LEXINGTON, Ky. – Three Bisons trekked to the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington to compete against the top competition in the area at the Outdoor Track and Field East Region Preliminaries on Thursday and Friday.
"We competed really hard this week,” Lipscomb Director of Track and Field Bill Taylor said. “I speak for all the coaches when I say we are all very proud of Wayne, Juan and Kacey. They represented Lipscomb incredibly well.”
Senior Wayne Newman got things started on Thursday afternoon for Lipscomb, as the Arizona native competed in the 400m hurdles for the second year in a row at the meet. He finished with a blazing time of 52.83 seconds to place 25th out of 48 hurdlers, just one spot and .06 seconds short of qualifying to the championship heat.
"Wayne gave his all in both hurdle races,” Taylor said. “He only missed advancing by one spot in the 400 hurdles.”
Later that night, junior Juan Gonzalez took on the 10,000m. The California native placed 17th with a 30:24.64 mark in a field of 48 runners. He finished just five places short of qualifying for the National Championships.
"Juan went out and put himself in position,” Taylor said. “He stayed there most of the race. They just got away from him a bit in the last mile and a half.”
Newman returned on Friday afternoon for his second race of the meet, the 110m hurdles. In what was his third-consecutive year competing in the event at the East Prelims, the senior finished 34th out of 48 runners with a time of 14.26 seconds.
On Friday night, junior Kacey Kemper took on the field of 48 runners in the 3000m Steeplechase, extending Lipscomb’s streak to six consecutive years of having a representative in that event at the East Prelims. The Washington native ran a personal-best time of 10:21.41 to place 21st in the race, finishing nine spots and 15 seconds short of qualifying for the National Championships.
"Kacey also put herself in great position early and stayed there for three-fourths of the race,” Taylor said. “She used everything she had and was still fighting all the way to the finish line."
Taylor is both proud of the achievements of Gonzalez, Kemper, and Newman and is looking forward to having the three of them back to chase those goals again next season.
"It's exciting that all three have another year with us too,” Taylor said. “They can all learn from this and gain confidence that will serve them well in the future.”