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Bisons win several events at Niswonger in day 2

Saturday, January 19, 2013
by Ryan Hilgemann

JOHNSON City, Tenn. – The Lipscomb track and field team capped off a successful Niswonger Invite hosted by ETSU with multiple first-place finishes on the second day of action in Johnson City, Tenn.

“This was a very successful meet for us,” Lipscomb head coach Bill Taylor said. “It was a big step forward across the board.

“After a rough meet last week, everyone stepped it up these two days. The tone has been set for the season and we can feel extremely positive about where we are in our progress.”

After qualifying with the top time overall, junior Tucker Peabody kept his position at the top of the 200m dash finishing with a time of 21.36 seconds. Peabody edged US Olympian Manteo Mitchell by the slimmest of margins, as Mitchell finished in a time of 21.37 seconds.

“The 200 was the most exciting race of the day,” Taylor said. “He and Mateo have a friendly rivalry. Manteo made Tucker put everything he had out there today in the photo finish.”

The mile run proved to be a solid event on both the men’s and women’s side for Lipscomb.

Junior Emily Longden finished second on the women’s side in a time of 5:17.17. Sophomore Maggie Lawrence finished just behind Longden in fourth place in a time of 5:17.93. Sophomore Minna Fields clocked in with a time of 5:19.86 to finish seventh.

Placing six LU runners in the top-20 in the men’s mile, senior Tim Muller won the event with a time of 4:24.81, almost two seconds in front of the second place Landon Milhorn of ETSU. Jared Wingerter, Grant Stromberg, Ben Wright, Ashton Fisher and Daniel Gardner all finished in the top-20 of the 54 man field.

“Tim had a terrific meet,” Taylor said. “He had the fastest time in the mile for the open heats and led for most of the 3000m. This is probably the best opening meet for any Lipscomb guy since Ryan Chastain.”

Muller finished fourth in the 3000 with a time of 8:47.41.

The women’s distance medley relay squad took top honors after beating Middle Tennessee State by more than nine seconds. The combination of Tessa Hoefle, Brenna Thompson, Amanda Twigg and Dani Walker finished in 11:59.21.

Sophomore Gemikal Prude set a personal-record and fell just shy for the school record with a high jump of 2.03 meters to finish second while senior Adam Austin set a personal record with a jump of 1.98 meters.

“Gemikal and Adam put on a great show,” Taylor said. “The high jump ended up looking like a preview of the A-Sun Championships in a month with the top-4 jumpers all from the league.”

A day after finishing in second place in the 800m, junior Dani Walker claimed Gold in the 3000m run in a time of 10:12.23.

“Dani had an amazing weekend,” Taylor said. “She took more than four seconds off the 800 school-record and today she ran a 4:55 split in the mile anchor leg of the DMR, a come from behind victory. And just a short while later she enters the 3000 and wins that too.

“All of our distance runners are competing off of just a week and a half of quality workouts for the season, and she is just at another level this year.”

The 3000 also proved to be a strong team event for Lipscomb women as six student-athletes finished in the top-8. Following Walker after her victory, Madelin Talbert finished third while Longden, Hoefle and Lawrence finished sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively.

“Madi’s third place finish was excellent,” Taylor said. “She is so talented and brave, she is going to be a nationally elite distance runner.”

Lipscomb takes next weekend off before returning to action at the TSU Invite in Nashville on Feb. 2.