Stoner, Hibbard head to T&F Junior Nationals
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
By Logan Butts
Stoner, Hibbard head to T&F Junior Nationals

NASHVILLE – Lipscomb’s Paige Stoner and Karly Hibbard will be competing in the USA Junior Track and Field Outdoor National Championships on June 25-28 in Eugene, Ore.

The freshmen will be competing at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field, the same site where the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field National Championships were held earlier this month.

"We are excited for Paige and Karly to get US Junior National Championship experience,” Lipscomb Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Bill Taylor said. “It's a once in a lifetime opportunity and will help both of them in their development.”

Stoner qualified for four events: the 1500m, 3000m, 3000m Steeplechase and 5000m. However, she will be entered in just the 5000m and the 3000m, opting to focus on two "Paige is racing off just base cross country training,” Taylor said. “She took a week off after the NCAA Division I National Championship Prelims, and has just been working on base miles the past few weeks. 

“She is a super tough competitor and what she might lack in fine tuning, she probably gains in being fresh. Ultimately this is about the experience for her, and she will gain big by just being out there and competing.”

Hibbard will be competing in the javelin, in which she is the reigning Atlantic Sun Outdoor Champion.

"Karly has continued to practice javelin back home in Washington, so she is going to be ready to go,” Taylor said. “It will be fun for her to compete in the northwest, not too far from her home in Seattle.”

Junior Madi Talbert, who became the first female in school history to qualify for the USA Senior Outdoor National Championships, will not be participating in the meet after a long season that included the NCAA Division I Outdoor National Championships.

"Madi had an amazing season, and proved she is one of the best steeplers in the country,” Taylor said. “It is a major accomplishment to qualify for the US National Championships. 

“It was a tough decision not to send her, however we just decided it was better for her and for the team goals this upcoming cross country season for her to get rest, reset, and focus on her upcoming senior season."