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Track and Field finishes strong at A-Sun championships
Dani Walker is awarded her Championship Most Valuable Performer Plaque.
Dani Walker is awarded her Championship Most Valuable Performer Plaque.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Lipscomb’s track and field teams made a remarkable impact on the Atlantic Sun championships this weekend as they wrapped up their performance in North Carolina.

"We had a great championship meet this weekend.  The men finished a program best ever third place. The women tied their best ever finish in fifth,” said Bill Taylor, director of track and field.

As expected, Dani Walker produced strong results this weekend.

“Dani scored in five events, winning three, the 800 meters, the mile, and 3000 meters,” said Taylor. “She is a repeat champion in the mile and 3000 meters.”

"Dani earned back-to-back A-Sun Women's Indoor Track & Field MVP honors! For two years now she has been the premier conference athlete at the Indoor Championship. She deserved it too. Especially today, where she led every step of the mile and 800 meters,” said Taylor.

Not far behind Walker in the 3000 meters was sophomore Madi Talbert who took second in the event finishing in 9:48.98. Talbert also completed the 5000 meters with a time of 17:33.82.

"Madi just did anything we asked,” said Taylor. “She even stepped up to run a leg of the 4x400 meter relay, even though it was less than 30 minutes after she finished third in the 5000 meters. She's so tough.”

The men’s team also stood out from the rest of the competition after scoring the most points in program history landing them the third place finish in the conference.

Tucker Peabody captured the second place spot in the 60 meter dash with a finishing time of 6.86 and retained his title in the 200 meter dash with a time of 21.69.

"Of course Tucker Peabody's defense of his 200 meter title was exciting,” said Taylor. He hammered that race.”

Freshman Wayne Newman also left the championships with a win under his belt after he wiped out the competition in the 60 meter hurdles capturing the winning time of 8.07.

"Wayne's 60 meter hurdles race was so exciting. To watch him pull ahead and win that event was amazing,” said Taylor.

Christian Freeman shattered two school records leading the program with a time of 14:47.49 in the 5000 meters and a time of 8:21.88 in the 3000 meters.

Taylor said, “He's just a freshman and is going to get so much better.”

The men’s 4x400 meter relay was the final event of the day, which saw the men’s distance medley relay team finish with an outstanding time of 3:18.57.

"The Men's 4x400 meter relay was also a highlight,” said Taylor. “Whenever you win as a team it's special. Those guys had a goal and they fought. It was all the sweeter since Colin (Dempster) was the favorite in the open 400 meters, but was fouled by another runner, shoving him out to lane four. He was upset, disappointed, frustrated, but just turned that to the relay and came from third place to win it for us.”

"We are really happy with our performances and look forward to building on this in the outdoor season,” Taylor said.

The final stop of the indoor season will be at the NCAA I Indoor National Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. taking place on March 15.