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Sunday, April 10, 2011The Bisons and Lady Bisons Track and Field teams competed at the 9th Annual Boston-Moon Classic on Saturday, April 9, at Tennessee State’s Edward S. Temple Track Complex.
Lipscomb received significant contributions from two-sport athletes Anna Bowers and O’Neisha Smith, who also play basketball for the Lady Bisons.
Five school records were set at the meet. Bowers set two individual records and was a member of the 100-meter relay record-breaking performance.
She set a record in the women’s long jump at 18 feet, 6.5 inches and women’s 100 meters with a time of 12.20. Rachel Smith, Anika Piorkowski, Sara Stephens, and Bowers clocked the school record of 48.66 seconds in the 100-meter race. It was just Bower’s second track meet in her three years at Lipscomb.
Smith set the school record in the women’s high jump at five feet, eight inches. Stephens set a record of 25.11 seconds in the 200-meter race.
“Anna and O’Neisha are making huge impact for us,” Lipscomb coach Bill Taylor said. “Not only are they two-sport athletes, but they are great kids too.”
The Lady Bisons dominated in the middle distance races. Dani Walker led Tessa Hoefle and Jamie McFarland as Lipscomb finished with the top three spots in the 1500-meter race. Catherine Beals and Caitlin Anderson finished first and second, respectively, in the 3000-meter steeplechase.
On the men’s side Tim Muller won the 3000-meter steeplechase in the first time he competed in the race. Tucker Peabody and Nasheed Burgess both ran personal best for the 100-meter race at 10.68 and 10.86 seconds. Peabody is moving towards breaking a 35-year old school record for the 100-meter race.
The meet included Alabama A&M, Albany State, Belmont, Jacksonville State, Middle Tennessee State, Morehouse, Rust, Shorter, Tennessee Tech, and Tennessee State. It is named after three-time Olympic medalist Ralph Boston and former 100m-world record holder John Moon, both TSU alumni.
“This was a solid meet for us and we accomplished most of what we needed to,” Taylor said. “We need to pick it up a notch in some events for the A-Sun conference meet next week, but overall I think we are ready.”
The Bisons and Lady Bisons will compete next at the Atlantic Sun Outdoor Track and Field Championship on April 15 and 16 in Jacksonville, Fla. North Florida is serving as the championship host.