Feb. 5, 2014
Now that they've had some time to catch up on their rest, the Vanderbilt track team is headed to "the city that never sleeps."
The Commodores -- who didn't compete in a meet last weekend -- are traveling to New York to participate in the two-day New Balance Armory College Invitational that opens on Friday.
Vanderbilt head coach Steve Keith said the adrenaline of being in the Big Apple, coupled with with last weekend's idle date, should put the Commodores in position for big things this weekend.
"(The weekend off) gave us a chance to take a step back, recover and regroup," said Keith about the Commodores, who hadn't had a weekend off since Jan. 24-25. "It helped with health, school and a lot of things. (Before last weekend), we had three weeks in a row of the physical, emotional grind."
Vanderbilt senior Liz Anderson and freshman Sarah Bell both said they are excited about the trip, and are looking forward to seeing how the Commodores stack up against their toughest competition of the year. (See video interviews below with Anderson and Bell).
It is certain to be an interesting two days for Anderson, who is competing in an indoor 5K for the first time in her decorated career, and for Bell, who is off to a record-setting start in her first year at Vanderbilt.
Bell and Anderson will be among 20 Vanderbilt athletes who will be in action in New York, and Keith said he is optimistic about what the team will do.
"The group that is going will represent us well," he said.
Keith said this weekend's event will be a great measuring stick.
"Everybody is in much better shape, and they should settle for nothing less than improvements," said Keith. "It's time for us to start simulating what we will see at the SEC. I believe in surrounding yourself with good competition, and that's what we'll do this weekend."