LakePoint, Ga. - Kacey Kemper becomes the second Lipscomb athlete to earn ASUN Championship Most Outstanding Track Performer, while Kennesaw State's Jorday Gray and Julija Tarvide garner ASUN Conference Women's Track and Field Outstanding Performers as well.
Lipscomb's Kacey Kemper grabbed a pair of gold medals in the 3000m steeplechase and 1500m, running times of 10:41.58 and 4:28.70 respectively for this year's Most Outstanding Track Performer award. Her 2:11.20 in the 800m was good for third overall and the fastest that she's run all year, as she currently leads the conference in the 1500m (4:28.29) and 3K steeplechase (10:23.22). The junior's three podium ascensions are the first time she's come in the top-three of an event at the ASUN Championship, while her team-leading 26 points helped the Bisons to a fourth-place finish.
Jordan Gray of Kennesaw State set an ASUN Championship heptathlon record, on the way to sweeping all seven legs of the event and earning her first Most Outstanding Track Performer honor. Her 5,641 points ranks fifth in the NCAA East Region and beat the previous meet record by almost 500. Gray also took gold in the javelin throw (39.74m) while finishing third in the high jump (1.71m) and sixth in the discus (37.37m). Both her throws were season bests for the sophomore, while her 6.12m in the heptathlon long jump is a season conference-best and her 39.02m in the heptathlon javelin and 12.94 in the heptathlon shot put are both meet records.
Julija Tarvide's unanimous selection as this year's ASUN Women's Track and Field Most Outstanding Freshman Performer comes off her first-place finish in the ASUN Championship high jump. Her leap of 1.74m is a season-high for the ASUN this season ranks seventh in meet history. She sits in a tie for 30th in the NCAA East Region and 83rd in all of Division I Track and Field.
Tarvide's mark qualifies for Division I Track and Field preliminaries, while Kemper's top steeple time and Gray's performances in the heptathlon and long jump both qualify as well. Gray and Tarvide helped Kennesaw State win its first ever Women's ASUN Track and Field Championship with 274.50 points, putting an end to Jacksonville's run of 11 straight titles.