March 1, 2014
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The Vanderbilt track team took a big step forward on Friday. Now, the Commodores are hoping to make a giant leap on Saturday.
Competing on the second day of the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships in College Station, Texas, on Friday, the Commodores put together an outstanding effort that head coach Steve Keith summarized as a "great day for the program."
The highlights included a new school record set by Sarah Bell, a host of personal records, three runners advancing to the finals and numerous performances that ranked among Vanderbilt's all-time top-10.
Keith said he believes the tone is now set for even bigger things from his squad on the final day of the competition, when Vanderbilt will have a series of opportunities to shine.
"We have some bullets in the gun, so to speak, (for Saturday), with eight to nine good scoring opportunities in the finals," he said. "It's time to follow through."
Bell, a freshman, helped lead the charge for Vanderbilt on Day 2.
Already the program's record holder in the pole vault, she established a new school record by clearing 13-6.25. Her previous mark was 13-1.50.
Other memorable moments belonged to Faith Washington and Erin Edmond, who each set new personal records -- and produced results that ranked among Vanderbilt's top-six on the all-time performers list -- in the 400. Washington clocked a time of 55.33, and Edmond finished at 56.53.
Courtney Clayton delivered a qualifying performance in the 800 with a time of 2:07.96, and Skyler Carpenter set a new PR at 2:10.13.
Katherine Delaney and Sara Barron each produced qualifying performances in the mile. Delaney finished at 4:46 -- third-best on Vanderbilt's all-time performers' list -- and Barron had a time of 4:47.11.
In the pole vault, Bell finished ninth (one place off of scoring). She cleared the same bar as 5th place but misses dropped her to ninth.
The Commodores will now look to build on their momentum by producing a strong finish on the final day of the event.
"As good as today was, we know we have an even bigger day ahead of us (Saturday)," Keith said.
Included among the list of potential attention-grabbing performances Saturday will be Brionne Williams and Jennifer Cannon in the high jump, and Vanderbilt's Simone Charley and Tierney Price in the triple jump.
The Commodores will have three representatives in the 5000, led by record-breaking senior Liz Anderson. Also, both the Vanderbilt relay teams (DMR and 4x400, each ranked 7th) will be in action.
The final day of the Championships begins at 1 p.m. central on Saturday with live coverage on ESPN3 beginning at 12:55 p.m.
Here's a look at the Commodores' performance list from Friday:
Women 400 M Preliminaries:
3. Faith Washington, VU, 55.33
4. Erin Edmond, VU, 56.53
Women 800 M Preliminaries:
3. Courtney Clayton, VU, 2:07.96q
Skyler Carpenter, VU, 2:10.13
Women 1 Mile Preliminaries:
5. Lily Williams, VU, 4:50.45
3. Katherine Delaney, VU, 4:46.86q
4. Sara Barron, VU, 4:47.11q
Women 3000 M:
2. Hannah Jumper, VU, 9:55.97
3. Courtney Kriegshauser, VU, 9:57.58
6. Amira Joseph, VU, 10:03.29
13. Carmen Carlos, VU, 9:48.56
16. Rebecca Chandler, VU, 9:54.63
Women Pole Vault:
9. Sarah Bell, VU, 4.12m, (13-06.25)
Full Day 2 Recap
From the SEC
The Arkansas men and women each hold the team lead following the second day of the Championships, contested on Friday in front of 1,949 fans at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on the campus of Texas A&M University.
The Arkansas men lead with 56 total team points, while Kentucky is in second place with 30.33 and Alabama is in third with 28. The Arkansas women have tallied 39 total team points to hold the lead, while Georgia is in second place with 33 and Florida is in third place with 24.
The Florida men have a meet-leading 13 qualifiers who have advanced to running finals on Saturday, while Texas A&M has nine. The Florida and Texas A&M women have a meet-leading nine qualifiers who have advanced to running finals on Saturday, while Kentucky has eight.
Alabama went 1-2 in the men's weight throw as Charodd Richardson won the title with a toss of 21.51m/70-7, earning the Crimson Tide's second all-time SEC title in the event and first since Derrick Jones in 1998. Teammate Elias Hakansson was second with a mark of 21.48m/70-5.75 and Tennessee's Cameron Brown was third at 20.62m/67-8.
Georgia's Morgann Leleux claimed her first career SEC indoor women's pole vault title with a season-best mark of 4.38m/14-4.50. It was the first title for the Bulldogs in the event since Kierney Jackson won in 2006. Arkansas' Ariel Voskamp was second with a mark of 4.30m/14-1.25, while her teammate Danielle Nowell was third at 4.30m/14-1.25.
Kearsten Peoples won Missouri's first-ever SEC indoor women's title, capturing the shot put event with a winning toss of 17.81m/58-5.25. Auburn's Valentina Muzaric was second with a toss of 17.10m/56-1.25, while Missouri's Jill Rushin was third with a mark of 16.34m/53-7.50.
Arkansas' Raymond Higgs claimed the men's long jump crown with a winning jump of 7.83m/25-8.25 on his final attempt. It was the first title in the event for the Razorbacks since Tarik Batchelor won in 2011. Arkansas' Jarrion Lawson was second at 7.77m/25-6, while Alabama's Kamal Fuller was third with a mark of 7.53m/24-8.50. Two-time defending champion Marquis Dendy of Florida placed fourth at 7.50m/25-7.25.
Anthony May won Arkansas' first SEC indoor men's high jump title since 2001 with a leap of 2.15m/7-0.50. The Razorbacks' Kenny Evans won four in a row from 1998-2001. Texas A&M's Devion Harris was second with a mark of 2.15m/7-0.50, while Arkansas' Ken LeGassey was third at 2.06m/6-9.
Georgia's Maicel Uibo captured the men's heptathlon title with a score of 5,859, becoming the third UGA athlete since 2010 to win that event. He posted season-best performances in all three of his events Friday. Kentucky's Ibn Short placed second with a score of 5,344, while Auburn's Parker Shearer was third with a score of 5,309.
Mississippi State's Rochelle Farquharson became the first athlete in school history to win the SEC women's indoor long jump, doing so with a leap of 6.42m/21-0.75. Arkansas' Tamara Myers was second with a leap of 6.28m/20-7.25, while Georgia's Chanice Porter was third with a mark of 6.24m/20-5.75.
Kentucky went 1-2 in the men's 3,000-meter run as Matt Hillenbrand won the event in a time of 8:00.08. It was the Wildcats' second title in three years as Luis Orta won the men's 3K in 2012. UK's Adam Kahleifeh was second in 8:02.94, while Auburn's Ty McCormack was third in 8:06.08.
Florida's Cory McGee won the women's 3,000-meter run title in a SEC meet-record time of 9:10.48. She broke the previous SEC meet record of 9:10.49, set by Tennessee's Jackie Areson in 9:10.49. Arkansas' Dominique Scott was second in 9:11.56, while Florida's Agata Strausa was third in 9:15.70.