COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Vanderbilt added an individual and a relay into the school record book on the final day of the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday inside Gilliam Indoor Stadium.
“This is always a really tough meet and everyone gave their full competitive effort,” said head coach Steve Keith. “About two-thirds of our athletes at this meet were freshmen or sophomores and our younger kids will grow.
“Lauren (Moffett)’s mile was really big and to score as a senior made it all the more special. Grace (Jensen) ran tough as our anchor in the DMR and then won a massive section of the 3k. I think we represented Vanderbilt well.”
Senior Lauren Moffett raced for an SEC title in the mile. Moffett, who reached the finals with a fourth-place showing of 4:52.24 in the preliminaries, placed sixth overall. She crossed the finish line in 4:49.76.
Rearranging Record Book
Sophomore Grace Jensen posted the ninth-best finish in the 3,000 meters in school history, and the 4×400-meter relay finished in 3:44.14 to slide into 10th place in the program’s record book.
Jensen won a crowded section of the 3,000 which featured nearly 40 athletes. She finished in 9:37.99 which was the fastest for a Commodore in four years.
Kaira Brown (56.04), Jordan Smith (54.64), Regan Clay (57.60) and Madison Fuller (55.88) etched their name into the relay records.
In the pole vault, senior Margaret Ollinger capped her indoor career with a ninth-place finish. She cleared the opening height of 3.95 meters (12 feet, 11 1/2 inches) on her second attempt. Ollinger’s day ended when the bar moved to 4.10 meters (13-05.25 ft.), which would have been a personal best for Ollinger.
Vanderbilt also scored three points in the distance medley relay on Friday and finished 14th with six points.
Outdoor season begins with the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the Florida State Relays, in Tallahassee, Florida, March 27-28.