Reives Sets Discus Record on Final Day at BSC Champs
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LYNCHBURG, Va. – Renee Reives set a school record in the discus throw, leading the VMI women’s track and field team on the final day of the Big South Outdoor Track and Field Championships, contested Saturday at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

Reives bested the previous mark, set by Mary Grace Lemon in 2011, by hurling the implement 46.48 meters (152’6”) on her final throw of the competition. That was good enough for fifth overall, bettered her previous ECAC qualifying mark and bested Lemon’s mark by eight full feet. Reives, in fact, had broken the record with her fourth throw (44.64 meters) but was able to improve upon that mark to get the fifth-place finish.

As a team, the Keydets finished in ninth place with 38 total points. That was just four points off the program’s outdoor best effort of 42, and only 4.5 points behind the seventh-place team of Gardner-Webb. Liberty won the overall women’s title, besting Coastal Carolina 210-203.25, while Charleston Southern was third with 89.50 markers. Campbell (74), UNC Asheville (51.75) and High Point (48) were fourth through sixth, with Gardner-Webb (42.5), Winthrop (39), the Keydets (38) and Radford (23) rounding out the overall standings.

The Keydets also notched points in two events on the track Saturday, doing so in the 800 and 1,500-meters. Kelsey Newcomb placed fifth in the 800, clocking in at 2:16.51, while Jenna Moye was seventh in the 1,500 in her final Big South Championship individual event. Moye timed in at 4:40.41, and also went on to be named to the Big South’s All-Academic team.

“Many athletes came out and competed hard this weekend,” said VMI head coach Darrin Webb. “On the women’s side, we finished up today with Renee Reives scoring in her second event of the meet and getting the school record in the discus. She certainly had a quality performance. We added several IC4A/ECAC qualifiers this weekend, and will continue on to that meet and work hard to do as well as possible there. Overall, we had a lot of good individual results this weekend. We are a very young team, and our squad is committed as a group to continued improvement.”

VMI track and field returns to action April 26, when the Keydets take part in the Radford Last Chance meet in Radford, Va.

Final Men's Team Standings
1) Liberty – 213
2) Coastal Carolina – 131
3) High Point – 110
4) Charleston Southern – 81
5) VMI – 73
6) Campbell – 65
7) Radford – 56
8) Gardner-Webb – 44
9) Winthrop – 25
10) UNC Asheville - 20

Final Women's Team Standings
1) Liberty – 210
2) Coastal Carolina – 203.25
3) Charleston Southern – 89.5
4) Campbell – 74
5) UNC Asheville – 51.75
6) High Point – 48
7) Gardner-Webb – 42.5
8) Winthrop – 39
9) VMI – 38
10) Radford – 23

Men's Outstanding Track Performer
Evan Emery, High Point

Women's Outstanding Track Performer
Jeanne Stroud, Winthrop

Men's Outstanding Field Performer
Ryan Smith, Liberty

Women's Outstanding Field Performer
Mychelle Cumings, Liberty

Men's Freshman of the Year
Alex Young, Gardner-Webb

Women's Freshman of the Year
Jessica Gelibert, Coastal Carolina

Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Cabell Willis, VMI

Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Jeanne Stroud, Winthrop
Men's All-Academic Team
Ben Bell, Gardner-Webb
Eric Baldwin, Campbell
Kurt Hibert, UNC Asheville
Corvaughn Archie, Charleston Southern
Tristan Faure, High Point
Cameron Griggs, Coastal Carolina
Gabe Holguin, Winthrop
Caleb Edmonds, Liberty
Joseph Betts, Radford
Cabell Willis, VMI

Women's All-Academic Team
Kelsey Hunt, High Point
Ivana Hughes, Gardner-Webb
Emily Marchini, Coastal Carolina
Meredith Mistretta, Liberty
Heidi Dean, Charleston Southern
Teresa Williamson, Radford
Emma Bussard, UNC Asheville
Jenna Moye, VMI
Jeanne Stroud, Winthrop
Brianna Kincade, Campbell

Men's Coach of the Year
Brant Tolsma, Liberty

Women's Coach of the Year
Brant Tolsma, Liberty