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Saturday, April 13, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With just 21 competitors this weekend, the Lipscomb track and field teams split up between the hometown Boston-Moon Classic and the Ole Miss Invite in Oxford, Miss.
“They competed alright,” Lipscomb assistant Luke Syverson said. “The level of competition at TSU wasn’t quite what we need this time of season and I think we competed down. We didn’t get any PR’s or school records. We were hoping for a little better marks.”
Lipscomb saw several victories at the Boston-Moon Classic hosted by Tennessee State University including a clean sweep in the pole vault. Kevin Floyd won the top honor with a vault of 4.25 meters while Anna Belner claimed the top spot with a vault of 2.60 meters.
“Anna hasn’t been to all of the meets this year due to her major in nursing,” Syverson said. “She has clinicals over the weekends so she hasn’t had as much of work in her events as others. It was good to see her come out and see her be where she has before. She is the school record holder in the event, hopefully she is setting up for a great Atlantic Sun Championships.”
April Terry had a strong day in the throws, earning a first, second and fourth place finish. Terry won the hammer throw with a toss of 45.33 meters, nearly four meters farther than Mary Sobon of Belmont. A toss of 12.44 meters garnered second place honors in the shot put and a throw of 34.94 meters earned fourth place in the discus.
Houston Ward won the shot put on the men’s side with a throw of 14 meters. Ward also finished sixth in the hammer throw with a toss of 35.68 meters.
“We gave the distance runners the weekend off and could have given everyone the weekend off but wanted to get some extra repetitions in,” Syverson said. “That is especially true in the hammer as we don’t have a hammer pit. We got to work on a few things in that event.”
Lipscomb also had a solid day in the javelin throw with Taylor Mason and John Clevenger earning the silver medal. Mason had a throw of 35.50 meters while Clevenger’s throw measured 48.48 meters.
Led by Tucker Peabody, Lipscomb also saw great performances at the Ole Miss Invite.
Running in two events at Ole Miss, Peabody set a school record in the 200-meter dash. He finished second overall, lowering his Atlantic Sun-best time in 21.04 seconds. Peabody finished just a half second short of first place Isiah Young of Ole Miss.
He also finished fourth in his heat of the 100-meter dash in 10.75 seconds.
“Tucker showed his maturity tonight,” Syverson said. “He didn’t run the best 100 but came back to run an awesome 200. A younger Tucker would have let the 100 effect his 200.”
Brenna Thompson also ran a personal record. Her time of 56.85 seconds in the 400-meter dash garnered fourth place honors in her heat and ninth place overall. It is the first time she has ran below the 57-second mark.
Setting a new personal record, Andrew Wolf finished fifth in his heat of the 110 hurdles in 15.13 seconds.
Nelson Scott finished third in his heat and 10th overall in the 400-meter dash in 54.67 seconds. Winning the fifth heat, Ryan Whitley finished just behind in 11th place in 54.68 seconds.
Lipscomb returns to action next weekend for the Vanderbilt Invite. The two-day meet begins Friday.