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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Head coach Bill Taylor has announced the addition of 17 student-athletes for next year’s track and field team. Five will join the squad strictly in a track and field capacity in addition to the twelve signees, announced Tuesday, that will contribute in cross country.
“Coach (Luke) Syverson did a terrific job in recruiting talent and the right fit for Lipscomb and our program,” Taylor said. “The guys we are getting are great people and fit perfectly with our unique environment.”
Local product James Tamburello (Franklin, Tenn./Centennial HS) is a long sprint/middle distance specialist that will provide depth for the Bisons. He helped Centennial to top-eight finishes in the 4x400m and 4x800m relays at the TSSAA State Championships and is the school-record holder in the 800m run.
From up the road in Clarksville, West Creek High product Jalen Thompson is a versatile sprinter that will help in the relays and could even contribute in the jumps. Twice, Jalen represented West Creek at the Vandy Great Eight meet.
Another addition that will shore up the Bisons relay squads is Murfreesboro native Trevor Gormley. The Blackman product is a member of two school-record relay teams (4x100m, 4x200m) and competed at the 2012 TSSAA Championships in both relays and the long jump.
“Trevor, James and Jalen increase our depth at sprints and add some much-needed horizontal jump capability to the team,” Taylor said. “Our non-distance class is a bit down in numbers from the previous two years, however it is still strong. We have a lot of returners and are a very young team still. So this group adds depth and talent to an already strong and large men’s team.”
Sam Hilmes (Spokane, Wash./Mead HS) joins the Bisons as a throws specialist, specifically in the javelin. He was fifth in the 2012 WIAA Championships and was ranked in the top-25 in the nation in the javelin.
Pole vaulter Austin Winegeart (Abilene, Texas/Abilene HS) rounds out the track class. A two-time state champion with the Abilene High football team, Winegeart was also a four-year letterman in track and field.
“Sam is one of the top javelin throwers in the nation and Austin is a great vaulter,” Taylor said. “Both add depth to event areas that are already strong for us.
“We went a little lighter on the men’s track & field-only side with this class after having such a large and strong group last year,” Syverson said. “While the numbers are smaller, I think we did get some good quality.
“Guys like Sam Hilmes in the javelin and Austin Winegeart in the vault already have high school marks that would place them in scoring position in the A-Sun, so that is exciting. We also added some depth to our sprint group with some local talent in Gormley, Thompson, and Tamburello.”
For a full breakdown of the women’s cross country newcomers, check back tomorrow at LipscombSports.com.
Track and Field Personal Bests (event in parentheses):
Andrew Bosket: 4:29s (1600m)/1:58s (800m)