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Track and Field uses Blazer Invite as learning experience

Friday, January 11, 2013
by Ryan Hilgemann

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Lipscomb track and field team took a limited squad to the Blazer Invite hosted by UAB on Friday in Birmingham, Ala., seeing a school-record broken for the second straight meet.

“We had a few good marks but didn’t come out competing like we expected,” Lipscomb assistant coach Luke Syverson said.  “While there is still a lot of learning that is going on with a young squad, some of our upperclassmen should know the routine and be able to get up for an early season meet like this.”

Sophomore April Terry, reigning Atlantic Sun Field Athlete of the Week, broke her own school-record in the shot put. A toss of 12.52 meters was more than a foot farther than last week’s toss of 12.37 meters at the Ed Temple Classic.

“She was a little off in the weight throw today,” Syverson said. “She did a good job shaking it off and coming back in the shot put later in the day and perform the way she did.”

Her mark now places her second in the A-Sun this season behind Gwennetta Jones of Kennesaw State.

Tucker Peabody, a junior, took home third place in the 200m with a time of 21.38 seconds. Anaso Jobodwana of Jackson State set a meet record with a time of 20.65 for the victory.

“Tucker improved on his 200m time for this season,” Syverson said. “Like April, Tucker had to come back from a less than perfect performance in an earlier event in the meet.”

Peabody’s pace puts him at the top of the A-Sun performance list heading into next weekend.

Houston Ward threw a personal-record 14.49 meters in the weight throw and turned around and threw 14.52 meters in the shot put.

“After a PR in the weight throw, Houston improved his season mark in the shot put to finish sixth in the event,” Syverson said. “The men’s shot put field had twice as many competitors (42) as last weekend.”  

Sophomore Gemikal Prude finished in fourth place in the high jump after a leap of 2.00 meters, finishing two inches out of second place.

The Bisons are back in action next weekend as they travel to the Niswonger Invite, a two-day event, hosted by ETSU in Johnson City, Tenn.

“We are looking forward to next weekend where we will have a full squad in action,” Syverson said. “It definitely helps to have more of your team competing and cheering you on. Niswonger will give us a better idea of where we are at and another chance to go head-to-head with A-Sun foes.”