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Track and field grabs two wins at successful Joey Haines Invite
Sunday, April 2, 2017
By Logan Butts
Track and field grabs two wins at successful Joey Haines Invite

CAPE GIRARDEAU – The Lipscomb track and field squad continued its successful outdoor campaign as the Bisons picked up a pair of wins and several top finishes at the Joey Haines Invite over the weekend.

"We had another great meet,” Lipscomb Director of Track and Field Bill Taylor said. “The effort was terrific, and we saw some really solid performances.”

In the women’s 1500m, senior Katie Bianchini and junior Kacey Kemper swept the top two spots, finishing close together with times of 4:36.53 and 4:36.61, respectively, while sophomore Clare Losito grabbed fifth with a time of 4:40.43.

"Both Katie and Kacey have been out for a long time dealing with illness and the process of coming back,” Taylor said. “Kacey hasn't raced in nine weeks, so her performances today were especially encouraging. Clare Losito also had a great day in the 800m and 1500m, running her all time PR's in both.”

In the 800m, Kemper placed second with a 2:15.04 mark, sophomore Sam Woodford finished fourth (2:18.77) and Lositio finished seventh (2;20.31).

Freshman Courtney Brenner and sophomore Hannah Owens finished back-to-back in third and fourth, with times of 17:16.51 and 17:43.26, respectively.

"In the 5000m Courtney Brenner and Hannah Owens both ran PR's,” Taylor said. “Hannah dropped almost 30 seconds off her previous best.”

On the men’s side, sophomore Austin Peters won the 3000m Steeplechase with a blazing time of 9:24.21.

"For the men, a big highlight was Austin Peters win in the 3000m Steeplechase,” Taylor said. “He took the lead in the last lap and ran a 25 second PR.”

In the 10,000m, freshman William Kachman took second with a 31:37.51 mark.  

“Will Kachman was also a highlight in the 10,000m,” Taylor said. “He ran extremely tough and battled it out to the line.”

Sophomore Psalm Ocampo (4:01.89) and freshman Owen Glogovsky (4:02.92) finished ninth and 12th, respectively, in the 1500m.

Freshman Ahmed Amaar placed seventh in the 200m with a time of 22.02 seconds.

With four meets left in the regular season and the postseason approaching fast, Taylor believes the Purple and Gold are in the perfect position for success.

"I think we are set up really well for the last half of the outdoor season,” Taylor said. “The effort and attitude is great, and we can feel things building. There are going to be some really big performances and more breakouts over the last four regular season meets."