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Peabody breaks 35--year-old school record in 200 meters
Tucker Peabody
Tucker Peabody

Sunday, March 20, 2011

At the Shamrock Invite in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Tucker Peabody broke one of the oldest Lipscomb Track & Field records on the books. His 200-meter time of 21.53 broke Robert Smith’s 35-year old school record of 21.54, set in 1976.

Smith still owns school records for 100m (10.54 in 1976) and as part of the 4x100m relay (41.54 in 1976) and will forever own retired records for the 100-yard dash (9.64 in 1975) and 220-yard dash (21.04 in 1976).

“Tucker has put together a pretty incredible freshman indoor and outdoor season thus far,” head coach Bill Taylor said. “He has ignited our short sprints and it’s pretty amazing what he has accomplished already. We believe he has a lot of room to improve too, so the future is pretty exciting for him and for the program.”

Tucker finished sixth overall out of 70 competitors in the men’s 200 meters. Teammate Nasheed Burgess finished 35th with a new all-time PR of 22.45. Tucker also finished 18th in the men’s 100 meters with a time of 10.89.

Eight other school records were broken at the meet.

In the most exciting race of the meet for Lipscomb, the women’s 4x800m relay of Priya Pappu, Katie Bunker, Amanda Twigg and Dani Walker won in a new school record of 8:55.20, more than one minute and 26 seconds faster than the previous school record set last year.

It was a dramatic win too. The Lady Bison’s were never lower than second at any handoff, and found themselves in a duel with the University of South Carolina from the second leg on. South Carolina took a slight lead early in the anchor leg, and seemed to be pulling away with 200m to go, but Dani Walker started reeling them in, passing in the final 50m to earn Lipscomb the victory.

“That was a very fun race,” Taylor said. “I love relays because it’s a team working together for a shared accomplishment. It’s a sign of teamwork, of desire for team success, of responsibility and care for your teammates, and it’s a statement about your program.

“Plus, it builds so much excitement within the team. I think it inspires everyone, and this type of race and victory sends a strong message within and without.”

One field event record was set in the meet. Brittany Duerk, in her first meet of the season after completing her basketball season for the Lady Bisons, broke teammate Taylor Mason’s shot put record with a toss of 36-8.5.

Dillon Seigenthaller broke his own school record in the 110-meter high hurdles with a mark of 15.87 during his decathlon competition. Dillon finished the decathlon competition in second place with 5929 points.

The men’s 4x200m relay of Nasheed Burgess, Mike Knox, Bobby Bassett and Tucker Peabody broke the school record set last year, with a time of 1:30.65.

Ashton Fisher broke his own school record in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase with a mark of 9:38.88 to finish sixth overall. Isaiah Greer also ran a new PR of 9:45.57 in the event, for eighth place.

For the women, three other distance records were broken.

In the women’s 800 meters, Katie Bunker broke freshman teammate Dani Walker’s school record of 2:13.32, with an all time PR of 2:12.24.

In the women’s 3000 meters, Walker led three Lipscomb women under the previous school record. Dani ran 10:07.79 to finish fifth out of 50 competitors, edging teammate Tessa Hoefle for the record. Tessa’s time of 10:08.85 was her all time PR, and good enough for sixth place. Catherine Beals also ran faster than the previous school record, running a lifetime best 10:13.18 for 8th place. All three surpassed Samantha Wood’s school record of 10:24.60, set in 2007.

Finally, Hoefle broke teammate Walker’s school record in the 5000 meters with a time of 17:46.42. Dani set the previous school record last week. Tessa was the top collegiate finisher, and second overall to former Olympian, world champion and world record holder, Zola Budd. Tessa’s time was also a new personal record.

“School records don’t define success, yet breaking them is one of the goals we have,” Taylor said. “We want to keep pushing the bar ever higher. We want to make our records incredible in every event. It means we are breaking new ground and it shows we are getting better and better as a program.

“I’m sure there will come a time when we aren’t breaking so many records, and maybe that will be true even as this season goes on. But I think we will continue to push the bar higher and enjoy more record breaking meets and seasons. We are just getting warmed up.”

Other notable performances on the weekend:

Walker finished second overall out of 59 competitors in the women’s 1500 meters with a time of 4:41.83. Teammate Amanda Twigg finished fourth with a time of 4:45.33.

Behind Tessa’s second place 5000-meter finish, Catherine Beals finished fourth in 18:00.36. Emily Longden finished ninth in a new PR of 18:20.49. Missy Dowd was 12th in a new PR of 18:26.89. Caitlin Anderson and Louisa Van Batavia finished 13th and 16th with times of 18:37.55 and 18:49.41.

“Both 5000-meter races this season have been tough conditions for the women,” Taylor said. “Our women had to lead again and did all the work until about the last two laps when Zola Budd passed and surged. And it was windy again, so conditions weren’t ideal by any means.”

In the men’s 5000 meters Tim Muller was the top Lipscomb finisher in fourth place with a new PR of 14:58.93. Teammates Geoff Musick and Benton Reed also ran new PR’s of 15:16.22 and 15:44.68.

Tim doubled back on Saturday in the men’s 3000 meters, posting another PR of 8:38.50 for fifth place. Ashton Fisher and Geoff Musick also ran new PRs of 8:52.73 and 8:56.15.

Emily Longden ran a new PR in the women’s 3000 meters, finishing 13th overall in 10:30.06. Missy Dowd also PR’d in the 3K with a time of 10:46.65.

Alex Jerkins finished ninth in the shot put.

“It was another hot and windy meet for the most part,” Taylor said. “The wind was significant and played a role in our final times. It not only slows runners down because of the resistance, it creates slower and more tactical races, since nobody wants to lead into the wind.

“I really thought we did all we could with the conditions. Even though it was hotter than last week, I really didn’t feel like the heat bothered us. And I didn’t really see our athletes worrying much about the wind. When they needed to take care of business, they fought their way through the wind."

Taylor called the spring break trip a successful one on many levels.

“We had a fun spring break trip out here," Taylor said. " We had a couple of days to relax and enjoy Myrtle Beach, did a lot of team bonding, created some great memories, and took care of business on race days. It was a very successful weekend.”

Lipscomb will next compete in the Vanderbilt Black & Gold meet in Nashville on March 26.