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Bisons distance medley team sets A-Sun record
Priya Pappu
Priya Pappu

Friday, February 26, 2010

The Lipscomb men’s distance medley relay team earned first place at the 2010 Atlantic Sun Indoor Championships, setting new school and A-Sun conference records in the process.

The team of Isaiah Greer, Bobby Bassett, Andrew Jones and Ryan Chastain took nearly 11 seconds off the A-Sun Indoor Conference meet record, posting a time of 10:05.55 and dropped more than 16 seconds off the Lipscomb school record set earlier this season.

Isaiah, Bobby, Andrew and Ryan also became the first ever A-Sun Indoor Conference Champions for men or women at Lipscomb, the first ever men to win an A-Sun Conference Championship for indoor or outdoor track & field, and just the second ever A-Sun champions for indoor or outdoor track & field (Ruth Mick won the outdoor women’s 800m in 2006).

Just before the men’s race, the women’s distance medley relay team of Priya Pappu, Emily Longden, Sara Stephens and Amanda Twigg dropped more than 18 seconds off the Lipscomb DMR school record (2006 Samantha Wood, Kelly Houff, Ruth Mick, Elizabeth Schall 12:37.49), posting a new record of 12:19.25.

Priya, Emily, Sara and Amanda earned all A-Sun honors with a 3rd place finish and became the first Women’s Indoor Track All-Conference honorees for Lipscomb since 2007 (Susan Worden, second 5000m).

“Wow, both relays were so exciting!” said head coach Bill Taylor. “The women’s relay came down to a final 30m kick by Amanda to catch Kennesaw. She crossed the line nearly even with them and we had no idea if they had earned All ASUN honors or not. We had to wait for the awards announcement to find out. I’m so happy for them…all four ran their hearts out for each other.

“It didn’t even dawn on me until dinner that our four women on that relay were all freshmen! “

As with many record performances the men’s race was perfect from the beginning.

“All three of our hand-offs were in the top three positions in the race,” Taylor said. “Ryan got the baton in second, ran very smart and put in a very nice kick with 200m to go to finish the race and win by eight seconds. Each guy on that relay played their part perfectly. We had four guys run their best race of the indoor season for each other. Win or not, you cannot ask for anything more or anything better than that.

“I love relays. Relays and cross country races are about athletes putting it all out there for each other. I love the team concept. How much more fun is it to win together!”

The Lipscomb men sit in sixth place after day one with 15 points. The most the men have ever scored at the A-Sun indoor meet is 18 from last year. The men hope to eclipse that total tomorrow.

The Lipscomb women sit in eighth place with six points after day one.

In other day one action for Lipscomb, Burton Elrod sits in fifth place in the men’s heptathlon after the first day. He finished second in the 60m, fifth in the long jump, third in the shot put and sixth in the high jump to earn 2,546 day 1 points. Saturday he will compete in the 60m Hurdles, Pole Vault and 1000m to finish the heptathlon competition. He is currently 68 points behind fourth.

Burton also participated in the regular pole vault competition Friday, finishing fifth with a vault of 4.00m. Xavier Conley became the first sprinter in Lipscomb A-Sun Indoor history to advance to the final of the 60m dash, with a time of 6.95, breaking his own school record. He is ranked fifth going into the finals Saturday.

Xavier had a disappointing effort in the long jump, scratching all three of his prelim jumps. He came in ranked fifth in that event. Anika Piorkowski also ran a new PR and school record in the 60m, finishing 13th in 8.25. Like Xavier, Anika also scratched all three of her long jump attempts.

Alex Jerkins added almost two feet to his shot put PR, finishing fifth with a put of 14.41m. Walter Hough finished 12th with a new PR toss of 10.99m. Taylor Mason finished 21st in the women’s shot with a toss of 9.41m, while Jessi Marshall finished 22nd with a put of 7.30m.

In the 3000m races, Lipscomb women finished 13th (Caitlin Anderson 10:39.83), 16th (Jenny Randolph 10:53.00), 17th (Meredith McFarlin 11:00.32) and 18th (Catherine Beals 11:00.62). In the men’s race Lipscomb finished 15th (Ashton Fisher 9:04.21), 16th (Jeff Musick 9:06.04), 20th (Benton Reed 9:17.21) and 24th (Cormac Carolan 9:22.99).