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Saturday, February 12, 2011The Lipscomb University men’s and women’s track teams had their best indoor meet at the Indiana University Hoosier Hills Invite in Bloomington, Ind.
The meet served as a tune-up for the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships and as a last chance qualifier.
“I thought it was a very good day for us,” Lipscomb coach Bill Taylor said. “There were a lot of impressive performances.
“We grew tonight and really stepped up to another level. It was a very fun evening.”
Tucker Peabody led the way in style, breaking his own school record in the men’s 200 meters, with a new personal best of 21.89, and winning both his heat and the men’s 200m event. Tucker also ran a new personal best of 7.06 in the men’s 60-meter dash, winning his heat and qualifying for Saturday’s finals in the event.
“Tucker looks better every week and had an outstanding day,” Lipscomb coach Bill Taylor said. It was vy exciting to watch him win races like that. He’s very good.”
Tessa Hoefle and Catherine Beals both ran faster than the school record for the indoor 3000-meter run, running times of 10:22.13 and 10:24.45. Tessa’s time broke Carolyn Latham-Yates previous school record of 10:27.20, set in 2009. Ashley Lehman also ran strong, finishing just outside the previous school record with a 10:32.44.
Dani Walker continued her record breaking freshman campaign by taking down the 600-meter school record with a 1:33.17, breaking Sara Stephens record of 1:37.48, set last year. Then Dani anchored the women’s 4x400-meter relay that broke the school record. The relay of Katie Bunker, Amanda Twigg, Sara Stephens and Walker ran 3:55.76, to break the previous record of 3:59.29 (Anika Piorkowski, Valeria Winkler, Twigg and Stephens), set last year. Dani has already set indoor school records in the 600 meters, 800 meters, mile, Distance Medley Relay and 4x4 this season.
“Our middle distance women continue to impress and grow,” Taylor said. “Dani is always impressive. Katie keeps getting better.
“Finishing the day with a nice big school record in the 4x400m relay was a nice ending."
Katie Bunker ran a season best and indoor best time of 2:16.35 to win Friday’s sections of the 800 meters. Alyssa Miller ran 2:21.35 and Jaimie McFarland ran a season best and indoor best of 2:22.28.
Emily Longden ran a big mile personal best of 5:18.31.
In the women’s 400 meters, Stephens ran a season best of 59.16, Rachel Smith ran a season best 60.38 and Winkler ran a season best 60.83.
Alex Jerkins set season bests in the shot put (48 feet, 6 inches) and weight throw (39 feet, 10.75 inches).
Andrew Jones ran a season best 1:57.24 in the 800 meters to finish second overall in Friday’s heats.
”Andrew Jones had his best race of the year and ran a very exciting 800m race,” Taylor said.
Tim Muller ran a 14-second personal best in the 3000 meters, finishing fourth overall in 8:40.67. Jeff Musick also ran a personal best of 8:55.92 in the event.
“I loved watching our long distance entries in the 3000m figure things out,” Taylor said. “ All three women and both men ran amazing and really improved from just a week ago.
“I’m impressed with the maturity and competitiveness they showed. It was obvious they wanted to improve and that they were in a better state of mind. It was really exciting.”
Lipscomb next competes on Friday in the Atlantic Sun Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships , hosted by ETSU in Johnson City, Tenn.