NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb track and field teams venture on to their next meet of the outdoor season taking place right here in Nashville Friday and Saturday.
"We enjoy competing at Vanderbilt,” said Bill Taylor, director of track and field. “It's a good track and it's here in town, so it's like a home meet for us. The competition will be good. Hopefully the weather cooperates on both days.”
This meet has a special purpose in preparing the athletes for the rest of the season.
"Some aspects of this meet are to set up the rest of our season,” Taylor said. “Many of our top distance guys are training this week instead of racing.
“We are taking six distance women and four distance men to Stanford and San Francisco State next week for fast 5000-meter races. So some are doing shorter races this week to prep, and some aren't racing.”
For the first time this outdoor season, Tucker Peabody will be making an appearance in the 100 meters and 200 meters.
"Tucker ran very well at Vanderbilt last year,” Taylor said. “It will be fun to see him race his specialty events for the first time this outdoor season. He is excited and ready to go.”
Also competing for the first time this outdoor season will be Gemikal Prude and Colin Dempster.
"Gemikal sat out last week, and was at NCAA I Indoor Nationals the week before, so this will be his first opportunity to high jump this outdoor season,” Taylor said. “Likewise, Colin is going to get his first 400m of the season this weekend.”
Capturing fantastic (a little too dramatic) results last weekend at the Shamrock Invite, Dani Walker and Madi Talbert are expected to achieve strong results this weekend as well.
"Dani Walker and Madi Talbert are in the Invitational 1500 meters Friday night,” Taylor said. “Vanderbilt has some great 1500-meter runners, and the whole field is really good as well. It's a great opportunity to run well and break personal records.”
April Terry broke the school record in the hammer throw last weekend and looks to push that momentum into this weekend.
"April will compete in the hammer throw and the shot put,” Taylor said. “She is always pushing herself to new marks and it's fun to watch.”
The team anticipates a continuance to their current streak of wins already recorded this season.
With the meet being just down the road, the track and field squads look to further their achievements with a little help from the fans.
"We always have a good response of Lipscomb fans coming over to support the team,” Taylor said. “I hope we see even more people cheering for Lipscomb this weekend."