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Track and Field makes final stop before indoor championships

Thursday, February 13, 2014
by April Gilbert

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s and women’s track and field teams will be competing at split competitions this weekend as most of the team will be heading to the Cupid Classic in Birmingham, Ala., while the rest of the squad will be taking part in the Hoosier Hills Invite in Bloomington, Ind.

The top distance runners and sprinters will be the primary competitors at Hoosier Hills while the field group will take part in the field events in Birmingham.

“It’s a last chance for our kids to improve their numbers,” said Luke Syverson, assistant coach for track and field.

The meet in Birmingham will be one of the biggest events for the team as they will be competing against prominent schools such as Memphis, Florida State, Auburn, and Tennessee.

The meet in Indiana will be a chance for runners and sprinters to make a positive impact and improve their times.

Dani Walker will be running her best event in the 800 meters while Colin Dempster will be running his best event in the 400 meters. Dempster will also be taking part in the distance medley relay with Andrew Bosket and Christian Freeman.

Coming off a modest weekend where the team was also split between the Samford Invitational in Birmingham and the Southern Illinois Invitational in Carbondale, both groups seemed to perform well with Madi Talbert leading the A-sun in the 5000 meters with a time of 17:25 while Kevin Floyd vaulted a season-high 14-9 feet.

"We feel very good about our progress so far this season," said director of track and field Bill Taylor. "We've had some terrific performances and a lot of indoor school records have fallen.

“Now that our distance runners are getting into shape too, we are poised to score points in most events at conference in just over a week.”

Tucker Peabody, who set a school record in the 200 meters with a time of 21.20, will represent Lipscomb by himself this weekend as he heads to the Spire Complex in Geneva, Ohio.

“We are trying to get his time low enough to qualify for the NCAA indoor championships,” said Syverson.

Peabody will be facing off against sprinters from Notre Dame and several notable Big 10 schools.

This weekend’s competition will grant key runners the opportunity to sit out and rest before tackling the A-Sun Indoor Championships next weekend.

“This weekend will be a good dress rehearsal, an opportunity to fine tune and prepare mentally for A-Sun. It is also a last chance for some of our athletes to earn a spot at conference or to move up to the fast heats,” Taylor said.