Feb. 28, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Vanderbilt track team capped off the 2010 indoor season with the final day of the SEC Indoor Championships.
Junior Rita Jorgensen finished three seconds shy of 8th place in the mile, narrowly missing a point-scoring opportunity for the Commodores. Jorgensen finished 9th with a time of 4:58.48.
"I thought the women competed well this weekend," distances coach Steve Keith commented. "I'm proud of Rita for her effort in the mile and then coming back to lead off the DMR. Everyone on the DMR was definitely up for the challenge and they battled hard."
The distance medley relay team, consisting of junior Rita Jorgensen, sophomores Louise Hannallah and Anna Carr, and freshman Kristen Findley, placed sixth on the day, earning the Commodores three points. The DMR team ran their way to a time of 11:53.55.
Junior Kristabel Doebel-Hickok finished 10th for the Commodores in the 5k with a time of 18:28.60.
Vanderbilt finished with five points for the Championships, which ties Vanderbilt's performance from last indoor season. Potomac, Md. native Hannallah, named the team's Most Improved during the 2009 cross country season, contributed to all five of Vanderbilt's points.
Vanderbilt will take the next few weeks to prepare for the outdoor season, which begins with the Vanderbilt Black and Gold on March 26 and 27.
"Now we have a couple of weeks to recharge and rebuild toward the outdoor season. We look for bigger and better performances from all of the women," Keith noted.
SEC Indoor Championships--February 28, 2010
One mile run final: 9. Rita Jorgensen (VU): 4:58.48
5,000 meter run: 10. Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (VU): 18:28.60
Distance medley relay: 6. Vanderbilt (Jorgensen, Hannallah, Carr, Findley): 11:53.55
High jump: NH: Mallory Hitt (VU)
Final Team Standings
1. Florida (110)
2. Arkansas (82)
3. LSU (79.5)
4. Tennessee (77)
5. Georgia (65.5)
6. Auburn (55)
7. South Carolina (53)
8. Alabama (51)
9. Kentucky (38)
10. Mississippi (30)
11. Mississippi State (16)
12. Vanderbilt (5)