Talbert becomes first Lady Bison to qualify for NCAA Finals
Friday, May 24, 2013
By Ryan Hilgemann
Talbert becomes first Lady Bison to qualify for NCAA Finals

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Lipscomb had two track and field athletes compete on Friday. Both of those athletes moved on in their respective event. Madi Talbert becomes the first Lady Bison to qualify for the NCAA Nationals while Tucker Peabody qualified for the quarterfinal round of the East Region.

The two competed in the NCAA Preliminary Round being held in Greensboro, N.C.

Talbert, a freshman from Charlotte, N.C., crushed the school record in the 3000-meter steeplechase. She crossed the finish line fourth in her heat and 12th overall in 10:11.21. The top-three in each heat and the next three fastest advanced to the finals held in Eugene, Ore. The final round takes place June 5-8.

“Wow! Madi ran a perfect race,” Bill Taylor, director of cross country and track and field, said. “We had a plan we talked about last week. She went out and did exactly what she needed to do.”

Talbert, running in the second heat, held onto the final transfer spot through the third heat where Esther Vermeer of Duke finished in 10:11.94.

“Qualifying for the National Championship Finals is a huge bonus,” Taylor said. “I am so proud of Madi.

“She has just helped move the program to a whole new level. She opened the door to the whole team. The national finals aren’t some big thing. It is completely doable and she showed the way.”

Peabody, a junior from Memphis, Tenn., finished third in his heat and eighth overall in 20.84 seconds. Peabody entered the meet with the 11th fastest time in the East Region.

“Tucker ran strong in qualifying to reach the quarterfinals for tomorrow,” Taylor said. “He didn’t feel his best. He is due for a big race and is excited.”

To join Talbert in Oregon, Peabody needs to finish in the top three of the quarterfinal heat or be one of the next three fastest. He is scheduled to run at 6:50 p.m. Saturday

Freshman Gemikal Prude will get his turn at the preliminary meet in the high jump beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday. Prude enters the meet ranked No. 20 in the region with a leap of 2.15 meters. He needs to finish in the top 12 to continue in the NCAA Championships.