Wins from Bianchini, Woodford, Newman lead T&F at SIU
Sunday, February 7, 2016
By Logan Butts
Wins from Bianchini, Woodford, Newman lead T&F at SIU

NASHVILLE – It was another successful weekend for the Lipscomb track and field squad as they kicked off February with a top-notch performance at the Don DeNoon Invite at Southern Illinois University.

Several Bisons notched personal records or moved up in the Atlantic Sun rankings, while three came with an individual victory.

"Another great meet for both teams,” Lipscomb Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Bill Taylor said. “A lot of indoor personal records were set, which is one big gauge of how things are going. I think we moved a number of people up the A-Sun rankings and did some work on the Lipscomb all-time top 10 lists as well.”

Junior Wayne Newman continued his blistering pace with a win in the 60m hurdles thanks to a time of 7.98s and a second-place finish in the 60m with a mark of 6.99s, a personal record.

His pace in the hurdle was the second best in Lipscomb history for the event and a junior class record.

"Wayne just keeps improving,” Taylor said. “He's very close to his indoor personal record in the 60m hurdles, and he is following a great improvement progression as we move closer to the A-Sun Indoor Championships.”

The Lady Bisons took the top two spots in the mile race. Junior Katie Bianchini won the event finishing with a time of 4:57.43, a personal record. She was followed closely by freshman Brooke Kingma in second with a 4:57.52 mark, also a personal record.  Sophomore Avery Franklin also finished in the top ten with a personal record at six (5:15.26).

"The mile was one of our best races of the day,” Lipscomb assistant coach Benton Reed said. “Brooke pushed the pace early and Katie caught up to her at a crucial point in the race. They surged together and found the gear to dip under five. It is a big mental boost to break that barrier.”

"It is really great to see Katie Bianchini perform so well,” Taylor said. “She's not really had an indoor season since arriving at Lipscomb, so it’s awesome that she is able to go out and have a terrific first race of the indoor season. She leads the A-Sun in that event now.”

Freshman Sam Woodford provided Lipscomb with its third win of the day, taking the top spot in the 800m with a blazing time of 2:16.26. Sophomore Brianne Hoglin placed sixth with a 2:26.22 time.

“Sam Woodford's 800 was an excellent performance,” Reed said. “She led from the gun and really pulled away from the field in the second half. She ended the day splitting a 58 in the 4x4. Sam is running boldly, and her hard work is paying off.”

In the men’s 3000m, freshmen Robert Rupp (8:39.92), Psalm Ocampo (8:55.22), and Brent Leber (8:55.57) placed third, seventh, and eighth. All three set personal records.

"Robert Rupp ran a 20 second personal record in the 3k,” Reed said. “He was determined to run with the leader and made one good decision after the other. Rupp came in on a mission, and he broke down some barriers today.”

In the women’s 3000m, sophomore Katie Sperry finished seventh (10:14.84), freshman Hannah Owens took ninth (10:20.89), and senior Hannah Munyan was 11th (10:26.37) with each setting a new personal record.

“The 3k girls worked really hard. Katie ran smart with the lead pack,” Reed said. “Hannah Owens and Hannah Munyan ran tough and broke their personal records.”

In the men’s 800m freshman Austin Ray led the way with a 13th place finish (1:59.09), while in the men’s mile freshman Ryan Speer took 12th (4:25.10).