Feb. 7, 2008
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After enjoying a week off from competition, the Vanderbilt track and field team returns to action this weekend at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind. The event marks the homestretch for the Commodores in the indoor regular season as the `Dores only have three weeks until the Southeastern Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships.
"We've been trying to get some training in during our week off," Vanderbilt track and field head coach D'Andre Hill said. "We want to tweak some things competition wise before we get to the conference indoor meet. It will be interesting to see how the ability to train for the last 10 days has helped the kids."
Vanderbilt was last in action two weekends ago at the Middle Tennessee Classic in Murfreesboro. The `Dores posted some of their best performances of the year as junior Lauryn Smith captured the long jump with a jump of 18'10. Freshman Katherine Hendricks also posted a season-best mark in the pole vault as she cleared 11'02.25.
"Lauryn had a big jump at Middle Tennessee and hopefully she can continue to move forward," Hill said. "Katherine is jumping close to her PR which is exciting for us right now."
This weekend's meet will also mark the season debut of sophomore Cherice Robertson. Last year, Robertson had a promising season cut short by a knee injury. She recorded the third-best pentathlon score in school history at the 2007 SEC Indoor Championships with 3,447 points.
Competition at the Notre Dame Loftus Sports Center begins Friday at 5 p.m. and continues on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.