DURHAM, N.C. - Kerisha Goode finished fifth in the 200-meters, while Jahanzib Shahbaz put up the fastest 800-meter time in the SoCon this year to lead VMI track and field's efforts on the final day of the Duke Invitational, contested Saturday in Durham, N.C.
Shahbaz finished just 23rd in the 800, but more relevant for the longer term was his 1:52.78 time, an effort that was more than four-tenths of a second quicker than anyone else in the SoCon has run this season.
The other top result on the men's side came in the javelin, where Donovan Walton hurled the spear 50.47 meters (165'7") and finished 15th. Walton ranks sixth in the SoCon in the event.
On the women's side, Goode led the way with a fifth-place finish in the 200, thanks to a 24.29 time that moved her into second in the conference in the event.
Julia Logan was also in action, finishing in a tie for ninth in the high jump (1.63 M/5'4 1/4"), while Sarah Leckman was 10th in the shot put (13.40 M/43'11 3/4"). Leckman moved into third in the conference with the effort, and is one of only three women to clear the 13-meter mark so far this season.
"A handful of our athletes really asserted themselves on the conference performance list this weekend," said VMI head coach Darrin Webb. "We'll have a chance to see them back up some of these performances against SoCon competition soon, but first, we're excited to go to the Penn Relays. It's a truly historic meet and a great opportunity for our team."
VMI track and field will return to action when the Penn Relays begin Thursday in Philadelphia, Pa.