Jennifer Sing led the way in the pole vault, as one week after her streak of 12-foot-plus clearances ended at 10 meets, she went over the bar at 3.75 meters (12’3 ½”) to claim the victory. Kate Collins finished second, posting a clearance of 3.60 meters (11’9 ¾”) to set a new collegiate best and qualify for this year’s ECAC Indoor Championships.
Nicole Harding was third, just missing her personal best with an effort of 3.30 M/10’10”, while Carrie Wortham tied Harding, and equaled her top collegiate effort at 3.30 M/10’10”.
In the shot put, it was freshman Renee Reives earning her first collegiate victory with a toss of 12.56 meters (41’2 ½”), while Mary Grace Lemon was third with a best mark of 11.79 M/38’8 ¼”. Lemon’s effort marked a new personal best in the event, and she would add to that effort with a victory in the weight throw. Her toss of that implement was good for a 14.73 M mark (48’4”). Teammate Alex Hastings was fifth, and beat her previous personal best by some 1.3 meters (12.59 M/41’3 ¾”).
“This was a strong event for our vaulters and throwers,” said VMI head coach Darrin Webb. “It was good to see Jennifer get back in the swing of things, and Kate’s clearance was very strong. All of the throwers did a good job as well, and the runners were able to get the work in they needed as we finish up our conference preparation.”
Additionally, Leah Schubel led four Keydets competing in the 400-meters by finishing second, recording a 1:10.60 time in her first career appearance in the event.
VMI track and field will return to action Friday, as this year’s Big South Indoor Championships get underway in Blacksburg, Va.