Prude, Talbert perform on big stage at T&F Nationals
Saturday, June 13, 2015
By Logan Butts
Prude, Talbert perform on big stage at T&F Nationals

EUGENE, Ore. – Lipscomb’s Gemikal Prude and Madi Talbert competed in the 2015 Outdoor NCAA Division I Track and Field National Championships on Thursday and Friday in Eugene, Oregon.

It was the third appearance in a national final for both athletes.

Talbert kicked things off for the Bisons on Thursday as she ran in the semi-finals of the 3000m steeplechase. It was her the third consecutive year running in the event at the National Championships.

She finished seventh in her heat for a time of 10:14.25, falling one position short of advancing to the finals.

The junior similarly finished seventh in her heat last year, however the time was fast enough to land her a Second Team All-American spot.

As a freshman, she earned honorable mention All-American status after her 23rd place performance at the National Championships.

Talbert is also the three-time defending A-Sun champion for the event, and is looking to continue her streak in her senior season.

On Friday Prude leaped his way to a 12th place finish in a field of 24 competitors, earning him a Second Team All-American nod.

All 24 competitors cleared the first bar at 2.08m. Prude then took a pass on the next height of 2.12m.

After two failed attempts, the Florida native cleared the 2.16m height on his third try. Only 13 of the competitors made it past the mark.

The next bar was set at 2.19m, which would have been a new season-high for the redshirt-junior.

Prude turned in a strong effort, but was unable to clear the height in three attempts. Five other athletes failed to reach the 2.19m height.

Prude competed in both the indoor and outdoor National Championships last season, earning Second Team All-American honors at indoor and honorable mention status at outdoor.

With one more season of eligibility left, Prude hopes to make it back to the national stage next season in an attempt to go out on top.