WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Renee Reives and Jenna Moye both posted ECAC qualifying marks, pacing the VMI women's track and field team at Saturday's Wake Forest Invitational, held at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C. The site will also host the Big South Indoor Championships in late February.
On this day, Reives grabbed her first career ECAC qualifying mark with a 13.57 meter (44'6 ¼") effort in the shot put, good enough for fourth place. After setting a new personal best of 13.32 meters (43'8 ½") at December's season opener, Reives bested that mark three different times during her six throws Saturday. She is the first VMI woman to qualify for the ECAC Championships in a throwing event since the 2011 outdoor season, when Mary Grace Lemon did so in the discus.
Moye, meanwhile, finished second in the mile thanks to a time of 4:58.54. It was her second career ECAC qualifying mark in that event, after also qualifying during the 2010-11 campaign.
In the meet scoring, Elon took top marks with 92 points, just ahead of Liberty's 88.5. The Keydets finished in 11th with 15 points, seven markers behind Campbell and Furman's ninth-place tie, and one point ahead of UNC Greensboro.
Other notable performances included Kelsey Newcomb's 11th-place finish in the 800-meters. Newcomb timed in at 2:24.05 in a field that included fellow Big South runners Amanda Wimbush (Liberty) and Adrienne Cuff (Charleston Southern). Finally, Lemon finished seventh in the weight throw (14.23 M/46'8").
"Overall, I felt that we performed well today," said VMI head coach Darrin Webb. "Considering that our team just came back from its Christmas furlough on Monday, I was relatively pleased and was very happy to see Renee and Jenna qualify for the ECAC Championships. We will get back to work Monday at practice, as these next 2-3 weeks are critical in our preparation for the indoor conference championships."
VMI track and field will return to action Friday, Jan. 25, as the Keydets take part in two meets. Certain athletes will travel to Lynchburg, Va. to take part in the Liberty Open, while others will compete in the Youngstown State Invitational in Youngstown, Ohio.