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Women's track and field set for A-Sun Championships

Thursday, February 21, 2013
by Ryan Hilgemann

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Looking to become the best women’s indoor track and field team in Lipscomb history, the Lady Bisons are set to compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships starting on Friday and concluding Saturday in Johnson City, Tenn. Hosted by ETSU, the championship meet takes place at the David E. Walker Track at Gentry Field.

“Our expectations are to be the best women’s team we’ve ever had,” Bill Taylor, director of cross country and track and field, said. “We write the most points we have scored in the past, what is the highest finish we have had and try to beat those.”

Having a weekend off before the meet, Lipscomb should be ready to compete at the highest level.

“This week has been our hardest training week thus far,” Taylor said. “From an injury perspective we are good. We may have to make some adjustments for sickness but I am confident that they will be healthy.”

Junior Dani Walker has had some stellar moments throughout the season. She has the top time in the mile, ranks third in the 800m and ranks seventh in the 3000m. She is also a member for the distance medley relay team that holds down the second spot in the A-Sun.

A time of 4:45.33 places Walker more than two seconds ahead of the competition in the mile on the A-Sun performance list, a time she set in the Invitational Mile at the Hoosiers Hills Invite.

“I don’t think there is a limit for her,” Taylor said. “She was able to run 4:45 without any competition and that kind of gives an idea of what she is capable of. Everything she is doing is based on early season training which is not meant to manipulate performances which means she is only going to get faster.”

With a strength and depth with distance runners, Lipscomb has several athletes at the top of the performance charts leading into the meet. 

The 3000m has three Lady Bisons in the top five and seven runners in the top ten. Sophomore Maggie Lawrence leads the group with a time of 9:57.88 with sophomore Minna Fields and Emily Longden filling in right behind in the fourth and fifth spots.

Sophomore Alex Newby has clocked in the top time in the 5000m in the A-Sun with a time of 18:09 at the TSU Invite.

“Track is a great sport to be able to micro analyze everything and fix weaknesses,” Taylor said. “We want to have the most success we have ever had both as a team and as a distance squad. We will be far better by the end of the outdoor season.”

Other top performers from Lipscomb include sophomore Brenna Thompson in the 400m as she has the sixth top-time at 57.98 seconds. Sophomore April Terry ranks second in the shot put with a toss of 13.42 meters. She also sits ninth in the weight throw with a heave of 15.37 meters.

Looking for success, Taylor is excited to see the improvements and results.

“It will be fun to watch the team unite together,” Taylor said. “A lot of the events will be fun to see how they come together and how everyone performs.”