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The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

Track and Field: Limited roster competes at Bryan Clay Invitational

The Commodores traveled to the Golden State to compete in the heptathlon, 1500-meter and 5000-meter.
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Lana English
Athletes in position for the 60-meter dash at the Vanderbilt Invitational track and field meet, as photographed on Jan. 20, 2024. (Hustler Multimedia/Lana English)

A limited number of Vanderbilt track and field student-athletes traveled to Azusa, Calif. to compete in the Bryan Clay Invitational from April 11-13. Though competing in just three competitions, the Commodores found success in both the heptathlon and 5000-meter.

Alix Still, Madison Murray and Marta Sivina finished first, fifth and seventh in heptathlon Group C, respectively. Still, a graduate transfer from the University of Virginia, was buoyed by a first-place performance in the 100-meter hurdles and top-three finishes in the 800-meter run, long jump and javelin throw. Despite first-place finishes in the high jump and javelin throw, Murray was held back by weaker finishes in the other events. Sivina’s high-water mark came in the 800-meter with a third-place finish.

“There’s four events in college that barely exist before college. One is the heptathlon,” head coach Althea Thomas said. “You’re naturally going to see where people have a need to develop because they haven’t done it as much. They may just be better in one event at the beginning than they are in others.”

Juniors Ella Lambert and Cameron Fawcett finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the women’s 5000-meter. Fawcett trailed Lambert by less than a second, as the pair crossed the finish line at 16 minutes and 39.87 seconds and 16:40.00, respectively. 

“That’s a powerful vibe,” Thomas said of finishing close to a teammate. “When you go into a race and you actually compete well together and you get that close, it’s very powerful. It’s the feeling one might get when the whole team celebrates when someone hits the game-winning shot.”

The Commodores will be back in action on April 20 when they travel to Baton Rouge, La. to compete at the LSU Alumni Gold meet.

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Jayce Pollard
Jayce Pollard, Non-revenue Sports Specialist
Jayce Pollard (‘25) is a student in the College of Arts and Science majoring in public policy and economics and minoring in data science and Spanish. Outside of writing for The Hustler, you can catch Jayce trying to learn the rules of soccer, hating on the Arkansas Razorbacks and being chronically on Twitter. He can be reached at [email protected]
Lana English
Lana English, Staff Photographer
Lana English (‘27) is from St. Louis and is majoring in neuroscience in the College of Arts and Science. Outside of The Hustler, you can find her drinking coffee, doing New York Times word games or getting nostalgic looking at old pictures. You can reach her at [email protected].
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