Feb. 2, 2018
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A group of 20 Vanderbilt women’s track and field members is going north to Big Ten country in search of seasonal bests.
Head coach Steve Keith’s squad is among 11 teams competing in the Power Five Invitational, staged today and Saturday in the University of Michigan’s U-M Indoor Track Building. The state-of-the-art venue opened earlier this winter on the Ann Arbor campus.
In additional to competing in a new venue, the Commodores will go against athletes they seldom see on the track. Vanderbilt is the only Southeastern Conference school at the meet.
“This is a great opportunity for our team,” Keith said. “We’ll be going against a lot of teams that we do not see very often and it’s a meet that should feature quality competition.”
The Power Five Invitational features teams from across the United States. Other schools entered at Baylor from Big 12 Conference, Duke, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), N.C. State and Virginia from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Stanford from the Pac-12 Conference, and Big Ten members Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota.
The Vanderbilt roster will include sprinter Jenn Edobi, several distance entrants, and four quality pole vaulters.
Edobi will compete in the 400 meters where she ranks second all-time indoors among Commodores. Another leading Commodore middle distance runner, Becca Schulte, will compete in the 600-meter dash. The distance corps include miler Kendall Derry and 5,000-meter runner Megan Huebner. The vaulting corps includes Sarah Bell, the team’s indoor and outdoor record holder and a 2017 All-American, Caleigh Lofstead, Kristen Denk and Margaret Ollinger.
The meet features numerous track preliminaries this afternoon, with field events and track finals scheduled Saturday.
Keith wants to see his team compete at a high level on the 200-meter banked track, which features the same design as the Texas A&M facility that will host the SEC Indoor Championships on Feb. 23-24 and NCAA Indoor Championships on March 9-10.
“I’m looking for seasonal bests and progress from our squad,” Keith said. “This meet also gives our team a chance to compete on a surface that is very similar to what they will see at the conference meet.”
The Vanderbilt contingent participating includes:
60 meters – Sophia Falco
200 meters – S. Falco, Jenn Edobi
400 meters – J. Edobi, Regan Clay
600 meters – Becca Schulte
800 meters – Reagan Bustamante
Mile – Kendall Derry, Reagan Anderson, Ginger Hutton, Sara Tsai
3,000 meters – Kacie Breeding, Devon Grisbaum, Anna Grace Morgan, Gillian Mortimer
5,000 meters – Megan Huebner, Mailin Struck
4×400-meter relay – TBA