Birmingham, Ala. – The Bryan Lions opened their indoor-track season this weekend at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Vulcan Invite. The meet was held at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Saturday, Jan. 16th, and hosted over fifteen NCAA D1, D2, and NAIA schools. The Lions were headlined by upperclassmen Tyler Boone (JR/Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Jessica Stockton (SR/Front Royal, Va.), and Sarah White (SR/Cleveland, Ohio). All three runners had top-10 overall finishes in their respective races.
Stockton had an impressive start to the day with an indoor-track personal best and tenth place finish in the 5000m. Although Stockton struggled late in the race, she kept composure and was able to produce a notable time at 19:57.
Boone took the day's best finish for the Lions, crossing the line in second place. Boone set his pace early in the race, despite some runners having a much faster start. His tactics paid off when he passed all but one competitor and finished with a time of 15:41.
Competing as the only Bryan Lion in the 800m, White took home a sixth place finish and clocked her best time for an indoor-track opener.
Head Bryan Lions Track and Field/Cross Country Coach, Josh Bradley, was pleased by the superb performances to begin the season from the team and also felt there were a lot of things to note in order to better themselves for upcoming races. Bradley said, "It's still very early in our training and to see what these guys have done today was exciting. We have only been on the track a few times but it's good to see where we are in January."
After standout performances from three of the Lions, Bradley explained, "I'm happy to see Jessica back on the track. This is her first race, indoor or outdoor, in nearly two years so I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm excited to see what she can do. Sarah is still learning how to be confident in her training. She will run very fast this season if she realizes that she can compete with anyone on the track. Tyler was Mr. Composed today. Once the gun sounded he knew exactly what to do and although there was a fast start, he never looked rattled. He's really coming into his own as a runner, and this experience will just add to that."
The Lions will be back in action on Jan. 29-30th as they prepare for the Camel City Invitational, located in Winston-Salem, N.C.