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Track and Field powers through day one of Vanderbilt Meet

Friday, March 28, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb track and field squads wrapped up day one of the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invite with similar outcomes as they have seen in previous meets this season.

Friday’s clash saw victories and the demise of even more personal and school records.

"We had a really great day one!” said Bill Taylor, director of track and field. “The highlight was definitely Dani Walker winning the Invitational 1500 meters in a new school record of 4:21.34. That's a nine-second personal record. Madi Talbert also ran a nine-second personal record and moved to No. 3 on our all-time list.”

While Walker took first in the event, Talbert was not far behind finishing sixth in the race with a time of 4:28.26. Both girls continue to work hard this weekend to saddle up for next weekend’s competition as they head to California.

"Dani and Madi are racing the 5000 meters in the Stanford Invite next weekend,” Taylor said. “Tonight's race has to give them both big confidence about what they are capable of right now.”

Ki’Ana Christy saw her own school record in the triple jump fall after she landed a jump of 11.36 meters, bettering the record that she just broke last weekend.

"Ki'Ana broke the school record for the second week in a row in the triple jump,” Taylor said. “She has really been hitting her stride this outdoor season.

"Our throwers had a really good first day as well. Jazmyne (McGill) set two personal records and Del (McSpadden) got a personal record in the hammer.”

McGill lofted a throw of 38.09 meters in the hammer throw in addition to her shot put throw spanning 11.38 meters. McSpadden also excelled in the hammer throw with his launch of 39.08 meters.

Tucker Peabody’s absence from outdoor competition did not seem to pose any issues during day one of the meet after he placed second in the 200 meters closing in a time of 21.03.

"Tucker ran a great 200 meters in his season debut,” Taylor said. “I know he feels he should have run faster, but we are happy and see it as a great opening performance.”

Kevin Floyd and Aaron Beckwith pursued strong performances despite an initial stroke of bad luck in the pole vault. Floyd went on to clutch second with his vault of 4.75 meters.

"Our guys in the vault looked shaky early, but rallied well,” Taylor said. “Kevin and Aaron jumped well.”

The teams put together a day’s worth of flourishing results, but they still have another crucial day of competition to endure on Saturday.

"The weather was terrific tonight,” Taylor said. “That was helpful. It might be a bit more challenging Saturday, but this start should give us positive momentum."