NASHVILLE – For the first time this season, the Lipscomb track and field squad will be splitting up. The Bisons will be sending athletes to the Vanderbilt Invite in Nashville and the Camel City Invite in Winston-Salem, N.C.
This is the third time so far this season that the Purple and Gold will be sending runners to a meet at Vanderbilt. However, instead of several athletes making the short trip to the Commodores’ campus, only four runners are being sent to compete.
“Here in Nashville we are just running three women in the 3000m: Barbara Lee Ball, Madi Talbert, and Brooke Kingma, and then Juan Gonzalez in the men’s 3000m as well,” Lipscomb Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Bill Taylor said.
At the Camel City Invite, the Bisons will be sending four more runners with a focus on the non-distance events.
“Wayne is kind of leading the bunch of four non-distance runners out to North Carolina,” Taylor said. “It’s the same site as our conference meet, so it will be a good chance for them to get a preview. Both tracks are really fast. It should be great.”
Each meet will provide strong fields of competition for the Bisons.
“Both meets have incredible competition,” Taylor, “I know at the North Carolina meet there will be some professionals and Olympians that will be competing there, so it’s pretty star-studded.
“The one here at Vanderbilt is just sort of a really good Southern regional, and some of the SEC teams are sending athletes, so it should be really good competition in both cases.”