Track and field to compete in Nashville at TSU Invite
Friday, January 30, 2015
By Logan Butts
Track and field to compete in Nashville at TSU Invite

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With two successful meetings already in the books, the Lipscomb track and field squad will almost be competing in their backyard at the TSU Invite.

Like the Emory Invite, the TSU invite will provide the Bisons with a good opportunity to tune-up their performance in preparation for the rest of the indoor season.

"TSU is another fairly low key meet to continue our progression,” lipscomb head coach Bill Taylor said. “We've had a great start to the indoor season, though we are really still just trying to get into competition shape.

“I think this would be an easy meet for our team to let up on. The goal is to continue the effort, attitude and competitiveness that we have started the season with. If we maintain what we've started, it will be a highly successful weekend.”

After taking home two first places in at the Emory Invite, April Terry will be a threat to again win the women’s weight throw and the women’s shot put. Karly Hibbard and Abbey McMurray are also looking to build upon a solid start to the season.

"On the women's side, April Terry is always someone to watch in the throws,” Taylor said. “Freshman Karly Hibbard had a nice debut last week. It will be fun to see her build on that.  Abbey McMurray will look to continue her fast start in the sprints.”

One of the team’s biggest areas of success is women’s distance running. Several Lady Bisons took home top spots in that area last weekend, and Barbara Lee Ball took home the A-Sun Indoor Women’s Athlete of the week for her performance.

"Women's distance is a huge strength in our program,” Taylor said. “There are fewer distance races available this week, so Madi Talbert, Sally Larson and Barbara Lee Ball will go after it in the mile. Kacey Kemper, who ran a fabulous season debut of 2:14 in the 800m at Vandy, will move back to the 800m this week. In the 5000m, Kayla Montgomery is going to go after a low-17 or sub-17 minute time.”

It is still on the fence whether or not Gemikal Prude will get to compete in the event that led to him to competing in national events last season.

"Prude is entered in the men's high jump,” Taylor said. “He's nursing a bit of an injury, so he will be a meet day decision. If he jumps, he will be a highlight. It was this meet last year that he set the indoor school record and qualified for the NCAA I Indoor National Championships.”

Other male performers expected to perform well in the meet include both sprinters and distance runners.

"Wayne Newman will look to improve upon a terrific start in the hurdles,” Taylor said. “Distance stars Juan Gonzalez and Christian Freeman will be joined by Danny Marsh and Newman on the Distance Medley Relay. That will be the only event Gonzalez and Freeman run this week.”

Once the meet is completed, the athletes will be heading back home for a team Super Bowl party.

"We are looking forward to the competition Sunday, and looking forward to a team Super Bowl party after the meet,” Taylor said. “Go Bisons and Go Seahawks.”

The meet will begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday at TSU.