Dores produce PRs in Florida

March 30, 2018

Florida Relays results
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Vanderbilt runners Reagan Bustamante, Devon Grisbaum and Kacie Breeding established new personal records to highlight Commodore performances in the first two days of competition at the Pepsi Florida Relays.

Bustamante ran the fourth-fastest 800 meters in team history Friday, clocking the distance in 2:06.50 to finish as the fastest SEC runner in a field of 54 competitors. Breeding’s 10:50.51 effort in the 3,000-meter steeplechase took nearly a full minute off her former collegiate-best in the event. Grisbaum lowered her previous best in the 5,000 meters more than 40 seconds with a 17:03.49 effort late Thursday.

Vanderbilt athletes will return Saturday for a third day of competition at the University of Florida campus. The Commodores are entered in several relay races and pole vault.

Vanderbilt head coach Steve Keith was pleased with the team’s early results, and is excited to see how they compete Saturday in several events.

“Devon [Grisbaum] and our 5,000 runners really got us off to a strong start Thursday and I thought Reagan and Kacie really kept the momentum going today,” Keith said. “I’m looking forward to another exciting day Saturday when we have our three vaulters compete and expect to run some strong relay units.”

Bustamante, a sophomore from Springfield, Va., won the 800 meters last weekend at the Black & Gold Invitational in a modest time of 2:12.81, but signaled outstanding form by sealing that victory with a 62-second final 400. Bustamante took a more aggressive tact in Gainesville by running a faster opening 400 meters, then finished strong to take 0.76-seconds off her previous best, set at the 2017 SEC Outdoor Championships.

Breeding, a sophomore from Chadd’s Ford, Pa., smashed a personal record for the second straight week. After taking 36 seconds off her previous best last week in the 2,000-meter steeplechase, Breeding returned in Gainesville to cut 54 seconds off her best in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She clocked 10:50.51 on Friday, which resulted in an 11th place finish in a field of 33, becomes the sixth-fastest ever by a Commodore.

Grisbaum, a junior from Ocean City, N.J., got the Commodore distance corps off to an excellent start Thursday when she ran the 5,000 meters in 17:03.49. The time eclipsed Grisbaum’s previous best at the distance by 42 seconds.

Two of Grisbaum’s teammates, freshman Gillian Mortimer and junior Caroline Pietrzyk, also impressed in the 5,000 with times of 17:19.12 and 17:26.81, respectively. The performance for Mortimer was a collegiate-best at the distance.

Junior Sara Tsai continued her impressive comeback from injury, running a season-best of 4:30.19 in the 1,500 meters. The time is just three seconds off a personal-best for the former All-SEC performer.

In other action Friday, redshirt junior sprinter Jenn Edobi opened with a solid 53.78 effort in the 400 meters. Freshman jumper Sophia Falco leaped 18-7.25 in the long jump, equaling the eighth-best outdoor jump in team history.

The Commodores are entered in three relay competitions Saturday – the sprint medley, 4×800-meter relay and distance medley relay. The team also has sophomores Kristen Denk, Caleigh Lofstead and Margaret Ollinger competing in the pole vault, which was postponed a day due to rain showers Friday.

Florida Relay results (Thursday-Friday)

100-meter dash: 44. Sophia Falco 12.25.
400-meter dash: 14. Jenn Edobi 53.78.
800-meter run: 15. Reagan Bustamante 2:06.50. 45. Ginger Hutton 2:13.54.
1,500-meter run: 21. Sara Tsai 4:30.19. 32. Maddie Criscione 4:36.18. 51. Reagan Anderson 4:52.57.
5,000-meter run: 7. Devon Grisbaum 17:03.49. 10. Gillian Mortimer 17:19.12. 11. Caroline Pietrzyk 17:26.81.
3,000-meter steeplechase: 12. Kacie Breeding 10:50.51.
Long jump: 16. S. Falco 18-7.25 (5.67m)

Schedule for Saturday, March 31

10:00 a.m. – Pole vault: Kristen Denk, Caleigh Lofstead, Margaret Ollinger
11:30 a.m. – Sprint medley relay: J. Edobi, S. Falco, Regan Clay, R. Bustamante
3:15 p.m. – 4×800-meter relay: G. Hutton, Kendall Derry, M. Criscione, R. Bustamante
4:25 p.m. – Distance medley relay: (Unit 1) S. Tsai, J. Edobi, K. Derry, Megan Huebner; (Unit 2) Anna Grace Morgan, R. Clay, M. Criscione, Mailin Struck