NEW YORK, N.Y. – The VMI men’s distance medley relay posted an IC4A qualifying effort, leading the Keydets’ teams efforts at the Great Dane Classic, hosted by Albany at the New Balance Track and Field Center in New York, N.Y. Friday.
The DMR squad of Avery Martin, Julian Jackson, Max Midkiff and Andrey Dmitriev timed in at 10:08.68 to easily make the IC4A standard, doing so by some 11 seconds. Dmitriev closed with a 4:12 mile, while Martin, competing in his first indoor race this season, opened with a 3:02 1,200-meter effort. Both would return later in the meet, where Martin finished fifth in the 800 (1:55) and Dmitriev logged a 4:17 mile to also finish fifth in the open mile.
Seniors Kate Collins and Mary Grace Lemon were in action as well, both earning a fourth-place finish. Collins was fourth in the pole vault, clearing 3.75 meters (12’3 ½”) and coming up just one centimeter shy of her personal best, while Lemon stretched the tape to 15.73 meters in the weight throw (51’7”) to place fourth.
On the men's side, VMI wound up eighth in the overall team scoring (28 points), while the Keydets placed 16th (13 points) on the women's side.
The 3,000-meter races also held solid results for the Keydets, as Sean Helmke clocked in at 8:47 on the men’s side (14th) while Hannah Dickinson timed in at 10:36.59 in the women’s race. Freshman Greg Henderson was another standout, winning his heat in the 200-meters by timing in at 22.41 seconds (24th overall), and Joel Hoisington hurled the shot 15.02 meters (49’3 1/2) to place eighth.
In addition, Steven Trayer led three Keydets with a 15:36.85 fifth-place finish in the 5K and Quincy Murphy timed in at 8.43 seconds to finish 14th in the 60-meter hurdles.
“I felt like we had a quality day,” said VMI head coach Darrin Webb. “Andrey was able to turn in a pair of solid races, and is quite a bit ahead of where he was at this time last year, where Avery had two very good efforts. Our 3K’s and Joel were both good, while our freshmen, in particular Greg Henderson, were able to get important experience as we move forward. I’m very pleased with today’s results, and look forward to another good effort on Saturday.”
VMI track and field will return to action Saturday, taking part in a second meet at the New Balance Track and Field Center, the NYU Saturday Night Shootout. Meet time is set for 5:30 p.m.
Update: This article reflects team scoring as of the time of posting. Final results were made available Saturday night that are linked to the left of this article.