MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Emily Dinning earned all-conference honors in the 1,500 and 5,000-meter runs, leading the VMI women’s track and field team on the final day of the Big South Outdoor Track and Field Championships, contested Saturday in Myrtle Beach, S.C. All told, the Keydets scored 27 points at the meet, good enough for ninth place.
Dinning got her day off to a good start, finishing third in the 1,500-meters. The freshman clocked in at 4:34.55, which was not only a new school record, but was Dinning’s third USATF Junior Nationals qualifying time of the year.
She has also qualified for that prestigious meet in the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs. Dinning is the first Keydet woman to register multiple qualifying times for the USATF Junior National meet.
Dinning was not the only athlete to run well in the 1,500, as junior Jenna Moye clocked in fifth with a 4:38.88 time, while Leah Schubel crossed the line in 4:43.98. The trio’s performance accounted for 11 team points.
After a weather delay of more than four hours, Dinning returned later Saturday evening to compete in the 5K, where she placed third once again. Her time in the longer distance was 17:35.70.
In the throws, Mary Grace Lemon, last year’s Big South Freshman of the Year, finished eighth in the discus. Her best toss was 41.57 meters (136’5”).
“I thought our team competed well as a whole this weekend,” said VMI head coach Darrin Webb. “Certainly a ninth-place finish was not our goal, but overall, we ran strong races and posted some impressive performances. Credit to Emily for finishing out two strong runs, and to Jenna and Leah in the 1,500 as well. We have several events remaining in the outdoor season, and will continue to work hard and strive to get better. I am very proud of the team’s efforts and how well everyone competed, and I believe this program is on the right track.”
The final standings saw High Point finish in 8th, 11 points ahead of the Keydets. Radford trailed VMI with 22.5 points, while Coastal Carolina captured the team title with 234 markers. Liberty placed second (214.5), with Charleston Southern (84) and Gardner-Webb (66) finishing third and fourth. Campbell (48), Winthrop (42) and UNC Asheville rounded out the team standings.
VMI track and field will return to action next weekend, as the teams take part in the Radford Last Chance meet, hosted by the Radford Highlanders at Cupp Stadium in Radford, Va.
The post-meet honors, including Most Outstanding Track Performer, Most Outstanding Field Performer, Coach of the Year, Freshman of the Year and the All-Academic Team will be announced Monday. The honors were not voted on immediately following the meet due to time constraints following the rain delay.