Three recruits will be running for both cross country and track & field teams. They are:
Justin Weise (Cedar Park, Texas): Justin was the team captain for both cross country and track this year with PR’s of: 4:31 1600m, 9:54 3200m, 15:47 5K. A 4.0 student, Justin will pursue a degree in history at Lipscomb.
Cliff Denton (Athens, Ala.) : Cliff was a member of the 2008 Alabama state runner-up team in cross country. He was also named team captain in 2009 and voted team MVP. His PR’s are: 5:00 1600m, 16:24 5k. He will pursue a degree in Pre-Medicine at Lipscomb. He chose Lipscomb because of the strong Christian environment and the DI level athletics program.
Phillip Brasher (Franklin, Tenn.): Phillip is a fairly inexperienced distance runner as 2010-11 will be his first ever season of track. He has focused on soccer most of his high school career.
He was named cross country team MVP for 2006, 2007 and 2008. He was also named team captain in 2009. His 5k PR of 17:53 is the Centennial High School record. His soccer team won the district and regional championships this year before losing in the state championship game. An honors student, Phillip will pursue a degree in engineering at Lipscomb. He chose Lipscomb because of the Christian atmosphere, the well-known engineering major and the growing track and cross country programs.
“After two years of big classes, it was a down year in terms of numbers for the men’s distance crew,” Taylor said. “I expect a big increase next year. Meanwhile, we are slowly making significant progress in the women’s track events and added more men to a strong young core of track & field athletes already at Lipscomb.”
Four new recruits will join the track & field program in 2010-11. They are:
Nasheed Burgess (Dallas, Ga.): Nasheed is a sprinter from Paulding High School. His PR’s are: 11.04 100m, 22.69 200m, 53.59 400m and 36-11 Triple Jump. He graduated with honors.
Royce Dates (Memphis, Tenn.): Royce is a jumps specialist from Whitehaven High School. He has been a team captain the past two years and earned Field Event MVP honors from his team. His PR’s are: 45-10 triple jump, 22-5 long jump, 6-2 high jump. Royce is an honors graduate who will study exercise science at Lipscomb.
Stephen Payne (Powder Springs, Ga.): Stephen is a high jump specialist from Hillgrove High School. He was a team captain for both cross country and track & field in high school. He was also voted Track MVP in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Although he will focus primarily on the high jump at Lipscomb, he has also run well in cross country and the middle distance events in track. His PR’s are: 6-7 jump, 2:04 800m, 52.4 400m, 4:28 1500m and 16:12 5K. Stephen will study exercise science at Lipscomb. He chose Lipscomb because of the great sports, academic and spiritual environment.
Tucker Peabody (Memphis, Tenn.): Tucker was a Tennessee State Champion this year at 200m. He also finished second in the 100m, and ran terrific anchor legs at the state championships in the 4x100m and 4x200m relays, moving his teams up dramatically in both. He led his Christian Brothers High School team to the team state championship as well. His PR’s are: 10.91 100m, 22.07 200m. He holds the school record for 100m.
At Christian Brothers he also played wide receiver in football. Tucker was named a track team captain in 2010. An honors graduate, Tucker will study Pre-Medicine at Lipscomb. He chose Lipscomb because “It is the perfect fit for me! Nothing more can be said…it is perfect.”
“It’s very encouraging to see so many honors graduates, team captains and state champions in our recruiting class,” Taylor said. “We are one of the top academic teams in the nation and have led the Atlantic Sun in men’s and women’s cross country and track & field since I arrived.
“I want to see that academic success continue and get even stronger. With so many having team captain experience, my expectation is that we will have a very motivated and motivating freshman class that will help in our continual quest to build one of the top DI programs in the nation. Finally, that experience of winning a state championship is vital. Winning is a habit and it’s contagious. When you experience winning, you want more of it. And many of our recruits have been so close to a state championship. That is often just as motivating. To know you are so close can make an athlete even more motivated.”
Taylor is as excited about what these recruits bring to the program from a mental standpoint as he is of their physical accomplishments.
“Most importantly, this group has high character and their personalities fit our program,” Taylor said. “Lipscomb is such a unique and special university and our team has big goals in every way.
“We strive to recruit the top athletic and academic athletes who also have great character and will buy in with our total person development philosophy and our team first concept. This recruiting class fits what we are about, which is going to be key to our success in every aspect."