LEXINGTON, Va. – Coming off a great week of competition last weekend, the VMI track and field teams continued to show progress as the men placed fifth and the women eighth at Saturday’s VMI Team Challenge held at the Corps Physical Training Facility.
The men came in fifth with 67 combined points while the VMI women finished eighth with 24 points. The Western Carolina men came in first with 157.5 points and App State came in second with 122.5 points.
“I am excited how we competed because we raced and competed to the finish line and we had good jumps and throws late in competition,” said VMI head coach Darrin Webb. “We competed to the finish. This was also good for the younger portion of the team to be in a team competition and creating an atmosphere that will be similar to the conference meet and what it takes in those settings to be successful.
“We competed well but it will help us even more as we move towards the championship portion of the season.”
Sophomore Ariana Ruffin placed eighth in the women’s 400-meter with a time of 58.86 for first place in her heat. She also placed fifth in the 200-meter race in 25.63 seconds by placing second in her heat. She totaled five team points for her efforts.
In the men’s pole vault, Griffin Kowal came in third at 4.50 meters a little higher than Andrew Arlint’s fourth-place mark of 4.35 meters. Eric Thompson also scored team points with an eighth-place height of 3.90 meters.
McKenna Dunn placed third in the pole vault with a height of 3.50 meters (11’53”) . Sarah Leckman performed well in the shot put with a third-place distance of 13.21 meters, or 43’41”. In the women’s weight throw, Sydney Hays had an impressive performance with her eighth-place distance of 15.07 meters for one team point.
The VMI (A) DMR foursome of Gavin Jenkin, Dylan Haines, Ian Irizarry-Negron and Jahanzib Shahbaz took first place for the event to earn 10 team points as they crossed the finish line in 10:44.72. The VMI (B) DMR foursome of Zach Lauster, Jack Ryan, Kyle Sabouring and Andre Jordan finished one second behind in 10:45.38 for second place.
Davone Hernandez earned two team points for the men as he earned a seventh-place finish in the men’s 3000-meter run in 8:50.24.
In the men’s triple jump, Blaine Ashton scored five team points by way of his fourth-place finish at a distance of 13.69 meters.
Logan Luckett scored four team points for the women in the mile run by placing fifth overall with a time of 5:19.80.
Daniel Usher performed well in the men’s throwing events by placing eighth in the shot put for a team point with a distance of 13.87 meters. He also came in ninth in the weight throw at a distance of 14.58 meters.
In the men’s 400 meter run, Johnnie Walker had a good showing by earning four team points by way of his fifth-place finish of 50.39 seconds. Rafael Mas came in 11th in 51.05 while Jonathan Gray placed 12th in 51.51.
1 - WCU - 157.5
2 - App. State - 122.5
3 - East Tenn. St. - 86
4 - CSU - 68
5 - VMI - 67
6 - Citadel - 62
7 - SC State - 37
1 - App. State - 172
2 - WCU - 116
3 - East Tenn. St. - 82
4 - CSU - 75
T5 - Radford - 42
T5 - Robert Morris – 42
7 - SC State - 28
8 - VMI - 24
9 - Citadel - 4
RUFFIN, Ariana - 8th - 58.86 (first in heat 2)
RUFFIN, Ariana – 5th - 25.63 (second in heat 4)
Men’s Pole Vault
KOWAL, Griffin – 3rd - 4.50m (14' 9")
ARLINT, Andrew - 4th - 4.35m (14' 31/4)
THOMPSON, Eric – 8th - 3.90m - 12' 9”)
Women’s Pole Vault
DUNN, McKenna – 3rd - 3.50m (11' 53”)
LECKMAN, Sarah – 3rd - 13.21m - 43' 41”
Women’s Weight Throw
HAYS, Sydney – 8th - 15.07m - 49' 51/2”
Jenkins, Haines, Irizarry-Negron, Shahbaz – 1st 10:44.72
Lauster, Ryan, Sabourin, Jordan – 2nd – 10:45.39
HERNANDEZ, Davone – 7th – 8:50.24
Men’s Triple jump
ASHTON, Blaine – 4th - 13.69m - 44' 11"
LUCKETT, Logan – 5th - 5:19.80
Men’s Shot Put
USHER, Daniel – 8th - 13.87m - 45' 61/
Men’s Weight Throw
USHER, Daniel – 9th - 14.58m - 47' 10"
WALKER, Johnnie – 5th - 50.39
MAS, Rafael – 11th - 51.05
GRAY, Jonathan 12th - 51.51