May 12, 2011
The Vanderbilt track team begins its post-season competition this weekend at the 2011 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by the University of Georgia.
Beginning on Thursday with the men’s hammer competition and concluding on Sunday evening with the women’s 1600m relay, the meet will take place at Georgia’s Spec Towns Track on campus.
Here is a breakdown of the events that Vanderbilt is competing in each day:
The Commodores open competition on Friday afternoon with the preliminaries of the 800 meter race. Rita Jorgensen, currently fourth in the conference in that event, will look to improve upon her school record time of 2:05.54 and qualify for Sunday’s finals.
Also on Friday, Anna Carr Hawkins and Taylor Jackson will race in the prelims of the 200 meter race at 5:30 p.m. Competition concludes for the day with the 10,000 meter race, where Kristabel Doebel-Hickok will look to earn points for Vanderbilt.
Vanderbilt will participate in five events on Saturday, beginning with the high jump at 11 a.m. Brionne Williams is tied for sixth in the SEC after clearing a personal best 5’8” at the Vanderbilt Invitational. In the other field event on Saturday, Morgan Toone, Meagan Martin and Katherine Hendricks will compete in the pole vault.
Kristen Findley, Alexa Rogers and Jordan White will compete in the prelims of the 1500 meter race. Findley and Rogers are in the first heat, while White is scheduled to run in the third heat. The top three finishers in each heat, as well as the next three best times will advance to the finals on Sunday afternoon.
Also racing in a preliminary on Saturday is Teegan Hill, who is in the second head of the 400 meter race. The winner of each of the five heats, as well as the next three best times will advance to Sunday’s finals.
In the final event of Saturday, Allie Scalf is scheduled to race in the 3000 meter steeplechase. There is just one heat with 16 competitors, scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m.
Sunday’s track competition begins with the 4x100 meter relay, where the Vanderbilt team of Hawkins, Hill, Jackson and Josalyn White will race in the first heat.
The finals of the 1500, 400, 800 and 200 meter races will take place Sunday afternoon.
Liz Anderson, Adrienne DiRaddo and Louise Hannallah will wrap up competition for the Commodores in the 5,000 meter race at 3:50 Sunday afternoon.
Live results for the weekend can be found here. ESPN3 will have a free video stream on Saturday and Sunday. Also, ESPNU will provide television coverage of this year’s meet. A two-hour segment on the SEC Championships will be shown on Wednesday, May 24 from 7-9 p.m. CT. Dwight Stones, Larry Rawson and Lewis Johnson will be the on air talent for the program.