BLACKSBURG, Virginia – Youth movement continued for Tennessee Athletics as freshman pole vaulter Sara Borton tied Lady Vol’s freshman pole vault record on Saturday at the Virginia Tech Challenge.
Borton cleared a height of 4.22m (13-10), equaling Kristen Denk’s freshman record set in 2016.
“We have a very talented freshman group,” Director of Athletics/Cross Country Beth Alford Sullivan noted. “We saw great energy coming from them and a lot of focus on putting themselves forward and taking risks. They trained towards a goal and chased it. Canaan last night and Sara today didn’t are just the latest examples of that. It’s been a really fun two weeks seeing so many of our freshman records fall.”
Also, in the pole vault, Natalie Lark set a personal best with a clearance of 3.92m (12-10.25), while Hannah Jefcoat achieved a season high with a height of 4.22m (13-10).
In the men’s triple jump, Elliot Barrer took the win at 15.36m (50-4.75). The mark is also a personal best for the Memphis native.
Kala Penn and Mikele Vickers were in action in the women’s triple jump, placing second and fourth respectively. Penn’s best jump was 12.77m (41-10.75), while Vickers finished with a better mark at 12.48m (40-11.5).
ALFORD-SULLIVAN’S FINAL THOUGHT
“We took a small group to Virginia Tech and it feels good to give some people a final tune-up before the SEC Championships next weekend. It was a productive weekend. The SEC next week will be a battle royale. We’re gearing up for that and are excited to get out of town on Wednesday and get it started.”
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Sara Borton – Women’s Pole Vault – 4.22m (13-10) – Tied freshman record
Natalie Lark – Women’s Pole Vault – 3.92m (12-10.25)
Elliot Barrer – Men’s Triple Jump – 15.36m (50-4.75)
Tennessee’s indoor playoffs begin next week at the 2022 SEC Indoor Championships in Bryan-College Station, Texas. The conference meeting is scheduled for Friday and Saturday February 25 and 26 at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.
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