NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After staying close to home for the first portion of the 2014 schedule, the Lipscomb track and field squad is ready to stretch their legs with a trip to Southern Illinois.
"It will be fun to head north for a two-day meet,” Lipscomb head coach Bill Taylor said, “I think the team is ready for a good travel meet. We keep getting stronger and, as you would expect, the goal is to continue that trend.”
Since the SIU Invite features multi-events such as the heptathlon and pentathlon, the Bisons who compete in those events will have the chance to further expand their skills against other schools.
"Devon Wade will compete in his first ever indoor heptathlon, which is seven scored events over two days: 60m dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1000m,” Taylor said. “Abby Newby will continue her development in the indoor pentathlon, which is five events scored on one day: 60m hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800m. They both start Friday morning.”
In the field events, seniors April Terry and Gemikal Prude look to continue building on a strong showing so far in 2014.
"Throws are again led by April Terry competing in the weight throw and the shot put,” Taylor said. “Gemikal will face some great competition in the high jump, as he continues his quest to get better and hopefully qualify for Indoor Nationals again.”
On the track, Wayne Newman is expected to return to the hurdles after competing in other events during the TSU Invite, but the Bisons will be without one of their top sprinters, Abbey McMurray, due to sickness.
"That's been a big thing this week,” Taylor said. “There has been a lot of sickness working its way through some of the team. In some areas we won't be at full strength this week.”
Distance running should again be one of the areas to watch for the Bisons as several of the top men’s runners will be competing, while the depth of the women’s runners will be tested.
"In men's distance we are loading up the mile, with Juan Gonzalez, Christian Freeman and Jared Wingerter all racing that event,” Taylor said.
“We are resting many of our top women (Barbara Lee Ball, Madi Talbert, Sally Larson, Kayla Montgomery, Kendra Jones) and Paige Stoner is recovering from having her appendix out last week. However, we have a lot of depth in women's distance, so I am really excited to see how the girls step up. We have loaded up the mile and 3000m, and have talent in the 800m as well.”
The meet will take place on Friday and Saturday in Carbondale, Illinois.