BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Lipscomb head coach Bill Taylor and assistant coach Luke Syverson took a “Forrest Gump” approach to the .
Just as life is like a box of chocolates because you never know what you are going to get, a first track and field meet is usually filled with unexpected results, both good and bad.
The first day of the UAB Blazer Invite at the Birmingham Crossplex Arena ran overtime Friday night. But despite the unknowns related to a first meet of the season Syverson liked what he saw the first day. The event continues today.
"Overall, I'm very pleased with how day one went for the Bisons,” Syverson said. “We had several strong performances and some great competition learning opportunities.
“We had a couple of hiccups with some of the freshman in their events, but to their credit, some of it was due to circumstances out of their control. It was a great opportunity for them to learn they need to be flexible and always be prepared for anything."
Not surprisingly veterans Tucker Peabody, April Terry and Gemikal Prude all had solid performances.
Peabody, a senior, finished eighth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.89 seconds and qualified for the finals. Peabody also finished first in a field of 56 runners in the 300-meter dash with a time of 33.57 seconds. Peabody’s performance in the 300-meters was a school record.
Terry, a junior, placed 10th out of 49 competitors in the weight throw with an effort of 16.13 meters. Terry broke her own school record with her throw.
Prude, a sophomore, was second in the high jump out of 23 competitors, with a 2.10 meter jump. He tied the school record.
“Tucker, April and Gemikal all had a strong day one,” Syverson said. “In an early season meet, that really helps set the tone for the underclassmen and the whole team when they do well.”
Both Taylor and Syverson were expecting several of the freshmen to shake off the jitters of their first collegiate meet and perform well. They were not disappointed.
Wayne Newman finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.20 seconds, qualifying for the finals. He broke the school indoor record in the event.
“Wayne Newman in the 60 hurdles had a great first collegiate race and looks to improve on that in the finals,” Syverson said.
The 300-meters and 500-meters are rare events in meets. Also setting school records in those events were junior Colin Dempster with a fifth place finish in a time of 1:04.95 in the 500 meters, freshmen Cassidy Proce with a time of 44.87 seconds and an 82nd place and freshman Bridget Perine with a time of 1.22.30 and a 33rd place finish in the 500 meters.
Sophomore Ki'Ana Christy broke the indoor school record in the triple jump. She finished 30th with an 11.19 meter attempt.
Freshmen Sarah Browning and Sydney Sloan both tied the school record in the pole vault, tying for 29th with 3.05-meter efforts.
“All in all, expectations were met,” Syverson said. “However, we have high expectations so it is always nice to come out in the first meet and achieve those. We look forward to another strong day Saturday.”