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Giavonna Meeks, Julia Rosenberg reset program records Friday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Commodores saw six of their student-athletes record marks ranking in the school’s all-time top 10 Friday at the Vanderbilt Invitational.

To start off the morning, graduate student Madison Murray represented Vandy in the pentathlon, where she finished fifth overall and scored a personal best 3,540 points. With that score, she now ranks ninth in school history in the multi. She turned in a personal best 9.25-second time in the 60-meter hurdles. Murray cleared 1.61 meters in the high jump and had a throw of 9.56 meters in the shot put. She reached the 5.52-meter mark in the long jump. To end the pentathlon, Murray finished with a time of 2:27.25 in the 800 meters.

In the long jump, all three competing Dores cracked into the program’s all-time top 10 list. Sophomore Allyria McBride led the way, finishing second overall and first among collegians with a 5.98-meter jump. It is the second-farthest long jump mark in program history and just 1 centimeter short of Ryan Tolbert’s 28-year-old record (5.99 meters). Freshmen Lena Gooden and Anaya Webster finished with top marks of 5.85 and 5.79 meters, respectively. Gooden is No. 4 all-time at Vandy, and Webster is tied for seventh on the top 10 list.

For the second week in a row, freshman Giavonna Meeks reset the school record in the weight throw. Tossing 21.47 meters, Meeks was the top collegiate finisher, coming in second behind 2019 NCAA weight throw champion Sade Olatoye.

In the final event of the evening, the 1,000 meters, junior Julia Rosenberg turned in a 9-second PR of 2:43.57 to reset the program record. She beat the previous record by almost 3 seconds.

Additional Commodores who recorded personal bests Friday include sophomore Santana Spearman, who finished the 200 meters with a time of 26.52 seconds and sophomore Johna Grisik, who recorded a time of 2:59.41 in the 1,000 meters.

Action continues at the Vanderbilt Invitational Saturday. Running events start at noon with the 60-meter hurdles; field events are set to begin at 2:30 p.m. with the shot put. The meet is streamed on SEC Network+, and live results are available online.