VMI track and field will return to action Friday, sending qualified athletes to the IC4A/ECAC Championships in Princeton, N.J. Action gets underway at noon.
How to Follow
Fans can follow the meet via live results, accessible at the link to the left of this article.
What are the IC4A/ECAC Championships?
The IC4A/ECAC Championships are, in fact, a conference championship, as the ECAC, or Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference is a group of approximately 300 schools located throughout the northeast. Many of them belong to another conference as well as their membership in the ECAC, for example, Princeton has hosted the outdoor IC4A/ECAC Championships many times.
The IC4A title is an acronym standing for Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America, and is the title given to the ECAC's Division I men's championships in indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and cross country. Liberty and VMI are the only two Big South schools with associate memberships in the ECAC, and thus, are the only Big South schools sending athletes to Princeton for this weekend's proceedings.
Renee Reives, Discus and Shot Put: It has been a banner year for the sophomore, who, after finishing second in the shot put at the Big South Championships, followed that up with a school record in the discus at that same meet two days later. Reives qualified for the indoor ECAC meet in the shot and finished 11th there.
Quincy Murphy, Decathlon: Murphy will be making his IC4A debut after posting a season-high, and personal best, 6408 score at the Big South Championships.
Antonio Wood, Decathlon: Wood has finished as high as second in an IC4A multi event (last season's IC4A decathlon), and will be closing out a stellar Keydet career at this meet. He is bidding for his fourth straight scoring performance in an IC4A heptathlon or decathlon.
Aron Long, 100 and 200-Meters: Long has enjoyed a banner season, highlighted by qualifying for both the indoor and outdoor IC4A meet. This year, he became the first Keydet to qualify in a track event shorter than 800 meters since the 2010-11 season.
Mary Grace Lemon, Hammer Throw: Lemon's year has been on the upswing since the beginning of the outdoor season - A week after posting the longest throw by a Keydet since 2007, Lemon shattered the school record at the Big South Championships, besting the former mark by nearly 12 feet.
Kate Collins, Pole Vault: Collins qualified by winning her second career Big South pole vault title. She will be making her fourth ECAC appearance, after posting her best career finish (T-14th) at last season's outdoor championship.
Jenna Moye, 1,500-Meters: Moye will run under the waiver of standard rule to close out a stellar career. The senior scored in the mile indoors at this meet, and will be coming off a seventh-place finish at the Big South meet in April.
Avion Jones, High Jump: Jones is coming off VMI's first outdoor high jump conference title since 2005. He enters tied for 13th among IC4A competitors in the event, and also tied for 18th in the East region.
Andrey Dmitriev, 1,500-Meters: Dmitriev is on the upswing, much like several of his fellow qualifiers. He posted a 3:46.25 1,500-meter effort at VMI's last meet, the Liberty Twilight Qualifier, to move into the top-50 in the East Region.
Brandyn Laury/Aron Long/Nate Gant/Wood, 4X100-Meter Relay