Becomes 2nd Fastest Ever at 5,000 Meters
Raleigh, N.C. -- Coming off a banner indoor campaign, junior distance runner Amy Huss jumped into outdoor track without missing a beat, running one of the team's finest 5,000 meters ever at the Raleigh Relays Friday.
Competing in a field of 51 runners, Huss smashed her previous best at the distance while finishing third overall in 16:41.67. She trailed only Pittsburgh All-American Maureen McCandless and former Virginia Commonwealth standout Maria-Elina Calle.
While Huss was the top Commodore individual performer at the Raleigh Relays, versatile senior Garnetta Holloway also enjoyed a solid meet, producing personal bests in two events.
Huss' performance, which follows a school-record effort in the indoor finale at Notre Dame, ranks as the second fastest time ever by a Commodore at the 5,000-meter distance. Senior Erika Schneble, who ran 17th overall in the Raleigh race with a time of 17:10.18, holds the Vanderbilt record of 16:08.19, achieved during an All-American campaign in 2004.
Competing in the outdoor 5,000 for the first time in two years, Huss became just the fourth Commodore to run under 17 minutes, joining Schneble and former standouts Beth Van Dusen and Whitney Spannuth.
The effort continues an amazing streak of excellent performances by the junior, who missed nearly all of the 2004-05 campaign with injuries, then blossomed last fall as the team's top runner in cross country.
Earlier this month, Huss eclipsed the oldest record on Vanderbilt's indoor books during a superb 3,000-meter effort at Notre Dame. Huss' 9:40.43 at the meet broke her personal best at the distance by six seconds and eliminated one of two indoor records held by former standout Beth Tallent.
Huss' indoor accomplishments also included all-conference honors following an eighth place finish in the 3,000 meters at the Southeastern Conference Championships.
In other action, Holloway set personal records in the 100-meter hurdles and javelin throw, both key events in the heptathlon, her outdoor specialty.
Holloway moved ahead of former javelin thrower Allyson Sisler into fourth all-time with a toss of 127'3". The effort extended Holloway's previous best in the event by more than seven feet. Holloway then took .27 off her best in the hurdles with a 15.39 clocking.
Holloway appears on target to contend for the SEC heptathlon this May. She finished seventh overall in the 2005 heptathlon.
In other action at the Raleigh Relays:
? the 1,600-meter sprint medley foursome finished fourth overall in 4:04.04;
? sophomore Val Kazmer ran a personal best of 11:40.87 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase;
? sophomore Lauren Fortson ran 58.69 in the 400 meters;
? freshman Carmen Mims and senior Shannon Capps ran 18:38.71 and 18:57.44, respectively, in the unseeded 5,000 meters;
? freshman Deanna Morelli threw the discus 132'5", while junior Kasi Foster went 125'5";
? Foster's 144'3" in the hammer throw topped Morelli's best of 133'2";
? senior Alisa Cotter ran the 1,500 in 4:45.52.