VU goes split squad

Brionne Williams, a 2013 Indoor All-American, will be making her outdoor debut at the Florida Relays.

April 4, 2013

The Vanderbilt track and field team will compete at two meets this weekend, with the distance runners heading to the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va., while the rest of the squad heads to the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla.

It marks the third weekend of competition on the outdoor season for the Commodores, following the annual Black & Gold meet at the Vanderbilt Track and the Yellow Jacket Invitational last weekend. The early highlight for Vanderbilt is freshman Sara Barron, who ran a 1,500 meter time of 4:21.80 at the Black & Gold. Her mark ranks second in the Southeastern Conference, 11th in the East region and 22nd in the nation. Her time is also the fifth-best nationally for a freshman.

Competing for the first time in the outdoor season will be junior high jumper Brionne Williams. The Hoover, Ala., native became the first Commodore to earn All-America honors since 2005 by finishing 15th in the nation at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Williams' top jump of the indoor season was 1.83 meters (6') and she will look to build on a carrer-best outdoor mark of 1.78 meters (5' 10").

69th Annual Pepsi Florida Relays - April 5-6 (University of Florida)

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The Florida Relays get underway on Friday, April 5. Collegiate action begins with field competition at 11:00 a.m. CT, with collegiate track action opening at 11:35 a.m. CT. The Florida Relays will provide one of the deepest competition fields for Vanderbilt this year, including six women's teams ranked among the nation's top 25. It is one of the most historic meets in collegiate track and field, having been held annually since 1939 (with the exception of of a five-year hiaitus during World War II).

Commodores currently scheduled to compete (all times Central):
High Jump (Friday - 4:30 p.m.): Brionne Williams, Ellie Tidman
100 meter hurdles (Friday - 11:35 a.m.): Janetra Gleaves, Jennifer Cannon
400 meter hurdles (Friday - 2:55 p.m.): Jennifer Cannon, Faith Washington, Skyler Carpenter
4x400 meter relay (Saturday - 6:20 p.m.)
4x100 meter shuttle hurdle (Saturday - 11:00 a.m.) 

48th Annual Colonial Relays - April 5-6 (College of William & Mary)

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The Commodore distance runners will head the Colonial Relays, hosted by William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. The black and gold have performed very well, with last year's meet highlighted by Kristen Smith running the second-best 5K time in program history.

Commodores currently scheduled to compete (all times Central):
4x800 meter relay (Saturday - 11:20 a.m.)
Distance medley relay (Saturday - Noon)
1,500 meters (Friday - 6:15 p.m.): Kristen Findley, Sara Barron, Lily Williams, Hannah Jumper
3,000 meters (Friday - 9:25 a.m.): Kristen Smith, Kristen Findley
5,000 meters (Friday - 6:55 p.m.): Liz Anderson, Allie Scalf, Jordan White, Grace Orders, Vanessa Valentine, Megan Yohe, Claire Benjamin
3,000 meter steeplechase (Friday - 4:00 p.m.): Amira Joseph, Rebecca Chandler

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