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Printz pursuing running and music at Lipscomb

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Like many young people before her Lacey Printz has come to Nashville with the hopes of one day becoming a professional singer.

But unlike many of those other seekers of fame on the state Lacey is not waiting tables or some other job to make ends meet. She is enrolled at Lipscomb University where she is working towards a degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. She is also a freshman member of the Lipscomb track and field team.

“The track and field program really drew me to Lipscomb,” Lacey said.

When looking at different schools, Lacey wanted to factor in what would be the best for her major, the track and field program, and ultimately, her dream. The resident of Kent, Wash., looked at schools in the West first.

“I looked at different schools in California and that scene,” Lacey said. “Lipscomb offered me everything I wanted, and I’m blessed to have found that.”

Lacey has been singing since she was 3, and the encouragement of her family, as well as self-determination, has led to her participation in events such as the Tau Phi Cowboy show last fall.

“I have always looked up to artists like Martina McBride, Colbie Calliat, Carrie Underwood, and Taylor Swift,” Lacey said. “With their influence, I am always writing songs in my spare time.”

Lacey is majoring in public relations, with the intentions of using that degree to learn the music business.

“If I can’t reach my dream, I want to be able to help someone else achieve theirs,” she said.

While a music career is her dream, being on the Lipscomb track and field team is her main focus.

“I love being on the team,” Lacey said. “We’re like family, always pushing each other in workouts and training. It’s a great thing to be a part of.”

This spring Lacey is working on the 1500-meters and is also a part of the distance medley relay team.

“Track and music have some things in common, because in order to get better, you constantly have to work at it,” she said. “I’m always working out and training, which is why my team mates and coaches are so important.”

Lacey said it’s all about priorities as she makes time for school, track and her music.

“Track is my priority, music is my dream,” she said.

The Lady Bisons and Bisons are back in action this week at the TSU Invite hosted by Tennessee State University.

Written by Sydney Poe, student assistant in Lipscomb athletics media relations.