NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After another historic season for Lipscomb Track & Field, the team has chosen it’s award winners for 2014.
Team awards represent the traits and character most important to the program. Awards are voted on by each member of the team, along with the coaching staff.
“These awards are a fun way to recognize the best traits in our athletes,” said Bill Taylor, director of men’s and women’s cross country and track and field. “They are team voted, which makes them especially special.
“The interesting thing is, as we have grown in size and risen in success, the number of people on the team getting votes has risen. In some categories we have 14 different people getting votes. In more categories than ever before we have had ties. This is a reflection on how many people are doing the right things. It’s hard to narrow down an award when so many are showing those same positive traits.
“The award winners should be very proud this year, as they have risen to the top of an incredible team. The whole team should be proud, because the whole team shares these traits.”
Men: Alex Csorba - “Alex came in as a freshman this year, stepped into the multi-events and attacked them. He did well in the indoor heptathlon; however, he really excelled in the outdoor season, earning all-conference honors in the decathlon and the javelin.”
Women: Molly Crawford and Kelsey Ibarra - “Molly really impressed everyone with her work ethic and attitude, and it paid off big as she just kept dropping time in the 400m. Kelsey knocked off some huge personal records in the 5000m, put up a nice first-ever time in the 3000m steeplechase and the 10,000m.”
Fightin’ Bison “Matt Deery”:
Men: Juan Gonzalez - “Juan missed the entire indoor season with a leg injury after falling on a training run. It killed him to miss out. Unfortunately his injury just didn’t improve. When he was told that it wouldn’t do any damage to run on it, it would just hurt, Juan immediately decided to get running. Though he had a lot of pain early in the outdoor season, he pushed through it and ran with heart and guts. Amazingly, the injury started to get better and better as he ran more and harder. He finished the season with school records in the 3000m and 5000m, and an All-Atlantic Sun finish in the 5000m.”
Women: Katie Collier - “Here is Katie for you. She’s in the indoor pentathlon at the A-Sun Indoor Championships. First event, the 60m hurdles, she hits a hurdle and crashes to the ground. Her shoulder is separated. The X-Ray picture was crazy. She still wants to compete and is frustrated when we won’t let her. Katie will do anything for the team. She will run through a wall. Pain and obstacles mean nothing to her. She is as tough as you get.”
For the Team:
Men: Kenny Smith and Tate Honaker - “Kenny and Tate are both team captains. They are guys everyone knows will take care of the team. They will give their best for their teammates, be it cheering and support, or an ear to listen or anything.“
Women: Maggie Lawrence and Tessa Hoefle - “Same as the men, Maggie and Tessa are both team captains, and are both willing to do anything and everything to help their teammates succeed, grow and have the best experience possible.”
Heart of Gold:
Men: Gemikal Prude and Wayne Newman - “These two guys have a ton of respect from the team. Both are exceptional competitors, great humans and show their teammates they care.
Women: Abby Newby and April Terry - “Abby just has a great positive attitude all the time and really motivates her teammates. April is the person that has your back. I think the big thing is they are really genuine people and their teammates trust them.”
Men: Tucker Peabody - “Tucker always has such huge goals and does everything in his power to accomplish them. It’s how he has risen from a guy with decent high school times to one of the best sprinters in the entire nation. Every season he improved, physically and mentally. His work ethic will serve him well as he attempts to move to the post-collegiate pro ranks.”
Women: Kaitlyn Llewellyn - “This was one of the two most lopsided awards. Kaitlyn shows her commitment to excellence in all she does. As an athlete she takes care of all the big and little things and lives the disciplined life that is required for your best. She also takes care of business academically, with a 4.0 GPA. She helps with team devotions. She shows commitment to herself, the team and the Lord in all she does.”
Men: Tucker Peabody, Gemikal Prude and Colin Dempster - “This is our first ever three-way tie, and it makes sense. Each of these men has earned the title MVP. Tucker has been the first member of the men’s team to get national recognition. He defended his 200m indoor title and helped the 4x400m relay win, ranked among the best in the nation at 200m in indoor and outdoor. Unfortunately a late season injury took away his dream of going to nationals, however he has helped our program rise nationally. Gemikal earned second team All-American honors in the indoor high jump, the first ever Lipscomb athlete to qualify for NCAA I Indoor Nationals. He became the first Lipscomb man to qualify for outdoor national finals. Those are huge accomplishments and bring a national presence to our team. Though Colin didn’t win any individual A-Sun titles this year, he anchored the men’s indoor A-Sun champion 4x400m relay. More importantly, when Tucker went down, Colin stepped up and into Tucker’s events at conference, in addition to his own. He ran the 100m, 200m, 400m and both relays. He was the work horse for the team. And his efforts in the 400m secured him a qualifying time for the NCAA I National Championship prelims.”
Women: Madi Talbert and Dani Walker - “Dani dominated the indoor A-Sun Championships for the second year in a row. She won the 800m, mile and 3000m, and ran a leg of the Distance Medley Relay that finished second. She was named the A-Sun Indoor Track Athlete of the Meet, for the second year in a row. In outdoor track she ran 4:21 in the 1500m and 16:30 in the 5000m. Her time of 4:21 in the 1500m qualified her for the NCAA I National Championship Preliminary round. Unfortunately she was not able to compete. Madi Talbert picked up a couple of second place finishes at the A-Sun Indoor Championships (3000m and DMR) and a third (5000m), but it was the end of the outdoor season when Madi stepped up big. At the A-Sun Outdoor Championships she defended her 3000m Steeplechase championship and won the 5000m. She then qualified for the NCAA I National Championship finals for the second year in a row, earning All-American honors with a 16th place national finish.”
Freshman of the Year:
Men: Juan Gonzalez and Wayne Newman - “Juan set school records in the 3000m and 5000m during the outdoor track season. He also earned All-A-Sun honors with a second place finish in the 5000m. Wayne missed the outdoor season with an injury, but won the 60m Hurdles title at the A-Sun Indoor Championships. It’s very difficult for a freshman to come in and win, especially a sprint or hurdle race.
Women: Sally Larson - “Sally was the other overwhelming vote winner, getting nearly all the votes in this category. Sally backed up a freshman of the year cross country season by earning All-A-Sun Indoor honors in the 5000m and Distance Medley Relay. In outdoor track she set a big personal record in the 5000m with a 16:55, and won the A-Sun 10,000m title as a freshman! I don’t even let freshmen run the 10K very often. It’s a difficult race for a young runner to handle mentally and physically. Sally had a terrific freshman year.”