Commodores Compete at Home

Senior Day recognition Saturday at noon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Vanderbilt track and field team will host and compete in the only home meet of the outdoor season this weekend, the Outdoor Music City Challenge.

The two-day meet will welcome student-athletes from Alabama A&M, Arkansas State, Austin Peay, Belmont, Carson-Newman, Lindenwood, Lipscomb, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Murray State, Ohio, SIUE, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, Trevecca, UT-Martin, and Western Kentucky.

Saturday at noon the Commodores will recognize the seniors on both cross country teams and several from track and field.

Last weekend Vanderbilt competed at the Georgia Tech Invitational and established several new records, improved in various areas on the all-time list, and notched a first-place finishes as well. Divine Oladipo shattered her own record in the shot put, established a few weeks ago, with a first-place mark of 17.53 meters. Friday night’s effort from Oladipo positioned her seventh in the nation and second in the Southeastern Conference. Laine Roberts competed in the pole vault for the Commodores and finished fifth overall at 3.70 meters. Roberts’ personal best on the evening is the tenth all-time mark in school history. Niki Narayani‘s personal best of 16:22.71 in the 5,000 meters not only notched her fourth-place in the event but fifth overall in school history. Her time in the event is currently the 10th time overall in the SEC.

On the following day, the 4×100 meter relay team’s gold finish of 44.93 became the new top time in the event for Vanderbilt. The relay team of Haley Bishop, Taiya Shelby, Nicole Anderson, and Madison Fuller are now within the top-10 in the SEC. Kaira Brown‘s bronze time of 54.04 and personal best, is now the fourth best in school history. Grace Jensen reset her own record in the 800 meters with a time of 2:06.39 taking third in the race, and is ninth all-time in the event.

To conclude the meet, Vandy’s A and B 4×400 meter relay teams finished in the top-10. The A team of Shelby, Fuller, Brown, and Bishop not only won the event with a time of 3:36.22 but etched their names at third all-time in school history.

This is the last meet of the season for the Dore before competing at the SEC Championships in Oxford, Mississippi on May 12 – 14.