A-Sun Championship."
"Geoff has earned this award many times in cross country and track. He is the heart of the men’s team in terms of desire and work ethic. He makes us better and he leads by example."
Freshman of the Year:
Jared Wingerter (Thompson's Station, Tenn.)
"Jared really set the tone for the freshmen men," Taylor said. "He stepped up repeatedly to have one of the best seasons a freshman distance runner has ever had.
"He qualified for the U.S. Junior Nationals in the 5000m early in the season, breaking 15 minutes. Jared ran the fastest 5000m on the team for the outdoor track season at 14:47, as well as the open 3000m at 8:33. He then stepped up at the A-Sun Outdoor Championships and finished second in the 5000m, earning All-A-Sun honors. That is the highest finish at the A-Sun Championships in Lipscomb history for the 5000m."
Tucker Peabody (Sophomore – Memphis, Tenn.)
"Tucker earns this honor for the second year in a row, and rightly so," Taylor said. "He has been the standout star of our men’s track & field program for the past two years.
"In 2013 Tucker broke his own records in the 100m and 200m. He defended his A-Sun 200m Championships in both the Indoor and Outdoor seasons. He set the A-Sun Conference Outdoor record in the 200m. He qualified for the NCAA I Preliminary Round for the second year in a row, after posting a 200m time that held as the 20th best in the nation.
"He also qualified for the NCAA I National Championships Preliminary Round in the 100m. He advanced to the quarterfinals in the 200m.
"At the A-Sun Championships, Tucker helped defend Lipscomb’s title in the outdoor 4x400m relay, this time as the anchor, running a 46-second split to come from behind for the victory.
"He also earned All-A-Sun honors with a second place finish in the 100m, and in the 4x100m relay for the second year in a row.
"Tucker’s time in the 200m qualified him with the A standard for the United States National Championships, the first ever Lipscomb athlete to qualify for the U.S. Championships. Tucker still has many goals left for his senior year. This season took him many steps closer to those goals and set him up for an even better senior campaign."