LEXINGTON, Va. – The VMI track and field teams opened the second annual VMI Winter Relays with a strong start with several personal bests and IC4A qualifying marks Friday at the Corps Physical Training Facility.
The men’s distance medley relay team of Gavin Jenkins, Jonathan Gray, Zach Lauster and Jahanzib Shahbaz earned an IC4A qualifying time of 10:17.75 for second place in the event.
Thrower Daniel Usher earned a personal record in the 35-pound weight throw with a seventh-place distance of 14.72 meters (48’3.5”). On the women’s side, Sarah Leckman came in fourth in the shot put with a distance of 13.21 meters (43’4.5”) for a solid finish.
“Overall, I am happy with day one because we competed with intensity,” said VMI head coach Darrin Webb. “We are getting more and more healthy, we are seeing many positive trends in both the sprints and in the distances, and I expect it to continue tomorrow. We held a few people out in some events today to make sure they get a little more recovered as we move towards the championship part of the season.”
In the women’s pole vault, freshman McKenna Dunn performed well with a third-place height of 3.35 meters (10’11.75”).
The VMI relay teams had strong showings at the meet as the VMI foursome of Dylan Haines, Jack Ryan, Adam Waite and Ian Irizarry-Negron placed second in the 4 x 800-meter with a time of 8:12.51. The women’s DMR also came in second place as Logan Luckett, Ahliyah Williams, Julianne Knoblett and Anna Armfield earned a time of 12:47.34.
The second day of the VMI Winter Relays begins Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Corps Physical Training Facility.