Track and field completes solid weekend at Raleigh Relays, Joe Walker Invite
Saturday, March 25, 2017
By Logan Butts
Track and field completes solid weekend at Raleigh Relays, Joe Walker Invite

NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb track and field squad turned in a successful pair of performances over the weekend as the Bisons split up to take on the Raleigh Relays in North Carolina and the Joe Walker Invitational in Mississippi.

“We had a really good weekend of competition,” Lipscomb Director of Cross Country Bill Taylor said. “The teams in both locations competed very hard.”

At the Raleigh Relays, the Purple and Gold sent several of their top distance runners to compete.

Senior Barbara Lee Ball placed 18th out of 56 runners with a time of 35:12.53 in the 10,000m.

"Barbara Lee ran a very solid first 10k of the season,” Taylor said. “She will get another opportunity later this season.”

Sophomore Ryan Speer placed sixth in the 800m with a 1:51.03 mark, breaking the school outdoor record set in 1972.

"Ryan ran a PR in the 800 and broke our school record, which was from 1972 by David Craig with a time of 1:51.54,” Taylor said. “In fact, that was the last men's individual running event record from before I arrived at Lipscomb.”

In the men’s 5000m, junior Jacob Poyner finished 38th out of 106 runners with a time of 14:28.35.

"Jake ran a nice PR in the 5000m,” Taylor said. “Jake keeps getting better, and we think he's got an even bigger breakthrough coming still.”

Junior Juan Gonzalez ran time of 29.39.92 in the 23rd in the 10,000m to earn a new school outdoor record.

"Juan had the highlight performance at Raleigh,” Taylor said. “In his first ever track 10k he dropped more than a minute off our school record by Ryan Chastain of 30:50.17 set in 2010. The time he just ran has qualified for every previous NCAA Division I National Championship Preliminary round, so we expect this time will get him in.”

Freshman Kaleb Kunes placed 15th in the 3000m Steeplechase with a time of 9:31.19.

At the Joe Walker Invite, senior Wayne Newman grabbed a couple of fourth places in the 110m hurdles and the 400m with times of 14.22 seconds and 53.33 seconds, respectively.

"The team at Ole Miss really fought hard this weekend,” Taylor said. “In many cases the marks don't match the effort we saw. Some meets are like that. It's a good thing. If our athletes’ compete like they did here every week, we are going to see some big performances soon.”

Freshman Ahmed Amaar placed 19th in the 200m with a time of 21.95 seconds.

In the distance events, freshman Kyle Johnson took second on the 5000m with a time of 15:01.80, while sophomore Psalm Ocampo placed fourth with a 15:43.74 time.

In the 800m, sophomore Nathan Morgan placed 12th with a 1:54.05 mark, while fellow sophomore Andrew Ayers placed 23rd with a time of 1:56.25, and senior Daniel Lenart took 27th (1:56.66).

Ayers placed 12th in the 1500m with a time of 3:59.83, while freshmen John Green and Owen Glogovsky finished back-to-back in 16th and 17th with times of 4:01.91 and 4:03.17, respectively.

"Nathan Morgan ran a solid 800m,” Taylor said. “Kyle Johnson also ran well for the men in the 5000m, just missing breaking into the 14's. Andrew Ayers had a good meet too.”

On the women’s side, sophomore Clare Losito finished third in the 3000m Steeplechase with a 10:59.81 mark.

"A big highlight was Clare Losito running a PR of 46 seconds in the 3000m steeplechase,” Taylor said. “She also broke into the sub-11 club. She's had such a great season already. Today was a huge breakthrough, and it's exciting because she can improve a lot more.”

Junior Avery Franklin placed fifth in the 5000m with a time of 18:03.82.

Sophomore Sam Woodford finished 28th in the 800m with a time of 2:23.3.

In the 1500m, freshman Courtney Brenner and sophomore Hannah Owens placed 27th and 30th with times of 4:49.17 and 4:50.06, respectively.

"We dropped most of our distance women to middle distance races,” Taylor said. “They all did great. Hannah Owens, Courtney Brenner and Kinzie Icayan led the way for us.

"As I said, the effort was very good this weekend, and if we keep up that effort, we are going to finish this season very strong.”