Wood’s 6,687 points marked a new personal best in the event, as he wound up more than 200 points ahead of the third-place competitor. After struggling in the day’s second event, Wood posted a solid effort in the pole vault (4.20 M/13’9 ¼”) and followed that up with career best marks in the javelin throw (44.54 M/146’1”) and the 1,500-meter run (4:46.96) to ensure the second-place finish.
Also in action was Felix Kitur, who clocked in at 1:49.10 in his preliminary round and will be the top qualifier to tomorrow’s final. Ademola Titcombe finished 26th in the long jump (6.86 M/22’6 ¼”), and Andrey Dmitriev was scratched from the 1,500-meter run due to injury concerns.
Wood’s runner-up result gave the Keydets eight team points, and they currently sit in a tie for 12th place in the team standings.
On the women’s side, it was Jennifer Sing tying for eighth in the pole vault, recording a mark of 3.78 meters (12’4 ¾”). Kate Collins was also in action, but was one of 14 athletes to not record a height. By comparison, only 13 athletes were able to clear a bar in Saturday’s competition. Sing’s half point made the Keydets one of 34 teams to notch points at the meet.
“Antonio had a great effort today,” said VMI head coach Darrin Webb. “To close out the meet with lifetime bests in both the javelin and 1,500, and secure the personal best and second place result in the process, was truly a great performance. Jennifer did a good job in the pole vault, and had her best jumps in a few weeks. We expect her to be ready for the NCAA Preliminary Round later this month. Felix did what he needed to do, with a virtually even split 1:49. I expect him to run even faster tomorrow.”
VMI track and field returns to action Sunday, wrapping up competition at the IC4A/ECAC Championships in Princeton.