April 21, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The 2012 edition of the Vanderbilt Invitational is in the books. Action concluded on a cool, overcast day at the Vanderbilt Track, with temperatures in the high 40s for most of the afternoon.
Kristen Findley again provided one of the day’s highlights. After setting a school record in the 1500 meters on day one, she set a personal record in the 800 meters. Findley posted a time of 2:08.30, more than two seconds better than her pervious best of 2:10.54.
The time also moved Findley from eighth to fourth in program history among the top-10 times in the 800.
“It was a nice double for Kristen to set two PRs,” said Vanderbilt Head Coach Steve Keith. “It’s good two-day practice like at the conference so it was a good model for her to be ready.”
Commodores placed second and third in the high jump. Ellie Tidman posted a jump of 1.70 meters to finish second, while Brionne Williams recorded a jump of 1.65 meters to place third. Meanwhile, Alyson Hasty posted a pole vault mark of 3.37 meters.
Keith was a little disappointed in the results from the field events, but knows the cool weather may have played a role.
“The weather wasn’t very good but for us it’s a matter of getting more consistency,” Keith said.
On the men’s side, Vanderbilt got a pair of strong performances in the 800 meters. Andrew Bachman set a personal best in the 800 meters at 1:58.37, while Alan Ash ran his first career sub-two minute 800, posting a time of 1:59.63.
The program also took a moment to recognize the 12 senior members. Louise Hannallah, Teegan Hill, Lena Josifi, Meagan Martin, Erin McManus, Alexa Rogers, Nia Washington, Jordan White, Josalyn White, Casey Howards and Kyle Rewick were all honored before the meet. Click here to watch the ceremony.
Next up for the Commodores is a trip to Clemson, S.C., for the Clemson Tiger Qualifier. That will be the final tune-up before the SEC Tournament begins May 10 in Baton Rouge, La.
In the interim, the student aspect of student-athlete will become the emphasis, as final exams begin at Vanderbilt next week.
“We’ll get ready for finals then tune-up at Clemson and head into conference health and hopefully a little bit wiser,” concluded Keith.