NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After a rough start to the weekend, the Lipscomb track and field teams found success on Saturday claiming 11 event wins at two different meets. The Purple and Gold competed in the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz., and in the Margaret Simmons Invitational in Murray, Ky.
Lipscomb had just three competitors in three events Friday in Arizona but saw that number climb to 17 events on Saturday.
“What a difference a day makes,” Bill Taylor, director of cross country and track and field, said. “I’m really proud of how the team responded today.”
Looking to further solidify his spot in the NCAA Preliminary National Round, Gemikal Prude won the high jump in school-record fashion. Prude’s leap of 2.15 meters was nearly two inches higher than second place Nick Giancana of Kansas. Prude now ranks 14th in the East Region for the qualifying round.
“Gemikal broke his own school record and nearly got 7-2,” Taylor said. “He will get it soon.”
Tucker Peabody, no stranger to school records, set two records in his two races. Peabody timed in with an Atlantic Sun Conference-best 21.13 seconds in the 200-meter dash, earning fifth place in the 200 Premiere. Peabody was the second place finisher for the college division with the top-three finishers running unattached or for a runner club. Peabody also set a school record in a third place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.5 seconds.
“Tucker took a big step forward,” Taylor said. “Two PR’s and two school records. It was a breakthrough in the 100-meter dash.”
The Lady Bisons nearly swept the podium in the steeplechase in a 2-3-4 finish. Tessa Hoefle was the top LU finisher in a time of 10:45.69. Madelin Talbert and Kendra Lobley finished third and fourth, respectively.
“Tessa led the way in steeple today,” Taylor said. “Her time was a big PR and se had to recover from a big fall and total submersion in the second water jump.
“It was fun finishing second, third and fourth. We looked a little rough though. It was the hottest time of the day. The girls have a lot of room to improve, which is exciting.”
Houston Ward set a pair of personal records in the shot put and the discus. A throw of 15.48 meters earned Ward fifth place honors in the shut put while a 48-meter toss gave Ward a sixth place finish in the discus.
Katie Bunker placed sixth in the 800-meter run in a personal-record time of 2:10.24.
April Terry set a school-record in the shot put with a toss of 13.5 meters. She also set a personal record in the discus with a throw of 36.69 meters to finish ninth.
The success wasn’t limited to Arizona as the Bisons claimed 10 victories in the Bluegrass State.
Caleb Love was a double-winner as he claimed gold in the long jump and the triple jump. A leap of 6.5 meters was strong enough for a personal record and the top spot in the long jump. A triple jump of 13.74 meters was a personal record by more than two feet for the sophomore.
Nora Coenen finished second in the 3000-meter run in a time of 10:26.48. Emily Longden, Amanda Twigg and Lana Hojeij finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
Kaitlyn Llewellyn had the top time in the women’s steeplechase with a personal-record 11:30.47. She was nearly 15 seconds faster than second place Ali Hester of Murray State.
The men’s steeplechase saw a Lipscomb podium sweep led by Grant Stromberg in 10:00.58. Dan Coleman finished second in 10:17.87 and Fidel Leon in third place in 10:23.06.
Taylor Mason earned the gold medal in the javelin throw. Her toss of 36.91 meters edged Taylor Prince of Jacksonville who had a toss of 36.33 meters.
In a 2-3-4 finish in the 400-meter dash, Kenny Smith led LU runners with his second place run of 50.93 seconds. James Tamburello and Ryan Whitley timed in just behind Smith for third and fourth place, respectively.
The 1500-meter run also featured a 2-3-4 finish from the Purple and Gold. Isaiah Greer was the top Bison with a time of 4:12.39. Daniel Gardner and Max McBride followed him across the finish as Gardner had a time of 4:13.27 and McBride with 4:14.17.l
Sweeping the podium in the men’s javelin throw, John Clevenger won the gold with a toss of 44.10 meters. Bradford Lineberry and James Tamburello claimed silver and bronze, respectively. Lineberry also claimed the top spot in the hammer throw for the Bisons with a toss of 32.46 meters.
“Most of our team will take next weekend off,” Taylor said. “It is a good time for a break. Then we get a home meet at Vandy.”