LEXINGTON, Va. – A school record in the women’s 4x400 and excellent marks across the board highlighted the second day of the VMI Winter Relays for the VMI track and field teams Saturday at the Corps Physical Training Facility.
The women’s 4x400 group of Eliza Brooks, Ingrid Joseph, Ahliyah Williams and Ariana Ruffin earned a school record time of 3:54.23, five seconds faster than the previous school record set at the Keydet Invitational three weeks ago by the same foursome. The unit continues to improve as they bested the prior school record time of 4:00.82 set in 2018. The time is also ranked in the top three of the Southern Conference so far this year for the event.
The men’s 4x400 group of Jonathan Gray, Jahanzib Shahbaz, Johnnie Walker and Rafael Mas logged a 3:23.12 for seventh place in the event, a time that also ranks in the top three of the Southern Conference this season.
“I was very pleased with our relays this weekend,” said VMI head coach Darrin Webb. “I couldn’t be more excited for those groups; they really are ready to take the next step. Kowal in the pole vault is also very close to seeing a big improvement as well as he is consistent and works hard to refine his technique. Anna Armfield and Andre Jordan in the 3K were just outstanding.
“Overall, the team did a good job of continuing to compete, continuing to have season-best performances, and as long as we continue to stack those together, the results later in the year will be where we need them to be.”
Armfield recorded a time of 10:27.70 for ninth place in the 3K, a big personal record that qualifies her to the fast section for the event at the SoCon Indoor Championships.
Sophomore Griffin Kowal came in third place in the men’s pole vault with a height of 4.50 meters (14’9”).
Junior Logan Luckett placed 13th in the women’s mile with a time of 5:17.14. Fellow junior Sydney Hays came in seventh in the women’s weight throw by earning a distance of 14.74 meters (48’4.5”).
Ruffin and Brooks also competed well in the women’s 200-meter dash with Brooks arriving in 12th with a time of 25.72 directly followed by Ruffin’s 13th-place time of 25.78.
Andre Jordan and Carlos Fernandes showed strong in the men’s 3k event as Jordan placed 17th in 8:51.80 while Fernandes came in 20th in 8:58.63.
The VMI track and field teams resume competition next weekend at the Virginia Tech Challenge set for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16 in Blacksburg, Virginia. A week later the Keydets host the Southern Conference Indoor Championships Feb. 23 and 24 at the CPTF.