May 30, 2014
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The opening day of the NCAA East preliminary in Jacksonville, Fla., featured some rough weather and some tough luck for the Vanderbilt track team on Thursday.
The Commodores had multiple athletes who delivered strong performances but fell shy of qualifying for the quarterfinals in their respective event during the first-day action, which included a lightning delay.
In the 1500, sophomore Sara Barron posted a time of 4:22.76, which ranked 21st among all participants. Barron finished eighth in her heat, and landed just outside the cut line for the quarterfinals. (The top five from each heat advance to the quarters, along with the next four best times).
Barron competed in the fourth and final heat, which featured seven of the top-15 overall times. Barron's mark was better than five participants who advanced to the quarterfinals from other heats with slower times.
Skyler Carpenter posted a time of 59.83 in the 400-meter hurdles and finished 32nd. She finished in fifth place in the sixth heat. (The top 3 from each heat, plus the next six best times, advanced to quarterfinals).
Vanderbilt's Lily Williams posted a time of 4:29.39 in the 1500 and finished 42nd. She ran in the third heat, which was easily the fastest heat of the event. It featured the top five overall finishers and seven of the top 10.
The meet resumes on Friday, and the Commodores have several more representatives -- including school record holders Sarah Bell (pole vault) and Amira Joseph (Steeplechase) -- scheduled to be in action.
Bell, recently named to the SEC's All-Freshman team after her record-setting showing (13-1.5) at the SEC meet, will compete at 11 a.m., and senior Brionne Williams will participate in the high jump at 4 p.m.
Rebecca Chandler and Joseph will represent Vanderbilt in the 3000m Steeplechase in the final event of the day at 8:30 p.m. Joseph set the school record in the event this season with a time of 10:27.72.