ATLANTA, Ga. - The Lipscomb track and field squad will be competing in their second meet of the season Sunday at Emory University.
The Bisons are looking to build upon a strong performance in their first match of the year at the Vanderbilt Invitational.
"We had a very good start last weekend and hope to build on it this weekend,” Lipscomb head coach Bill Taylor said. “It's hard to expect too much yet. One week of quality training isn't going to make a huge difference yet, especially for distance. However, the competitiveness and courage of our team was what we were looking for last week. We got that. If we continue to build on that we will have another great meet.”
Seniors Gemikal Prude and April Terry and sophomore Wayne Newman, as well as several others, all started out strong in the first meet. Prude had an especially impressive meet, finishing first in the high jump with a mark of 2.16m.
"Just as last week, Prude and Newman are big ones to watch," Taylor said. "April Terry is always highly competitive. Prude is currently ranked 9th in the nation for NCAA Division One in the high jump from last week’s debut. Newman is ranked 56th in the nation for the 60m hurdles.
“I had mentioned Juan Gonzalez as a guy to watch last week as well. He's ranked 52nd in the nation in the 3000m. This week he will go after the mile. Distance teammates Christian Freeman and Jared Wingerter will make season debuts by competing in the 3000m.”
Taylor commented on how each season there will always be freshmen that step up to contribute to the team’s success. Based off of the performance at the Vanderbilt Invitational, this year already has many candidates.
"Last week I said we always have freshmen step up each season,” Taylor said. “That happened right away with Kacey Kemper. She ran her all-time 800m personal record in her first collegiate track race, and is ranked 67th nationally in the event. This week she will race the mile, where she will be joined by freshman Paige Stoner making her season debut.”
One area the Bisons look to be heavily competitive in on Sunday is long distance. Lipscomb has many racers in the long distance events hoping to place.
“Barbara Lee Ball ran an incredible 3000m race last week," Taylor said. "She is ranked 62nd in the nation in that event. This week she will go after the 5000m.
"Kayla Montgomery is ranked 38th in the nation in the 5000m from last week. This week she will go for the 3000m, where she will be joined by outdoor All-American Madi Talbert, Sally Larson and Minna Fields. That should be a strong event for us Sunday.”
Taylor thinks the Emory Crossplex Invitational will prove to be a great way to continue the team's path to success this year.
“The Emory meet is a pretty low key meet for us, which is perfect for the second meet of the season," Taylor said. "The Crossplex track is great, and sets us up for a fun and strong meet."