WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Lipscomb track and field squad kicked off the ASUN Indoor Championships with a successful first day led by senior Juan Gonzalez’s win in the 3000m.
Gonzalez grabbed first place with a time of 8:14.25, a new ASUN Championship meet record for the event.
Senior Jacob Poyner also grabbed points in the event for Lipscomb, taking fifth with a time of 8:33.16.
"We had a strong start to the ASUN Indoor Championships today,” Lipscomb Director of Track and Field Bill Taylor said. “Juan ran an incredible 3000m race. It was really fun watching him attack the track. He dictated the race with Jake from the beginning, and then ran away at the end.”
In the women’s 3000m, sophomore Brooke Kingma (10:08.03), freshman Courtney Brenner (10:13.95), and sophomore Hannah Owens (10:16.05) took the final three point-earning spots in fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively.
"The women's 3000m was solid,” Taylor said. “We are pretty young there, and I think this race will help all three women improve in the future.
“We had to pull Kacey Kemper and Katie Bianchini from the 3000m for sickness as well as from the mile tomorrow. Unfortunately, we also had to pull three other distance women: Sally Larson, Avery Franklin and Hannah Feiten from the 5000m tomorrow. I've never had to do that with one athlete before, much less five.”
In the field events, senior Sydney Sloan earned fifth place in the pole vault with a mark of 3.09m.
Senior Wayne Newman won his heat in the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.85 seconds. The mark not only set a school indoor record, but was good enough for 23rd in the nation so far this season. He will compete in the finals on day two.
"Wayne is always a joy to watch, and he didn't disappoint,” Taylor said. “He looked great. At the same time, he looks like he can go faster.”
A team made up of sophomore Chase Hampton, freshman Raymond Jones III, sophomore Nathan Morgan, and sophomore Ryan Speer placed second in the men’s distance medley relay with a total time of 10:11.73.
The women’s squad took third in the same event with a time of 11:46.15. Their run was made by sophomore Katie Sperry, freshman Hannah Salami, freshman Kailey Schuyler, and sophomore Claire Losito.
"Both Distance Medley relays ran hard,” Taylor said. “The guys had a chance to win and just fell a little short. The women ran tough, and I am really proud of the competitiveness they each showed. They all ran smart too.”
Senior Abby Newby set a school record in the prelims of the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.52 seconds.
"Abby ran the best race I've ever seen her run,” Taylor said. “It was strong and consistent and fun to watch.”
At the end of day one, the Bisons stand in third with 20 points behind Kennesaw State’s leading mark of 64, while the Lady Bisons are placed fourth with a 15-point total, also behind Kennesaw State.
"Tomorrow is the bulk of the events,” Taylor said. “There are a lot of exciting races and field events on the schedule for us. Based on today, it looks like we are ready to have another good day tomorrow.”
Day two of the meet will begin at 8:30 on Friday morning and will end at 4:30 in the afternoon. Make sure to check back for a recap day two’s events.