Relay team sets new standard

The Vanderbilt track team had a record-setting weekend.

April 5, 2014

It was a record-setting weekend for the Vanderbilt track team.

First, on Friday, it was a senior who set a new school standard. Then, one day later, two freshmen, one sophomore and one junior teamed up to do the same.

Competing at the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla., the Vanderbilt 4x200 relay team -- comprised of sophomore Skyler Carpenter, junior Erin Edmond and freshmen Courtney Clayton and Simone Charley -- posted a school-record time of 1:40.24 to put their names atop Vanderbilt's all-time list.

Their performance came roughly 24 hours after senior Liz Anderson had set a school record in the 10k with a time of 33:44.76 while competing in the Stanford Invitational.

The strong showing by the 4x200 team capped Vanderbilt's solid work at the Florida Relays, which opened on Friday.

The first-day highlights from Gainesville included senior Brionne Williams taking eighth place in the high jump; Carpenter posting a time of 1:00.29 in the 400 hurdles; Clayton posting a time of 2:10.46 in the 800, and freshman Sarah Bell clearing 12-03.5 in the pole vault.

The Commodores also had a productive stay in California, where Vanessa Valentine broke the 17:00 mark in the 5K with a time of 16:58 and freshman Carmen Carlos, competing in the 5K for the first time in her career, finished at 17:00.92.

Also, junior Amira Joseph set a PR by nine seconds in the 3000 Steeplechase with a time of 10:34.66.

Vanderbilt will travel to Knoxville next weekend for the Sea Ray Relays.



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