Track and Field looks to carry momentum at TSU Invite
Friday, February 1, 2013
By Ryan Hilgemann
Track and Field looks to carry momentum at TSU Invite

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After taking last weekend off the Lipscomb track and field squad returns to action on Saturday at the Tennessee State Invitation held on the TSU campus in the Gentry Center in Nashville.

“We had a week off and are coming off a really great performance at ETSU,” director of cross country and track and field Bill Taylor said. “We are looking forward to see how we have progressed of the two weeks of training and see what we can do to carry the momentum.”

The Niswonger Invite at ETSU two weeks ago was the first meet for the distance runners with Dani Walker coming out of the gates quickly, earning Atlantic Sun Track Athlete of the Week for her performance.

“Her practices are amazing,” Taylor said. “She is extremely talented and seems to be at a different level mentally and psychologically than she has ever been. What she did at ETSU was off of less than two weeks of quality work and her times will just get faster.”

Walker finished second in the 800m in 2:11.21, beating the indoor school-record by more than four seconds. She anchored the distance medley relay and ran a 4:55 split in the mile, to come from behind for the victory. Walker then crossed the finish line first in the 3000m in a time of 10:12.23, a victory of more than two seconds.

Junior Tucker Peabody qualified with the top overall time in the 200m and kept his position at the top of the podium after a photo finish with USA Olympian Manteo Mitchell. Peabody took first in a time of 21.36 seconds beating Manteo by one-hundredths of a second.

“Tucker is getting stronger,” Taylor said. “He ran a pretty good 4X4 leg at ETSU, which was a breakthrough for him. It helps the 4X4 but it is more important for him individually as he understands what he is capable of.”

The mile run also proved to be a strong event for the Purple and Gold.

Senior Tim Muller won the event in a time of 4:28.81 while Jared Wingerter, Grant Stromberg, Ben Wright, Ashton Fisher and Daniel Gardner all finished in the top-20 in the 54 man field.

On the women’s side, junior Emily Longden finished second with sophomore Maggie Lawrence and Minna Fields finishing just behind in fourth and seventh, respectively.

Saturday’s meet begins at with field events at 8 a.m. and running events at 8:30 a.m.
Admission is free and open to the public.