NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt’s track and field team returns to Oxford, Miss., this weekend for the second time in three weeks to participate in the Mississippi Open on Saturday, May 2. Competition will begin Saturday at the Ole Miss Track and Field Complex starting with the men’s hammer throw and women’s javelin at 11:30 a.m.
The Commodores will compete against several teams from the southeast region this weekend as Alabama, Arkansas-Little Rock, Memphis, Mississippi State, Birmingham Southern, Southern Miss and UAB are all expected to run.
Vanderbilt had somewhat of a quiet week on the track last week as the team studied and prepared for final exams. VU’s distance trio of Louise Hannallah, Adrienne DiRaddo and Kristabel Doebel-Hickok traveled north to “The City of Brotherly Love” last weekend to compete in the 115th annual Penn Relays.
Hannallah and DiRaddo both ran in the Olympic Development 5000 meter run while Doebel-Hickok competed in her first 10K of the outdoor season. Hannallah led the Commodore trio in Philadelphia with a personal record 17:30.60 in the 5K, cutting 10 seconds off her previous season-high time.
The rest of the ‘Dores squad looks to set season-high performances in every event this weekend as it marks the final tune-up before the 2009 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Three weeks ago on the same track, freshman sprinter Teegan Hill posted season-high marks in the both the 200 and 400-meter dashes. Hill’s 24.48 in the open 200 and 55.01 in the open 400 ranked among the school’s top-five all-time performances in both respected events. In order to regionally qualify in the quarter-mile this weekend, Hill needs to clock a 54.61.
Jorgensen has once again put together a very solid outdoor season for the Commodores. The former White Station prep standout has already regionally qualified in the 1500 meter run this season and is looking to do the same in the 800-meter run for the second consecutive season. Jorgensen has had success running in Oxford after winning the open 800 at last year’s Ole Miss Invitational. The VU sophomore shattered her career-high in the 1500 two weeks ago at the Auburn Invite, clocking an NCAA regional time of 4:24.32. Jorgensen’s 1500-time is the fifth fastest time recorded by a Southeastern Conference runner this season.
Vanderbilt’s Jordan White joins the long list of young Commodore runners that have posted strong freshman campaigns. During the outdoor season, White has solidified herself as one of the team’s top middle distance runners, owning times of 2:12.95 and 4:32.71 in the 800 and 1500 respectively.
A recap and final results of Saturday’s Mississippi Open will be posted on vucommodores.com following the conclusion of competition.