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Saturday, April 12, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb track and field squads concluded the final day of competition at TSU’s Boston Moon Classic and Tennessee’s Sea Ray Relays with mixed results.
"It was a mixed day really,” said Bill Taylor, director of track and field. “Some really good and some not so good.”
Highlighting the positive results from the day was the addition of two more NCAA Division I preliminary round qualifiers for Lipscomb.
“Tucker Peabody’s 20.76 in the 200 meters and Gemikal Prude’s 7-foot, 3-inch leap in the high jump should easily qualify,” Taylor said. “That likely means we have four who will get in so far, which is a Lipscomb best.”
School records continue to fall after the track and field team officially added two more records to the books.
"Two more school records were set,” Taylor said. “Gemikal's high jump and the men's distance medley relay of Christian Freeman, Colin Dempster, Andrew Bosket, and Juan Gonzalez took more than 28 seconds off the previous school record. We like to break records!”
The previous record was set in 2009 with a time of 10:28.17. The DMR team broke this record Saturday after finishing the event in 9:59.85.
The Bisons posted several event wins at TSU including Kaitlyn Collier who placed first in the javelin throw (33.79 meters) and Alex Tate who blasted the competition in the 800 meters (2:20.41).
Del McSpadden finished second in the shot put with a throw of 10.74 meters while April Terry placed second in the women’s shot put with a launch of 13.19 meters.
"We also struggled in some areas, some surprising areas,” Taylor said. “So we have some work to do still. I am really hopeful that those athletes will get things figured out very soon.”
The women’s team, notorious for their work in the 3000-meter steeplechase, struggled to pick up a victory in the event at the Tennessee Relays.
Madi Talbert placed third in the race in 10:38.66 while Kaitlyn Llewellyn finished in 11:20.45 and Tessa Hoefle crossed the line in 11:24.96.
The groups will be divided again Thursday through Saturday as they travel to the Mt. Sac Relays in California and the Kentucky Relays in Lexington.