Track and Field sets personal bests in Vanderbilt Invitational


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Rebekah Markel sets personal record in the pole vault.

Coming home from a very rewarding meet in Nashville, Tennessee, hopes are high for the Tulane Track and Field Team.

A bit of freezing rain was not enough to stop the momentum of this team. This past weekend, the team traveled to the Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility for the Vanderbilt Invitational, and represented Tulane well. The team placed within the top ten in a number of events, setting many personal records. Junior Rebekah Markel superseded her own personal best in the pole vault. They set this new personal standard at 4.07m, which is 0.2 meters above their most recent personal record set at the LSU Purple Tiger Invitational. They placed sixth overall in the event.

Junior Emmanuel Rotich also surpassed his past personal records in the indoor 3000m run. Rotich won the overall event with a time of 8:03.17, almost 20 seconds below his previous outdoor time of 8:21.03. Freshman Bridgid Selfors also participated in the indoor 3000m run, placing 45th overall. She cut about 11 seconds from her previous time of 10:36.59 to set a new personal best of 10:25.72.

Sophomore Brandi Hughes and junior Jessica Duckett both placed very well within the 60m hurdles. With both girls completing the event in under nine seconds, they went on to finish the finals with a flash. Duckett received fourth overall with a time of 8.63, and Hughes finished sixth with a time of 8.68.

The Green Wave will take to the road again this weekend to participate in the Dr. Sander Invitational in New York City. The team will face off against 40 other teams in hopes to climb the rankings and make a name for themselves.

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