Keydets Finish Strong at Colonial Relays
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Looking to close out the Colonial Relays with a strong finish, the VMI track and field teams performed well with an excellent showing Saturday in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Freshman Blaine Ashton had a great performance in the men’s triple jump with a fifth-place distance of 13.76 meters. In the men’s pole vault, Andrew Arlint came in sixth place in the championship round of the event with a height clearance of 4.53 meters. Griffin Kowal came in second place in his heat also with a height of 4.53 meters.

On the women’s side of the pole vault, McKenna Dunn placed second in her heat with a distance of 3.40 meters. Tiffany Quick competed in the women’s discus throw and earned a 13th-place finish of 38.06 meters.

The women’s 4x100 group of Autumn Parson, Eliza Brooks, Ariana Ruffin and Ingrid Joseph placed seventh in the competition in 48.48 seconds.

 “We had some good performances today,” said VMI head coach Darrin Webb. “We were selective in the relays we ran based on specific individual needs. It was a productive weekend, but of course we still have some work to do.  I think we learned some items about handling weather and being both physically and mentally prepared.  They continued to work and fight through a little adversity, which was very good to see.”


The men’s relays were equally impressive, with the men’s 4x400 grouping of Jonathan Gray, Jordin Poindexter, Johnnie Walker and Rafael Mas achieved a 10th-place finish in 3:17.95. Later on the men’s 4x1500 grouping of Jahanzib Shahbaz, Andre Jordan, Zach Lauster and Adam Waite also placed 10th in 16:19.46

The Keydets return to action next weekend with a split as half the team will compete at the University of South Carolina and the other half at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.