JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Lipscomb track and field program ended an historic season Saturday night at the NCAA Championship Preliminary Round. Three student-athletes made it to the qualifying round but will not advance to June’s national championship round.
Sophomore Dani Walker was Saturday’s lone Lipscomb competitor. The Wichita, Kan. native started strong but faded slightly down the stretch, finishing 21st in her heat and 40th overall at 17:10.99s.
In Friday night action, freshman Kendra Lobley battled through injury to post a 10:59.57s mark in the women’s 3000m steeplechase. She finished 16th in her heat and 45th overall.
Sophomore Tucker Peabody pulled up with about 60 meters to go in his heat of the 200m dash, with his 26.39s mark putting him well below his usual times. He finished 45th overall.
"We had a pretty rough meet athletically,” said Lipscomb head coach Bill Taylor. “It was disappointing in that respect. I suppose that is to be expected to some extent for our first ever time at this meet, and with such young runners. It showed us that while we have progressed at an incredible rate, we still have a long way to go if we truly want to be one of the top programs in the nation.”
Taylor is excited about the progress his team has made this year and looks forward to the future.
“I hope that Dani, Tucker and Kendra learned more about what they want in the future and what they have to do to get there,” Taylor said. “I also hope that these three have inspired the rest of our team to get here next year. I hope we have 10 or more qualify next year. It's been a great year. We have an exciting future ahead of us."