NASHVILLE, Tenn. – While Corey Claiborne was breaking the shot put record on the men's side, Belmont University's female throwers were having themselves a mighty fine day as well.
The Belmont women's track team posted a dozen personal records at Saturday's Vanderbilt Opener, including four in the shot put and weight throw events at the 2017-18 indoor track and field season's first meet.
Senior Alyssa Andersen (Oswego, Ill.) was responsible for two of them, surpassing her previous best weight throw by a full 3 feet with a toss of 55 feet, 11.5 inches. That landed her fifth. She was also 10th in the shot put with a new best of 38-6.
Her shot put mark trailed teammate and junior Karly Hibbard (Edmonds, Wash.), who was sixth with a throw of 41-1.5.
Belmont's runners posted strong times across all distances. Freshman Callie Freeman (Tulsa, Okla.) had the best finish in the 60- and 200-meter races and Payton Barlow (White House, Tenn.) led the way in a 400 race that saw three Bruins break the 1-minute barrier. Barlow, another freshman, finished in 58.29 seconds with sophomore Katrina Quigley (Nashville, Tenn.) crossing the finish line in 59.57 and junior Annelise Doerr (Fountain Valley, Calif.) following in 59.82.
"That was Anne's first time going sub-60 in the 400, which is really good psychologically for her to get under that," said Belmont Associate Head Track Coach Cameron Harvey.
Sophomore Lark Morrison (Nashville, Tenn.) was 12th in the 800 at 2:25.36, which shaved 6 seconds off her previous best in the event.
"The sprinters as a whole are pretty fit, a few things we need to tune up, but I feel good about the ladies," Harvey said of the first meet's performance. "They had a really solid all-around day."
The Bruins will now break for the holidays before returning to Vandy Fieldhouse for the Commodore Invitational on Jan. 12-13.
BELMONT ONLY RESULTS
15. Caroline Pruitt, fr., 9.22*
17. Kelsey Kay Herring, fr., 16-0.25 (4.88m)