VMI track and field returns to action Friday, taking part in the two-day RU Invitational held at Radford's Cupp Stadium in Radford, Va. Action gets underway at noon and then continues Saturday at 9 a.m.
The Keydets come off of the Big South Championships, where the teams finished fifth (men) and ninth (women) respectively, and many of the key players will be in action this weekend.
How to Follow
Fans can follow along with the meet via the live results link located to the left of this article.
The weather is projected to be excellent Friday, with a high of 67 and low of 45 and no measurable chance of rain. Saturday, however, is a different story, with a 40 percent chance of afternoon showers.
Four Events to Watch
Women's Discus - Noon Friday: Both Renee Reives and Mary Grace Lemon are entered here, and the question may be: How does Reives follow up her school record, set last weekend? The sophomore is currently ranked 23rd among ECAC qualifiers after her fifth-place finish at last week's Big South meet.
Women's Pole Vault - 2:30 Friday: Much like with the other three events listed here, the goal is to continue to build momentum heading into the IC4A/ECAC Championships. Kate Collins is in after her conference title last weekend, but will be looking to break into the ECAC's top-35 on Friday, which she could do with a 3.70 meter (12'1 1/2") clearance.
Women's Hammer Throw - 11 a.m. Saturday: Lemon is also entered here, the event where she shattered Ketra Alexander's school record that had stood for some six years, and the question is the same: What will be the follow-up? Lemon is the 22nd-ranked thrower in the ECAC, headed into the championships that are scheduled for May 10-12.
Men's 800-Meters - 2:10 p.m. Saturday - Jacob Lysher and Avery Martin are entered here, and after Lysher's all-conference effort at the Big South meet, he will no doubt be looking for an IC4A berth. He would need a 1:51.80 to accomplish that feat, which would be just .01 off the track record held by Keydet alumnus Felix Kitur.
Fans should note that a performance list was not available at press time.