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Track and field looks to bounce back at split competitions

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb track and field teams will not be traveling too far from home as they head to their next competitions, which are split between TSU and the Sea Ray Relays hosted by the University of Tennessee.

"Most of the top of our roster will travel to the University of Tennessee for the Tennessee Relays Friday and Saturday,” said Bill Taylor, director of track and field. “The rest of the team will stay in Nashville to compete in the TSU Boston Moon Invite. Both meets serve our purposes of getting everyone competition opportunities and a chance to improve their marks.”

While several of the athletes will be using this opportunity to improve their times, many will be using this weekend to relax.

"We will also rest some of our roster,” Taylor said. “Many of our top distance girls are taking the weekend off to prepare for meets later in the season.  

“Last weekend was a bit crazy, competing at four different meets.  This weekend will be a bit more calm.”

The Tennessee Relays will be a true test for the runners as they will be taking on talented competition in every event.

“Tucker Peabody, as always, is a big focus for our team,” Taylor said. “He keeps improving his season best in the 100 meters. We are really looking for him to put together a complete 200-meter race.”

Colin Dempster will be competing in his first 800 meters of the outdoor season joined by the current top runner in the event, Andrew Bosket.

Also highlighting the Tennessee Relays will be the women’s steeplechase for Lipscomb.

"The women's steeplechase is another highlight event at Tennessee,” Taylor said. "The 2013 National Finals qualifier, Madi Talbert, will lead three other Lipscomb women in an event that has become a signature race for our program.”

In the midst of a rough weekend last week, the team still managed to see positive results, which they hope to build on this weekend as well.

"Juan Gonazalez and Christian Freeman had terrific 5000-meter races last weekend in California,” Taylor said. “It will be fun to see what they have in the metric mile.

“Those two will be joined by Bosket and Dempster in the distance medley relay, which we expect to break our school record in.”

The field athletes will see plenty of performing time at TSU as they look to improve off of last weekend’s meet.

"At TSU Gemikal Prude will be a highlight competitor for us,” Taylor said. “Coming off his Second Team All-American performance in the indoor, he is ready to put it all together and get an outdoor preliminary round qualifier in the high jump.

“April Terry, our top thrower, will also compete at TSU in the hammer throw and shot put, and all of our vaulters will compete at TSU, led by Kevin Floyd for the men and Annika Backlund for the women.”

With the end of the season rapidly approaching, the team will continue to utilize every meet with hopes of finishing out the season firmly.

Taylor said, "We are looking forward to a strong showing this weekend, as we really start to prepare for the end of the season."