May 17, 2013
While the Vanderbilt track and field team had its best performance in eight years at the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships last week, the Commodores saw several athletes add their names to the program's top 10 records. VUCommodores.com takes a quick look at the newest entries to the record book.
A quick look at the records, which can be found here, shows all of the new marks in 2013. Below are the events which saw additions during the league meet.
Freshman Jennifer Cannon posted 5,183 points to finish as the top freshman in the event and seventh place overall. Her point total ranks as the fifth-best in Vanderbilt history. She earned two points for Vanderbilt's team score in the event.
100 meter hurdles
Cannon opened the heptathlon competition by running the 100 meter hurdles in 13.51 seconds, matching the school record set in 2003 by Amanda Mullins-Hall. Cannon's time was good for a second-place finish in the event.
Kristen Findley, who already owned the program record in the 1,500, earned the best finish of a Commodore at the championships, finishing in fourth 4:17.98 to earn Vanderbilt five team points. Findley's time was a little shy of her record (4:16.57), but she has run the three fastest times in program history.
Lily Williams joined Findley int he 1,500 meter finals, finishing as the top freshman and ninth overall. Her time of 4:22.48 in the finals is the third-best mark in program history. In addition, her preliminary time of 4:24.18 would have ranked sixth.
The bar for a school record remains quite high in this event, sent by Liz Anderson in her first 10K earlier this season at 33:51.35. That didn't stop Anderson, Grace Orders and Allie Scalf from making a run at it, though.
Anderson finished in 34:12, earning a fifth place finish and four team points for the Commodores. The Louisville, Ky., native has now run the two fastest 10K times in program history.
The next fastest times in the record book were run by Orders and Scalf at the SEC meet. Orders finished in 34:48.05, placing eighth and earning a team point, while Scalf was right behind her in ninth at 34:50.53.
Anderson, Orders and Scalf have re-written the top three 10K times at Vanderbilt, a category that hadn't seen an addition since 2008.
Sophomore Rebecca Chandler placed seventh in the steeplechase, finishing in 10:38.44 to earn two team points for the Commodores. Chandler's time moved her to second in program history.
Brionne Williams set an outdoor personal record in the high jump at the league championships, clearing 1.80 meters (5' 10.75"). Williams, who earned Second Team All-America honors in the event during the 2013 indoor season, now owns the second-best jump in program history. She trails only a six foot jump by Josie Hahn in 2004.
Vanderbilt took advantage of it's best team score since 2005 by moving up four spots in the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) regional rankings to stand sixth in the South Region. The Commodores catapulted five SEC schools in Ole Miss, Auburn, Mississippi State and Alabama. It is the highest Vanderbilt has been ranked in the South Region.
Up Next - NCAA East Preliminary Round
Many of these athletes will have at least one more opportunity to improve on their marks during the 2013 outdoor season. 11 Vanderbilt athletes qualified in five events for the May 23-25 competition in Greensboro, N.C.:
1,500 meters - Kristen Findley, Sara Barron, Lily Williams & Hannah Jumper
10,000 meters - Liz Anderson, Grace Orders & Allie Scalf
100 meter hurdles - Jennifer Cannon
400 meter hurdles - Jennifer Cannon, Faith Washington
High jump - Brionne Williams, Ellie Tidman
For more previewing the preliminary round, check back to VUCommodores.com next week.