NASHVILLE – While facing off against top-level talent from across the country, the Lipscomb track and field squad turned in a great performance of their own at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Califnornia over the weekend.
Senior turned Madi Talbert turned in one of the best performances of her storied career, finishing fourth in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 9:55.79.
"The team had a very good meet at Mt. SAC,” Lipscomb Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Bill Taylor said. “Madi ran a terrific steeple, finishing with her second fastest time of her impressive career. Madi now ranks second in the nation for NCAA Division I, and I am told her time ranks number 10 in the world, which is a pretty cool stat.”
In the 5000m, the Lady Bisons had three runners finish with close times: freshman Brooke Kingma (16:54.59), juniors Barbara Lee Ball( 16:55.24), and Sally Larson (16:54.30).
“While our 5000m girls last night didn't get PR's, all three ran in the 16's which is always a good thing,” Taylor said.
Freshman Sam Woodford ran a near-freshman program record time of 2:11.68 in the 800m.
"Sam Woodford ran a controlled-but-fast first half of her 800 and maintained her speed well through the last half to finish in an impressive PR,” Lipscomb assistant coach Jenny Randolph said.
On Thursday, senior Kate Bucknam ran a personal outdoor record time of 10:50.13 in the 3000m steeplechase.
"I am really happy with all of our women's efforts this weekend,” Randolph said. “This meet is a great opportunity to learn how elite races are run, and all our women are coming home smarter and more experienced in racing and hungry for more fast times.”
On the men’s side, junior Jake Poyner almost set a school outdoor record in the 1500m with a time of 3:49.88.
“Jake ran really well earlier in the day in the 1500m,” Taylor said. “He ran a PR and is just off our school record.”
Junior Wayne Newman performed in two events, posting a 14.32 second time in the 110m hurdle and a 53.13 second mark in the 400m hurdle.
“Wayne had another PR in the 400 hurdles, and won his heat,” Lipscomb assistant Marcus Evans said. “He responded well after running tight in the 110 hurdles. The incremental adjustments he needs will make a huge difference in the next few weeks.”
In the high jump, senior Gemikal Prude nailed a 2.05m leap to finish tied for fifth.
Taylor believes the performance at this meet will help propel the Bisons through the rest of the season, especially with another big race coming up next weekend with the Virginia Challenge.
"Many of these girls are going to be competing next week in another big meet at Virginia,” Taylor said. “As good as Madi has been in the past, she is ahead of where she has been in previous seasons right now. She will go after the 5000m at Virginia, and has a chance to be the first woman under 16-minutes in Lipscomb history. It will be her last fast 5000m opportunity of her collegiate career.
“Sally and Barbara Lee will run in their first 10,000m of the season. Brooke will get another chance at the 5000m and will be joined by Katie Bianchini in the 5k, who is putting together a terrific season herself. So, this Mt. SAC meet was part one of a two-weekend opportunity to set up the postseason, and it went very well."