The first day of women’s competition at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon will take place on Thursday and Vanderbilt’s Courtney Clayton and Sarah Bell will look to be looking to end their collegiate careers on a collective high note.
Sarah Bell will be the first Commodore in action on Thursday, as the pole vault is slated to begin at 7 p.m. (CT). The starting bar will be at 4.00 meters and will increase in .15-meter increments until the bar reaches 4.45 meters, at which point the increments will decrease to .05 meters. Bell qualified for the meet as one of just eight athletes at the NCAA East Regional to clear the bar at 4.20 meters.
Courtney Clayton will race in the third heat of the 800-meter semifinals, which are scheduled for an 8:14 p.m. (CT) start time. The top two finishers in each of the three heats, along with the next two fastest times will advance to the finals heat on Saturday at 6:44 p.m. (CT). Clayton’s qualifying time of 2:04.15 in the NCAA East Regionals has her seeded 11th overall in the field of 24 runners.
For all events, the top eight finishers will be recognized as an NCAA First Team All-American. Competitors that finish between ninth and 16th will be named Second Team All-Americans.
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