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Track and field earns two wins, several top-five finishes at Liberty Kickoff
Sunday, January 27, 2019
By Logan Butts
Track and field earns two wins, several top-five finishes at Liberty Kickoff

LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Lipscomb track and field squad had a successful weekend at the Liberty Kickoff as the Bisons came away with a pair of wins, multiple top-five placements, and a number of personal records.

"Across the board we competed really hard,” Lipscomb Director of Track and Field Bill Taylor said. “That is always our first metric. Everything springs from effort and attitude. We had some incredible results, many PR's, and some heat or event wins. 

“More than that, we saw the type of attitude, effort and competitive intelligence that will result in big improvements later in the season. This is especially true given where we are in our training. 

"Some of our event areas have done almost no speed work yet. To see amazing performances with minimal training behind them shows how mentally strong we can be and provides a lot of excitement about what is possible when our much tougher training kicks in.”

Sophomore Jonathan Schwind led the way for Lipscomb with his involvement in both Bisons wins.

Schwind finished first in the 1000m with a personal record (PR) time of 2:26.19, nearly two seconds ahead of second place.

He also was a member of the 4x800m relay team that placed first for Lipscomb alongside junior Zach Israel, freshman Ryan Bush, and senior Ryan Speer.

Freshman Jared Touart joined Schwind in the 1000m, finishing 10th in 2:35.63, while fellow freshman Sam Kuhn (2:42.18) finished 14th.

Speer took second in the 800m in 1:52.80, as Israel (a PR of 1:5.68) placed sixth and Bush (1:56.21).

Sophomore Silas Griffith grabbed second in the men’s 3000m with a time of 8:43.51.

Sophomores Grace Lahey (10:12.63) and Kayle Rudie (10:13.86) finished second and third and earned PR's in the women’s 3000m with junior Grace Oetting (10:40.73) in 16th.

Sophomore Lauren Flynt (3:03.13) came in fifth in the 1000m, and senior Clare Losito (3:08.82) finished 11th.

Junior Brooke Kingma placed ninth in the mile in 5:08.80, while senior Hannah Owens (5:22.37) placed 14th.

Sophomore Tia Calvin (a PR of 7.99 seconds) took 18th in the 60m dash, freshman Taylor Edmundson (1:20.41) was 11th in the 500m, and sophomore Haley Kling (2:25.85) was 15th in the 800m.

The Lipscomb women took fourth and fifth in the 4x800m relay with times of 9:47.45 for Rudie, Owens, Losito, and Kling, and 9:47.94 for Pari Manoogian, Kingma, Flynt, and Lahey.

Freshman Demontae Wilson earned ninth in the 400m (50.11 seconds) and 19th in the 200m (22.21 seconds).

Senior Nathan Morgan (1:07.45) placed 10th in the 500m, while junior Randolph Wilkerson (1:08.19) placed 15th.  Wilkerson also finished 14th (a PR of 8.56 seconds) in the 60m hurdles.

Sophomore Grant Mason (7.05 seconds) earned 15th in the 60m, and junior Sam Shaylor (4:27.90) finished 17th in the mile.

"I am really pleased by our teams support for each other,” Taylor said. “Track is a challenging team sport, in that various events train together and often separately through the week and through the year. 

“On meet day we have athletes competing hours apart in different parts of the venue. It can be hard to find teammates and cheer them on wherever they are and whenever they compete. The team is doing an amazing job of lifting each other up and investing in the performances of everyone on the team. 

“We've had two meets now, and we see terrific progression in every way. It will be fun to continue our progress in the weeks to come."