WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – On the first day of the Atlantic Sun Indoor Championships the Lipscomb track and field squad not only turned in a successful performance, but also laid the groundwork for a triumphant finish during day two.
Today we saw a lot of solid performances,” Lipscomb track and field assistant coach Benton Reed said. “We are excited to adapt and come back tomorrow.”
Freshman Stephen Gibson earned the first win of the meet for the Purple and Gold, finishing first in the shot put with a throw of 14.83m. The mark was a personal indoor record for Gibson and place fourth all-time on the school indoor individual record standings.
In the 3000m run, the Lady Bisons took second, third, and fourth. Senior Madi Talbert led the way with a time of 9:52.54. Junior Katie Bianchini snagged the final All-Conference spot in third with a 9:53.12 mark, while freshman Brooke Kingma placed fourth (9:55.02) and junior Sally Larson finished sixth (10:00.56)
“In the women's 3k we ran well,” Reed said. “The ladies responded to surges early. We really only made one mistake by letting Kidan Kidane surge away. The girls battled back, cutting into the lead, but just ran out of room. The women finished 2,3,4,6,8 in dominate fashion. They are excited to race again tomorrow.”
In the men’s 3000, two more Bisons earned All-Conference honors. Juniors Christian Freeman and Juan Gonzalez finished in second and third with times of 9:33.95 and 8:34.40, respectively. Senior Daniel Gardner placed sixth with an 8:38.83 mark.
“The men's race was also bittersweet,” Reed said. “Daniel made a hard surge and busted the race open. We made some smart moves, but just left the door open wide enough for Logan Poteet to come back and snag the win. The men wanted more and they won't settle after one race.”
Both distance medleys squads earned All-Conference honors. The men’s team of senior James Tamburello and freshmen Psalm Ocampo, Ryan Speer, and Andrew Ayers placed second with a 10:24.49 mark. The women’s team, which consisted of junior Bridget Perine, sophomore Katie Sperry and Kacey Kemper, and freshman Hannah Owens, placed third (12:29.40).
Junior Wayne Newman set the school indoor 60m hurdles record as he won his preliminary heat with a blazing time of 7.87 seconds.
Check back at LipscombSports.com for updates from day two of the meet.