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Lipscomb travels to Indiana for final tune-up meet

Thursday, May 02, 2013
by Ryan Hilgemann

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb track and field teams compete in their final tune-up before the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships on Friday at the Billy Hayes Invite hosted by Indiana University.

The meet is a new meet for the Purple and Gold but is expected to be a competitive meet.

“We haven’t been to the Billy Hayes Invite before,” Bill Taylor, director of cross country and track and field, said. “Indiana does a great job of hosting meets and this should be as good as any meet we can find this close to conference.

“Often, we will take the weekend before conference off but with finals last week we don’t want to go three weeks without competing.”

In its last time out, Lipscomb found several areas of success at the Vanderbilt Invite led by sprinter Tucker Peabody.

Peabody claimed victories in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. The 200-meter dash time of 20.69 seconds increased his A-Sun leading time and ranks 11th in the NCAA this season.

Katie Bunker also had a strong meet running a personal record 800-meter run in 2:09.38. Her time is fourth quickest in the A-Sun this season.

Andrew Bosket had a breakthrough in the same event with a personal record of 1:54.03. He finished eighth overall but also moved into eighth in the A-Sun rankings.

The meet is considered a tune-up meet but Taylor is hoping for improvement as well.

“It is the last chance to improve some marks for the conference championships and is also a chance to get some preliminary round qualifiers,” Taylor said. “I expect it to be a good meet. The good thing about a tune-up meet is that if something is a little off we can correct it quickly.

“The pressure of school and finals are over and it is just track now.”