The women’s team accumulated 10 points to tie with Tennessee Wesleyan College and Harding University. Georgia State was the overall team winner with 149 points. Emory University was second at 82.50. Gulf South Conference foe Alabama Huntsville placed eighth with 31.50 points.
Lipscomb University recorded 146 points to win the men’s competition. Alabama Huntsville was second with 85, while Lee tied with Rhodes College at 12th with 12 points.
The highlight of the day was Cayce Bryan’s win in the 800-meter run. Bryan knocked off nearly five seconds from her best time of the season. Her winning time of 2:18.22 is the second-fastest time in the NCCAA this season.
In total, Lee put five Lady Flames in the top 18 of the 800-meter run. Emily Bryan was 10th with a personal-best of 2:25.88. Storyie Miller (15th, 2:27.79), Brianna Prugh (16th, 2:28.11) and Emily Arnesen (18th, 2:29.28) recorded their best times of the season. Bryan and Miller both met the NCCAA qualifying mark of 2:28).
“Our 800-meter outlook got really crazy this weekend,” said Lee head coach Caleb Morgan. “I’m looking forward to getting a few more national qualifiers out of that group, in addition to the three we already have.”
Emmanuel Kipchumba posted a personal best and the top time in the NCCAA this season (1:55.12) with a second place finish in the 800-meter run. Adam Gullette was sixth (1:58.18) and Justin Knuth crossed the line in ninth place (1:59.47) to both record personal bests. Terris Elliott placed 16th (2:01.27) in his first race of the season and Keenen Hindes was 30th (2:10.60).
“Kipchumba went for the win in the 800, which shows a lot about how far his confidence has come in recent months,” added Morgan.
Camden Perez was one of nine runners to break the old complex record (15:51.31) in the 5,000-meter run. Perez finished eighth in an extremely fast section A field with a time of 15:39.85.
“Camden ran the best race of the night,” said Morgan. “He set a personal best by 30 seconds and he had to do it all by himself after the first two kilometers. The pack strung out and he found himself in no-man’s land.”
Ashley Matthews ran a personal best 19:29.41 to finish ninth in the women’s 5,000-meter run. She improved her national-qualifying time by five seconds.
“Ashley faced the tough prospect of [competing against more than 20] girls on a 200-meter track, racing 25 laps,” added Morgan. “It gets crowded and it gets really strung out, but she stayed in the game mentally and ran five seconds faster than a week ago, which really pleased me. It’s tough to run back-to-back 5Ks and still improve, so I was glad to see that.”
Ode Fulutudilu improved her 60-meter dash time by 10 seconds and earned a 25th-place finish at 8.22 seconds. Fulutudilu was 55th (28.89) in the 200-meter dash.
Jessica Childers, in her first competition of the season, ran a one mile time of 5:27.46 to finish 10th. Her time eclipsed the 5:35 qualifying mark for the NCCAA. Rachel Riel had a time of 5:50.95 (21st) and Danielle King was 35th (6:18.71).
Mark Cisco ran a season’s best 7.45 (34th) in the 60-meter dash and was 32nd in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.48.
Adam Tauzer tallied a distance of 6.05 meters in the shot put and ended up in 22nd.
“I don’t think I could have asked for a better meet out of this group,” summed up Morgan. “The best racing I’ve seen so far — the whole team competed with perfect tactics this whole night — and a lot of NCCAA marks. It was a really positive meet. I don’t think I took a single negative away from it. Nobody let a race run away from them, people were the right level of aggressive. I’m really looking forward to our next meet in two weeks.”
The two squads will head back to Birmingham for the Samford Invitational the weekend of Feb. 7-8.