COLUMBIA, S.C. - Jay Broom won an invitational section of the men's 1,500, while Tiffany Quick finished sixth in the shot put to lead the VMI track and field teams on the final day of competition at the Weems-Baskin Invitational, contested Saturday in Columbia, S.C.
Broom beat his teammate, Luke Phillips, by just two-tenths of a second in the invitational 1,500, as he crossed the line in 3:59.36 to Phillips' 3:59.56.
Quick, meanwhile, was sixth in the shot put with a best effort of 12.83 meters (42'1 1/4"). That stands as the fourth-best outdoor mark in school history and Quick becomes just the fourth thrower - joining Mildred Cooper, Renee Reives and Ketra Alexander - to exceed 40 feet in the shot. Quick came back to finish fifth in the B section of the discus (38.47 meters/126'2"), two spots behind Elizabeth Johnston's 39.47 meter (129'6") effort.
Other results on the men's side included Greg Henderson finishing 12th in the 100 - his 10.63 clocking stands as the fastest time among SoCon runners so far this season. Lee Warren was seventh in the 110 hurdles, timing in at 14.64 seconds, and Kevin Bishop was 10th in the 400 hurdles (54.52). In the main 1,500-meters, Ryan Drew finished fourth (4:05.35) and Micah Ellington fifth (4:05.86).
The Keydets also posted a pair of podium results in the B sections of the men's throws, as Jordan White rebounded from a tough season debut Friday (in the A hammer) to win the B discus at 46.22 meters (151'7"). Grant Sanchez was third in the B shot at 14.94 meters (49'0 1/4").
On the women's side, Julia Logan finished second in the B high jump (1.60 meters/5'3") and Julianne Knoblett was the runner-up in the B section of the 800 (2:22.90). Logan Luckett (fifth/2:24.75) and Kennedy Flynn (sixth/2:24.76) trailed Knoblett in the 800, while Luckett was also 10th in the 1,500 (4:52.22).
Finally, the women's 4X100-meter relay - Yaa Agyepong-Wiafe, Bria Anderson, Kerisha Goode and Mia McClain - finished 11th in 47.63 seconds.
"Overall, I'm pleased with our first weekend of outdoor action," said VMI head coach Darrin Webb. "Tiffany Quick continues to move up our all-time rankings, and Greg Henderson got his outdoor year off to a good start. We look forward to continuing to get better next weekend at High Point."
VMI track and field will return to action Friday, when the Keydets take part in the HPU Vertklasse Invite in High Point, N.C.