LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Despite tough weather conditions, the Lipscomb track and field squad had a winning weekend at the Bellarmine Invitational taking wins in four events.
Both 5k events proved to be exciting for Lipscomb. Junior Katie Bianchini took home the win on the women’s side with a time of 17:8.38. Freshman Bridgette Doucet finished in eighth with a 17:54.06 mark.
“I was impressed with Katie's toughness in the 5k,” said Lipscomb assistant coach Jenny Randolph. “She led wire-to-wire in less-than-ideal weather conditions to win the event in an all-time personal record. Bridgette Doucet ran very well for her collegiate personal record. Madison Colley also fought to her all-time personal record in the wind.”
On the men’s side, sophomore Jake Poyner and senior Daniel Gardner finished second and third at 14:45.70 and 14:49.54, respectively.
"The 5k was definitely the most exciting distance race of the meet,” said Lipscomb assistant Tim Muller. “Jake Poyner and Daniel Gardner ran very impressive times. In high winds they took upon themselves to fight very hard and finished two and three. Several coaches from other teams complimented them after the race on a great performance in tough conditions."
Junior Wayne Newman had a big outing. He won the 200m with a time of 22.46, and finished third in the 400m after winning his heat with a 50.43 mark.
“While the times don't jump off the page, he ran in very strong headwinds for both races and still managed to get a personal record in the 200,” Lipscomb assistant coach Marcus Evans said. “We are very excited about next week at Mt. Sac where he will be going back to his bread and butter: the 110 Hurdles and 400 Hurdles.”
Senior Gemikal Prude also nabbed a win in the high jump, leaping 2.08m.
“Gemikal Prude also had a great day jumping,” Evans said. “He broke the meet record in the high jump and was very close to jumping the mark that got him into the NCAA finals last year. His best jumping is definitely ahead of him.”
The Bisons also saw some success in the mid-distance races. In the women’s 800m, sophomore Kacey Kemper won her heat with a time of 2:18.55 to finish third overall, while sophomore Kinzie Icayan finished 12th with a 2:22.67 time.
In the 1500m, senior Madi Talbert (4:37.26) took third. She was followed closely by freshmen Brooke Kingma (4:40.10) in fifth and Sam Woodford (4:48.85) in seventh.
"We saw some success in the middle distance races,” Randolph said. “In the 1500 the girls ran aggressive early, but we need to carry that momentum through the race. Brooke Kingma finished well in a personal record. In the 800, the wind had its way with our times. Kacey Kemper was able to win her heat, and Kinzie Icayan set a new personal record.
“Many of the women took steps forward this weekend, and we are looking forward to even better performances in the upcoming meets.”
In the men’s 800m, freshman Ryan Speer (1:55.44) took third, while senior Andrew Bosket placed eighth (1:58.28).
Senior Jared Wingerter’s time of 4:01.49 gave him eighth in the men’s 1500m.
"I'm really proud of our mid distance crew for racing in tough conditions,” Muller said. “Ryan Speer is one of the toughest athletes. He pushed hard early in the 800 and ran a great 1:55 in high winds. Andrew Bosket had a great finish and was able to run several competitors down in his kick.
“Jared Wingerter ran a solid 4:01 in the 1500. He is still coming back from early season illness so our expectations are very high."