Vanderbilt Tested on the Road

Dores posted 13 personal-best performances in Boston

BOSTON — Vanderbilt track and field wrapped up its weekend in Boston at the Bruce Lehane Scarlet & White Invitational Saturday.

“We had the opportunity to travel to and showcase our talents amongst NCAA-ranked individuals and professional athletes at both Harvard and Boston University,” director of cross country and track and field Althea Thomas said. “This was a meet that allowed us to show our discipline, resiliency and ambition. We had 13 personal bests and saw athletes establish themselves as strong roles for our team. The momentum continues to grow, and we are looking forward to more opportunities at our upcoming home meet.”

Sophomore Allyria McBride recorded a season-best time of 54.07 in the 400 meters, finishing second among collegians and fourth overall. It is the fifth-fastest time in program history.

Freshman Anaya Webster claimed her first collegiate victory in the long jump, recording a collegiate best 5.88-meter mark. She also moved up to No. 4 all-time at Vanderbilt in the event.

In the mile, juniors Julia Rosenberg and Emma Curry turned in the second and fourth-fastest times in school history. Rosenberg placed fifth among collegians and 12th overall with a personal-best time of 4:39.03. Curry came in 25th in the 83-woman field, recording a career-best time of 4:46.08. In her first meet as a Dore, Bria Bennis was the top freshman mile finisher, crossing the finish line in a personal best 4:56.05.

Catherine Sommerfeld was the seventh collegiate and second freshman finisher in the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:36.77. In the same event, junior Gigi Clifford finished with a personal-best time of 10:00.04.

The Dores competed in Harvard’s Crimson Elite meet Friday where Madison Murray and Falon Spearman turned in personal-best marks that also ranked in the program’s all-time top 10.

Vanderbilt returns home to host the Music City Challenge Feb. 9 and 10.