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Track and Field closes out A-Sun Outdoor Championships

Saturday, May 17, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Tenn. – As the Atlantic Sun Outdoor Championships came to a close Saturday, the Lipscomb track and field squads achieved mixed results.

"Today had some big ups and some slight downs, but we definitely competed really hard and that's what it's all about,” said Bill Taylor, director of track and field.

Madi Talbert continued her streak of excellence into the final day of the championships. Talbert’s time of 16:58.24 earned her the win in the 5000 meters. 

"Madi is so talented,” Taylor said. “She can accomplish anything she wants.”

Saturday was also a good day for freshmen Abby Newby and Alex Csorba who competed in the heptathlon and decathlon respectively.

"Abby did great in the heptathlon,” Taylor said. “She's just a freshman and it is an event that takes time to learn.

“Likewise, Alex is just a freshman and is picking up the decathlon quickly. Both are going to grow a lot in the multis."

Newby broke the school record for total points in the heptathlon closing out the day with 3,552 points.

The previous record was held by fellow Lady Bison Katie Collier who took over the record in 2013 with 3,521 points.

Csorba scored several top-three finishes in the decathlon including a first-place finish in the javelin with a throw spanning 50.52 meters.

Gemikal Prude battled with Kennesaw State’s Andre Dorsey in the high jump ultimately taking second in the event clearing the bar at 2.11 meters.

"Gemikal fought hard in the high jump,” Taylor said. “He was just a little bit off today.”

Bringing home second place in the men’s 400 meters was Colin Dempster who completed the race in 47.29.

"Colin Dempster was a work horse for us,” Taylor said. “He put it all out there and knocked off another school record from the 70s.”

Dempster took the school record in the 400 meters from Jim Bloomingburg who set the record in 1976 with a time of 47.34.

Dani Walker left day two with third place in the 1500 meters. Walker crossed the line in 4:35.19.

"Dani ran tough,” Taylor said. “We didn't know what to expect. She did a short run, four strides and a 200 on Wednesday, and looked good, but it wasn't enough to know. She competed hard and just didn't have the fitness.” 

Walker had not run in six weeks due to a minor injury.

Also posting second-place finishes were freshman Juan Gonzalez and the men’s 4x400-meter relay team.

Gonzalez clocked in with a time of 14:42.57 in the 5000 meters.

The 4x400-meter relay team consisting of Kenny Smith, Brian Gentry, Nelson Scott, and Dempster recorded a time of 3:14.19.

Overall the men concluded the outdoor championships with 138 points placing third while the women slipped to fifth place with 86 points.