Antonio Wood claimed a convincing victory in the decathlon, winning by 249 points en route to a personal best, and meet record, score of 6657 points. Wood posted personal best efforts in five of the 10 events, including the ninth event, the pole vault. There, he cleared 4.34 meters (14’2 ¾”) to tally the top mark of any of the 12 competitors. Wood also recorded new top marks in the 400-meters, the 110-hurdles, the high jump and the 1,500-meter run.
After competing in a relay Friday, Felix Kitur competed in his first individual race of the season, the 800-meters. Kitur won going away in 1:51.40, tying the national leader entering the weekend, and doing so despite racing in a driving rainstorm.
Following her third-place finish in Friday’s discus throw, Mary Grace Lemon won the hammer on Saturday, taking the title with a personal best toss of 45.93 meters (150’8”). The effort was over two meters better than Lemon’s previous PR.
The fourth victor of the day was Ademola Titcombe, who won the triple jump with a leap of 13.98 meters (45’10 ½).
“I thought we did a solid job all weekend,” said VMI head coach Darrin Webb. “Some of our athletes have been working on very specific things in their technique or tactics, so the times may not have been what some expected, but all in all, our team got the job done and got off to a good outdoor start. Today, I was pleased to see our victories, and Antonio deserves a lot of credit for all the personal bests he recorded this weekend.”
Several other Keydets posted strong efforts Saturday, including freshman Julian Jackson, who finished second to Titcombe in the triple jump. Jackson’s mark was 13.04 M/42’9 ½”.
Finally, Renee Reives finished third in the women’s shot put (11.30 M/37’1”), while Nate Gant followed up Friday’s long jump victory with a third-place result in the 100-meters.
VMI track and field will return to action Friday, taking part in the Richmond Invitational.