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Trio of wins highlight second day of A-Sun Indoor Championships
Sunday, February 28, 2016
By Logan Butts
Trio of wins highlight second day of A-Sun Indoor Championships

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Lipscomb track and field squad carried on into day two of the Atlantic Sun Indoor Championships where they left off after a successful first day, picking up a trio of wins and securing a number of All-Conference spots.

 "The teams had a solid indoor championship meet,” Lipscomb Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Bill Taylor said. “It was a great setup for the outdoor season, which essentially starts tomorrow, although we really have been training for the end of the outdoor season all along.”

The Bisons swept the 5k, taking both the men’s and women’s title.

"The 5000m was a great story on both sides,” Taylor said. “Christian won the men's championship, despite running in only his second meet of the season after battling illness.  Brooke won the women's race as a freshman, which is incredible.  She ran a big personal record and a time that will get her into the bigger meets this outdoor season."

On the women’s side, the Purple and Gold took four out of the top five spots with freshman Brooke Kingma earning first place with a time of 16:49.51, which is the third best indoor time in school history, a freshman indoor record and a new personal indoor best. Madi Talbert also snatched an All-Conference spot, finishing third with a senior indoor record time of 16:54.31. Juniors Barbara Lee Ball (16:56.71) and Sally Larson (17:14.28) placed fourth and fifth. 

“The highlight of the weekend came from the 5k women,” assistant coach Benton Reed said. “The entire group raced smart and gave the best collaborative effort for the weekend. Brooke ran incredibly bold. She ended up kicking into a 40 second personal record to win.

“Madi also excelled today. She set the tone for our team early and it would not have been as successful without her. Barbara Lee and Sally did a great job. Hannah Munyan also came away with an 11 second personal record.”

In the men’s race, junior Christian Freeman and senior Daniel Gardner placed first and second. Freeman’s time of 14:55.03 set a junior indoor record for the Bisons, while Gardner’s time was an indoor personal best.

“The men also capitalized on the 5k and came away in first and second,” said Reed. “They ran with confidence and pulled away in the last mile. Christian is just coming back from his sickness and it was awesome see him win it. Daniel earned his finish too, pushing the pace at the right moments.”

Junior Wayne Newman captured the third Bisons victory of the day in the 60m hurdles. After setting the school indoor record for the event in the prelim, Newman turned in another blazing time of 7.90 seconds to win in the final, his third title in a row.

"It's really amazing that Wayne won his third consecutive A-Sun 60m hurdle title,” Taylor said. “That is a huge accomplishment.”

“Wayne has really found a niche for performing big at meets when we need him,” assistant coach Marcus Evans said. “He broke the A-Sun Championship record and his time ranks in the top 50 of the NCAA right now. He got big points from the 400m and 60m as well.”

In the 400m, Newman finished fourth with a time of 50.27 seconds. In the 4x400m relay, Newman, seniors James Tamburello and Andrew Bosket, and freshman Ryan Speer finished third with a time of 3:25.67.

“Our Men's 4x400m really surprised with a podium finish,” Evans said. “Wayne, James, Ryan, and Andrew gave their all, and we came up just short for the gold. They put each other in great position to win, and that's what we are excited about.”

In the women’s mile run, junior Katie Bianchini (4:57.47) and freshman Sam Woodford (5:04.52) came in third and fourth.

“Katie Bianchini raced well in the mile,” Reed said. “She put herself in position made the right choices to a third place finish.”

In the men’s mile, junior Juan Gonzalez placed fifth with a time of 4:16.80.

Speer and Gonzalez finished second and fourth in the men’s 800m, with times of 1:55.57 and 1:56.02, while sophomore Kacey Kemper placed third in the women’s 800m with a 2:14.60 mark.

“The men's 800 was fun,” Reed said. “Speer worked hard to win his heat; it just wasn't enough to get the title. Juan ran gutsy and was less than a tenth of a second away from third place.

“In the women's 800 Kacey attacked the second half very aggressively. She kicked into a solid third place. Sam had tough luck, and she got tripped up in the first 50 meters. Unfortunately, the referees did not call the race back. “

In the women’s pole vault, junior Annika Backlund set the school indoor junior record with her leap of 3.39m, placing her in fifth.

“Our Women's pole vaulters stepped up today and really started our day off well with great performances,” Evans said. “They are on a great progression towards the outdoor season, and we were happy to get unexpected points from them.”