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Friday, February 21, 2014
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – With day one of the Atlantic Sun Indoor Championships coming to a close, the Lipscomb men and women’s track and field squads worked diligently to achieve positive results.
"We had a good solid start to the Championship,” said Bill Taylor, director of track and field. “We saw some great efforts out there today. Not many surprises, which is a good thing. A few events fell a bit short, but that is to be expected.”
Dani Walker and Madi Talbert turned heads with their performances in the 3000 meters after posting the top two times of the day finishing in 9:46.49 and 9:48.98, respectively.
“Dani and Madi ran a perfect race,” said Taylor. “The early pace was extremely fast and it really broke the race up. Dani and Madi did a great job of matching the tactical moves and putting themselves in perfect position.”
Along with freshmen Katie Bianchini and Sally Larson, Walker and Talbert were also part of the distance medley relay team that finished with a time of 12:01.15, the second fastest of the day.
“The women’s DMR was tough. Three of our four ran the 3000 meters a bit less than two hours before, and Sally anchored but has only had a week of quality work after dealing with a bit of an injury for two weeks,” Taylor said.
Also marking a top-three time in the men’s distance medley relay was the team of Andrew Bosket, Colin Dempster, Kenny Smith, and Christian Freeman finishing in 10:12.11.
Christian Freeman also captured the second fastest time in the 3000 meters finishing in 8:21.88.
Sophomore Nelson Scott competing in the heptathlon landed the best long jump of the day leaping 6.83 meters and walking away from the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.30, the second best time on day one.
“I’m really proud of the way Nelson fought in day one of the heptathlon,” said Taylor. “He’s in fourth, and the top four are less than 100 points apart. It’s going to be really close for the top-three spots.”
Day one of the championships also saw two school records fall with freshman Abbey McMurray securing the 60 meters with a time of 8.01 while freshman Wayne Newman picked up the 60 meter hurdles mark finishing in 8.17.
With the Bisons sitting in fourth place and the Lady Bisons in third after day one, the two teams will conclude the fight up the rankings tomorrow, which Taylor believes will be an exciting event.
“Like I said, all in all a very good day. We’ve set up a very exciting day two. We are looking forward to some great races and events tomorrow,” said Taylor.