NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The weather may have attempted to cause problems for the Lipscomb track and field squads at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invite, but that did not stop the team from prevailing against Mother Nature and finishing out day two better than ever.
"This was the best meet we've had at Vanderbilt since I've been at Lipscomb,” said Bill Taylor, director of track and field. “Traditionally, for some reason, we've struggled for the most part at this meet.
“This year we really competed well, and despite really bad weather, we had some great results.”
Freshman DA Lowery and sophomore Andrew Bosket competed in the 1500 meters and led all participants after finishing both first and second in the event respectively.
Lowery crossed the line in 4:00.35 while Bosket finished in 4:01.22.
“That was one of the best races of the day,” Taylor said. “It was cool for Lowery to win his first ever 1500 meters, and Bosket ran for a huge personal record.”
Earning second place in the 100 meters after posting a time of 10.55, Tucker Peabody prolonged his streak of season-opening triumphs.
Also capturing a second-place finish was Colin Dempster who ran the 400 meters posting a time of 48.08.
Freshman Juan Gonzalez gained back some momentum after sitting out the indoor season due to injury.
"Juan ran great in the 3000 meters,” Taylor said. “He missed the entire indoor season and couldn't even cross train the whole time so to already be at 8:33.70, which would have been within a second of our school record before last week, is remarkable. It's a testament to how hard he races and how talented he is.”
Alex Csorba closed in on a third place finish in the javelin with his toss of 53.22 meters, picking up a new personal record.
Taylor feels Csorba is going to continue to do very well in this particular event.
Some of the competitors in the field events had a rough day.
"We did struggle a bit in a lot of the field events,” Taylor said. “I know the weather played a factor, but we still need to show more focus and poise to step up no matter what the situation.”
Taylor believes the meet at Vanderbilt was the perfect set-up for the rest of the season.
The teams will be split going into competition next weekend, both with destinations sure to bring about warmer weather.
"Next week we split the team up among four meets, all of which are really good to amazing,” Taylor said. “Stanford is the best meet in the nation for long distance. San Francisco State is the next best.
“Florida is amazing for sprints, jumps, and field. We are looking forward to big meet conditions and the opportunities they provide...and for good weather again."