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Lipscomb's men's track team had strong finish at Vanderbilt Invitational

Monday, April 24, 2006

April 24, 2006

Who knew the drizzling rain would provide the perfect ambiance for the Lipscomb University track team to perform so well at the Vanderbilt Invitaitonal?

The Bisons track members competed against over 900 competitors from over 40 universities at the Vanderbilt University meet.

Zac Yanis ran one of Lipscomb's fastest 1500 meter times with a blazing 4:01.61 to place 17th in a field of 47 competitors.

Then freshmen, Jordan Wilson, ran a personal record of 15:22 in the 5-K to place fourth out of 69 competitors.

Under less than stellar jumping conditions, senior captain, Joe Lohr ended his college track and field career with a personal record of 20 feet, 6 inches.

"Every athlete dreams of going out on top," said Lohr. "Though I didn't win any championships or medals, I achieved a goal. For the past five meets my jumps improved from one week to the next with the guidance of two incredible coaches Jeff Smith, and Karen Robichaud.

" The third jump at Vanderbilt was the best of the season, and I knew it as soon as my foot left the board. It was a feeling, personally, that is incomparable to others for the sole reason that I achieved my goal of getting better every week. Now I will never jump again, and it is very surreal to me. However, I will carry with me the memories of my teammates, coaches and last night at Vanderbilt. I even took some of the sand from the pit home with me. What a night to say goodbye and hang my spikes up forever."