The Southeastern Conference announced its 2017 outdoor track & field awards on Wednesday afternoon and Vanderbilt’s Courtney Clayton and Caleigh Lofstead both received honors for their strong performances at the SEC Championships.
Clayton earned All-SEC Second Team honors after taking third place with a time of 2:04.12 in the 800-meter run, which also broke her old school record. It was the third school record that she has been a part of in 2017, including the 4x800-meters and distance medley relays earlier this season that recorded times of 8:34.34 and 11:34.58, respectively.
Clayton carried over the momentum from her record-setting 800-meter performance at the SEC Championships into the NCAA East Regionals, where she ran the ninth-fastest time with a mark of 2:04.15 to qualify for the NCAA National Championships. The National Championships will take place in Eugene, Ore. from June 7-10.
Lofstead was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team as the top-placing freshman in the pole vault at the SEC Championships. She cleared the bar at 13–2.25 (4.02m) to place seventh overall and earn two team points for Vanderbilt. That mark also served as her qualifying mark for the freshman’s first ever NCAA Regional Championship appearance, where she would go on to place 18th in the field of 48 vaulters with a mark of 12–11.50 (3.95m). Lofstead will return to Vanderbilt next year for her sophomore season ranking second on Vanderbilt’s all-time pole vault record list.
The full release for the SEC's award list can be found HERE.