ON CAMPUS IN NASHVILLE -- Senior middle distance runners Jenn Edobi and Courtney Clayton, and sophomore pole vaulters Caleigh Lofstead and Kristen Denk produced Vanderbilt's top individual results Saturday at the Commodore Invitational.
Edobi, a 400-meter specialist, narrowly missed an indoor career best in the 800-meter run. She was clocked in 2:09.18, just .02 off her indoor collegiate best set as a freshman in 2015. Edobi was followed closely by sophomore teammate Becca Schulte, who ran 2:11.41 for fourth place.
Edobi and Schulte also were part of the Commodores' 4x400-meter relay that finished the meet impressively with a strong second behind Middle Tennessee. Edobi, Schulte, Clayton and freshman Regan Clay finished in 3:43.22, the program's seventh quickest indoor 4x400 effort.
The team's top field result Saturday came in the pole vault when sophomores Caleigh Lofstead and Kristen Denk finished second and third, respectively. Both cleared 12-11.5 and had close misses on 13-3.5. Denk's clearance equals the fourth best indoor vault ever by a Commodore.
Senior Sarah Bell, the team's indoor and outdoor record holder in the pole vault, was sixth with a jump of 12-1.5. Sophomore Margaret Ollinger also cleared the same height.
Prior to running in the 4x400-meter relay, Clayton paced several teammates in the mile with a third-place finish in 4:50.24. Teammates Kendall Derry and Reagan Bustamante were just behind Clayton in fourth and fifth place with times of 4:56.61 and 4:56.68, respectively.
Clay, who finished fourth in the 200 meters Friday, entered a Vanderbilt all-time Top Ten mark with a 7.86 performance in the 60-meter dash.
Two young Commodore distance runners, freshmen Gillian Mortimer and Anna Grace Morgan, finished sixth and seventh in the 3,00-meter run. They were closed in 10:03.48 and 10:06.71, respectively.
The Commodores are back in competition next weekend, hosting the Vanderbilt Invitational Jan. 19-20 in the multipurpose facility.