NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Veronica Fraley will represent Vanderbilt track and field as a member of Team USA at the World Athletics Championships in July.
She will compete in the discus, which is set to begin July 18 at 7:10 p.m. CT. in Eugene, Oregon. This is the first time the championships will be held in the United States.
Fraley contended in her signature event at the Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships, the precursor to the World Athletics Championships. Her opening attempt of 58.60 meters secured a spot in the top 10. She improved on her second throw with an effort of 59.90 meters, her best mark of the competition. Fraley maintained her position of fourth overall and secured a spot in the finals with her third throw. She concluded the event with a fourth-place finish.
She has experience on the national stage having represented Team USA at the 2019 U20 Pan American Games in shot put and placing 10th overall in the discus during the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Fraley will join associate head coach Ashley Kovacs, who will serve as the women’s throws coach, and volunteer assistant coach Joe Kovacs who will also compete for Team USA. Since joining Vanderbilt in January, her throws have improved from 56.73 meters to a personal best of 62.30 meters. Her performances as a Commodore have positioned her 21st in the world entering the meet.
The championships are scheduled to take place July 15-24 as athletes from around the globe vie for a world championship title at Hayward Field, with 49 gold medals on the line.