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Track and field takes on Joey Haines Invite
Thursday, March 30, 2017
By Logan Butts
Track and field takes on Joey Haines Invite

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – After spending the first two weeks of the outdoor campaign taking on multiple meets, the Lipscomb track and field squad will only be sending its athletes to one meet this weekend as the Bisons take on the Joey Haines Invite.

The meet is hosted by the Southeast Missouri Redhawks in Cape Girardeau and will feature teams from across the country.

“We just have to keep working hard,” Lipscomb Director of Track and Field Bill Taylor said. “In some ways, at the Ole Miss meet last week, I thought everybody worked really hard, but we weren’t necessarily getting the times for it. And that’s actually a good thing. You’re going to have meets where you are a little off and you have to work through it.

“I thought the effort was so good, that this week and maybe next week, pretty soon here we’re going to have a breakthrough. Despite what happened at the Raleigh Relays, I think we’ve got a lot of room for improvement for pretty much the whole team.”

The Bisons are coming off of a weekend that saw school outdoor records broken at the Raleigh Relays by sophomore Ryan Speer in the 800m and senior Juan Gonzalez in the 10,000m. Gonzalez earned the ASUN Male Track Athlete of the Week award for his performance.

“Both of them are kind of on hot streaks,” Taylor said. “We’re not surprised necessarily, but that’s one of the goals is to always break records. Juan crushed our school record and is probably into the preliminary round of Nationals with that time.

“And then Ryan keeps bringing his time down. He’s got a little bit of work to do to get into the prelims. I think that was the last track record from before I got here, so that was an old record that we had on the books.”

The Joey Haines Invite will begin on Friday afternoon at 3:30 and will continue throughout Saturday starting at 11 a.m. Make sure to check back for a full recap of the meet.