LEHIGH, Pa. – After three weeks of training and conditioning, the VMI cross country teams returned to action and showed improvement at the Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh University Saturday morning in Lehigh, Pennsylvania.
Both the men’s and women’s teams competed in the highest division at the race and earned great times in the College Gold races. The men’s team placed 37th overall in the 8k race with 963 points while the VMI women came in 39th overall with 1011 points in a 6k race.
Jahanzib Shahbaz led the men with a 71st-place finish in 24:23.0. Gavin Jenkins arrived in 151st place in 24:53.6 and freshman Jonathan Krone came in 265th place in a time of 25:31.4. Justin Adams (274th, 25:34) and Carlos Fernandes (309th, 25:52) also scored team points for the Keydets.
Andre Jordan, Walt Kitson, Kellen Reeves, Alex Fiorillo and Zach Diller also competed for the VMI men.
On the women’s side, senior Logan Luckett paced the Keydets with a 76th-place finish in 22:26 while junior Anna Armfield came in 155th place in 22:59. Sara Belamarich, Tamara Washington and Taylor Rice also scored team points for the Keydet women. Brittany Szczepanik competed for the women, as well.
The Keydets return to action on Friday, Oct. 18, when they compete at the VertCross Invitational hosted by High Point University. The women’s race begins at 4:30 p.m. in High Point, North Carolina.
VMI head coach Dr. Drew Ludtke commentary:
“When combining all the races, the men were 38th out of 133 teams today. The men were able to see the best competition in the country and we chose to race in the toughest possible division. We were able to build confidence going into the SoCon meet in four weeks.
“This team has been showing progress the past few weeks and they are excited to see what they can do in the next two meets. I am looking forward to watching them race!
“When combining the races, our women’s team was 93rd out of 129. We really ran well up front with Luckett leading. Belamarich, Washington and Rice are beginning to see some improvement to round out the top five. We made steps to bring our 3rd, 4th, and 5th runners closer to our top runners. I was happy to see the ladies gain valuable experience today!”
VMI Men – 37th place – 963 points
71st – Jahanzib Shahbaz – 24:23.0
151st – Gavin Jenkins – 24:53.6
265th – Jonathan Krone – 25:31.4
274th – Justin Adams – 25:34.5
309th – Carlos Fernandes – 25:52.1
330th – Andre Jordan – 26:07.8
351st – Walt Kitson – 25:29.8
364th – Kellen Reeves – 26:46.3
380th – Alex Fiorillo – 27:26.2
381st – Zach Diller – 37:29.0
VMI Women – 39th place – 1011 points
76th – Logan Luckett – 22:26.5
155th – Anna Armfield – 22:59.2
252nd – Sara Belamarich – 23:55.1
310th – Tamara Washington – 24:48.4
323rd – Taylor Rice – 25:01.6
365th – Brittany Szczpanik – 28:40.4