Keydets Finish Competition at ECAC/IC4As

Ariana Ruffin Running

Cadet Ariana Ruffin ’21, women’s outdoor track and field sprinter, competed in the 200-meter dash at the ECAC/IC4A Championships May 11-12 in Princeton, New Jersey, finishing the race in 11th place in 24.99 seconds.

The VMI track and field teams concluded the 2019 outdoor track and field season with several notable performances May 11-12 at Princeton University’s Weaver Stadium in Princeton, New Jersey. Tiffany Quick ’19 closed out the ECAC discus throw by placing seventh in the field to finish her VMI career. Cadet Sarah Leckman ’21 placed 18th in the shot put at a distance of 12.72 meters.

Cadet Ariana Ruffin ’21 came in 11th place in the 200-meter dash in 24.99 seconds in difficult racing conditions, including rain and wind.

Cadet Jordin Poindexter ’22 ran a time of 11.13 seconds in the 100-meter dash. Cadet Blaine Ashton ’22 competed in the triple jump and arrived in 20th place in 12.17 meters. Both would later compete in the 200-meter finals with Poindexter placing 21st in 22.42 seconds and Ashton in 31st in 22.72 seconds.

Cadet James Granderson ’20 hit a hurdle in the 110-meter hurdles and was required to stop his race.

Cadet Rafael Mas ’22 ran the 400-meter in 51.86 seconds to place 30th overall in the field.

The men’s 4×400 group of Cadets Jonathan Gray ’22, Mas, Johnnie Walker ’22 and Jahanzib Shahbaz ’21 came in ninth place in 3:24.96 for an excellent showing in the event.

“We had some really good performances, especially considering the weather today,” said Darrin Webb, VMI head coach. “I thought Shahbaz, Ruffin, Jenkins and Quick had an outstanding weekend, especially Quick and Ruffin who competed today.

Webb continued, “I think everyone prepared and came ready to compete. I am proud of how this team battled throughout the year. I am confident they will all work hard over the summer and come back next fall that much better, and that much better prepared to accomplish each of their individual and team goals.”

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