JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Lipscomb track and field posted four school records and a host of strong marks on Day One of the ETSU Niswonger Invitational, Friday.
Sophomore Tucker Peabody continued his impressive sophomore campaign, breaking the school 60m record with a 6.86s mark. That mark placed him fifth overall out of 12 heats and over 60 runnres. The run qualified him for tomorrow’s final.
Peabody continued his record-breaking performance later in the 200m, qualifying third overall with a 21.58s mark. He shaved nearly two-tenths of a second off his previous school indoor-best of 21.77s.
“Tucker looked sharp again today,” said Lipscomb head coach Bill Taylor. “He really energizes our team and continues to get better each week.”
Freshman Matthew Deery started the day with an 8.67s mark in the 60m hurdles, breaking Dillon Seigenthaler’s previous mark of 8.89s. He finished 15th overall.
The 400m dash team continued to impress, winning two of the 13 preliminary heats in the event. Freshman Colin Dempster broke the school record with a 49.18s mark, qualifying for Saturday’s final with the second-fastest time overall.
Junior Bobby Bassett also won his heat with a 50.99s mark, finishing 19th but not qualifying for the final.
In the field, junior Logan Ray finished fourth in the long jump with a 14.06m (46’ 1.50”) mark.
Freshman Brenna Thompson finished ninth in the 400m with a 59.58s mark.
Freshman April Terry finished just shy of advancing her school shot put record. Her 11.40m (37’ 5.0”) toss finished a centimeter shy of tying her school mark, and earned her a 15th-place finish. Junior Taylor Mason established a new indoor personal-best in the shot put with an 11.11m (36’ 5.50”) toss; she finished 21st.
The distance runners finally got their first chance to shine in 2012, and a group that was last seen winning an A-Sun cross country championship last fall did not disappoint. Sophomore Katie Bunker led the Lady Bison with a fifth-place, 2:17.24s mark.
“I was very happy with our 800m runners today,” Taylor said. “They each performed very well to have only had a week of practice.
“I’m very excited to see our longer distance runners tomorrow. In the longer distances, raw speed will have an advantage; even without as much practice, I think we’ll put up very good times.”
Competition in Johnson City continues tomorrow, with relays, distance events, sprint finals and the remaining field events still to be decided.