BATON ROUGE, La. — On Thursday, the Vanderbilt women’s track and field team began its competition in Baton Rouge at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Beatrice Juskeviciute opened the day’s competition with a personal best and school record-breaking performance in the heptathlon 100-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 13.34 seconds. Madison Murray recorded a personal best in the same event, finishing with a time of 14.97 seconds. Jada Sims finished fifth with a time of 14.21 seconds.
In the heptathlon high jump, Murray recorded a personal best and Juskeviciute recorded a season best, clearing 1.68 meters and tying for eighth in program history. Sims finished first in the event and cleared the 1.77-meter mark, setting a new personal best and tying for third in school history.
Sims threw 11.47 meters in the heptathlon shot put, which is a personal best. Murray recorded a 9.84-meter toss. Juskeviciute reached the 13.86-meter mark, finishing first among heptathletes.
To close Day One of the heptathlon, Juskeviciute finished second in the 200 meters with a time of 23.86 seconds, Sims was fourth with a time of 24.50 seconds and Murray finished the race in 25.91 seconds.
After four events, Juskeviciute leads the heptathlon competition with a score of 3,683 points. Sims ranks fourth, scoring 3,449 points on Day One. Murray scored 3,000 points and stands in ninth place.
On the field, Giavonna Meeks threw 56.45 meters in the hammer throw, finishing first among freshmen and 14th overall.
Brooke Overholt and Allyria McBride qualified for the 400-meter hurdle final with personal-best times. Overholt finished seventh in the prelims with a time of 56.64 seconds, good for No. 2 in program history. McBride finished eighth in the prelims and moved up to No. 3 on the school’s all-time performer list with a time of 56.72 seconds. Mya Georgiadis improved her best time, finishing in 58.64 seconds, which is the No. 8 time in Vanderbilt history. The 400-meter hurdles final will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
On Friday, Juskeviciute, Murray and Sims will complete the remainder of the heptathlon events, starting at 11:45 a.m. with the long jump. Running events will begin at 5:15 p.m., when Santana Spearman competes in the 100-meter hurdle prelims. At 6:40 p.m., Veronica Fraley, Sarah Marvin and Meeks will compete on the field in the shot put.
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