Track and field turns in solid performance at Don DeNoon Invite
Sunday, February 4, 2018
By Logan Butts
Track and field turns in solid performance at Don DeNoon Invite

CARBONDALE, Ill. – The Lipscomb track and field squad competed in their final meet of the indoor regular season over the weekend as the Bisons turned in a strong performance at the Don DeNoon Invite at the campus of Southern Illinois.

"SIU was a solid meet for the team,” Lipscomb Director of Track and Field Bill Taylor said.

“We saw some things that need to be worked on and some things that we are doing really well. The effort is still terrific, which is the foundation of everything. As long as we continue to compete hard, brave big things will happen.”

The men’s sprinters grabbed several top finishes, and freshman Grant Mason earned the Bisons only win after placing first in the 200m with a time of 22.41 seconds. He also finished seventh in the 100m in 6.99 seconds.

In the 400m, fellow freshman Jonathan Imes placed fifth with a time of 50.08 seconds.

Sophomore Randolph Wilkerson set a new personal record time of 8.66 seconds to place eighth in the 60m hurdles.

In the women’s 200m, freshman Friederike Matthes ran a career-high 26.52 seconds to place 10th.

"Our sprints and field events are getting stronger each meet,” Taylor said. “Grant Mason ran a season best in the 200m, and Fredericke Matthis ran season bests in the 60m and the 200m.

“Coach Evans (Marcus Evans, Assistant Coach for Sprints and Hurdles) is pleased and is very positive about the direction and what will happen for his group in the weeks to come.”

Another Bison to earn a career-best mark was senior Kade Hinkle who finished 17th in the shot put with a throw of 12.38m.

"Kade Hinkle in the shot put and Dolph Wilkerson in the 60m hurdles were highlights for me today,” Taylor said. “There were other PR's, but those two guys really stood out.”

In the distance events, sophomore Chase Hampton grabbed third in the 800m with a time of 1:55.66.

Fellow sophomores Zach Israel (4:22.72) and Owen Glogovsky (4:25.71) came in sixth and ninth, respectively, in the mile.

"Men's and Women's distance ran hard,” Taylor said. “Chase Hampton ran a collegiate best in the 800m. Zach Israel ran a solid mile.”

The Bisons did well in both the men’s and women’s 3000m. Sophomore William Kachman (8:44.12) and freshman Patrick Smith (8:59.58) finished sixth and ninth, while the women grabbed four of the top 10 spots.

Freshman Lauren Flynt (10:07.17) was second, senior Katie Sperry ran a personal record time of 10:11.40 for third, sophomore Brook Kingma (10:17.75) finished fourth and junior Hannah Owens (10:21.27) placed sixth, and

"In the women's 3000m we moved four women into the top 10 in the conference, which is important right before the ASUN Championship,” Taylor said.

“Lauren ran a terrific debut. She was cautious for the first half after having the flu last week. She looked stronger the longer the race went on. Katie Sperry ran very tough.”

In the 800m, junior Clare Losito finished sixth with a time of 2:23.98, while freshman Pari Manoogian (2:26.94) placed 13th.

The pair took 14th and 15th, respectively, in the 1000m as Losito finished in 5:19.38 and Manoogian in 5:21.26.

"With our women distance runners, we just started our high quality workouts two weeks ago,” Taylor said. “Additionally, this was the fourth meet in four weeks for the whole team. The women looked a little beat up out there today, and yet they fought hard.  Being able to compete through adversity is a sign of maturity and toughness.”

The Bisons will have a week off before the ASUN Championship takes place on Feb. 16 and 17.

"A weekend off for the whole team next week, along with two more weeks of great training, will be big for everyone,” Taylor said. “I like where we are right now. We are going to do well at ASUN Conference in two weeks."