Track and field finds success at Vanderbilt invitational...
Neither rain, wind nor cold weather can keep the Bisons from competing and succeeding.
The Lipscomb Track & Field team competed in the two day Vanderbilt meet this past weekend. Vanderbilt, The Ohio State, Belmont, Austin Peay and Alabama A&M all took part in the meet.
“This was the best meet we’ve had at Vanderbilt since I’ve been at Lipscomb,” Coach Bill Taylor said. “Traditionally, for some reason, we’ve struggled for the most part at this meet.”
Setting the stage on Friday was Dani Walker winning the Invitational 1500 meters and setting a new school record with a record time of 4:21.34. Right behind her was Madi Talbert, who moved to No. 3 on Lipscomb’s all-time list.
Ki’Ana Christy has really been excelling during this outdoor season. She has broken her jumping record for the second week in a row by jumping 11.36 meters.
Setting her own personal record was Jazmyne McGill. She threw 38.09 meters in the hammer and in shot recorded 11.38 meters. Del McSpadden also found success in the hammer throw with a throw of 39.08 meters.
Tucker Peabody found himself on the podium winning second place in the 200 meters with a 21.03 time. Peabody also came in second in the 100 meters crossing the finish line with a time of 10.55
“It’s very challenging to do the events in bad weather,” junior April Terry said. “In the rain it’s so easy to fall and slip. During your events, you have to have confidence, and you must trust yourself.”
Confidence and trust are something the team proved they all possess throughout this meet. D.A. Lowery and Andrew Bosket competed in the 1500 meters. Lowery finished first with a time of 4:00.35, and a close second was Bosket at 4:01.22.
Finishing the 400 meters with a time of 48.08 was Colin Dempster, who finished in second. Alex Csorba captured third place in the javelin breaking his personal record with a throw of 53.22 meters.
“I think our team did very well. They didn’t let the weather get to them,” Terry said. “In bad weather conditions, it’s all about mental toughness. It really helped that we had practiced in the cold rainy weather so that we were better prepared.”
The Bisons are on the road again this weekend at several different invitationals, and the team will be spread out from Florida to California.