With the start of the season set for Dec. 1, VMIKeydets.com begins its preview of the VMI track and field season today with a look at the Keydet throwers. Check back each day until Dec. 1 for a new preview, including a look at the Dec. 1 season opener at Youngstown State.
The Keydet throwers on the men's side will be a young, but talented, group this season. Redshirt freshman Joel Hoisington is expected to see his first collegiate action after a high school career that included four district shot put titles at Annandale HS, while sophomore Joshua McArthur hopes to build upon a 14th place javelin throw result at last year's conference outdoor meet. Those will be the only two holdovers for the group.
Three freshmen will join that duo, paced by Jordan White. White, who came to VMI from Owensboro, Ky., was seventh in the shot put at last year's USATF Youth Outdoor Nationals and earned that result at the AAU National Junior Olympics as well. He was also the state champion in the discus, and finished second in the shot. Blake Condrey, who finished third in the Central Region in the shot, and walk-on Stephen Finlon, who holds the school record in the hammer at his high school (Bishop Blanchet/Seattle, Wash.) will round out this year's VMI men's throwing contingent.
On the women's side, the cast of six will be led by junior Mary Grace Lemon, the 2011 Big South Champion in the discus, a year that saw her also set a school record in the event and earn Big South Freshman of the Year honors. Although Lemon finished eighth in that event at last year's outdoor meet, she showed improvement in other events, as evidenced by her seventh place result in the weight throw indoors.
Meanwhile, one of Lemon's teammates, Renee Reives, had a strong freshman season by finishing sixth in the shot indoors and then seventh outdoors in the same event. Freshman Logan Edwards enters VMI with a solid resume, having finished sixth in the state in the shot put last season. She also was ranked sixth in the discus, and finished second in both events at the Central Region championships.
The remaining three women's throwers will likely be led by javelin thrower Rachel Sing, sister of former VMI pole vaulter Jennifer Sing. The younger Sing came into her own last season, finishing 10th in the javelin throw at the Big South Championships, and will also try her hand at the weight indoors and hammer outdoors. Fellow junior Ashley Hill and freshman Rachel Hall will provide depth in the throwing events for the Keydet women.