LEXINGTON, Va. - Renee Reives posted a personal best to win the women's shot put, while three Keydets combined to sweep the men's high jump and pace the VMI track and field efforts at the VMI Winter Relays, which were held Saturday afternoon at Cormack Field House in Lexington.
Reives captured the shot put victory by throwing the implement 14.33 meters (47'0 ¼") to win by more than 10 feet. The effort was a personal best by nearly two feet, surpassing her 45'1 ½" (13.75 M) effort at the Youngstown State Invite in January. Reives is now less than a foot shy of Mildred Cooper's school record of 47'11 ¾", set in 2005, and in addition, is in second place in the Big South in the event.
On the men's side, the Keydets swept the high jump, with only one athlete even coming within five inches of the VMI trio. Avion Jones continued his undefeated streak with a win in his home debut, clearing the bar at 2.05 meters (6'8 ¾") to captured the victory. Antonio Wood was second at 2.00 meters (6'6 ¾"), while freshman Korey Bullard set a new personal best to finish third, posting a 1.95 M (6'4 ¾") mark.
VMI also saw Pete Reed win two events in his first collegiate home meet. Reed won the long jump over Wood, winning by just under seven inches by posting a 6.93 M (22'9") mark to Wood's 6.76 M (22'2 ¼"). The freshman then came back later to win the 55-meter dash in 6.57 seconds, beating teammate Aron Long in the finals.
The Keydets nearly swept the men's shot put, but had to settle for first and second, led by a victorious Joel Hoisington. He threw the implement 15.10 meters (49'6 ½"), nearly six feet clear of teammate and runner-up Jordan White (13.34 M/43'9 ¼"). White did, however, win the day's first event, the weight throw, with a toss of 14.35 M (47'1"). Teammate Stephen Finlon was third at 12.47 M/40'11".
In other results for the Keydet women, Amanda Okani picked up her first individual event collegiate win, taking the 55-meter hurdles in 8.72 seconds, while Mary Grace Lemon (15.35 M/50'4 1/2") and Logan Edwards (12.97 M/42'6 3/4") finished first and third in the women's weight throw. Meanwhile, Thireyona Legg was the day's other double winner, claiming victory in the triple jump and long jump (10.45 M/34'3 ½" and 5.07 M/16'7 ¾").
"I thought our throwers took a solid step forward today," said VMI head coach Darrin Webb. "With Renee Reives' personal best, Joel Hoisington's solid effort and good performances by several others, I was encouraged by the throwing that took place today. Pete Reed also had a good meet, and I liked the efforts we had to sweep the high jump."
VMI track and field is back in action Thursday, when the Keydets open the Big South Indoor Championships at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C. Action gets underway at 10 a.m.