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Track and field grabs three wins at Emory Invite
Monday, January 23, 2017
By Logan Butts
Track and field grabs three wins at Emory Invite

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Lipscomb track and field squad continued its successful start to the indoor season on Sunday as the Bisons earned three wins and several top finishes at the Emory Crossplex Invitational in Birmingham.

In the men’s Mile run, the Bisons took first and second place as seniors Jacob Poyner and Juan Gonzalez finished back-to-back with times of 4:15.57 and 4:15.90, respectively.

In the women’s 800m, junior Kacey Kemper earned the win with a time of 2:15.19. Freshmen Asha Smith (2:22.68) and Kailey Schuyler (2:23.19) took seventh and 10th place. Each of the three won their respective heats.

Senior Wayne Newman grabbed the team’s third win, taking the 60m hurdles in 8.02 seconds. He also finished seventh in the 400m with a time of 49.61 seconds.

"We were really happy with how we performed at Emory,” Lipscomb Director of Track and Field Bill Taylor said. “It was a good step forward. The teams know we have a lot of work to do still. 

"We made big improvements in so many areas at this meet, and that is what we are looking for most. It was fun to see the competitive fire, improvements in racing intelligence and tactics, and to get a few event and heat wins.”

Freshman Ahmed Amaar placed ninth in the 200m with a 22:09 mark, which was good enough to win his section.

Sophomore Andrew Ayers finished third in the 3000m with a time of 8:50.70.

In the field events, senior Aaron Beckwith placed second in the men’s pole vault (4.31m), while fellow senior Sydney Sloan placed fifth in the women’s pole vault (3.11m).

On the team side of things, the men finish sixth out of 22 schools with 48 total points, while the women placed 11th out of 24 with 27 points total.

"I feel like we are going to see big progression over the next two meets before ASUN,” Taylor said. “We really jumped right into it with these first two meets and have hardly done any quality training for many of the events. 

"To break the rust off, get some competition in, and now go two weeks of training before the next meet is very positive. We will get stronger, faster, more tactically committed and smart, and more confident from here on out.”