Jan. 24, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- With her team competing in front of its hometown fans, Vanderbilt sophomore Jennifer Cannon gave the Commodore crowd something to cheer about right away.
Just moments after the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational started, Cannon delivered an outstanding performance -- and set a personal record -- in the high jump by clearing 1.74m.
Vanderbilt senior standout Brionne Williams also cleared that mark, as she and Cannon each earned Top-5 finishes in the event, finishing third and fourth.
Their performances were among numerous highlights for the Commodores on the opening day of the two-day event, which resumes on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
The Invitational was Vanderbilt's first home meet in more than a month, and just the second-ever event held inside the school's new multi-purpose facility.
"There was a lot of excitement from our team, and from a lot of other teams too," said Vanderbilt head coach Steve Keith. "I think they were pleasantly surprised when they walked and saw the facility. I think everyone gave some enthused performances."
Keith praised the performances of Williams and Cannon in the high jump.
"For (Cannon) to be jumping at 5-10 was probably a real eye-opener for her," said Keith. "But that's what she'll need to do to be really competitive in the penthalons (this season)."
As for Williams, she has delivered a stream of top-tier performances throughout her career, and Friday was the latest entry to the list.
Vanderbilt's distance medley "A" team provided excitement for the hometown fans, earning a second-place finish with a time of 11:49.12. Georgia's "A" team won the event at 11:24.86.
In the 5000-meter run, Vanderbilt's Claire Benjamin took ninth place with a time of 17:24.69, and teammate Vanessa Valentine was 16th at 17:43.19. Megan Yohe was 22nd at 18:15.62.
The second day of the Invitational begins with the men's and women's 3000-meter hurdles at 10:30 a.m. The final event of the day, the 4x400 relays, is scheduled for 4:50 p.m.