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Nine event wins pace track and field
Saturday, February 2, 2013
By Ryan Hilgemann
Nine event wins pace track and field

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb track and field team came away with nine victories and several more second place finishes at the TSU Invite on Saturday in Nashville.  

“We had a terrific meet,” Bill Taylor, director of cross country and track and field, said. “When we gathered for the post meet talk, I usually list the highlights, but there were so many today that it would have taken a long time. We congratulated everyone on incredible performances, efforts and team spirit.”

The first event of the day saw junior Dani Walker start the Lady Bisons off in fashion as she won the mile run in a time of 5:00.43. Ashley Botham of Belmont finished more than five seconds behind in second place. Madelin Talbert, Maggie Lawrence and Emily Longden claimed the next three out of four positions for the Bisons.

When the men stepped up for the mile run, it was the same Purple and Gold of Lipscomb standing at the top of the podium as Tim Muller took home first place in 4:22.54.

The jumps saw positive results for Lipscomb as well as sophomore Gemikal Prude tied the school record with a high jump of 2.08m. Junior Logan Ray finished third in the triple jump with a leap of 14.00 meters.

Sophomore Houston Ward took the top of the podium twice on Saturday claiming the gold in the shot put and weight throw. Ward threw the shot 14.89 meters and had a toss of 13.77 meters in the weight throw.

“Houston got himself a couple of birthday trophies,” Taylor said. “Not a bad way to celebrate his birthday!”

April Terry took home a pair of bronze medals as she threw 12.78m in the shot put and 15.05 meters in the weight throw.

Kevin Floyd claimed top honors in the pole vault. The sophomore vaulted 4.35 meters to finish in front of Jackson Elmore, competing unattached, who vaulted 4.25 meters.

Senior Ryan Whitley and sophomore Andrew Wolf bettered the school-record in the 55m hurdles in the preliminaries. Whitley went on to improve on his preliminary mark to finish fifth in a time of 8.09 seconds.

In the 55m dash, junior Tucker Peabody and freshman Jalen Thompson finished 2-3 as Peabody crossed the line in 6.51 seconds and Thompson just one-hundredths behind him.

The next two events saw a pro Lipscomb flavor as well in the distance medley relay. On the women’s side, the squad of Madi Talbert, Brenna Thompson, Amanda Twigg and Walker finished in a time of 11:55.41 for the gold while the “B” relay squad followed in behind for the silver.

In the men’s race the relay squad of Muller, James Tamburello, Max McBride and Dan Coleman finished in a time of 10:42.97 for first place honors and the silver medal was awarded to the Lipscomb “B” squad as well.

“It was fun going 1-2 in both DMR’s,” Taylor said. “We love any relay because they emphasize the team. The women and men really work well together.”

The 800m run had another LU back-to-back finish with Katie Bunker finishing second in a time of 2:16.66 and Madelin Talbert following closely behind in third. The men’s 800 saw Coleman finish third in a time of 1:59.49.

The 200m saw Peabody take his spot at the top of the podium as he has two other times this season. Peabody finished in a time of 22.01 seconds with Anthony Harrison, running unattached, finishing in second in a time of 22.88 seconds.

The men’s 5000m run had the Bisons sweep the podium as Daniel Gardner took home top honors in a time of 15:35.37 with Ben Wright and Mike Yang claiming second and third, respectively.

“Daniel led the 1-2-3 finish for us,” Taylor said. “We haven’t run anyone in the 5000m this early in years, but with entry limits and our depth in the distance events forced us to fill out the 5000m earlier now. All three guys worked really well together.”

Closing out the TSU Invite, the Lipscomb 4X4 relay squad finished in second place in a time of 3:24.14.

“The teams are enthusiastic and build on every success,” Taylor said. “We have one more weekend of competition, a weekend off then the A-Sun Indoor Championships. I really like where we are right now and I am excited for the next meets.”

Lipscomb will split up next week heading to two different meets. Part of the team will travel to the Indiana Hoosiers Hills Invite in Bloomington, Ind., with the rest going to the Samford Invite at the Crossplex in Birmingham, Ala.