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Walnut, Calif. - University of Alabama freshman distance runner Katelyn Greenleaf produced one of the finest distance performances in Crimson Tide outdoor track history Thursday evening at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.
Greenleaf placed eighth in the women's Olympic Development 10,000 meters in a time of 34 minutes, 52.13 seconds. That performance ranks seventh on the UA all-time list in the 10k and is a personal best for Greenleaf, in addition to being a time that will likely qualify her for the upcoming NCAA Regional meet in May.
The rest of the Alabama track and field team travels to Baton Rouge, La., this Saturday where the Crimson Tide will compete at the LSU Alumni Gold meet against a field that includes several of the nation's best collegiate teams.
Vandy Wins Three at Invite
NASHVILLE -- The Vanderbilt track and field team scored three victories at day one of the Vanderbilt Invitational. Sara Barron was victorious in the 1,500 meters, Jordan White won the 5,000 meters and Amira Joseph won the steeplechase.
Track action for the day started with the 200 meters. Vanderbilt's Jennifer Cannon placed eighth with a time of 24.61, which is a personal best and ties for the sixth best mark in program history. Faith Washington was 16th in the 200, crossing the line in 24.98.
Next up was the 1,500 meters. Vanderbilt's Hannah Jumper was a rabbit in the race, pacing the field before pulling out. She paved the way for Sara Barron, Kristen Findley and Grace Orders to battle it out. Barron was able to pull ahead in the end, crossing in 4:20.36. That marks a personal best for the freshman and is the second-best time in program history.
Kristen Findley, who is the school record holder in the event, was next in 4:22.04. Harding's Ewa Zaborowska was third (4:28.14) before another Commodore, Lily Williams, crossed the line fourth in 4:29.01.
Women's track action for the day concluded with the 5,000 meters. The plan for Vanderbilt was again to use Jumper to set the pace early, before turning it over. The execution was again on the money, as six of the top 10 finishers were wearing black and gold.
Jordan White and Allie Scalf battled to the end, with Scalf leading most of the final lap before White overtook her at the end and won by a tenth of a second. White posted a time of 16:40.39, which is eighth in the VU record book.
After Scalf, Vanessa Valentine was fourth with a personal record of 16:53.29. Grace Orders placed eighth (16:59.95), Kristen Smith was ninth (17:06.00) and Claire Benjamin was 10th (17:06.20).
Several of the Vanderbilt men's cross country runners had the opportunity to run in the men's 5,000 meters.
John Ewing was 10th, finishing in 15:00.53. Nick French (15:04.96) and Matthew Cleveland (15:08.22) joined Ewing in the top 10. The times were personal bests for all three.
Day two begins with the hammer at 10:00 a.m. The remaining field and running events get underway at Noon. There will be a short ceremony to honor the graduating seniors at 11:30 a.m.
Vols Own Vault on Friday
NASHVILLE - Juniors Chase Brannon and Tyler Porter and freshman standout Jake Blankenship dominated the men's pole vault competition on the opening day of the Vanderbilt Invitational, placing first, second and third in the event, respectively.
The only three at the meet to eclipse 5.00-meters (16-4.75), Brannon led the way with a mark of 17-feet, 5-inches (5.31m), while Porter earned the silver after clearing a height of 17-1 (5.21m). Blankenship, last week's winner of the Sea Ray Relays, finished third with a mark of 16-7.25 (5.06m).
With four wins in the indoor season, the Vol vaulters have now won a combined seven meets in 2013.
After winning the 400m Showcase at Tennessee's home Sea Ray Relays last week, Lady Vol freshman Felicia Brown continued to roll, winning the 200m in a wind-legal lifetime best of 23.19 seconds. That mark is good for 12th in the nation and 9th in the Southeastern Conference entering the weekend. Classmate Emily Yarnell placed sixth in the event (24.44).
In the men's 1,500-meter race, junior Alex McCandless notched a personal record of 4:00.62 to place 10th.
Jazmen Townsend also placed 10th in the women's long jump with a mark of 16-5.25 (5.01m).
Earlier in the day, senior Vol thrower Drew Thomas finished 15th in the men's hammer throw at the 55th annual Mt. SAC Relays. Thomas recorded a throw of 183-2 (55.84m). Thomas and the rest of the Vol and Lady Vol throwers also competed in the Soka Peace Invitational in La Jolla, Calif., on Friday.
In the women's discus competition, Lady Vols Aslynn Halvorson, Cassie Wertman and Jessie Harrison all posted top-five finishes with Halvorson claiming the win. Halvorson recorded a mark of 152-6 (46.49m) to pick up the victory, while Wertman placed third (147-1/44.83m). Harrison carded a fifth-place finish (141-8/43.18m). Men's results for the Soka Peace Invitational are not currently available.
The Big Orange throwers are back in action tomorrow out west in the Long Beach State Beach Invitational and Mt. SAC Relays, while the rest of this week's Tennessee competitors will conclude the weekend at the Vanderbilt Invitational.
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