NASHVILLE – The track and field squad sent a handful of performers to two meets over the weekend, the Vanderbilt Invite and the Camel City Invite, with both meets housing successful Bison performances.
The Purple and Gold have already had good fortunes at Vanderbilt this season, having already performed at the Vanderbilt Indoor and the Commodore Indoor Invite so far in the indoor campaign.
"We had successful performances at both meets this weekend,” Lipscomb Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Bill Taylor said. “At Vanderbilt, Brooke Kingma ran a nice personal record in the 3000m of 9:47, which moves her to second in the Atlantic Sun. Kate Bucknam was a late entry in the mile at Vanderbilt and ran a very solid 5:00. Juan Gonzalez ran a terrific 3000m in 8:18. He now has the A-Sun lead in the mile and 3000m.”
Freshman Brooke Kingma finished eighth overall with her 9:47.45 mark in the women’s 3000m. "Brooke ran a smart race today,” assistant coach Benton Reed said. “She moved up when she needed to and covered surges well. The time would not have come without her pushing the pace early on. In the end, she got a solid personal record and her time was only one second off the school record.”
Junior Barbara Lee Ball finished just behind Kingma in 14th, crossing the line at 9:59.65.
“Barbara ran tough,” Reed said. “She was a little off and yet she never gave up. As coaches we always love it when our athletes compete with their best efforts. Her time is still good and she will have better days ahead.”
Junior Juan Gonzalez posted a time of 8:18.23 to also finish eighth overall in the men’s 3000m.
"Juan also raced well,” Reed said. “Anytime our athletes are one second off their personal record is a major positive. He will continue to be aggressive and beat his best times. He brings his guts whenever he steps to the line and it was fun watching that today."
Senior Kate Bucknam mile time of 5:00.52 placed her 18th, while junior Jake Poyner finished 12th with a time of 4:09.27 in the men’s mile run.
"Gemikal Prude and Jake Poyner are redshirting the indoor season, so they had to enter themselves into Vanderbilt,” Taylor said. “Both performed very well, with Gemikal going 6-8 in the high jump and Jake running a 4:09 mile. Both performances indicate exciting things to come during the outdoor season for these two guys."
In Winston-Salem at the Camel City Invite, junior Wayne Newman placed seventh in the 400m with a time of 50.03 seconds and 11th in the 60m hurdles with an 8.14 second mark.
He now stands atop the A-Sun in the 400m and in second in the 60m hurdles.
"In the 400m Wayne ran a 50.03, which will convert to a 49.24,” assistant coach Marcus Evans said. “Wayne had the 2011 110m Hurdle World Champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist in his race and was right in stride for the first two hurdles and ended up with a season best. He has been more consistent than ever and that will pay dividends down the stretch of the season.”
Freshman Stephen Gibson placed 20th in the shot put with a throw of 13.33m and 25th in the weight throw with a toss of 12.56m.
"Stephen improved in weight throw from last week with 12.56 in the Weight Throw and 13.33 in the Shot Put,” Evans said. “Stephen is just so good at adjusting in competition. I am looking for him to keep improving after we continue to make tweaks at practice.
"These guys are competing at a super high level each week. In a meet with world record holders, world champions, and Olympians, Stephen and Wayne stepped up and looked like they had been there before. Unfortunately, Kevin Floyd and Aaron Beckwith no-heighted in the pole vault but we learned some things in the process."
The track and field squad will be back in action Friday at the SIU Invite.