Dinning and Hagos Lead Keydets at Duke
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DURHAM, N.C. – Noah Hagos bettered his personal best in the 5,000-meters by some eight seconds, while Emily Dinning continued her recent success with a second straight USATF Junior National Championships qualification, pacing the VMI track and field teams on the opening day of the Duke Invitational, contested in Durham, N.C.

Hagos, who had previously broken the 15-minute 5K barrier just once, clocked in at 14:44.92 en route to a 12th-place finish. It was some eight seconds better than the 14:52 effort he posted last April at the Mason Spring Invitational. Teammate Cabell Willis also recorded a PR in the event, just missing the 15-minute plateau with a 15:01.49 time. Willis placed 16th overall.

Dinning, meanwhile, fresh off her USATF Junior Nationals qualifying effort in the 3K last weekend, finished eighth in the 5K on Friday. Dinning’s time of 17:41.67 qualifies her for the USATF Jr. Championships in this event as well, and makes her the first Keydet woman to ever achieve two qualification standards for those Championships.

“I thought our distance crew performed very well today,” said VMI head coach Darrin Webb. “Certainly Emily ran very well, to get another Jr. Championships time, and Noah and Cabell shattered their 5K PR’s. I also thought the women’s 1,500-meters and Kate Collins’ efforts in the pole vault went well. Overall, I’m pleased and we will be back tomorrow for another day.”

Collins finished in a tie for fourth in the pole vault, clearing 3.55 meters (11’7 ¾”). Meanwhile, in the women’s 1,500, Michelle Church continued her comeback with a 4:53.92 clocking (32nd), while Leah Schubel finished 40th in 4:55.60.

VMI track and field will return to action Saturday, completing action at the Duke Invitational. Events will get underway at 9 a.m.