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Personal records set at day one of Samford Invite

Friday, March 15, 2013
by Ryan Hilgemann

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Lipscomb track and field team kicked off the Samford Invite with four events on Friday, seeing three personal records set in Birmingham, Ala.

Katie Collier participated in the heptathlon which stretches over both days of the meet, setting a personal record in the high jump.

“Due to a timing change Katie missed the start of the heptathlon in the 100 hurdles,” Lipscomb assistant coach Luke Syverson said. “She did very well considering the circumstances after missing the first event. She competes in the long jump, javelin and the 800 Saturday.

“The javelin is one of her best events and she’ll improve her positioning.”

The school record was broke in the hammer throw by April Terry. The sophomore had a heave of 46.44 meters, nearly two meters further than her previous record.

“April again broke her own school record,” Syverson said. “Braeghtyn McAleese also set a personal record. She missed the indoor season so this is a great start for her.”

McAleese had a toss of 31.38 meters for her PR.

Lipscomb also saw success on the men’s side in the long jump.

“Caleb Love qualified for the finals Saturday,” Syverson said. “He hit a PR which he was really excited about.”

Love had a leap of 6.37 meters to advance into the finals.

The men’s hammer throw got through one flight tonight before being postponed due to darkness. Houston Ward did not take his turn tonight but will do so in the second flight Saturday.

The heptathlon and hammer throw will resume tomorrow at 11 a.m. with all other events starting at 1 p.m.