Friday Action in Fayetteville

Vanderbilt earned bronze medals in two events

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Vanderbilt started off Day 1 of the SEC Indoor Championships with four scoring performances from six different Dores to tally 15 points. The day was highlighted by bronze-medal winning performances from Giavonna Meeks in the weight throw and Audrey Allman, Emma Curry, Allyria McBride and Julia Rosenberg in the distance medley relay.

Madison Murray kicked things off for Vanderbilt with a seventh-place finish in the pentathlon. She matched her personal best in the high jump with a clearance of 1.68 meters, which is tied for the No. 8 all-time mark at Vanderbilt. Her score of 3,640 is another personal best, her third in the event this season, which is No. 7 on the program’s all-time performers list.

Bringing home a bronze medal in the weight throw was Meeks. Her 23.04-meter throw was 1.16-meters farther than her previous personal best (21.88 meters), a mark she surpassed three times in six throws. It is the fourth consecutive meet this season that Meeks has PRed and broken the program record in the weight throw.

McBride was the third Dore to contribute to Vanderbilt’s scoring, breaking Ryan Tolbert’s 28-year-old long jump school record with a 6.13-meter jump. She placed seventh overall in the event.

Lena Gooden and Anaya Webster had 5.65 and 5.61 meter-marks in the long jump.

In the 60-meter hurdles prelims, Santana and Falon Spearman recorded marks of 8.46 and 8.60 seconds, respectively.  S. Spearman’s mark was just 0.03 seconds off her personal best.

In the 5,000 meters, freshman Bria Bennis came in as the Dores’ top finisher and 10th overall. She clocked the second-fastest time in school history, 16:17.40. Caroline Eck notched the No. 5 time in program history in the 5,000 meters, 16:28.39, which is also an indoor personal best. Running the event for the first time in their collegiate careers, Catherine Sommerfeld and Ella Lambert recorded respective times of 17:07.97 and 17:14.32 in the 5,000 meters.

To close out the evening, the distance medley relay team of Curry, McBride, Allman and Rosenberg brought home a bronze medal. In the anchor leg, Rosenberg edged out Ole Miss (11:15.64) to claim a spot on the podium. The Dores’ time of 11:15.13 is second in program history.

Action continues tomorrow at 2:15 p.m. with the high jump. Events are streamed on SEC Network+ and live results are available online.