Bianchini, Newman lead track and field in final regular season meet
Sunday, May 8, 2016
By Logan Butts
Bianchini, Newman lead track and field in final regular season meet

LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the final meet of the outdoor regular season, the Lipscomb track and field squad headed to Lexington to compete in the Kentucky Relays on Saturday. The meet was the last chance for the Bisons to compete before the upcoming Atlantic Sun Championships.

"Today was important as a rust buster,” Lipscomb Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Bill Taylor said. “Finals were this week, which creates some stress. We took last weekend off, so this meet gave the team the opportunity to get their minds and bodies back in track mode and to prepare for what they want to accomplish next weekend at the A-Sun Championships."

Junior Wayne Newman turned in another stellar performance. He competed in two events, finishing second in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.14 seconds, an outdoor season high, and taking fifth in the 400m hurdles with a mark of 53.91 seconds.

“Wayne improved on his best mark this year running a 14.14 this week,” Lipscomb assistant coach Marcus Evans said. “He ran a great race against an Olympian and decathlon World Championship medalist.”

Junior Katie Bianchini led the way in the distance events. She placed second in the mile run with a mark of 4:56.66, a career-best outdoor time.

"Today was a solid meet for the distance women,” Lipscomb assistant coach Jenny Randolph said. “Katie Bianchini ran an all-time PR in the full mile, and several other women matched or were close to their best times. We are excited about and tuned-up for Conference next week."

Freshman Brooke Kingma finished just behind Bianchini in fourth with a time of 5:03.68, a freshman outdoor school record.

Junior Jake Poyner also came through with a solid time in the mile (4:10.68).

"Overall I'm happy with the men's distance performances today,” Lipsomb assistant coach Tim Muller said. “The guys fought hard. Coming off finals week it was good to get out, get the legs racing, and get ready for Conference."

Jake's mile was a great race. He put himself in great position. He has shown great perseverance through injury. We know Jake will always put himself in the race. His 4:10 mile was very solid."

Poyner was followed by senior Max McBride (4:21.26) and freshman Andrew Ayers (4:21.73) in eighth and ninth.

"Psalm Ocampo and Andrew Ayers worked hard early,” Muller said. “Max McBride's kick won the heat with a 4:21 but a group of Lipscomb guys were right on his heels. Ayers came in second with a 4:21. Ocampo, Mitch Zabka, Brent Leber, and Austin Chitwood all finished in 4:24."

The full mile is an event Lipscomb rarely runs in outdoor track, with the 1500m being the normal choice of event at most meets, which provided an even stronger challenge with the mile events for the Purple and Gold.

In the women’s 800m run, Samantha Woodford placed fifth with a 2:13.87 time. On the men’s side, freshman Ryan Speer took sixth with a mark of 1:53.97.

In the women’s 5000m, freshman Grace Oetting (17:48.30) and Madison Colley (18:16.59) finished back-to-back in third and fourth.

“I was pleased with our competition levels,” Evans said. “Finals were a tough test at the beginning of the week, and I think our team was tired. While most of performances didn't look great on paper, I was happy that the athletes have been working on specific points of emphasis.

Now that school is over, our athletes have the luxury of only training. This will be good to really hone in on adjustments for the postseason. I am very excited to see how it all comes together at ASUN championships next week.”