WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Lipscomb track and field squad is looking to close the indoor season out on a high note as they travel to North Carolina to compete in the ASUN Championships on Thursday and Friday.
The meet is set to begin at 8:30 on Thursday morning and continue throughout the day before picking back up at the same start time on Friday with the meet ending at 4:30 that afternoon.
Lipscomb Director of Track and Field Bill Taylor is excited about what his team is bringing to the table for this year’s meet.
"We have some great opportunities at ASUN this year,” Taylor said.
Senior Wayne Newman is expected to lead a strong squad on the men’s side of things. He enters the competition as the three-time defending ASUN champion in the 60m hurdles.
“The men's team is healthy and ready to go,” Taylor said. “Obviously, Wayne brings a lot of excitement in his events. He is the three-time defending champion in the 60m Hurdles, which is already an incredible accomplishment. He has several other events that he can do well in too.
“We have some young sprinters, led by Ahmed Amaar that will be exciting to watch. Ryan Speer is in a very strong position in the 800m going in, and Jake Poyner and Juan Gonzalez are poised to do very well in the distance events.”
The women’s squad, however, has seen healthier days heading into the weekend as they have been hit with a bout of illness that has kept players sidelined for weeks.
"On the women's side we are really battling sickness,” Taylor said. “It started about two weeks ago, and a new wave has hit the past three days. Most of our top distance girls are quite sick and some may not be able to participate. We are in a wait and see mode, hoping they get healthy before competition begins.
“In 26 years of coaching I've never seen this much serious illness on a team at one time before. So, it's really hard to predict what things will look like for the women's team at this Championship. We are fortunate to have good depth. Despite it all, both teams are in good spirits and are excited for the Championship."
You can follow along with live results, updates, start times, and other meet information at the ASUN’s Championship Central.