March 26, 2014
The members of the Vanderbilt track team are accustomed to spending their weekends on the road while competing at various venues around the nation.
This time, the competition is coming to them.
The Commodores are set to host the annual Black and Gold meet this weekend, with more than 600 athletes -- representing at least 15 schools -- scheduled to participate in the two-day event. The meet opens at 4 p.m. on Friday at the Vanderbilt track complex, and resumes on Saturday at 10 a.m. Admission is free.
The event, which is the Commodores' only home meet of the outdoor season, will have special significance for the Vanderbilt program. The team will salute four seniors -- Brionne Williams, Megan Yohe, Kara Slavoski and David McAdams -- during a ceremony on Saturday at 11:15 a.m.
Vanderbilt head coach Steve Keith said the Black and Gold event is another chance for the Commodore coaching staff to gauge the progress of the team, and to show that the team's preparation is paying off.
"They are working real hard right now; it's a pretty high volume period for all the kids," said Keith. "We're just trying to hit all the bases right now, training and competing.
"This (weekend), we'll try to get a better assessment of where the distance kids are because we will have pretty much all of them (in action)," he said.
Vanderbilt opened the outdoor segment of its schedule last weekend, competing in the Alabama Relays. The Commodores had several impressive performances, including a first-place finish by the sprint medley team -- comprised of Erin Edmond, Jennifer Cannon, Courtney Clayton and Skyler Carpenter -- with a time of 3:56.19.
Keith said last weekend's event was a great learning experience for his team.
"Some of the younger ones got their feet wet, which was good," he said, "and running relays is always fun. It's a team-bonding building kind of thing and I wish we could do more of that."
As for this weekend's meet, Keith is hoping for more good results from his team. He is also hoping for cooperative weather, although he knows there could be an interesting mix of elements.
"We'll get a little a bit of everything, probably," said Keith. "Any time in March you never know what you are going to get."
Women's 200m Dash:
Women's 400m Dash:
Women's 800m Run:
Women's 1,500m Run:
Women's 3,000m Run:
Women's 100m Hurdles:
Women's 400m Intermediate Hurdles:
Women's 2,000m Steeplechase:
Women's 4 x 400m Relay:
Carpenter, Goodale, Edmond, Clayton
Women's High Jump:
Women's Pole Vault:
Women's Shot Put: