NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The past two weeks of competition for the Lipscomb track and field teams have seen an array of highs and lows.
This weekend the team will proceed through the final leg of the outdoor season in search of sharper performances at the Mt. Sac Relays and Kentucky Relays.
“They will get some incredible competition and it should be great weather,” said Bill Taylor, director of track and field. “Tucker (Peabody), Colin (Dempster), and Andrew (Bosket) will get great competition in their respective events.”
Peabody will be competing in his best events, the 100 meters and 200 meters. Dempster will take part in the 400 meters while Bosket tests his speed in the 800 meters.
Gemikal Prude will have the opportunity to vie in a higher level of competition in the high jump this weekend.
“Gemikal has been moved to the prestigious Elite Olympic section of the high jump on Saturday, which is a huge honor,” Taylor said.
A large portion of the team will be making their way to the Kentucky Relays where they will attempt to pull out strong results before final exams.
“This will be the last competition before finals, and we are taking next weekend off due to finals,” Taylor said. “So it is important for our athletes to compete hard this weekend, and then turn their focus to finishing the academic year strong.”
With almost all of Lipscomb’s top performers competing this weekend, there is one who will not see time on the track.
"We are sitting Dani Walker this week,” Taylor said. “She has a bit of an injury and we want to be careful. Having this week off, and an off weekend next week will give her time to get healthy and ready for the final stretch.”
Fresh off of record-breaking appearances in last weekend’s meets, Del McSpadden and April Terry will be participate in throws this weekend.
"Throws will be fun this weekend,” Taylor said. “Del had a huge personal record last weekend, so he has to have a lot of confidence right now.
“April is always fun to watch, and she gets a personal record and a new school record more times than not.”
The distance runners will have their final opportunity this weekend to contend in the 5000 meters before the conference championships.
“There is a bit of importance there in terms of determining our conference roster, and it's probably the best last chance to get an NCAA Division I National Championship preliminary qualifying mark,” Taylor said. “For the women that most likely means sub-16:30, and for the men, sub-14:10.
“I don't know what the competition is going to be like at Kentucky. We are hoping it is strong enough.”
Taylor's expectations for the weekend will be high as the team prepares for conference action.
"For all the events, this meet is big in determining who will go on to the conference championships,” Taylor said. “I expect to see an excited and motivated team out there Saturday."