Sophomore track and field athlete Josie Hahn will represent Vanderbilt beginning Thursday in two events at the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The sophomore from Clinton, Tenn. is the first Commodore in three years to compete in the national championships, staged this year in Sacramento, Calif.
Hahn qualified for the NCAA meet in the heptathlon by virtue of a personal-best, second-place performance in the SEC Outdoor Championships in Knoxville on May 15. She later also qualified in the high jump by finishing tied for third in the NCAA Mideast Regionals at Columbus, Ohio with a jump of 5'7.25".
Qualifying in the high jump begins at 4 p.m. PDT Thursday, with the final competition at 7:35 p.m. Saturday. The grueling heptathlon is conducted over two days, with four events Friday and the remaining three on Saturday.
"I'm very proud of Josie. She qualified because of her technique, consistency and mental toughness," Head Coach Lori Shepard said after the Mideast Regionals. "Though Josie has jumped higher, she jumped exceptionally well considering the weather was not at all favorable for the competitors."
Track and field provided Vanderbilt's lone national champion. In 1997, Ryan Tolbert captured the NCAA 400-hurdles with a time of 54.54 after finishing second in the event one year earlier.