BLACKSBURG, Va. – The VMI track and field teams continued to improve and earned season-best marks on the second day of the Virginia Tech Challenge Saturday in Blacksburg.
Freshman Johnnie Walker finished first in the 400-meter run with a season-best time of 49.82 seconds, beating out Hans Gallagher of Virginia Tech (50.14) and Earl Green of UNC Wilmington (50.41).
“I am excited about the improvements we have earned this weekend, and I expect that it will pay dividends as we look towards the conference meet seven days from today,” said VMI head coach Darrin Webb. “We have work to do and it is going to be a real battle, but this team has grown and continues to grow and improve every week.
“I expect nothing different as we look towards next weekend. This team is ready to go, and they will fight for every second, every inch and every place they can earn. Every point will matter.”
In the men’s pole vault, senior Andrew Arlint and sophomore Griffin Kowal finished 11th and 12th, respectively, with season-best heights of 4.60 meters at the meet.
Ariana Ruffin, Eliza Brooks and Ahliyah Williams all scored season-best times in the women’s 400-meter race. Ruffin placed sixth in 58.00 seconds followed by Brooks in seventh in 58.20. Williams came in ninth in the final standings with a time of 59.64 seconds.
Freshman Blaine Ashton finished strong in the triple jump with a fourth-place distance of 13.78 meters, a season-best length.
In the 3,000-meter events, Jahanzib Shahbaz of the men’s team placed third with a season-best time of 8:48.32, while Logan Luckett of the women’s team arrived in sixth place with a personal-best time of 10:33.14.
Senior Tiffany Quick made her season debut in the women’s shot put and did well by coming in fourth place with a distance of 12.15 meters.