NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb track and field is staying in Tennessee for the weekend as the team splits with a pair of meets.
Part of the team will be competing at the Tennessee Relays at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, while the rest of the Bisons will be attending the Boston Moon Invite at Tennessee State University just a short car ride from campus.
"We are splitting the team between two meets, and resting some of our athletes,” Lipscomb Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Bill Taylor said. “It all depends on what is best for each athlete.”
Atlantic Sun Outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week Wayne Newman, Gemikal Prude and Karly Hibbard will be among those lacing up at the Tennessee Relays.
"We have over 20 athletes at the Tennessee Relays,” Taylor said. “Wayne Newman will compete in both hurdle races, Gemikal Prude will compete in the high jump at Tennessee and Karly Hibbard will throw the javelin. Those are the big non-distance names for us at Tennessee.”
As for the distance races, Juan Gonzalez, Daniel Gardner and Madi Talbert will lead the way on the track in Knoxville.
"Juan Gonzalez will compete in the 1500m along with teammate Daniel Gardner,” Taylor said. “Madi Talbert will drop down to work on speed in her only 1500m of the season.”
The Boston Moon Invite will feature a number of Bison athletes across a plethora of events.
"TSU will feature our pole vault crew, and most of our field eventers,” Taylor said. “We have someone in nearly every event there.”
Paige Stoner will run in a pair of distance races at TSU.
"Paige Stoner is also staying in Nashville, dropping down to compete in the 1500m and 800m,” Taylor said.
Several of the top Bison distance athletes will be taking a week off after running in the 10K last week.
"Some of our top distance runners, those that ran the 10K last week, such as Sally Larson, Barbara Lee Ball and Kayla Montgomery, will rest and train this week,” Taylor said.
Larson, Ball and Montgomery swept the top three positions in the 10K at the Big Blue Classic last weekend.
With the Outdoor season quickly heading toward the postseason, Taylor believes this weekend’s meets will be good preparation for the squad.
"It's a good set up week for us,” Taylor said. “Next week we take some of our athletes to Mt. Sac, one of the biggest meets in the nation.
"This is the part of the season we want to see some big improvements. These are the meets to earn national prelim qualifier marks, and to set up for the A-Sun."