NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb trio of Tucker Peabody, Madi Talbert and Gemikal Prude are in Greensboro, N.C., for the NCAA National Preliminary Round which is set to begin Thursday. The three-day meet concludes Saturday.
The three of them have spent the last week training for this event. Although most of the team is on summer break, the training was not hindered.
“Madi has had a training parter with Tessa Hoefle,” Bill Taylor, director of cross country and track and field, said. “We were hoping Tessa would make it as well, so we kept her around. Tucker trains at a level that he is by himself anyway, so nothing is changed with him. Gemikal had Adam Austin to work with. The biggest challenge for training would have been Madi but we had Tessa here.”
Peabody is the first LU athlete to compete with the first round of the 100-meter dash taking place Thursday at 5:55 p.m. If he makes the quarterfinal round, he will then compete Friday at 5:45 p.m. The first round of the 200-meter dash begins at 7:25 p.m. Friday.
“I think it is great he gets to run the 100 first,” Taylor said. “He can get a feel before the 200 which is his bread and butter.”
Talbert takes to the track at 7:50 p.m. on Friday for the 3000-meter steeplechase.
“I want her to soak in as much as possible,” Taylor said. “We think she has a very good chance of reaching this and the national finals in her career. We just want her to absorb every bit of it.
“She is excited. She lives an hour and a half away so it is like going home to race.”
Prude, who will have waited three full days to compete, gets his chance at the high jump at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Should Peabody qualify, the quarterfinal round of the 200-meter dash takes place at 7:50 p.m.
“Gemikal will do some pre-meet stuff,” Taylor said. “He is used to having to wait because of the conference meet. That was on the second day. He is not very shakable.
“The bigger the meet and the bigger the moment, he has always stepped up. Every that we have seen from him this year, I think he will do very well.”
The top 12 competitors in each event move on to the NCAA National Championships June 5-8. This year’s championship takes place in Eugene Oregon.