Track & field begins 2017 with solid performance at Commodore Invite
Sunday, January 15, 2017
By Logan Butts
Track & field begins 2017 with solid performance at Commodore Invite

NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb track and field squad opened up 2017 with another solid performance as the Bisons competed at the Commodore Invitational over the weekend.

The Purple and Gold sent the full squad to nearby Vanderbilt to compete, with several distance, sprints, jumps, and throws participants taking place on both the men’s and women’s side.

"It was a solid first meet of the season,” Lipscomb Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Bill Taylor said. “In many ways it was what we would expect: some surprisingly great performances, some solid performances, and some performances that show we have a lot of work to do and some things we need to change. That is really what the purpose of this meet is.

"Two big standout performances for me where Wayne Newman in all of his events and Ryan Speer with a huge 800m performance, knocking two seconds off the indoor school record.”

Senior Wayne Newman followed up his ASUN Track Runner of the Week award-winning season debut with another top notch performance.

The Arizona native competed in three events, finishing 11th in the 200m with a time of 22.10 seconds, 13th in the 400m with a 49.12 second mark, and fifth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.99 seconds.

Sophomore Speer placed sixth out of a competitive field of 34 with an indoor school-record time of 1:51.27.

Freshman Zach Israel had a strong debut in the 3000m, placing 24th with an 8:31.98 mark.

On the women’s side, junior Kacey Kemper finished 15th in the 800m thanks to a time of 21:15.20.

Senior Hannah Feiten placed 33rd in the mile with a time of 5:16.47.

Lipscomb took 14th, 16th, 20th, and 22nd in the 3000m as seniors Barbara Lee Ball (9:56.76) and Sally Larson (10:02.21) sophomore Bridgette Doucet (10.08.36), and freshman Courtney Brenner (10.10.87) all finished in the top half.

In her two events, freshman Teanna Jules finished 43rd in the 60m (8.09s) and 52nd in the 200m (26.41s).

As indoor season moves into full gear, Taylor believes that the early performances have set a good foundation for the team to build on moving forward.

"I think we have a lot to work with as we head into the season now. We can build on this in a big way."

The Bisons will be back in action on Jan. 22 at the Emory Invite in Birmingham, Alabama.