Barron (Vanderbilt - Pontiac Notre Dame Prep HS) adds to school records at Challenge
Provided by Vanderbilt
Event: Music City Challenge
Day, Date: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 12-13
Site: Vanderbilt Indoor Multi-purpose Facility
Link to Results: HERE
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NASHVILLE - Make no mistake about it: The Vanderbilt track and field team was up for the Challenge.
Competing in their final regular-season meet, the Commodores set four school records and posted a continual series of personal bests during this weekend's Music City Challenge at the Vanderbilt Multi-Purpose Complex.
Two of the record-setting marks came on Saturday, when Sarah Bell broke her own school record in the pole vault by clearing 13-9.25 (4.20m) and Sara Barron posted a Vanderbilt-best time of 4:39.96 in the mile.
Their shining performances put the exclamation point on a weekend that started with school records being broken on Friday night by All-American Simone Charley in the triple jump and Jake Van Geffen in the 5k. Charley broke her own record -- and set the nation's third-best mark of the season -- with a leap of 43.9.75, and Van Geffen shattered his previous best while earning a sixth-place finish 5k with a time of 14:52.17.
The Commodores posted seven times/distances that ranked among the school's all-time Top-10 on Saturday alone, and a total of 10 facility records were broken during the weekend.
Vanderbilt head coach Steve Keith said he was pleased with the Commodores' showing, and said he believes it will give his team another boost of momentum going into the SEC Championships in two weeks. For a full interview with Keith, see video below.
Barron's effort in the mile spearheaded a dominating performance by the Commodores, who had five individuals set new PRs while claiming five of the top-10 spots in the race.
Barron finished in second place with her school-record time of 4:39.96, Katherine Delaney was fifth at 4:46.61, Carmen Carlos was seventh at 4:48.22, Sara Tsai was eighth at 4:49.81 and Vanessa Valentine was 10th at 4:51.03. Megan Huebner was 15th at 4:58.36. (Mississippi State star Marta Freitas won the event at 4:38.24).
Delaney's time ranks as the No. 2 mark on VU's all-time list. Carlos and Tsai moved into the No. 7 and 9 spots, respectively, on Vanderbilt's all-time list.
Caroline Pietrzyk finished seventh in the 3k with a personal-best time of 9:32.47, and Courtney Kriegshauser was right behind her in eighth place with a PR of 9:32.92. Pietrzyk's time ranks No. 5 on Vanderbilt's all-time list and Kriegshauser's time is No. 6. Devon Grisbaum set an indoor PR with a time of 10:08.62 and finished 26th.
Jennifer Edobi took third in the 400 with a time of 54.11, Skyler Carpenter (running unattached) was eighth at 56.00 and Faith Washington was 10th at 56.17.
Ginger Hutton set a PR in the 800 at 2:13.36 to take 14th, followed by teammate Lydia Witty in 15th at 2:13.99. Reagan Anderson posted a time of 2:17.50.
The Vanderbilt men also had a solid showing this weekend, including the school record by Van Geffen on Friday in the 5k, and a new indoor PR by Caleb Casolaro in the 3k at 9:11.72.
Vanderbilt will next compete on Feb. 26-27 at the SEC Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.
Saturday's Results (Vanderbilt)
7 - Caroline Pietrzyk - 9:32.47
8 - Courtney Kriegshauser - 9:32.92
26 - Devon Grisbaum - 10:08.62
32 - Caleb Casolaro - 9:11.72
22 - Nikolaos Gkotsis - 4:20.12
27 - Waqqas Fazili - 4:35.30
29 - Sam DeFabrizio - 4:36.70
3 - Sarah Bell - 13-9.25 (4.20m)
T-9 - Megan McCabe - 12-0.0 (3.66m)
15 - Erin Hardnett - 8.93
2 - Sara Barron - 4:39.96
5 - Katherine Delaney - 4:46.61
7 - Carmen Carlos - 4:48.22
8 - Sara Tsai - 4:49.81
10 - Vanessa Valentine - 4:51.03
15 - Megan Huebner - 4:58.36
3 - Jennifer Edobi - 54.11
8 - Skyler Carpenter (unattached) - 56.00
10 - Faith Washington - 56.17
14 - Ginger Hutton - 2:13.36
15 - Lydia Witty - 2:13.99
24 - Reagan Anderson - 2:17.50
Friday's Results (Vanderbilt)
T-4 - Ashlyn Hare - 5-5.75 (1.67m)
2 - Simone Charley - 43.9.75 (13.35m)
18 - Faith Washington -25.19
36 - Erin Hardnett - 25.98
6- Jake Van Geffen - 14:52.17
7 - Nick French - 14:55.00
9 - Jason Vincze - 15:00.44
13 - Dan Arthur - 15:59.82
14 - Evan Suzman 16:02.22