Dmitriev Earns Two All-Big South Honors at BSC Champs
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LYNCHBURG, Va. – Andrey Dmitriev earned all-Big South honors with runner-up finishes in the 800 and 1,500-meter runs, leading the VMI men’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.

Dmitriev was part of a 14-point team performance in the 800, finishing in second place with a 1:52.38 clocking, and in the 1,500, he finished second in 3:58.22. It marked the third consecutive year he had finished second in the 1,500 at this meet, and the two efforts give him seven career all-conferences honors on the track.

As a team, the Keydets finished the meet in fifth place with 73 points. Liberty won the overall title, 213-131 over Coastal Carolina. High Point rallied over the final two days to finish third with 110 markers, with Charleston Southern finishing with 81 points, just in front of the Keydets. Campbell (65), Radford (56), Gardner-Webb (44), Winthrop (25) and UNC Asheville (20) rounded out the team standings.

In addition to Dmitriev, the Keydets saw Jacob Lysher and Avery Martin score in the 800. Lysher came home fourth, just missing all-Big South laurels with his 1:52.47 effort, while Martin finished eighth in 1:55.77 during his first conference outdoor meet.

VMI also notched points in the relays, with the 4X100 leading the way. That unit, comprised of Brandyn Laury, Nate Gant, Aron Long and Antonio Wood, was sixth in 42.36 seconds, an IC4A qualifying effort. The 4X400 relay team – Julian Jackson, Brandon Hartman, Gabe Fisher and Lysher – was also sixth, finishing in 3:20.06.

“Many athletes came out and competed hard this weekend,” said VMI head coach Darrin Webb. “On the men’s side, Antonio Wood’s four events were a gutty performance, as he scored in all four, and Jacob Lysher and Andrey Dmitriev were able to do the same in two events apiece. 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.”

In addition, Cabell Willis was named the Outdoor Track Scholar-Athlete of the Year, giving him a clean sweep of those honors (cross country, indoor track, outdoor track) this season. 

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