Sarah Bell breaks own school record at NCAA meet

Vanderbilt freshman Sarah Bell is in action this week in Jacksonville, Fla.Vanderbilt freshman Sarah Bell is in action this week in Jacksonville, Fla.
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Severe weather caused Friday's action to be interrupted, but it didn't prevent Vanderbilt freshman Sarah Bell from establishing a new school record.

Competing on the second day of the NCAA East Preliminary in Jacksonville, Fla., Bell broke her own record in the pole vault by clearing 13-03.5.

Bell, who was named to the SEC's All-Freshman team, finished in a tie for 20th place overall and was 11th in her flight.

Bell and three of her teammates -- Brionne Williams, Amira Joseph and Rebecca Chandler -- were in action Friday as the Commodores continue vying for spots at the NCAA Championships.

Bell set a new school record in the pole vault two weeks ago at the SEC Championships by clearing 13-03.5. During Friday's meet, she opened her day by clearing 12-9.5 and then followed that up with her record-setting performance.

Williams, the decorated Vanderbilt senior, finished 19th overall, and 12th in her flight, in the high jump at 5-9.75. She cleared 5-7.75 on her opening jump.

Vanderbilt had two representatives in the Steeplechase on Friday: Chandler -- the school record-holder in the event -- and Joseph.

Chandler finished 34th with a time of 10:35.83, and Joseph finished 36th with a time of 10:37.39. The top three times in each heat, along with the next-best three times, qualified for the NCAA Championships.

On Saturday, Simone Charley will compete in the triple jump.

She owns the school record in the event with a mark of 41-10.75 at the SEC meet.



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