April 9, 2014
The Vanderbilt track team is entering this weekend with a single-minded focus.
Traveling to Knoxville for the Sea Ray Relays, the Commodores will compete only in a select number of individual events as they continue to prepare for next month's SEC Championships.
"We're still trying to balance our workload," said head coach Steve Keith, noting that the Commodores will not be participating in the distance events in Knoxville. "(Those in action this weekend) will focus on one primary event."
Keith said the Commodores are in the process of building confidence and momentum for the postseason.
"We're close, but we're not where we want to be yet," said Keith. "We have to be patient."
The Commodores had several strong performances last weekend when they sent representatives to California and Florida.
Senior Liz Anderson, who was among the Commodores competing at the Stanford Invite in Palo Alto, Cali., set a school record in the 10k with a time of 33.44.76 on Friday.
One day later, at the Florida Relays, 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.
"It's good to see us continue to clean-up the record book," said Keith, "and keep putting some new times (on the list)."