Keydets Complete First Day at SoCon Outdoors
Courtesy: Southern Conference

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Expecting a great start to the league outdoor championship, the VMI track and field teams saw several strong performances to begin the first day of competition at the 2019 SoCon Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Alabama.


The VMI men currently stand in sixth place with 23 points while the VMI women are tied for ninth with four points. ETSU leads the men’s race with 55 points followed closely by Samford’s 50, while the Samford women are dominating the competition with 79 points followed by 39 from Furman.


Jahanzib Shahbaz advanced to the finals in both the 1500-meter and the 800-meter runs while James Granderson (110m hurdles), Blaine Ashton (400m) and Jordin Poindexter (200m) also advanced to the title round on the men’s side. On the women’s side, Arian Ruffin advanced to the finals in both the 200m and 400m.


“The athletes did a good job of preparing and competing today,” said VMI head coach Darrin Webb. “We had some events that went our way and others that did not. We need to come out and maximize our opportunities tomorrow. I am excited to watch those who advanced to the finals in addition to the triple jump, shot put, discus throw relays, high jump and the multis.”


Senior Andrew Arlint performed well in the men’s pole vault with a second-place height of 4.70 meters, half a meter behind champion Noah Charles of ETSU who vaulted 5.20 meters.


Gavin Jenkins placed third in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase in 9:19 with Walt Kitson not far behind in sixth place in 9:59. Daniel Walsh also competed well in the event by placing seventh overall at 4.30 meters.


Women’s pole vaulter McKenna Dunn came in fifth place with a height of 3.33 meters


After qualifying for the finals in the 110-meter hurdles, Granderson had a great showing in the men’s long jump by reaching a distance of 7.00 meters for seventh place.


Sunday’s action begins with the resumption of the men’s decathlon at 9 a.m. This year’s championship is free to the public. Live results, daily recaps, photos and video highlights can be found at




Men’s results – Day 1

1. ETSU – 55 points

2. Samford – 50

3. Western Carolina – 38

4. Furman – 28

5. The Citadel – 27

6. VMI – 23

7. Wofford – 11

8. UNC Greensboro – 2


Women’s results – Day 1

1. Samford – 79 points

2. Furman – 39

3. Western Carolina – 29

4. The Citadel – 25

5. Wofford – 24

6. ETSU – 18

7. UNC Greensboro – 7

8. Chattanooga – 5

t9. VMI – 4

t9. Mercer – 4


Day 1 champions

Men: 10,000-meter run Frank Lara, Furman (31:00.06); hammer Ben Johnson, ETSU (59.89 meters); long jump Karon Delince, ETSU (7.54 meters); javelin Ben Johnson, ETSU (60.80 meters); 3,000-meter steeplechase Noah Charles, ETSU (9:12.91); pole vault Hugh Duggan, Samford (5.20 meters).


Women: 10,000-meter run Grace Dwyer, Furman (36:40.53); hammer throw Tatiana Taylor, Samford (53.46 meters); pole vault Tally Wilson, Samford (3.78 meters); javelin Emorie Long, Samford (39.49 meters); long jump Makaila McIntyre, Western Carolina (6.14 meters); 3,000-meter steeplechase Hannah Steelman, Wofford (10:00.79)*.


* meet record 



Men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase

Gavin Jenkins, VMI

Jeremiah Gaulding, VMI


Men’s pole vault

Daniel Walsh, VMI



Women’s all-freshman – Day 1

Women’s hammer

Stephanie Jones, VMI


Women’s pole vault

McKenna Dunn, VMI


Women’s javelin

Ellie Miller, VMI


Women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase

Skylar Pierce, VMI