NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Lipscomb track and field squad kicked off the outdoor season with the Lipscomb-Belmont Dual Friday afternoon.
The male team outscored Belmont 76-73, while the female athletes fell to the Bruins 75-65.
"We had a lot of fun putting this meet together,” Lipscomb track and field head coach Bill Taylor said, “It was a success in that it accomplished our goals of getting a low-key, rapid, fun start to the season for both teams. The meet kept you engaged because both teams had someone to cheer for in every event. The weather was on the wet side, but it really didn't bother anyone.”
For the Bisons the event not only provided a low-pressure event for the transition into the outdoor season, but it was also an opportunity to bond with the “Boulevard” rivals.
"I think we also added some Nashville pride to the season,” Taylor said, “I hope both teams will cheer for each other during the season. Maybe not when we compete head to head, but certainly when we are up against anyone else. We had a pizza dinner after the meet with Belmont and enjoyed getting to know their athletes better.”
During the meet, several individual Bisons stepped up with great starts to their outdoor seasons.
"As far as our team goes, there were some solid performances,” Taylor said, “Ravyn Rowlett hit a season best to win the high jump with a leap of 1.55m. Karly Hibbard won her specialty event, the javelin, after a 36.84m throw. Gemikal Prude did just enough to win the high jump, then added a win in a new event for him, the long jump.
“Wayne Newman looked great with two great individual wins in the hurdle races, plus two relay wins. Minna Fields got a nice win in the 3000m with a time of 10:12.50, and Hannah Munyan ran an all-time personal record (10:42.35) in that event as well.”
In their first home meet this season for indoor or outdoor, Lipscomb finished with the top mark in 15 of the afternoon’s 35 events.
"Overall, I would say we looked pretty flat,” Taylor said, “I don't know if it was the format, rust from the transition from indoor to outdoor, or simply the fact that Spring Break starts tomorrow. We didn't compete our top distance runners, so maybe that took away some of the focus too. I'm not sure.
"I'm not worried about it. We do need to refocus when we come back at the end of next week from Spring Break. The Alabama Relays is a solid meet, and our athletes need to be ready to compete hard.”
With three more relays coming before the end of the month, Taylor believes that Friday’s dual with Belmont was just the start the team needed.
"So, overall I think today served us well,” Taylor said, “Now we can move forward and take it to another level."
For the results from the afternoon's events, click here.