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Track and Field concludes Black and Gold Invite
Saturday, March 23, 2013
By Ryan Hilgemann
Track and Field concludes Black and Gold Invite

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The weather conditions were cool in Nashville on Saturday, but the action was hot on the track as the Lipscomb track and field teams competed in the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational.

The two-day meet concluded with the final 32 events after Friday night consisted of 10 events.

“We had a great day in a lot of events,” Bill Taylor, director of cross country and track and field, said. “It was a real solid meet overall, especially coming off spring break.”

Tucker Peabody had a strong day for the Bisons winning the 200-meter dash and the finishing third in the 100-meter dash. The junior won the 200 in 21.32 seconds, just in front of Timothy Faust of Ohio State. Claiming the bronze in the 100, Peabody clocked in at 10.73 seconds, behind Faust and Tahir Walsh who was running unattached.

“Tucker won the 200 in a meet-record time,” Taylor said. “He finished well in the 100 and ran a strong leg in the 4X4 relay. It was a strong weekend for him.”

Katie Bunker finished just outside of the medals in a fourth place finish in the 1500-meter run. She crossed the finish line in 4:33.46, just 13 hundredths of a second behind Laura Bess of Miami (Ohio).

Brenna Thompson crossed the finish line in seventh place in the 400-meter dash in 57.11 seconds.

“Katie had a PR in the 1500 and finished fourth,” Taylor said. “That was awesome. Brenna PR’d in the 400 and Dani set the school-record in the 1500 invite last night. They all had great meets.”

The field events also had a strong day with personal records being set.

Earning a bronze medal in the javelin throw, Taylor Mason set a personal record with a toss of 38.93 meters.

Gemikal Prude, who topped the seven-foot mark last week, finished in a tie for first place and top overall collegiate jumper with a leap of 2.09 meters in the high jump. Prude tied with Peter Stefanski who was competing unattached at the meet.

Kevin Floyd had a vault of 4.66 meters to finished fifth in the pole vault, an event that featured 20 competitors.

“It wasn’t a real big meet but it was very good competition,” Taylor said, referring to Michigan, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Miami (Ohio) and Loyola (Ill.) as some of the schools competing. “It certainly pushed us. As I think back over our meets, this was the strongest to date.

“We hope to build off of this next weekend as we send the top runners to the Raleigh Relays and the secondary group to Southern Illinois.”