Jan. 11, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Vanderbilt track team brought home two important items from their weekend trip to Birmingham -- -- experience and confidence.
Competing in the UAB Blazer Invite, the young Commodores held their own against a talented field of roughly 40 teams, and head coach Steve Keith said his team made positive strides throughout the two-day event.
"All in all, we saw some good things," said Keith. "This was all about getting our feet wet and getting our eyes open (in regard to) the freshmen."
A large number of Commodores earned top-10 finishes during both days of the Invite to highlight Vanderbilt's solid showing.
Vanderbilt's Megan Yohe captured second place in Saturday's 5000-meter run with a time of 18:16.19, Brionne Williams took second place in the high jump at 1.74m, and Katherine Delaney took fifth place in the one-mile run with a time of 5:05.05.
Jennifer Cannon also had a strong showing this weekend, finishing sixth in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.70. Cannon was fourth in the preliminaries.
"Making the finals is a great experience (for her), and that goes a long way," said Keith.
Vanderbilt's 4x4 relay team took seventh place with a time of 3:50.71.
Vanderbilt's Sarah Goodale had a busy -- and productive -- weekend.
She finished 19th (at 1:18.84) in the 500-meter dash, took 50th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.46 and was 51st in the shot put at 9.89m.
Cannon was 53rd in the shot put at 9.79m.
Other highlights for Vanderbilt included during the weekend included Courtney Clayton finishing fifth in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:16.80; Sarah Bell taking fifth in the pole vault by clearing 3.95m and Simone Charley taking fourth in the triple jump (12.22m).
Keith said this weekend's event helped the Commodores move closer to where they want to be. "Now it's time for us to flip the switch and get more in the competitive frame of mind," he said.
Vanderbilt is back in action next weekend at the Auburn Invitational, and then returns home to host its second meet in the school's new multi-purpose facility on Jan. 24-25.
"(The Invite) gives us a lot to work on and talk about going into next weekend," Keith said.