April 17, 2014
The SEC Championships are less than a month away -- and this weekend, the Vanderbilt track team will get a chance to see how close they are to being ready for it.
The Commodores are spending the next few days in California, with some Vanderbilt athletes competing at the Mt. SAC Relays and others in action at the Long Beach Invite.
Head coach Steve Keith said he believes that the trip to California will be a measuring stick for his team.
"These meets offer everything we need in all of our event areas," said Keith. "The meet at Long Beach on Saturday will allow for us to come back with some additional events to model a 2-3 day meet like what we will see at SEC."
Keith said he hopes the Commodores will use the two events as a springboard for the rest of the season.
"Mainly we just want to see progression in our performances; from sprints/hurdles to distance to the jumping events," he said. "(It will be) three full days of great track and field before we have an off weekend and get into finals."
Keith also noted that this weekend's trip will give the Commodores "a chance to compete against some schools that we don't normally see."
Last weekend, a handful of Vanderbilt representatives were in action at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, and it proved to be a record-breaking meet.
Freshman Simone Charley shattered the school record in the triple jump with a distance of 41.10.75, which easily surpassed Vanderbilt's previous best set in 1996 by Christina Penn (40.06.75).
Also, Skyler Carpenter set a new personal record and took third place in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 59.91, which was the fifth-best showing on Vanderbilt's all-time performer's list.
Freshman Sarah Bell took sixth in the pole vault by clearing 3.80m.