NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The Birmingham-Southern track and field teams were in action in Tennessee this weekend, with the teams splitting competition at the Vanderbilt Invitational and Sewanee Mountain Laurel Invitational.
The Panthers had a strong showing at the Vandy Invitational in the field of mostly Division I schools. Junior sprinter Tiarra Goode was fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.44, the only Division III athlete in the field of 45 runners. Her time was a season best and ranks second-fastest in the nation.
Senior Robert Willett was 14th in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:02.01, and was the top Division III finisher. Junior Christian Clesi, who was named SAA Track Athlete of the Week this past week, ran a personal best 10:01.02 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and freshman Kelsey Holdbrooks also had a PR in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 19:25.
"I was very impressed with the way our athletes competed today at a big meet against some top teams from all divisions," Head Coach Kenneth Cox said. "This was a great tune up and we look to continue this momentum heading into the SAA Championship next weekend."
At the Mountain Laurel Invitational in Sewanee, Tenn., BSC had nine event wins. Senior Shelby Moore won both the shot put (10.35m) and javelin (36.52m), and junior Cody Mann won the high jump (1.85m) and javelin (44.58m). Senior Andrew Archer won the 400-meters (51.27), junior Hank Ballard won the pole vault (4.25m), sophomore Elizabeth Bromirski won the high jump (1.55m), and freshman Jordan Frazier won the 100-meter hurdles (16.85). BSC also won the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:30.37.
The Panthers travel back to Sewanee next weekend for the Southern Athletic Association Championship.