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Newman's four-peat leads podium-filled day for track on ASUN day two
Friday, February 24, 2017
By Logan Butts
Newman's four-peat leads podium-filled day for track on ASUN day two

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – It was another successful day at the ASUN Indoor Track and Field Championships for Lipscomb as they closed the meet out with a trio of wins and multiple podium trips.

"We are really happy with where we are as a program,” Lipscomb Director of Track and Field Bill Taylor said. “Today was a successful conclusion to the championship for us.

"There were a ton of highlights. Wayne winning his fourth consecutive indoor 60m hurdles championship was a big highlight. Juan adding the 5000m title to his 3000m title from last night was awesome.”

Senior Wayne Newman pulled off a historic four-peat in the 60m hurdles, winning his fourth consecutive ASUN title in the event with a blazing time of 7.91 seconds.

"Wayne had a busy day, adding a second place finish in the 200m, a fourth in the 60m dash, and anchoring our 4x400m relay,” Taylor said.

The Arizona native also earned an All-Conference spot in the 200m with a 22.12 seconds mark. He nearly grabbed a third podium finish after placing fourth in the 60m with a time of 6.969 seconds. Instead, freshman Ahmed Amaar took third place by the tightest of margins in a time of 6.964 seconds. Amaar also placed fourth in the 200m with a 22.20 second time.

"The future of our men's sprints looks good with a great All-ASUN run from freshman Ahmed Amaar in the 60m dash and a strong fourth in the 200m,” Taylor said.

Senior Juan Gonzalez followed up his stellar first day with another great performance. The California native won the ASUN title in the 5000m, his second title of the meet, with a time of 14:33.56. Freshman Kaleb Kunes (15:01.31) and sophomore Brent Leber (15:07.14) also earned points in fifth and sixth place, respectively.

Sophomore Ryan Speer tabbed the Bisons third win of the day, taking first in the 800m with a time of 1:52.91. Sophomore Nathan Morgan also reached the podium, with a third place finish in a time of 1:54.72.  
"Ryan Speer ran a terrific 800m, and Nathan Morgan surprised by moving up from the back of the pack to finish third in the last 100m,” Taylor said.

In the women’s 5000m, senior Barbara Lee Ball placed second with a time of 17:23.83 to earn an All-Conference spot. Bridgette Doucet nearly made the podium as well, as she came in fourth with a 17:42.10 mark.

"It was great to see Barbara Lee earn silver in her senior season in the 5000m, and Bridgette ran strong for fourth place,” Taylor said. “Barbara Lee had been sick earlier in the week, but fought through and earned her All-ASUN honors.

"I was really happy with the women's distance runners. After sending five girls home due to sickness, we were both low on depth and very young. These girls really fought hard and are getting smarter and bolder tactically. They have a very bright future.”

Senior Jacob Poyner finished second in the men’s mile run with a 4:13.28 mark. Sophomore Andrew Ayers (4:16.88) finished sixth.

"Jake Poyner also had an incredible finish to finish second in the mile in a very tight race,” Taylor said. “Like our women, we have a lot of young distance guys that are close to making huge breakthroughs.”

Freshman Kailey Schuyler (2:20.69) earned a point with a sixth-place finish in the women’s 800m, and senior Aaron Beckwith grabbed a fourth place finish in the pole vault with a 4.31m leap.

The men’s squad finished third overall with 98 total points, while the women placed fourth with 29 total points.

"It will be nice to get the team healthy and get some training in,” Taylor said. “Our first outdoor meet is three weeks away. We are poised for a great outdoor season."