Jones was VMI’s lone double winner of the meet on the men’s side, winning the high jump with his 2.11 M (6’11”) clearance, which was a meet record, IC4A qualifier and Big South-leading performance. He also claimed his first career triple jump title with a 14.04 M/46’0 ¾” effort.
Murphy defeated a crowded decathlon field, scoring 5,986 points to earn his first collegiate win in the event. His efforts were highlighted by the top long jump of the competition (6.36 M/20’10 ½”) and second-place finishes in the 110-meter hurdles and high jump.
The other VMI winners were Jacob Lysher and Andrey Dmitriev. Dmitriev prevailed in the 5K, winning in a meet-record 14:37.42 that also marked a Big South-leading effort and a collegiate best. Lysher’s win came in the 1,500, where he timed in at 3:58.75.
In other results, freshman Aron Long earned a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 100 (11.12) and 200 (21.88), just missing the IC4A standard in the 200, while the Keydets placed two in the top six in the long jump, Brandyn Laury (6.47 M/21’2 ¾”) in fourth and Korey Bullard (6.40 M/21’0”) in sixth. The team also had two of the top seven results in the 400, Julian Jackson (50.93) in sixth and Brandon Hartman (51.13), while Avery Martin was sixth in the 1,500 (4:02.27) and Cabell Willis placed seventh in the 5K (15:03).
Finally, Joel Hoisington threw the shot 13.85 M/45’5 ¼” to place seventh in the shot put.
“I felt our results over these two days, coming out of spring break and opening the outdoor season, were very strong,” said VMI head coach Darrin Webb. “We saw several competitors move to the top of the Big South performance listings, but it is still very early in the outdoor season. This is a good place to start, but we need to continue this momentum into the meet at North Florida next weekend.”
VMI track and field will return to action Friday, opening competition at the North Florida Invitational, hosted by UNF in Jacksonville, Fla.