JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Three outdoor school records fell on the first day of the UNF Spring Break Invitational, two coming from athletes in the talented Lipscomb track and field freshman class. In addition, the distance runners put together complete days on the track.
Junior Ashton Fisher put together the most complete performance, coming in the 3000m steeplechase. His 9:28.37s mark was nine seconds better than his previous school-record, and 17 seconds better than his next closest competitor at UNF.
“I think Ashton Fisher ran his best race of any distance tonight,” said Lipscomb head coach Bill Taylor. “He looked very strong late, which is something he has been working on.”
In women’s steeplechase action, senior Catherine Beals was the third runner across the line with an 11:29.05s run.
Six Lady Bison found their way into the top-10 in the 5000m run, led by freshman Kendra Lobley’s fourth-place, 17:17.48s mark. Freshman Kellie Foley (17:20.43s), sophomore Tessa Hoefle (17:21.84s), senior Ashley Lehman (17:24.34s), sophomore Dani Walker (17:40.86s) and freshman Minna Fields (17:42.79) formed a tight pack that claimed the five through nine spots in the field. Fields, Foley, Lehman, Lobley and Walker all achieved personal-bests.
“The women’s 5000m was the highlight for me tonight,” Taylor said. “We had eight women break 18 minutes in the first outdoor meet of the year. That’s big. Kendra’s time was a personal-best by more than two minutes. Katie Bunker, who came to Lipscomb as an 800m specialist, dropped a huge 18:23 personal-best to win the first heat of the 5K.”
Junior Isaiah Greer put together a fourth-place run in the men’s 5000m with a 15:17.67s mark.
Matthew Deery shaved seven-hundredths of a second off the previous school-best in the 110m hurdles. The freshman finished 17th with a 15.41s mark. He also posted a sixth-place finish in the long jump with a 6.77m (22’ 2.50”) leap.
Freshman April Terry continues her assault on the record books. In her first collegiate hammer throw, Terry’s 36.85m (120’ 11”) toss placed her 19th, and was more than 11 feet better than the previous school-best mark.
Freshman Colin Dempster placed seventh in the 400m dash with a 48.84s mark.
“Today was a big statement about how far we’ve come, where we’re going and how much improvement happens in our program,” Taylor said. “I’m so proud of the women for the hard work they’re putting in, the belief they have in each other, the program and the coaching. This is a terrific start to the outdoor season.”
Action continues in Jacksonville Saturday morning.
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