Wood had the top effort in the 100-meter dash, the shot put and the long jump, but in the high jump, he cleared 2.07 meters (6’9 ½”) to not only take the event, but post a new personal best. Wood leads the decathlon by 350 points, thanks to his score of 3707 points.
The long jump saw Nate Gant take the win with a 6.93 meter leap (22’9”), ahead of runner-up teammate Ademola Titcombe (6.83 M/22’5”). In one of the later events of the day, the Keydets posted two of the top four times in the men’s 5K. Ermin Mujezinovic finished third, with a 15:05.90 time, while he just edged out teammate Noah Hagos, who clocked in officially at 15:05.91.
“I thought we had a strong day,” said VMI head coach Darrin Webb. “Our distance runners had a good day to start the outdoor year, and Antonio really showed well in the later events of the decathlon. I was also pleased with the long jump results, especially the Nate’s effort.”
Finally, Michael McDonald finished fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, as he recorded a time of 10:10.30.
VMI track and field will return to action Saturday, as the VMI/W&L Carnival concludes at Foster Stadium. Action will get underway at 8 a.m.