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Friday, March 21, 2014
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Lipscomb track and field squads are almost to the finish line after their impeccable performance in day two of the Shamrock Invite.
Madi Talbert confirmed why she is an asset to the team with another spectacular battle in the 3000-meter steeplechase finishing first in 10:29.26.
"Madi ran terrific all by herself out front from the start,” said Bill Taylor, director of track and field. “We had a plan and splits set to get her under 10:30 today. That time has always qualified for the NCAA I National Championships preliminary round, so we wanted to get that in the bank. She got it, and set a meet record as a bonus.”
April Terry continues to break records as she improves her numbers in the hammer throw.
"April breaks another school record,” Taylor said. “That's the norm. However, she didn't just break the hammer record today; she crushed it by six feet. She is always impressive.”
While Terry placed fifth in the event today, she increased her already notable throw to 51.64 meters.
Nelson Scott and Alex Csorba also saw positive results from their efforts today. Csorba took fourth and Scott took fifth in the javelin throw with measures of 46.57 meters and 44.74 meters respectively.
Csorba also took home second in the 1500 meters crossing the line in 4:43.30.
"Nelson and Alex really competed hard in the decathlon,” Taylor said. “Nelson was just 21 points from the school record, and finishing third out of 23 men is a very strong performance. Alex also competed hard, highlighted by his win in the final event, the 1500 meters.”
The men’s 4x800 meter relay team grasped the opportunity to rewrite history after breaking a school record set over 35 years ago.
"The men's 4x800 meter relay broke a school record set in 1978,” Taylor said. “They didn't run amazing, but it was good enough to drop two seconds off the record. I'd love to see how fast they can go at their best.”
The relay team finished third with a time of 7:44.71.
Phillip Smith captured second in the long jump after posting a 6.97-meter jump.
"Philip had a good day in the long jump,” Taylor said. “He is so talented and can be a dominant force in the jumps. It's just a matter of time and confidence. It's coming.”
Annika Backlund started out strong clearing her first three attempts in the pole vault, which tied for first with a final measure of 3.65 meters.
"Annika is on a great roll now, clearing 12 feet two weeks in a row,” Taylor said. “We are very proud of her. Molly (Crawford) also broke a personal record today in the pole vault.”
Crawford cleared the pole vault with a measure of 2.75 meters, bettering her previous measure of 2.60 meters.
With two out of three days of competition in the books, the team will finish up the final events Saturday.
"We have a lot more athletes competing tomorrow,” Taylor said. “We are looking to wrap this meet up with some more great performances."