Friday, February 08, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Seeing a handful of personal records and three school records fall, the Lipscomb track and field squad had a strong first day at two different meets Friday.
“We had some great distance races in particular tonight,” Bill Taylor, director of cross country and track and field said. “Our 800 runners had a great day with all getting season-best times and our distance medley relay squad took nearly 11 seconds off the school record.”
At the Hoosiers Hills Invite in Bloomington, Ind., the women’s DMR team continued its dominance on the track with its third-straight victory as the squad of Madelin Talbert, Brenna Thompson, Katie Bunker and Dani Walker finished in a time of 11:42.47 finished more than 20 seconds ahead of second place Indiana.
In his first event competing for the Purple and Gold, John Kingstedt finished just off the podium in fourth place in the 3000 meter run in a time of 8:35.97.
“John made an impressive Lipscomb debut with a four second personal record,” Taylor said.
Another school-record fell in the 600 meter run as Andrew Wolf finished fifth in a time of 1:24.72.
The mile run saw a pair of personal records fall as Tim Muller timed in at 4:18.79 as he won his heat while Kayla Droessler clocked in at 5:10.90 to finish fifth on the women’s side.
Lipscomb had three runners in the top-10 in the women’s 800 led by Katie Bunker who finished with the silver medal in a time of 2:15.74. Amanda Twigg finished fifth and Megan McClain finished 10th with all three setting personal-best times.
The men’s 400 meter dash saw a pair of back-to-back Bison finishes with Kenny Smith in seventh and James Tamburello in eighth. Smith finished second in his heat in a time of 51.59 while Tamburello won his heat in 51.63.
“With our distance runners, we always run well here,” Taylor said. “Indiana is always a meet we see big PR’s and great performances at.”
In Birmingham at the Samford Invite, Katie Collier broke the school record in the pentathlon with an overall score of 2,766 as the only Lipscomb competitor on the first day of action. The rest of the squad will compete on Saturday.
“I was really proud of her the way Katie competed,” assistant coach Luke Syverson said. “She did really well for competing in the pentathlon for the first time and also for the first time competing in the high jump and the 800m.”
With her first attempt at the high jump Collier proved she will have a knack for the event as she tied the school-record with a jump of 1.38m in the high jump. Collier finished second in the shot put portion with a toss of 10.20 meters.
Lipscomb will be back in action at both meets Saturday morning. Stay tuned to the track and field social media sites for up-to-date information on finishes. The twitter feed can be found at www.twitter.com/lipscombutrack and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lipscombuniversity.xctrack/.
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