Feb. 15, 2014
RESULTS: Husky Classic
RESULTS: Tyson Invitational
The Vanderbilt track team is picking up speed.
And it couldn't be happening at a better time for the Commodores.
With the SEC Championships just two weeks away, the Vanderbilt squad delivered powerful performances at two different venues on Saturday.
Using a split-squad roster -- that featured some team members competing in the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., and others competing in the Husky Classic in Seattle -- the Commodores produced a series of results that ranked among the best in the program's history.
Senior Liz Anderson came up big in Seattle, setting a new school record with a time of 9:21.05 in the 3000 meters, and senior Brionne Williams helped fuel the strong showing in Arkansas with a first-place finish in the high jump (at 5-11.5).
Those two showings, along with a host of other top-tier performances, were encouraging developments for head coach Steve Keith. He said he was pleased with his team's efforts, saying it was "another big day at the track" for the Commodores.
Williams' performance puts her among the Top-4 in the SEC and among the Top-15 on the NCAA national list.
"Brionne had some good attempts at over 6' and gained some valuable momentum going into SEC," said Keith.
Another big highlight in Arkansas belonged to Vanderbilt's 4x400 team, which posted a time of 3.40.25 -- the third-best time in Vanderbilt history and the best mark since 1998. The time puts Vanderbilt at No. 7 in the SEC and will bolster the Commodores' seeding.
Faith Washington, Skyler Carpenter, Courtney Clayton and Erin Edmond each provided strong times during the relay. (Washington 55.2, Carpenter 54.9, Clayton 54.5 and Edmond 55.6).
Vanderbilt had two top-5 finishes in the 3000 in Arkansas, with Hannah Jumper taking third at 9.48.88 and Vanessa Valentine finishing fifth at 9:56.40. Vanderbilt's Claire Benjamin was 23rd at 10.33.37.
Vanderbilt's distance medley team -- Lily Williams, Jennifer Cannon, Courtney Kriegshauser and Amira Joseph -- took seventh place with a time of 11:45.94, and Simone Charley was eighth in the triple jump at 12.44m.