Hendricks breaks Vanderbilt pole vault record

April 25, 2010

Final Stats

NORMAN, Okla. – The Vanderbilt women’s track team competed in the Sooner Invitational at the University of Oklahoma on Saturday. Battling strong winds, the Commodores had a strong showing led by junior Katherine Hendricks, who set the school record in the pole vault.

Hendricks, who now owns the indoor and outdoor pole vault records for Vanderbilt, cleared 12-00.50 to surpass her and teammate Morgan Toone’s previous school best of 11-11.75, set a week ago at the Vanderbilt Invitational. Hendricks finished the event tied for second.

“The ladies did a real nice job today,” assistant coach Clark Humphreys commented. “They competed hard and mixed it up today. We competed against a lot of Midwest schools that we don’t get to see a lot.”

The Commodores also saw many season highs from their veterans at the Sooner Invite.

Senior Buky Bamigboye had a season high in the long jump, finishing fourth with a jump of 19-04.00. Bamigboye also had a season high in the 100 meter hurdles (14.71) and competed in the 400 meter hurdles for the first time this season, finishing in 1:06.77.

Other outdoor season highs included senior Mallory Hitt in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 15.22, junior Taylor Jackson in the 200 meter dash, finishing seventh with a time of 24.25, and sophomore Meagan Martin clearing 11-06.50.

“Windy conditions made it tough to get some things done,” noted Vanderbilt head coach D’Andre Hill. “Executing in these conditions was rough, but the girls really pushed through.”

The Commodores return to competition May 12-15 at the SEC Championships hosted by the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.