Newman win highlights track and field at Virginia Challenge, Georgia Tech Invite
Sunday, April 23, 2017
By Logan Butts
Newman win highlights track and field at Virginia Challenge, Georgia Tech Invite

NASHVILLE - It was another successful weekend for the Lipscomb track and field squad as the Bisons took on the Virginia Challenge and the Georgia Tech Invitational  on Friday and Saturday.

"We had a solid weekend overall,” Lipscomb Director of Track and Field Bill Taylor said. “Sometimes, it's more challenging competing the weekend before finals. Academic stress is building. Despite that, we did well.”

Senior Wayne Newman led the way at the Virginia Challenge. The Arizona native earned a victory in the 110m hurdles with a blazing time of 14.17 seconds. He also placed fifth in the 400m hurdles with a 52.63-second mark.

"Wayne Newman won the 110m high hurdles at Virginia, against some amazing competition in challenging weather conditions,” Taylor said. “He came back with his third-fastest 400m hurdles time ever in the same tough weather conditions.”

Senior Barbara Lee Ball and freshman Courtney Brenner came in sixth and eighth in the 10,000m, turning in times of 34:59.19 and 35:00.62, respectively. Brenner’s time broke the program freshman record for the event.

"Barbara Lee Ball ran strong in the 10,000m, with Courtney Brenner right behind her crushing the freshman school record,” Taylor said.

Junior Kacey Kemper placed sixth in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:26.72, while Clare Losito finished 41st with an 11:04.30 time.

Sophomore Ryan Speer landed in 21st in the 800m with a 1:15.08 mark.

Juniors Juan Gonzalez (14:13.29) and Jacob Poyner (14:36.10) finished 24th and 37th in the 5000m, respectively.  Gonzalez’s time shaved another second off of his school record.

At the Georgia Tech Invite, sophomores Nathan Morgan (1:52.82) and Austin Ray (1:54.42) grabbed seventh and 15th, respectively, in the 800m.

"Nathan Morgan ran an almost 2-second PR in the 800m,” Taylor said. “He is obviously ready for conference.”

Freshmen Owen Glogovsky (15:09.57) and William Kachman (15:13.97) finished back-to-back in 11th and 12th in the 5000m.

Senior Katie Bianchini placed 16th in the in the 1500m with a 4:45.50 time.

Freshman Ahmed Amaar finished 14th in the 200m in 21.67 seconds.

The Bisons will be off for the coming week before bouncing back with the final meet of the regular season, the Kentucky Relays.

"It will be good to take a break during finals,” Taylor said. “We need it. Traditionally, we compete incredibly after finals are over. I think we are well set up for the final meets of the season."