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Through wind and rain track and field shines
Saturday, March 30, 2013
By Ryan Hilgemann
Through wind and rain track and field shines

Through sunshine and rain, the Lipscomb track and field team set personal records on Saturday as a split squad competed in two different meets.

The Purple and Gold started the day in dry weather at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C., and at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic in Carbondale, Ill. The weather changed into a downpour to close out the Spring Classic hosted by Southern Illinois.

In a driving rain, Kaitlyn Llewellyn and Nora Coenen were able to set personal records as they finished first and second in the first heat of the 5000-meter run. Llewellyn clocked in at 17.47.79 while Coenen finished in 17:51.61 to help Lipscomb close the meet on a high note.

Competing in the javelin throw, Kaitlin Collier claimed the gold with a toss of 36.49 meters. Her toss was nearly two feet further than Condia Smith of Eastern Illinois.

Before the rainfall hit Carbondale, Grant Stromberg was jumping in the water pit on his way to a fifth place finish in the steeplechase. His time of 9:40.90 is a freshman school record, which also happened to be his first race in the steeplechase. Ben Ashley finished just behind Stromberg in seventh place in 9:50.41.

Andrew Bosket and Dan Coleman each had solid performances in the 800-meter run. Bosket timed in at 1:55.43 while Coleman crossed the line at 1:55.66. Both of them claimed personal records that assistant coach Luke Syverson was happy about.

“Overall I think we did okay today,” Syverson said. “We kind of under performed as a whole, other than Andrew and Dan setting lifetime bests in the 800 and Stromberg in his first steeplechase.

“The women’s 5K we went first and second with Katlyn and Nora. Both of them had PRs along with most everyone else in the event. It was a pouring rain when they ran, so it was a great effort on their part.

“Going into the rest of the season, we are hoping for some better marks. We don’t have a lot of meets left before conference. Hopefully we can come back next weekend at Murray State and Arizona State and compete a little better.”

With the bulk of the Raleigh Relays taking place on Friday, there were just a few events to finish up on Saturday.

The women’s 4X1500 relay squad took over a second off the school record finishing fifth overall. The group consisting of Katie Bunker, Amanda Twigg, Tessa Hoefle, and Madlin Talbert finished in a time of 18:46.42, finishing behind four BCS schools in Michigan, Tennessee, Michigan State and Clemson.

Alex Newby, running her first 10,000-meter run finished fourth in a time of 37.42.92. Newby finished just off the podium in the second section by two seconds. Renee Menzie finished in seventh place in a time of 38.23.61.

In the 200-meter invitational, Tucker Peabody finished in fifth place in a time of 21.37 seconds. The invitational has the top runners in the meet compete in an elite race. Peabody finished just six-hundredths of a second out of fourth place and two-tenths of a second out of third place.

Lipscomb is back in action on Friday at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz. with another split squad competing at the Margaret Simmons Invitational in Murray, Ky. on Saturday.