Women's Track
Big day in the Big Apple

Freshman Sarah Bell and the Commodores were in action in New York on Friday.Freshman Sarah Bell and the Commodores were in action in New York on Friday.

Feb. 8, 2014


NEW YORK -- Vanderbilt senior Liz Anderson said last week that she believed that she and the Commodore coaching staff had put together a successful strategy for this weekend.

And on Saturday, she executed it to perfection.

Competing in an indoor 5000-meter run for the first time in her decorated career, Anderson posted a first-place time of 16:36:11 to help highlight a solid showing by the Commodores on the opening day of the New Balance Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York.

Freshman Sarah Bell also added to the Commodores' list of memorable moments on Friday by setting a new school indoor record in the pole vault by clearing 13-01.50. Bell cleared 12-11.50 earlier this season to tie the school record.

Anderson, meanwhile, dominated her event, finishing eight seconds ahead of second-place finisher Emily Durgin (16:44.13) of Connecticut. It was the third best mark in the program's history.

"We have a good plan for me," Anderson said last week while looking ahead to the trip to New York, "and hopefully I can knock out a pretty good time. Maybe I can set a record or something. We'll see."

Anderson's first-place finish was one of numerous notable accomplishments from the 20 Vanderbilt representatives who made the journey to the Big Apple and were facing their stiffest competition of the season.

Vanderbilt head coach Steve Keith said prior to the meet that the Commodores would have to raise their performance level this weekend, and the message obviously got through.

Among the many high finishes collected by the Commodores was Amira Joseph's seventh-place showing in the 3000-meter run with a time of 10:09.16, while Bell earned a share of eighth place in the pole vault with her school-record performance.

The Vanderbilt distance medley relay team earned a fourth-place finish with a time of 11:27.43, the third-best time in the Commodores' record book.

Skyler Carpenter took 10th in the 500-meter with a time of 1:15.37, and sophomore Jennifer Cannon finished 15th in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.59.

Erin Edmond was 17th in the 400-meter dash prelims with a time of 57.04.

The Invitational continues today with final-day action.



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