NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb track and field squad had a successful weekend at a pair of meets, as the Bisons came away with a pair of new program records and a number of personal records.
"We had some terrific performances this weekend at both meets,” Lipscomb director of track and field Bill Taylor said. “For a lot of our athletes, especially the distance runners, this was the final tune-up and opportunity to qualify for the ASUN Indoor Championships.”
Five Bisons stayed in town for the Music City Challenge hosted by Vanderbilt.
"The athletes we had at the Music City Invite came to compete,” Taylor said. “We had five athletes in six events and in all six events we got an all-time personal record (PR) or a season-best.
“The efforts from every single person at Music City were terrific. Everyone came to compete. That is really all you can ask. All five represented Lipscomb incredibly well.”
Sophomore Jonathan Imes set a program indoor record in the 400m by placing fourth in 47.09 seconds, breaking his own record from earlier this season. He also finished fifth in the 200m in with an indoor personal-best time of 21.79 seconds.
Junior Courtney Brenner broke the school indoor record in the 3000m. She finished eighth with a 9:35.26 mark, breaking Dani Walker’s record from 2013. She leads the ASUN in the event.
Sophomore Jonathan Schwind placed third in mile with a season-best time 4:09.34, continuing his streak of top-five finishes. He leads the ASUN in both the mile and 800m.
Senior Ryan Speer finished eighth in the 800m with a season-best 1:52.50 mark. Junior Zach Israel was close behind in 10th at a personal-best time of 4:12.19. Both runners won their respective heats.
"In terms of the distance runners, this was our first week of true quality speed workouts,” Taylor said.
“We have done very little quality workouts until this past week, and so we got none of the benefits from those workouts, and instead risked having heavy legs and a bit more fatigue, which was true for many of them and makes a lot of our performances that much more impressive.”
The rest of the Bisons competed it the Bulldog Open hosted by Samford in Birmingham, Alabama.
"At Samford we saw more terrific performances,” Taylor said. “Randolph Wilkerson got another big PR in the 60m Hurdles. Grant Mason ran a season best 6.96 in the 60m to move up to third in the ASUN rankings.”
Sophomore Grace Lahey earned third in the mile with a time of 5:03.81. Senior Hannah Owens was nearby at fifth in 5:09.93.
Sophomore Lauren Flynt took third in the women’s 3000m in 10:07.23, while the men dominated the 3000m.
"Grace Lahey ran a PR in the mile, and Lauren Flynt was just off her 3000m PR in a season best of 10:07.23. Grace Oetting also ran a big PR in the 3000m. Hannah Owens also ran a great PR in the Mile. Hanna Anderson ran a season best in the 400m.”
Senior Kyle Johnson place fourth in 8:39.91, while freshman Jared Touart (8:44.54) came in fifth, junior Owen Glogovsky (8:44.82) was sixth, and junior Sam Shaylor (8:44.94) was seventh.
"We also had a strong showing from a group of our 3000m guys, finishing 4th through 7th overall,” Taylor said. “Kyle Johnson, Jared Touart and Sam Shaylor all ran all-time PR's and Owen Glogovsky ran his season best time.”
Junior Randolph Wilkerson placed third in the 60m hurdles in 8.38 seconds.
Freshman Ryan Bush finished 10th with a time of 1:59.12 in the 800m.
"There is a lot to feel really good about,” Taylor said. “There is also value in seeing where we can get better. We gained a lot of confidence and motivation from this weekend, and we feel good about where we will be in two weeks at the ASUN Indoor Championships."