Friday Night Under the Lights

Medalists, qualifiers, and records

OXFORD, Mississippi – The weather might’ve delayed the start to the second day of the SEC Outdoor Championships, but the Vanderbilt track and field team rose to the challenge on Friday night.

The meet began for the Commodores with Jada Sims (4.89 meters) and Jess Creedon (5.23 meters) resuming the heptathlon, in the long jump. The duo continued on in the javelin with Sims setting a personal best of 33.39 meters and Creedon reaching 29.91 meters. In the final event of the heptathlon, the 800 meters, the pair finished third and fourth overall.

Creedon tallied a total of 4,744 points. Sims led the way with a total of 4,928 points and finished seventh overall, while setting the new ninth mark all-time in the event.

Grace Jensen‘s time of 4:16.99 in the 1,500 meter preliminaries qualified her for a spot in the finals on Saturday. Jensen finished 10th overall. Cameron Fawcett (4:30.19, personal best), Haley Walker (4:38.26), and Julia Rosenberg (4:39.87) also competed in the event.

In a down-to-the-wire competition, Divine Oladipo finished second overall in the shot put. Her 17.97 meter effort reset her very own school record and is ranked nationally as well as in the SEC.

Taiya Shelby cruised to the finish in the 400 meter prelims at 52.59, qualifying for a spot in the finals tomorrow, at eighth overall. Kaira Brown (54.59) and Madison Fuller (55.64) also raced in the event.

Haley Bishop found redemption in the 100 meter dash and qualified to tomorrow’s finals with a time of 11.56 in fourth place.

Joslin Blair competed in the final event of the night for Vanderbilt, the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Blair’s time of 10:51.00 is not only a personal best but is the new eighth best time in the event all-time.

The Dores will return to the track for the third and final day of the SEC Outdoor Championships on Saturday, beginning with the discus at 12:30 p.m.