RICHMOND, Va. - Felix Kitur posted the East Region-leading time in the 800-meters, while Emily Dinning recorded a USATF Junior National qualifying time in the 3,000-meters to lead VMI track and field at the final day of the Fred Hardy Invitational, contested Saturday at Richmond's Robins Stadium.
Kitur dominated the 800-meter run, winning by nearly three seconds thanks to his 1:48.14 clocking. The time makes the senior the new East Region leader, as he surpassed Lance Roller of Virginia with his meet record performance. Coming into the weekend, no other East Region runners had gone under the 1:50 mark. Kitur was joined in the 800-meters by Dean Gonsalves, who finished 10th in a lifetime best performance of 1:53.21.
Dinning, meanwhile, clocked in at 10:09.17 in the 3K, finishing sixth and qualifying for the USATF Junior National Championships, scheduled for June 15-17 in Bloomington, Ind. The time was also a school record performance, the second of the weekend for the VMI women.
The first occurred Friday night when Jenna Moye broke her own record in the 1,500-meters, and Moye nearly got another such mark Saturday in the 800. Her ninth-place finish in the event came in a 2:18.02 time, just over two-tenths shy of the four-year old VMI best.
"We performed very, very well this weekend," said VMI head coach Darrin Webb. "Our middle distance runners, especially, had fantastic efforts. Felix looks to be on his game early in the season, and Emily will now have a great opportunity in June at the USATF Junior Championships. Jenna and Dean were also very strong both days."
Finally, Mary Grace Lemon finished sixth in the discus, thanks to her toss of 40.93 meters (134'3") and Quincy Murphy was eighth in the 110-meter hurdles with a 15.98 clocking.
VMI track and field will return to action next Friday, hitting the road to take part in a meet at Duke in Durham, N.C.