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TSU Invite Yields Positive Results for LU Track and Field

Sunday, January 29, 2012
by Colby Wilson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb track and field capped off a busy weekend at Sunday’s TSU Invitational, picking up several high marks, personal-bests and school records along the way.

The distance medley teams on both the men’s and women’s side finished first, second and third at TSU. The women’s team of sophomores Tessa Hoefle, Dani Walker and freshmen Brenna Thompson and Megan McClain was the top Lady Bison squad with a 12:13.51s mark; the men’s team of juniors Ashton Fisher, Bobby Bassett and Isaiah Greer and freshman Tate Honaker won the men’s event with a 10:31.93s run.

“It was fun watching the distance medley relay teams today,” said Lipscomb head coach Bill Taylor. “On the women’s side, we put five different relay teams out there in the last two days and they all did great.”

“Dani Walker anchored our A-team today with a 5:03 mile, which is really encouraging. We didn’t even know if Dani would be healed in time to compete during indoor season, but today she showed she was fully back.”

Freshmen Minna Fields (5:15.91s) and Maggie Lawrence (5:16.96s) finished second and third in their first collegiate mile run; Fields was the top college runner in the field.

Freshman April Terry put together a school-best weight throw of 14.29m (46’ 10”), finishing third in the event. Her 11.35m (37’ 3”) shot put mark placed her fourth.

In men’s throws, freshman Houston Ward swept the podium with wins in the shot put and weight throw. He put up a personal-best in the shot put on his first throw, finishing with a 13.73m (45’ 0.50”) mark. He also won the weight with a 12.38m (40’ 7”) toss.

“We had some more great performances today in the field events, led by Houston Ward winning the shot and the weight,” Taylor said. “We’re also pleased April Terry continues to improve.”

Freshman Kenny Smith turned in a fifth-place finish in the 400m dash with a 52.75s mark.

Freshman Ben Ashley finished third in the mile run with a 4:37.94s run; Ashley was the top collegiate runner across the line. Freshman Dan Coleman (4:40.01s) finished fifth overall and third among collegiate athletes.

In the jumps, junior Adam Austin finished third in the high jump with a personal-best 1.88m (6’ 2.0”) height. Freshman Matthew Deery, who set the school pole vault record yesterday at the ETSU Niswonger Invitational, was third in the long jump at TSU with a personal-best 6.32m (20’ 9”) mark.

“We had another strong day at TSU,” Taylor said. “This was a tough three days of competition. Our athletes competed hard and showed amazing support for each other.

“We compete again in two weeks and I’m very excited to see the improvement we make by then.”

The track and field teams will be back in action Feb. 10 at Indiana’s Hoosier Hills.