Friday, January 18, 2013
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Competing with a full squad for the first time this season, the Lipscomb track and field team saw several strong performances and two school records at the Niswonger Invite on the campus of ETSU in Johnson City, Tenn.
“Today was solid,” Lipscomb head coach Bill Taylor said. “It was a nice improvement for our sprinters over last week, which is encouraging.”
Sophomore April Terry has made a habit of breaking school records during the early portion of the season and Friday was no different. In the final event of the first day Terry finished second in the shot put with a school-record toss of 13.42 meters, more than two feet farther than her previous best. She finished just behind Gwenetta Jones of Kennesaw State who threw 13.55 meters.
“April concluded our day with style,” Taylor said. “She set a school record on her first throw, then bettered it by a lot with her next throw.”
Junior Dani Walker set a school-record in her first time competing in 2013. Walker finished second in the 800m with a time of 2:11.21.
"Dani got things started right for our distance runners in the 800,” Taylor said. That's a fabulous early season time off less than two weeks of quality work.”
The men’s 200m received a strong start from the Bisons. After the preliminaries, junior Tucker Peabody enters Saturday’s final with a time of 21.42 seconds. In his heat, Peabody edged out the silver medalist from the 2012 Olympics in the 4X400, Manteo Mitchell.
“Tucker was pretty motivated in the 200m and looked a lot better in the 60m” Taylor said.
Peabody clocked in at 6.01 seconds in the 60m, qualifying him for the final tomorrow. His time is fifth fastest out of 12 qualifiers.
Freshman Ryan Whitley advanced to tomorrows 60 meter hurdle final with a time of 8.78 seconds.
The Bisons also saw a solid performance from freshman Jalen Thompson who won his heat in the 60 and 200. Thompson prevailed with a time of 7.09 in the 60 and 22.97 in the 200.
“We are excited to pick things up where we left off today,” Taylor said.
Day two of the invite kicks-off Saturday morning with the women’s 5,000 meter run.