March 27, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Commodore women’s track team earned eight individual victories in the second day of competition at Black and Gold Invitational Saturday on campus.
The individual wins included a new 100-meter dash school record by Anna Carr. The sophomore won in 11.92, eclipsing the former team mark of 11.93 set by Andrea Rosemond in 2005.
Later, Carr also moved into the Vanderbilt top five in the 200-meter dash, winning in a personal best 24.5.
“Anna’s been working so hard and indoor has set her up so well for outdoor,” said Vanderbilt head coach D’Andre Hill. “Anna also had a great leg in the 4×1 and had outstanding performances in the 100 and 200.”
Junior Taylor Jackson finished behind Carr in the 100 and 200, earning a third in the 100 (12.04) and second in the 200 (24.73).
Buky Bamigboye, a graduate student who was competing in her first competition as a Commodore, captured the high jump with a 5-5 clearance and ran third in the 100-meter hurdles with a 14.87 effort.
“Buky has really put together some great individual events that, if put together, can help her make a run at SECs and Nationals,” assistant coach Clark Humphreys noted. Hill added, “Buky brings a ton of energy and I think she’s excited about setting up the rest of her season.”
Sophomore Teegan Hill also came up big, finishing second with a 59:04 effort in the 400 meters.
Carr, Bamigboye, Hill and Jackson also teamed to win the 4×100-meter relay in 47.02.
The women’s 3,000 meter run was a Vanderbilt affair as Louise Hannallah, Kristabel Doebel-Hickok, and Alexa Rogers earned the top three positions. Hannallah kept the lead the entire race, finishing with a time of 9:58.69. Doebel-Hickok and Rogers stayed in a pack with Hannallah until the end, finishing with times of 10:04.44 and 10:08.88, respectively.
“The plan was to run under control the first five laps and then run hard the last two,” distances coach Steve Keith said. “They ran like we wanted and it was certainly a collective effort.”
“Rita did well despite battling food poisoning and a few other issues. She had a good day and was able to build on her races from the indoor season. We look forward to what she can do this season,” Keith commented.
The field events had a strong showing as junior Katherine Hendricks finished first in the pole vault with a jump of 11-5.75. “Kat was already jumping at school record height for outdoor,” so the reigning Vanderbilt indoor pole vault record holder “will be looking to break the outdoor record very soon,” noted Humphreys.
Senior Mallory Hitt won the women’s javelin with a throw of 104.2 feet. She also ran fifth in the hurdles with a time of 15.74.
Freshman Allie Scalf finished second in her first outing ever in the women’s 2,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 7:25.93. Keith commented that though this was her first time ever competing in the steeplechase, “Allie handled the hurdles and the water pit really well and she may have found herself a new event.”
Vanderbilt heads to Gainesville, Fla. next weekend for the Florida Relays.