Newman, Imes take home outdoor track and field awards
Friday, May 18, 2018
By Logan Butts
Newman, Imes take home outdoor track and field awards

LakePoint, Ga. – Lipscomb senior Wayne Newman and freshman Jonathan Imes have each been voted as one of the award winners for the 2018 ASUN Outdoor Track and Field Championships, as announced by the league offices on Friday.

Newman was named the Most Outstanding Track Performer after a dominating weekend at the ASUN Championships.

The senior won both the 110m hurdle and the 400m hurdle in conference-record time, blazing to marks of 13.82 seconds and 51.28 seconds, respectively.  

He also helped the Bisons win the 4x400m in a school record time of 3:12.13 as well as finish second in the 4x100m.

"Wayne had a stellar championship,” Lipscomb Director of Track and Field Bill Taylor said.

“He basically had a perfect meet. Two ASUN records, two PR's and two wins in his two individual hurdle events. Two more school records along with a first and a second in the two relays. It was an incredible meet."

By making the podium in all four events, and winning three, Newman notched 24.50 points, the highest total for any track athlete at the meet.

Newman had previously won the Most Outstanding Performer award at the Indoor Championships in 2017, but this is his first win for Outdoor.

“We love seeing great things happen for Wayne,” Taylor said. “He is a team captain, a top notch person, the hardest worker on the men's team and has a heart of gold.

"I know Coach [Marcus] Evans has absolutely loved coaching him these past five years. Wayne will definitely be missed. It was awesome to see him perform to that level in his last conference championship.”

Imes joined Newman in the winning foursomes for both relays. They were the only Bisons to compete in the 4x400m and the 4x100m.

The freshman also nabbed a solo win of his own, taking first place in the 400m with a speedy time of 47.60 seconds.

"Jonathan had a terrific championship as a freshman and will be a gigantic part of our future success,” Taylor said. “It’s not easy at all to win a championship in the sprints as a freshman. He went out and took it.” 

Imes compiled 16.60 points, the most of any freshman track athlete for the meet.

“He got another win with the 4x400m relay and helped the team to a second place finish in the 4x100m,” Taylor said. “He also ran the 200m, which isn't really his event, just to help the team score points.

"I know Coach Evans loves coaching him too and all my interactions with him have been very positive. He deserves this honor and has a very bright future ahead of him."