JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – On the first day of action at the Atlantic Sun Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships the Lipscomb track and field squad had five all-conference efforts in Johnson City, Tenn.
“We had a really good day one,” Bill Taylor, director of cross country and track and field, said. “I think we are slightly ahead of our performance predictions for day one with both the men and the women.”
Junior Dani Walker led Lipscomb with an A-Sun record performance in the 3000m finishing in 9:37.98, more than 14 seconds faster than second place Chelsea Clark of ETSU. Walker’s run was 13 seconds faster than the previous record set last year and more than 20 seconds faster than the previous school record.
“Dani was certainly a big highlight,” Taylor said. “She was in control the whole race and ran so smooth. Watching it, she didn’t look like she was running a time 13 seconds faster than the A-Sun record.”
The event, showing the depth of the distance program for the Lady Bisons, saw Tessa Hoefle earn all-conference as well with a third place run while Maggie Lawrence, Emily Longden and Minna Fields finished seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.
“Tessa had a big breakthrough,” Taylor said. “She ran really smart and earned her first track all-conference honor. All our 3000 men and women ran great tonight.”
Sophomore thrower April Terry earned all-conference honors in the shot put, breaking her own school record with a toss of 13.62 meters. She achieved the distance on her first throw of the day on the way to a second place in the event.
Fellow sophomore thrower, Houston Ward, also garnered all-conference with a toss of 15.71 meters. The personal record gave Ward a second place finish and second-straight A-Sun honor.
“The shot put was a big event for us today,” Taylor said. “Houston moved up a spot from last year, and April matched him with her second place all-conference finish.”
The women’s distance medley relay squad also garnered all-conference by finishing third in a time of 12:02.76. The team consisting of Kayla Droessler, Brenna Thompson, Katie Bunker and Madelin Talbert finished behind Jacksonville, who set an A-Sun record in the event, and North Florida.
“The women’s DMR earned All-A-Sun honors for the fourth year in a row,” Taylor said. “We have a great tradition in that race.”
The meet got started early Friday morning with the pentathlon that saw junior Katlin Collier break her own school record for total points, as she finished fifth overall. A point total of 2,905 was aided with a victory in the shot put. Collier’s toss of 11.69 meters was just under two feet further than Brittany Walls of USC Upstate.
In preliminary action, junior Tucker Peabody qualified for the 60-meter dash, which will take place Saturday. His time of 6.91 seconds places him sixth overall.
“We had a great first day and we’re looking forward to tomorrow,” Taylor said.
Entering day two of action, the women’s squad is fourth overall with 39 points. Jacksonville is the current leader with 66 points.
The men’s team is fifth overall with 17.5 points. Kennesaw State is the top team with 63.5 points.