Women's Track
VU hosting High School Indoor Invitational

Vanderbilt's new multi-purpose facility will host more than 500 high school athletes this weekend.
Vanderbilt's new multi-purpose facility will host more than 500 high school athletes this weekend.

Jan. 31, 2014

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For the second straight weekend, Vanderbilt's new indoor facility will be a hub of activity.

This time, though, the athletes will be a little younger.

After hosting a collegiate invitational last weekend, the venue is hosting the Vanderbilt High School Indoor Invitational on Saturday. The meet will include roughly 550 entrants, with representatives from eight different states.

The action starts on Saturday at 8 a.m. Tickets are $7 each and can be purchased at the facility.

"After seeing some phenomenal performances last weekend, I can't wait to see the high school kids do the same," said Vanderbilt coach Steve Keith. "It's a really fast surface and it's a great setting."

Keith said the Indoor Invitational will be an annual event at Vanderbilt's indoor facility, which hosted a meet for the first time in December.

"To be hosting this type of meet is outstanding," said Keith. "The quality of the field (of athletes) is outstanding, and will only get better in the years ahead."

Some competitors are traveling from as far away as Maine to be in Nashville this weekend.

The event will feature many of the top prep athletes in the nation, with 22 individuals who are ranked in the top 25 nationally, including seven who are ranked among the Top-10. The girls' 200 will include six runners who are ranked among the nation's top-25

A total of 28 Tennessee state champions from last year's outdoor meet are scheduled to compete.

"I think it's very important for the mid-state kids to be able to compete in an event like this without having to travel (very far)," said Keith. "Hopefully, it will help them develop."

This weekend's most competitive entry is the boys mile, which took 4:42 to make the list and 4:28 to make the first heat. Three competitors entered at 4:15 or better.



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