NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb’s runners had their moments, but the field athletes carried the team.
The Bisons placed second behind host Tennessee State and the Lady Bisons finished fifth Saturday at the TSU Invitational at the Gentry Center.
“It was a big day for our field event athletes,” coach Bill Taylor said. “They really led the way for the team.
“In the running events we did well. There were some nice performances. Dani Walker got a win in the mile in her season debut. Colin Dempster ran a solid time in the 400m. But overall we were a bit flat though on the track.”
Walker made the most of her season debut in indoor track picking up first place in a field of 33 in the women’s 1-mile run with a time of 5:08.04. Barbara Lee Ball was fourth (5:10.25) and Madi Talbert finished seventh (5:20.54).
Walker also finished third in the women’s 800 meters with a time of 2:18.59.
“Dani ran well considering where we are in our training,” Taylor said. “Dani has been further behind too due to a severely sprained ankle. They were not her best performances, but not bad considering where she's at right now.”
Meredith Kilburn placed third in the women’s 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:02.39, just ahead of Minna Fields in fourth with a finish of 18:09.90.
In the women’s pole vault Annika Backlund was first with a 3.56 meter attempt, setting a school record. Sarah Browning was fourth.
Ki’ana Christy’s 11.27 effort in the women’s triple jump placed her 13th in the event, but set a school record.
Sarah Wagner finished 10th in the women’s high jump with a school record 11.63 meters.
April Terry was third in the women’s weight throw with a 16.92-meter try, a school record. She was fifth in the shot put with an effort of 12.84 meters.
In the men’s 400 meters Dempster (49.30) and Tucker Peabody (49.95) placed second and third respectively.
Andrew Bosket was second in the men’s 800 meters with a time of 1:57.91.
D.A. Lowery placed fifth in the men’s 1-mile run (4:30.04).
Kevin Floyd was first in the men’s pole vault with a 4.32 meter attempt giving Lipscomb a sweep in the pole vault events. Aaron Beckwith was third with a 4.01-meter try.
“I’m not surprised by the pole vault finishes,” Taylor said. “We have a young vault crew. They are very close and are helping each other and motivating each other.”
Taylor credits Jeremy Brading, a volunteer assistant coach, for helping the vaulters improve.
“We have more coaching help in the vault with Jeremy,” Taylor said. “I think we are going to be really, really strong in the vault.”
The Bisons earned first and second place in the men’s high jump. Gemikal Prude led with a 2.20 meter try. Phillip Smith was close behind at 2.08 meters.
Smith finished sixth in the long jump with a 7.05-meter effort.
“We finished the meet with Gemikal and Phillip going 1-2 in the high jump,” Taylor said. “Phillip jumped a lifetime personal best and set a new school record for long jump that goes back to 1977.
“Gemikal's leap of 7-feet-2-and-a-half inches will probably rank him about fifth in the entire nation. It may qualify him for the NCAA I Indoor Nationals.”