VMI track and field returns to action Saturday, taking part in the Wake Forest Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C. The meet will be held at the JDL Fast Track, the site of this year's Big South Indoor Championships. Action gets underway at 9 a.m. with the men's weight throw, and live results are expected to be available at Timinginc.com (while a direct link is now available, it is recommended to scroll down to the "live results" link under the Wake Forest Invitational bullet points once the meet begins).
The Keydets will bring most of their mainstays to this meet, their first since December 1.
Antonio Wood is on the docket for the 60-meter hurdles and 60-meter dash, events Wood has had long layoffs from. Excluding heptathlons, Wood has not competed in the 60-meter hurdles since last February's Akron Invitational, and has not been in an open 60-meter dash in his collegiate career, although he has participated in multiple 55-meter dashes. Wood comes off an IC4A qualifying performance in the high jump at the YSU Icebreaker in December, his second straight year to post an IC4A qualifying mark in that event.
While Wood is planning to focus on running events this weekend, his newest wingman in the jumping events will take to the air. Freshman Avion Jones started his VMI career with a bang on Dec. 1, recording the fourth-best high jump in school history to take not only an event win and an IC4A mark, but Big South Field Athlete of the Week honors as well. Jones is slated for both the high jump and triple jump fields Saturday.
In addition, VMI fans may want to keep an eye on the 3K and the mile, with Sean Helmke and Cabell Willis entered in the former and freshman Avery Martin scheduled to run in the latter. The mile would mark Martin's collegiate track debut, after he missed most of the cross country season with an injury.
On the women's side, Jenna Moye and Mary Grace Lemon are both in action. Lemon is slated to take part in both the weight throw and the shot put, while Moye is in the mile field. Lemon comes off a podium finish in the weight at the YSU Icebreaker, where she finished third, while Moye grabbed a victory in the 3K at the Keydet season opener in December. Moye's time of 10:03.65 was just a second shy of her school record in that event, set last season.
Renee Reives and Kelsey Newcomb are also on the entry lists, after Reives recorded a personal best of 13.32 meters (43'8 1/2") in the shot at the season opener and Newcomb won her collegiate debut in the 800-meters. Newcomb is scheduled to enter both the 400 and 800, while Reives is on the entry list for the shot put.
Following this meet, VMI track and field returns to action Jan. 25, as the Keydets are scheduled to compete in two events. Several team members will take part in the Liberty Open in Lynchburg, while the remainder are scheduled to head to Youngstown, Ohio for the YSU Invitational.