Men’s Track and Field Third in SoCon Championship
Led by All-Conference performances by several athletes, the VMI men’s track and field team placed third at the 2023 Southern Conference Outdoor Championships May 9 at Catamount Sports Complex in Cullowhee, North Carolina.
VMI finished in third place with 97 points. Trent Whittaker ’23, distance runner, paced the Keydets by winning the individual title in the 800 meter May 9 (day two of the meet) with a time of 1:50.20 to earn All-Conference honors.
Isaiah Blount ’25 came in second in the decathlon with a total of 6258 points, while Kevin Linko ’23 came in fourth with 5648 points.
In the 110-meter hurdles, Liam McBride ’24 came in second in 14.31 for All-Conference recognition, and Xander Topos ’25 placed fifth in 15.07.
D. Alex Fiorillo ’23 arrived in third in the 1500-meter run with a time of 3:55.49 as the final Keydet to earn All-Conference recognition.
Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Finishes Strong
After winning the individual title in the long jump May 8 and two All-Conference performances May 9, Eleyah Armstrong ’25 was crowned the Southern Conference Female Most Outstanding Athlete at the conclusion of the SoCon Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The Hampton, Virginia, native led the Keydets to a seventh-place finish with 39 points at the SoCon Outdoor Championships over the two-day event.
On May 9, Armstrong finished second in the 100-meter dash in 11.84 seconds to earn All-Conference honors and then placed second in the 200-meter dash in 24.21 seconds to again earn All-SoCon recognition.
Armstrong broke VMI’s school record in the long jump May 8 by logging a distance of 5.98m (19’7”) to win the individual title for the event, breaking the 19’6” program record of former VMI great Bria Anderson ’18 from the 2015 season.
The 4×100 grouping of Se’More Green ’26, Heaven Hall ’26, Shea Hart ’26, and Armstrong came in fifth place with a time of 47.85 seconds.
Jenna Kirkland ’24 came in sixth in the discus with a distance of 37.35m, and Judith Gonzalez ’23 finished 13th in 32.75m.
Editor’s Note: These articles were originally published at vmikeydets.com.