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Track and field opens 2019 at Commodore Invite
Sunday, January 20, 2019
By Logan Butts
Track and field opens 2019 at Commodore Invite

NASHVILLE - The Lipscomb track and field squad did not have to travel far to kick off the 2019 indoor campaign as the Bisons headed across town to Vanderbilt for the Commodore Invite.

The first meet of the season produced some strong performances for Lipscomb, as well as a number of freshmen debuts in the Purple and Gold.

“We had a very solid start to the season,” Lipscomb Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Bill Taylor said. “We never know what to expect from the first indoor meet, especially since our training is very base still. 

“We saw a lot of people competing hard, which is the key to a great season. Doing the right things now, even if the result isn't exactly what is desired, will pay off big later when the training catches up. So we feel really good about what we saw.”

Jonathan Imes set a program indoor record for the 400m. The sophomore finished seventh with a time of 47.65 to set a new personal record. He’s currently ranked first in the ASUN in the event.

Sophomore Jonathan Schwind finished ninth in the mile after winning his heat with a time of 4:11.29. Junior Zach Israel was close behind in 14th and with a 4:16.10 mark.The duo rank first and third in the conference.

In the 200m, sophomore Grant Mason posted a 22.00 second time to finish 10th. He jumps to number two in the ASUN with the mark.

Juniors Courtney Brenner and Brooke Kingma placed ninth and 16th in the 3000m, posting times of 9:46.70 and 10:04.44, respectively. They sit first and third in the ASUN.

Junior William Kachman finished ninth in the 5000m with a time of 15:03.21.

Making their Lipscomb track debut on the men’s side were Donovan Ross, Alex Tirado, Demontae Wilson, Ryan Bush, Jacob Sanzone, Sam Kuhn, Josh Hinkle, Benjamin Underwood, Jared Touart, Adan Rodriguez, and Jacob Shankles, while Hanna Anderson, Taylor Edmundson, Madison Allie, and Ayse Allison debuted for the women’s squad.

"This weekend really sets up our season,” Taylor said. “With strong efforts and some terrific results, we have a good indication of where we are and where we need to go this season.

“It builds a lot of confidence to be able to run hard and fast knowing that the real training is yet to come. It was a really good start for the teams.”

The Bisons will be back next weekend with a trip to the Liberty Kickoff in Lynchburg, Virginia. The hosts Liberty are new to the ASUN in the 2018-19 season.