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Lipscomb track & field teams compete in two meets
Ryan Chastain
Ryan Chastain

Monday, April 05, 2010

Two members of the Lipscomb Track & Field team competed in the University of Florida Pepsi Relays, while the rest of the team competed at Austin Peay. The Bisons and Lady Bisons found success in both locations.

At Florida, Ryan Chastain ran 3:51.14 for 1500m to finish 15th out of 41 competitors, while freshman Amanda Twigg set a new PR at 800m with a 2:15.73.

“Ryan’s race was unfortunate,” head coach Bill Taylor said. “People lie really bad with their entry times in a lot of these big meets. Ryan ended up in a slower heat. Guys that Ryan has beaten badly, who haven’t run within seven seconds of Ryan, were in the fast heat.

“ Ryan’s heat went out way too slow, and stayed slow through the 800m mark. He took the lead at 800m and ran a 4:00 mile pace for the rest of the race, but it was too late. He ran as good a race as was possible. It’s just disappointing, because we come down to a meet like this to compete against the fastest. It’s too bad when you don’t get that chance.”

Twigg continues to impress Taylor in her freshman year of competition.

“Amanda did great too,” Taylor said. “She barely made it into the meet with her entry time, but finished 16th of 32. So that shows again how badly many lie on their entries. She ran a terrific race though and negative split her 2:15. She’s got an incredible future!”

At Austin Peay, Lipscomb posted some great performances with four wins, nine second-place finishes and two third-place finishes.

Brittany Duerk highlighted the meet with a new Lipscomb school record in the women’s javelin of 123 feet, breaking the previous mark of 119-3 set by Jessie Strange in 2006. Brittany led a one-two sweep for Lipscomb in the event, with teammate Taylor Mason finishing second in 108-8.

Other event winners included freshman Sara Stephens, who won the 400m by almost 3 seconds (57.78), Adam Austin who jumped a new PR of 6-7 in the men’s high jump, and Logan Ray in the triple jump.

Sara Stephens doubled up to finish second in the 200m with a season best and school record 25.37. Other second place finishes included Catherine Beals in the two-mile, Mike Knox with a new PR of 49.77 in the 400m, Ashton Fisher in the 3000m Steeplechase, the men’s 4x400m relay, Alex Jerkins in the shot put, Austin Ray in the javelin and Emily Longden in the 1500m. Also of note in the women’s 1500m, Shelby Marvel finished fourth in 4:58.79. She is the sixth Lipscomb woman to break 5:00 this year (and Catherine Beals ran 5:00).

“It was a very successful meet at Austin Peay,” Taylor said. “We gave a bunch of our athletes the weekend off, yet we had strong performances in every event. We are having a great year across the board. New records are being set in the distances, sprints, jumps, throws. It’s great and we are a very young team.

“I’m proud of the way our athletes competed at both meets. I’m so happy for Mike (Knox) breaking 50! He’s been after that for two years and this race should unlock a whole new level of performance for him. “

Duerk has made a smooth transition from the basketball team to the track and field team.

“Brittany has fit in immediately with our team.” Taylor said. “It’s great to see that javelin record pushed out there. She is a terrific athlete, so it will be fun to see how far she throws the javelin, and with Taylor Mason right there too. The javelin is a great event for us!

“Alex is so consistent in the shot now. He has established himself at a whole new level.”

Sara Stephens and Catherine Beals have put together strong bodies of work this season.

“Sara is showing she can run from any lane, from the front or the back in any 400m or 800m race,” Taylor said. “That has to give her tons of confidence as we move to the final six weeks of the season.

“Catherine had a nice breakthrough this weekend. And we have six women under five minutes for 1500m, and three under 4:50. This is significant because my first year at Lipscomb we didn’t have a single woman break 5:00 in the open 1500m. My second year (last year), we had five women break five, but none below 4:53. Each year we get dramatically better. We will have more under five this year, and next year will be even better!”

Next Up for Lipscomb: Tennessee State University Boston-Moon Invite, April 10, 2010

Lipscomb Results:

Florida Relays:

Ryan Chastain 1500m 3:51.14

Amanda Twigg 800m 2:15.73

Austin Peay:

WOMEN:

200m: Sara Stephens 2nd 25.37, Valerie Winkler 10th 27.86

400m: Sara Stephens 1st 57.78, Valerie Winkler 8th 1:03.58

1500m: Emily Longden 2nd 4:52.59, Shelby Marvel 4th 4:58.79, Catherine Beals 5th 5:00.49, Louisa Van Batavia 6th 5:03.55, Ashley Lehman 7th 5:05.92, Shannon Shoemake 11th 5:20.78

2-Mile: Catherine Beals 2nd 11:41.56, Louisa Van Batavia 5th 11:59.02

Shot Put: Taylor Mason 7th 10.20m, Brittany Duerk 12th 9.44m, Jessi Marshall 13th 8.92m, Caitlin Anderson 14th 6.65m

Discus: Taylor Mason 8th 27.98m, Brittany Duerk 11th 25.99m, Jessi Marshall 13th 22.26m

Hammer: Jessi Marshall 6th 27.68m

Javelin: Brittany Duerk 1st 37.51m, Taylor Mason 2nd 33.12m, Jessi Marshall 10th 20.43m

MEN:

100m: Xavier Conley 7th 11.38

400m: Mike Knox 2nd 49.77

800m: Ashton Fisher 7th 2:00.64, Jonathan Williams 8th 2:00.98, Steven Mason 10th 2:03.55, Paul Wright 11th 2:04.10 1500m: Jeff Hoover 6th 4:12.48, Paul Wright 7th 4:13.67

2-Mile: Tim Muller 9th 9:59.92

400m Hurdles: Logan Ray 3rd 1:00.58

3000m Steeplechase: Ashton Fisher 2nd 9:58.34, Jonathan Williams 3rd 10:02.74, Ben Wright 4th 10:15.21 4x400m Relay: Mike Knox, Logan Ray, Steven Mason, Xavier Conley 2nd 3:25.88

High Jump: Adam Austin 1st 2.00m

Long Jump: Xavier Conley 3rd 6.59m

Triple Jump: Logan Ray 1st 13.23m

Shot Put: Alex Jerkins 2nd 14.94m

Hammer: Alex Jerkins 8th 33.97m

Javelin: Austin Ray 2nd 46.57m, Alex Jerkins 8th 40.59m