NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb track and field squads will continue their excursion through the outdoor season Thursday as they head to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to take part in the Shamrock Invite.
"Shamrock is a meet we attended four years ago,” said Bill Taylor, director of track and field. “Unfortunately our spring break hasn't lined up with this meet the past two years. We were excited that it lined up again this year. It's a fun trip for our team and a good solid competition.”
Coming off a spectacular weekend in Memphis, the track and field teams look to continue their streak of accomplishments.
"The first thing for us will be the decathlon and heptathlon, which start Thursday morning,” Taylor said. “It's the first and probably only opportunity for our multi-eventers to compete in a multi before Atlantic Sun.”
Taylor will be changing up a few of the events and runners at the competition as well.
"Thursday night we will run four women in the 10,000 meters,” Taylor said. “Two, Hannah Munyan and Missy Dowd, have run the event before. I'm doing something I don't normally do in putting Sally Larson and Kelsey Ibarra, two freshmen, in the event.”
April Terry will also be joining the field athletes after a record-breaking hammer throw of 49.43 meters this past week.
“April Terry will go after improvements in the hammer and shot put,” Taylor said.
Annika Backlud, fresh off her A-Sun Field Athlete of the Week award, will look to improve her numbers as well.
"Fields events will compete as usual,” Taylor said. “Annika Backlund will look to improve upon her new school record set last week.”
“Kevin Floyd will lead the men in the vault,” Taylor said. “We are excited about our field events.”
The men’s distance runners will also see a few changes in their normal events.
"Men's distance will mostly drop down to middle distance races,” Taylor said. “Andrew Bosket will lead the way in the men's 800 meters. The 5000 meters specialists, Christian Freeman and Daniel Gardner, will drop down to the mile. Juan Gonzalez, who missed the indoor season with an injury, will move up the ladder to the mile this week, as we prepare him for the 5000 meters later this season.”
Dani Walker will feel right at home in this meet as she competes in her two best races.
"Dani Walker should lead the way for women's distance,” Taylor said. “She is ranked first in the 800 meters and the mile.”
Madi Talbert also has a long meet ahead of her as she looks to maintain her excellence in the 3000 meters steeplechase.
“Madi Talbert will run the 3000 meters steeplechase for the first time this year,” Taylor said. “Last year she qualified for the NCAA I National Championship finals in the event.”
Overall, the team will have their hands full competing in these events, which should make for an interesting meet.
Taylor said, “We are excited to see all of our athletes perform and take the next step this outdoor season."