New school records at SECs

Feb. 25, 2012

Day 1 Results | Live Scoring and Results

The Commodores set new school and personal records in Saturday’s events at the SEC Indoor Championships in Lexington, Kentucky.

“Pretty good day at the track for the women,” said head coach Steve Keith. “It’s been quite a while when a Vanderbilt team has gone into the final day in 8th place.”

Meagan Martin scored in the pole vault to set the Dores on the right foot for Saturday’s events with a 12-11.50 (3.95m) clearance, a new personal record that outstripped her 3.86m PR matched earlier this indoor season at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational. The jump set a new school record, as Martin became the No. 1 on the all-time list with her performance.

“Meagan jumped well and made her school record on her third attempt,” said Keith. “She handled the pressure of the conference meet very well and had her mind set on scoring in the top eight. Morgan also competed well and had one of her best SEC performances in finishing 11th.”

Jordan White set a new personal record in the 3000m event as well, finishing in 9:32.00 and placing 5th overall. Teammate Liz Anderson scored 7th overall with a time of 9:33.17. Both scored in the event for the overall team total.

“The 3000 was tactical and slow through the first mile at 5:13,” said Keith. “Jordan and Liz handled the change to a faster pace well and finished the second half of their race picking off some valuable places for team points.”

Kristen Findley ran well finishing 3rd in her heat of the mile but fell just short of the top two qualifying places,” said Keith. “Her heat was also very tactical and while she finished her mile with a 66 for her last quarter she came up just a little short. And Kara Slavoski had a very nice lifetime best of 4:58 running under 5:00 for the first time and finishing off her indoor season on a good note.”

The freshmen had several great performances as well, with Grace Orders dropping 12 seconds in her personal best, running 9:48 and finishing as one of the top freshmen in the race. Freshman Janetra Gleaves, competing in the Pentathlon that opened the SEC Indoor Championship, ran a PR and became the No. 2 on the all-time Vanderbilt list with a time of 8.66 in the 60 hurdles. However, a no height in the high jump put her behind in scoring.

“The combined events can be cruel like that and demand a steady patient mind to handle the highs and lows,” said Keith. “Overall, a good experience and hopefully one that will provide some motivation.”

The Commodores wrap up the Indoor Championships tomorrow. They’ll kick things off with the high jump event.