NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt pole vaulter Kristen Denk took home first at the Music City Challenge on Saturday at the Vanderbilt Multipurpose Center.
Denk cleared the bar at 4.23 meters (13-10.5) to seal the event. The winning clearance was just shy of her personal record.
Junior Margaret Ollinger continues the Commodores’ success at pole vault by finishing in fourth place with an indoor personal-best of 4.03 meters (13-2.5). A third Commodore vaulter, Caleigh Lofstead, cleared 3.88 meters (12-8.75) to earn an 11th-place result.
Several other Vanderbilt student-athletes finished with personal bests in their respective events. Jacqueline Pinon posted a personal-best of 10:01.60 in the 3,000-meter run to earn a sixth-place finish. Four more Commodores athletes competed in the 3,000, with Anna Grace Morgan taking 12th (10:04.40) followed by Kacie Breeding in 15th (10:12.29), Ana Wallace in 20th (10:15.20) and Devon Grisbaum in 35th (10:53.96).
Lauren Moffett set a best in the mile, running in 4:58.41. Also in the mile, Kendall Derry posted a 4:54.22 and Ginger Hutton finished in 5:01.18.
In the 800-meter run, Reagan Bustamante had the best result of the indoor season, finishing eighth with a 2:09.10 effort. She was followed by Grace Jenson (17th, 2:13.37) and Emily Cohen (2:18.80).
Jordan Smith was the Commodores’ fastest competitor in the 60-meter dash, finishing in 8.38.
The Commodores had two student-athletes in the 400 meters. Taiya Shelby posted a fifth-place mark in 55.17. Regan Clay followed her with an 18th-place finish in 57.19.
The Commodores are off until Feb. 21-23 when they will travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to compete in the SEC Indoor Championships.