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Sunday, March 22, 2009The Lipscomb University men’s and women’s track and field teams continue to excel this season. Both teams posted more great marks at the Austin Peay Spring Fling meet in Clarksville, Tenn.
Ryan Chastain led the way for the men with a second place finish in the 1500m with a new all-time PR of 4:01.43, and a third place finish in the 3000m with a new all-time PR of 8:58.26. His 3000m time was also a new Lipscomb Men’s Outdoor Track & Field school record.
“It wasn’t an easy double for the guys today,” said head coach Bill Taylor. “We loaded up at this meet with the philosophy of training through it. Ryan’s double was excellent and gave him a taste of what he is capable of. He was less than a second from the 1500m school record as well. Not too bad for a guy training for 5000m.”
Freshman Nathan Brame also had a good double, setting a PR in the 1500m (4:05.50, fifth place) and finishing ninth in the 3000m in a time of 9:04.05, while Jeff Hoover followed suit with great performances and PR’s in the 1500m (4:09.50, 10th) and 3000m (9:03.99, eighth). Other PR’s in the men’s 1500m and/or 3000m:
Tyler Youngs 1500m (4:10.37 11th), Aaron Todd 1500m (4:12.60 15th), Cormac Carolan Tolbert 1500m (4:14.21 19th) and 3000m (9:20.51 21st) and Jonathan Williams 3000m (9:12.60 14th). Cormac Carolan-Tolbert also won his heat of the 1500m.
The women had a great day as well. Caitlin Anderson led four Lipscomb women below 5:00 in the 1500m. Caitlin finished 9th overall with a big new 1500m PR of 4:53.13, then came back to finish 6th in the 3000m with a solid time of 10:39.71. Carolyn Latham ran a big PR in the 1500m as well, winning her heat and finishing 12th overall with a time of 4:58.41, then nearly tying her 3000m PR by finishing fourth overall with a time of 10:27.54.
Louisa Van Batavia posted two big PR’s with a 4:58.76 in the 1500m, finishing second in her heat and 13th overall, then knocking about 33 seconds off her all-time 3000m PR, finishing second in her heat and 10th overall with a time of 10:47.39.
Jenny Randolph was the fourth Lipscomb woman to break 5:00 in the 1500m at the meet, finishing 14th overall in a time of 4:59.75, then doubling back for 11th in the 3000m with a time of 10:50.49.
Another double PR was posted by freshman Catherine Beals who had her best meet of her collegiate career. Catherine dropped 17 seconds off her 1500m PR, finishing 16th overall in a time of 5:03.50, then dropping 20 seconds off her 3000m PR, winning her heat in a time of 10:46.87 to finish eighth overall.
“Last year we didn’t have a single woman break five minutes in the open 1500m all year,” said Taylor. “This year we already have four in the same meet!”
Taylor is especially pleased that so many of his athletes are setting new personal records on a meet-by-meet basis.
“The big PRs keep coming for so many of our athletes,” said Taylor. “Although we had a ton of PR’s today, it was Louisa and Catherine’s turn to take tons of seconds off their times.
“I love how this just keeps building. I love how we are getting heat wins and posting top five finishes in the fast heats. It’s a sign of where we are going. The thing a coach wants more than anything is to get better every week. We are doing that and we are nowhere near what we are capable of yet. We’ll just keep rolling along, building each athlete and this program week by week.”
100m: Kayla Frasier 14.87 14th
200m: Valerie Winkler 27.68 19th
400m: Valerie Winkler 1:02.30 9th
1500m: Caitlin Anderson 4:53.13 9th, Carolyn Latham 4:58.41 12th, Louisa Van Batavia 4:58.76 13th, Jenny Randolph 4:59.75 14th, Catherine Beals 5:03.50 16th, Meagan Hoar 5:15.63 19th
3000m: Carolyn Latham 10:27.54 4th, Caitlin Anderson 10:39.71 6th, Catherine Beals 10:46.87 8th, Louisa Van Batavia 10:47.39 10th, Jenny Randolph 10:50.49 11th, Erin Pyles 11:13.27 21st, Meagan Hoar 11:29.40 27th
SP: Kristin Ratzlaff 9.86m 5th, Jessi Marshall 7.30m 8th
Discus: Kristin Ratzlaff 27.78m 10th, Jessi Marshall 24.73m 12th
Javelin: Jessi Marshall 22.43m 10th
100m: Michael Knox 11.51 7th
200m: Michael Knox 23.34 8th, Brock Lutes 23.43 9th, Steven Mason 24.08 14th, Joey Lever 24.16 15th, Clint Carter 24.20 17th, Andrew Jones 25.12 18th, Aaron Todd 25.95 19th
400m: Brock Lutes 51.12 6th, Andrew Jones 51.56 8th, Clint Carter 51.95 9th, Joey Lever 53.44 12th, Jacob Nelson 53.45 13th, Steven Mason 53.63 14th
800m: Josh Baker 2:12.03 20th, Ben Fennell 2:13.18 21st
1500m: Ryan Chastain 4:01.43 2nd, Nathan Brame 4:05.50 5th, Jeff Hoover 4:09.50 10th, Tyler Youngs 4:10.37 11th, Aaron Todd 4:12.60 15th, Cormac Carolan-Tolbert 4:14.21 19th, Jared Carlson 4:14.50 20th, Jonathan Williams 4:14.59 21st, Hunter Hethcoat 4:16.94 16th, Ben Fennell 4:17.19 25th, Paul Wright 4:19.39 32nd, David Wolfe 4:22.01 33rd, Trace Carlson 4:25.33 35th
3000m: Ryan Chastain 8:58.26 3rd, Jeff Hoover 9:03.99 8th, Nathan Brame 9:04.05 9th, Jonathan Williams 9:12.60 14th, Hunter Hethcoat 9:17.44 19th, Cormac Carolan-Tolbert 9:20.51 21st, Jared Carlson 9:20.93 22nd, Paul Wright 9:49.13 25th
4x400m Relay: Lipscomb A 3:28.66 2nd, Lipscomb B 3:37.14 7th
LJ: Steven Mason 5.38m 10th
SP: Alex Jerkins 12.87m 12th
Discus: Alex Jerkins 37.03m 10th
Hammer: Alex Jerkins 31.50m 9th
Javelin: Austin Ray 42.86m 4th
The men’s and women’s track teams will next compete in the Alabama Relays at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa on March 28-29.