NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb track and field team picked up two weekly honors from the Atlantic Sun Conference for the second week in a row. Dani Walker earned the Track Athlete of the Week while Gemikal Prude earned the Field Athlete of the Week.
Walker, a native of Wichita, Kan., earned her third-straight weekly award and only winner of the outdoor athlete of the week. Walker earned this week’s award after running a 2:08.47 in the 800-meter run at the Jerry Quiller Classic in Boulder, Colo. After being converted for altitude, Walker’s time is 2:07.66 which ranks second in the NCAA this season.
“Dani is obviously putting together a season to remember,” Bill Taylor, director of cross country and track and field, said. “I’m happy the conference continues to reward her amazing performances each week. They are well deserved. “
The award is the seventh of her career for Walker and fifth this season with indoor and outdoor track and field combined.
“It was another terrific performance for Dani,” Taylor said. “She ran a high-61 split for the first lap at more than 5,000 feet of elevation. That’s fast and I think she could have run a 2:05 at sea level with competition.
“I keep saying the best is yet to come for Dani, and it is still true.”
Prude, a native of Melbourne, Fla., earned his second athlete of the week honor of his career and first of the outdoor season. Prude had a high jump of 2.14 meters at the Samford Invite last weekend in Birmingham, Ala.
“Gemikal has come a long ways,” Luke Syverson, assistant coach and field events coach, said. “He has a season goal of 7-2, which is a lofty goal but to hit seven-foot this early in the outdoor season is great.
“The seven-foot barrier is kind of the magical number for high jumpers. After he had already won, he attempted 7-1 and narrowly missed.”
Prude’s jump gives him the top mark in the A-Sun and the eighth best jump in the NCAA this year. The mark has made the NCAA I National Championship Preliminary Round since the inception of the prelims.
I am excited for him,” Syverson said. “He realizes he has a ways to go but his is driven to hit his marks.”
Lipscomb returns to the track at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invite beginning on Friday.