FAIRFAX, Va. - Jenna Moye notched her second school record of the outdoor season, while Felix Kitur finished third in a crowded 800-meter field to pace VMI track and field at the George Mason Invitational, contested Saturday in Fairfax, Va. The meet was the Keydets' final tuneup before the Big South Championships, which will begin Thursday.
Moye recorded a 2:15.85 time in the 800-meter run, finishing in 19th place overall. It was indeed her second school record of the year, following her 1,500-meter time at Richmond's Fred Hardy Invitational in late March. On this evening, Moye bettered the previous Keydet best by just under two full seconds.
Kitur, meanwhile, clocked in at 1:49.58 to finish third in the men's 800. The senior was competing in a crowded field, one that included last year's NCAA Champion, Robby Andrews, formerly of the University of Virginia. Andrey Dmitriev was also in action in the event, and he recorded a personal best 1:51.90, finishing 20th. In addition, Kitur was also involved in the 400-meters, where he finished fifth in 48.35.
"Our teams did a very good job today," said VMI head coach Darrin Webb. "Jenna and Felix both ran very well, with Jenna getting another school record and Felix following his race plan to perfection, a plan that we believe will help him be fully ready for the races he has going forward."
Freshman Emily Dinning was also in action, competing in the 1,500-meter run and bidding for her third USATF Junior Nationals qualifying effort, after accomplishing that feat in the 3K and 5K over the last two weekends. Dinning came up precisely two seconds short, but did record a significant personal best in timing in at 4:40.14.
Also in action were Antonio Wood and Nate Gant, who both finished in the top eight of the men's long jump. Gant placed eighth with a jump of 6.85 meters (22'5 ¾"), while Wood was fifth with a leap of 6.96 M/22'10".
"Nate, Antonio and Kate Collins all were solid today, as they all finished in scoring position in their respective events," stated Coach Webb."
Collins tied for seventh in the pole vault with a clearance of 3.45 meters/11'3 ¾", while the women's throwers were also in action. Renee Reives finished fifth in the shot put, recording a best toss of 12.79 meters/41'11 ½", while Mary Grace Lemon was seventh in the discus (40.51 M/132'11") and ninth in the hammer (47.52 M/155'11").
"Our athletes are moving up conference ranking lists, and are right about where I had hoped they'd be," stated Coach Webb. "Now, they just have to go out next weekend and lay it on the line. I'm excited for the conference meet, and also, would like to welcome coach Jennifer Fazioli, as she arrived in Lexington Friday and made her first trip with the team today. Coach Tim Sykes will continue on through the end of the season, and has done a good job thus far. He and Coach Fazioli will work together over the next few weeks to enable our distance runners to be ready, and to perform at their highest level."
Keydet track and field will return to action Thursday, beginning action at this year's Big South Championships. The event will get underway at Doug Shaw Stadium in Myrtle Beach, S.C. at 1 p.m.