VMI Opens Colonial Relays with Great Performances
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Looking to continue a great start to the outdoor season after last week’s results in Raleigh, the VMI track and field teams again had solid showings to open the 54th Annual Colonial Relays Friday hosted by William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.


“The weather conditions were not ideal with the rain, but we competed well and won many heats,” said VMI head coach Darrin Webb. “It’s hard to really run fast in these conditions.”


Junior Shahbaz Jahanzib had the best performance of the day by placing fourth overall in the men’s 800-meter race in 1:54.63


Ariana Ruffin came in sixth place in the women’s 400-meter race in 57.27 seconds and followed that up with a 13th-place finish in the 200-meter in 25.66 seconds.  On the men’s side, VMI’s Johnnie Walker placed 19th overall in the 400-meter with a time of 49.90 seconds.


Tiffany Quick had a solid showing in the women’s hammer throw by reaching a distance of 41.30 meters (135’6”) for eighth place in the field.


Freshman Rafael Mas earned a 58.76 seconds mark in the men’s 400-meter hurdles for 42nd place. In the men’s 100-meter dash, freshman Jordin Poindexter placed 22nd in 11.14 seconds followed by Blaine Ashton in 31st in 11.35 seconds. Ashton then turned around and led VMI in the men’s 200-meter with a 23rd-place time of 22.56 seconds followed by Poindexter in 35th in 22.89 seconds.


The women’s pole vault was pushed to Saturday morning due to the adverse conditions.


The Colonial Relays resume Saturday morning.