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Denk Leads Vandy Women at SEC Indoor with 3rd Place Finish

Kristen Denk placed 3rd at SEC Indoors setting a new school record

NCAA Basketball: Georgia at Vanderbilt Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Kristen Denk vaulted 14’ 2.5” for a new school record and third finish this past weekend at the SEC Indoor Championships hosted by Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Denk, a Junior, finished second to two Arkansas robots vaulters Alexix Jacobus and Victoria Hoggard who vaulted 4.68m (15’ 3.5”) and 4.60m (15’ 1”), respectively. Both Jacobus and Hoggard are ranked first and second in the nation in the PV while Denk is 12th.

Denk’s finish was met with a 7th and 9th place finish by Margaret Ollinger and Caliegh Lofstead who vaulted 4.09m (13’ 4”) and 3.94m (12’ 9”) each.

The three vaulters were the highest finishes for the Commodores at the meet. Haley Walker placed 10th in the 800m with a heat time of 2:08.91 but failed to qualify for the finals. Senior Ginger Hutton placed 11th in the mile with a time of 4:54.13.

The ‘Dores DMR team placed 8th with three freshman (Taiya Shelby, Grace Jensen, and Haley Walker) and Junior Reagan Bustamante. The team ran 11:48.67 defeating Texas A&M, Alabama, Georgia, and Miss St.

The Commodore team is a great mix of experience upperclassmen and talented freshmen, but the best performances came from the experienced runners. However, the DMR and Walker’s 800m are good signs for the outdoor season.