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Chastain sets another track record
Sara Stephens
Sara Stephens

Monday, March 29, 2010

Ryan Chastain continued his record breaking senior season for the Bisons by breaking the Outdoor Track school record for 5,000m at the University of Alabama Relays.

His time of 14:34.97 broke David Curd’s 1988 record of 15:00.94.

“Ryan ran a great 5000m,” coach Bill Taylor said. “He is going to drop his time significantly once we get through this toughest training phase.”

Five other school records were set at the meet. Sara Stephens broke her own 400m school record with a time of 57.36, while relay records in the women’s 4x800, women’s DMR, Men’s 4x200m, and men’s 4x1500m were set.

“ Sara looked terrific in the 400m,” Taylor said. “She basically ran a perfect race and did it from the outside lane, which is very tough to do. That was a very fun race to watch. Amanda ran another very solid race and Louisa is putting together a series of great races.”

Amanda Twigg also had another great middle distance race, running a new PR of 4:43.08 for 1500m, while Louisa Van Batavia led the way in the 5,000m with a time of 18:35.34. Brittany Duerk threw the javelin 113-9 in her first meet for Lipscomb.

Andrew Jones posted a season best in the men’s 800m, running 1:56.58, while Paul Wright broke the 2-minute barrier for the first time with a 1:59.81. Bobby Bassett went 49.20 for 400m. Alex Jerkins posted his second best throw of the season in the shot put with a mark of 48-00.75.

“This was a tough meet for us,” Taylor said. “It was one of the toughest weeks of training for the season and the first week back from spring break. We had some solid performances, but I felt like we weren’t sharp at all.

It was very windy too, which definitely had an effect, especially in the relays. Almost all of the relays got spread out after the first leg, so most people from most teams were running completely alone and into that big backstretch wind.”

Taylor is also seeing progress with the field events. Brittany Duerk, who plays for the Lady Bisons basketball team, made her first appearance in a meet throwing the javelin.

“Our field events are getting better too,” Taylor said. “Brittany just joined us from the women’s basketball team and had a nice throw in the javelin. Robby (assistant coach Robby Cherry) told me she actually had a much longer throw that they didn’t mark because of minimum measurement rules. So I think she is going to do very well in the future.

“Alex Jerkins has put together two very solid meets in a row with the shot. He’s getting consistent at that next level. “All in all a very encouraging weekend given where we are in the season and training.”

Next Up: April 3 Florida Relays and April 4 Austin Peay Invite

Lipscomb Results :

Men:

100m – Xavier Conley 11.04, Mike Knox 11.53

200m – Xavier Conley 23.28

400m – Bobby Bassett 49.20, Mike Knox 50.22, Steven Mason 53.64

800m – Andrew Jones 1:56.58, Paul Wright 1:59.81, Aaron Todd 2:00.79, Steven Mason 2:02.35

1500m – Isaiah Greer 4:00.49, Jeff Hoover 4:09.04, Aaron Todd 4:18.26, Paul Wright 4:19.84

5000m – Ryan Chastain 14:34.97, Jeff Musick 15:52.22, Ashton Fisher 15:53.86, Hunter Hethcoat 16:10.40, Jared Carlson 16:11.76, Tim Muller 16:15.00, Ben Wright 16:18.98, Cormac Carolan 16:19.95, Trace Carlson 16:55.20, Jonathan Williams 17:01.78

400H – Logan Ray 58.76

4x200m Relay – Mike Knox, Steven Mason, Burton Elrod, Xavier Conley 1:31.65

4x800m Relay – Hunter Hethcoat, Paul Wright, Jonathan Williams, Jeff Hoover 8:13.43

4x1500m Relay – A) Cormac Carolan, Ashton Fisher, Aaron Todd, Hunter Hethcoat 16:49.22, B) Trace Carlson, Jared Carlson, Tim Muller, Jeff Musick 17:18.78

DMR – B) Mike Yang, Paul Wright, Ashton Fisher, Tim Muller 10:56.66 A) Isaiah Greer, Bobby Bassett, Andrew Jones, Ryan Chastain DNF

LJ – Xavier Conley 21-3.5

TJ – Logan Ray 43-9

SP – Alex Jerkins 48-00.75, Walter Hough 35-7.75, Burton Elrod 33-11.25

Discus – Alex Jerkins 126-10, Burton Elrod 114-7, Walter Hough 107-00

Javelin – Alex Jerkins 133-4

Decathlon – Burton Elrod 5474 pts

WOMEN:

100m – Sara Stephens 12.55, Anika Piorkowski 13.15, Valerie Winkler 13.80

400m – Sara Stephens 57.36, Anika Piorkowski 1:02.06, Valerie Winkler 1:03.86

1500m – Amanda Twigg 4:43.08, Priya Pappu 4:57.61, Shelby Marvel 5:05.86, Laura Stewart 5:30.73

5000m – Louisa Van Batavia 18:35.34, Caitlin Anderson 19:00.59, Catherine Beals 19:04.32, Ashley Lehman 19:07.28, Meredith McFarlin 19:13.16, Jenny Randolph 19:43.03

4x800 Relay – Ashley Lehman, Catherine Beals, Laura Stewart, Valerie Winkler 10:21.33

4x1500m Relay – Shelby Marvel, Meredith McFarlin, Caitlin Anderson, Louisa Van Batavia 20:19.46

DMR – A) Priya Pappu, Anika Piorkowski, Sara Stephens, Amanda Twigg 12:41.06, B) Jenny Randolph, Valerie Winkler, Ashley Lehman, Catherine Beals 13:26.51

SP – Taylor Mason 30-8.5, Jessi Marshall 26-6.5

Discus – Jessi Marshall 70-4, Taylor Mason 67-2

Javelin – Brittany Duerk 113-9, Taylor Mason 93-2, Jessi Marshall 82-1