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Prude sets school record in high jump

Saturday, March 16, 2013
by Ryan Hilgemann

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb track and field teams had another successful weekend setting records – both personal and school – enroute to winning five events Saturday at two different meets. A small squad participated in Boulder, Colo., while the rest of the team competed in Birmingham, Ala.

The Jerry Quiller Classic hosted by the University of Colorado saw two runners in the Purple and Gold cross the finish line in first place.

Using the thin air in the elevation, Brenna Thompson breezed to a first place finish in the 400m. Thompson finished in 57.82 seconds, more than a second in front of second place.

“Brenna had a terrific 400 debut,” Bill Taylor, director of cross country and track and field, said. “She got out fast and attacked the race. She showed she is definitely capable of going into the 56’s and 55’s this season. It was really fun for her to get the win today.”

Dani Walker continued her impressive streak claiming gold in the 800-meter run in 2:08.47. After altitude conversion, Walker’s time will be converted lower to 2:07.63. The Lady Bisons swept the podium as Katie Bunker and Madelin Talbert finished second and third, respectively.

“It was also fun going 1-2-3,” Taylor said. “Dani led the whole way and ran a high-61 on the first lap which is pretty fast at sea level, much less at altitude. It caught up with her a bit in the last 200 meters but she really handled the altitude and pace well.

“They were all hurting after the race. It is good though. They are going to be better for this experience.”

At the Samford Invite in Birmingham, Tucker Peabody took his familiar position at the top of the podium in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Peabody won the 100 in 10.69 seconds. Second place Justin Emerson of Samford finished second in 10.78 seconds.

In the 200, Peabody won in 21.28 seconds. The time, nearly four-tenths of a second faster than second place, increased his hold on the top spot in the Atlantic Sun Conference for the outdoor season.

“Tucker had solid times in the 100 and 200 for being in the early season for him,” Lipscomb assistant coach Luke Syverson said. “They are faster times than he had at this point last season.”

Gemikal Prude not only won the high jump but also set a school record. A leap of 2.14 meters topped the seven foot mark and was 4.25 inches higher than that of Tyler Kemp of Samford, who finished in second place. Prude also increased his conference lead on the season, with his previous best two-meters set in the first outdoor meet of the season.

“The seven-foot mark is a pretty big milestone for high jumpers,” Syverson said. “He almost had 7-1 but he crossed a mental barrier to get to the seven-foot mark. That height should get him into the preliminary round of the NCAA Championships.”

Nelson Scott took the silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 54.68. Scott was followed by teammate Andrew Wolf who finished fourth.

Kevin Floyd hit a personal record in the pole vault as he topped the 15-foot mark at 4.7 meters. He finished third in the event, six inches shy of first place.

“Kevin had a breakthrough with his PR,” Syverson said. “That mark is just under the school record but is a good sign for later on this season.”

Emily Longden won the women’s steeplechase in a time of 11.18.07.

“I am really pleased with the effort today,” Syverson said. “This really sets us up for spring break. We come back for the Vanderbilt Black and Gold which is a good meet with good competition.

“Some of our top-performers will start competing against top-tier talent in the next couple of meets and should hit better marks.”

With the spring break in progress for Lipscomb, the student-athletes will take a short break from organized workouts and return for the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invite on Friday and Saturday.