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Veronica Fraley qualified for the NCAA outdoor championships in the shot put

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Vanderbilt women’s track and field team began competition at the NCAA Division 1 Outdoor Track & Field Championships First Round on Thursday. The top 12 competitors in each event will qualify for the national championships in Austin, Texas, in June.

To open the day’s competition, Giavonna Meeks recorded 57.90 meters in the hammer throw to finish third among freshmen and 27th overall.

Sarah Marvin finished 28th in the shot put semifinals with a 15.57-meter throw.

Veronica Fraley punched her ticked to the NCAA outdoor championships in the shot put, throwing a personal best 17.77 meters to finish first.

In the 400-meter preliminaries, Taiya Shelby clocked 52.26 seconds, the second-fastest time of the day, and qualified for the event semifinals on Saturday.

Brooke Overholt and Allyria McBride moved on to Saturday’s 400-meter hurdles semifinal finishing fifth and 18th, respectively, in the first round. Overholt turned in a time of 57.20 seconds, and McBride finished the race in 58.17 seconds. Mya Georgiadis also competed in the 400-meter hurdles prelims and crossed the finish line in 59.86 seconds, finishing 33rd.

To close out the evening, Niki Narayani finished 35th in the 10,000 meters with a time of 35:09.96.

The NCAA east preliminary will continue for the Commodores on Saturday, starting at noon CT when Fraley, the current East Region leader, competes in the discus. The meet will be streamed on ESPN+, and live results will be available at Flash Results.