Fast Start at SEC's

Moffett advances, Sims with top 10 mark at SEC Championships


COLLEGE STATION, Texas – A mile finalist, an all-time top 10 mark and a scoring effort from the distance medley relay highlighted Vanderbilt’s first day of the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday inside Gilliam Indoor Stadium.

Saturday Finalist

In the first track event of the day, senior Lauren Moffett advanced to the finals of the mile. She just missed one of the three automatic qualifying spots with a fourth-place finish in her heat, but her time of 4:52.24 held up as the fourth-fastest in the prelims and ensured a spot in Saturday’s finals. She will compete at 4:20 p.m.

Rearranging Record Book

To open the SEC Championships, freshman Jada Sims moved into sixth-place in the school record book with a pentathlon score of 3,410. Sims reached that number with a career-best leap of 5.18 meters (17 feet, 0 inches) in the long jump, a personal-best 2:33.09 in the 800 meters, and matched a collegiate best with a high jump of 1.65 meters (5-05 ft.).

Top Finishers

Vanderbilt scored in the distance medley relay with a sixth-place finish of 11:38.44. Senior Reagan Bustamante took the first 1,200 meters and handed to Jordan Smith after 3:39.76. Smith finished the 400 in 55.60 and was followed by Haley Walker who finished 800 meters in 2:12.42 and Grace Jensen went the final 1,600 meters in 4:50.78.

Bustamante also just missed the cut time for the finals of the 800 meters. She finished fourth in her heat and 10th overall at 2:12.24.

Meanwhile, freshman Josephine Dal was one-hundredth off her personal best time—which also ranks No. 7 in school history—in the 60 hurdles (8.84). And Madison Fuller was just four-hundredths away from a personal record in the 200 meters at 24.87.

In the 5,000 meters, Anna Grace Morgan and Gillian Mortimer each posted personal bests. Morgan finished in 17:08.28 and Mortimer was not far behind in 17:13.54.

On Deck

Day Two of the SEC Indoor Championships will being with the high jump at 1:15 p.m. The first track event will be Moffett’s mile and the meet will conclude with the 4×400-meter relay at 6:55 p.m.