Track and Field Indoor Season Ends with Top Placings

Athletes completing a race on indoor track.

Trent Whittaker ’23 comes from behind to win the 800-meter run in a personal-best time of 1:51.02 at the SoCon championships Feb. 27.—Photo courtesy VMI Keydets.

The VMI track and field teams capped an exciting 2022 indoor season with top finishes at the Southern Conference Championships and a 14th-place finish for the men’s team at the IC4A/ECAC Championships in Boston.

Jordin Poindexter ’22, sprinter, was named the Most Outstanding Male Athlete at the SoCon Championships after earning individual titles in both the 60-meter and 200-meter with personal-best times and helping the 4×400 relay squad to a first-place finish. As a team, the men’s squad finished third overall at the SoCon Indoor Championships held at the VMI Corps Physical Training Facility.

At the IC4A Championships, the distance medley relay team paced the squad with a second-place finish in 9:52.15. The team was comprised of Andre Jordan ’22, Johnnie Walker ’22, Trent Whittaker ’23, and Gavin Jenkins ’22. Whittaker also competed in the 800-meter finals and logged a third-place finish in 1:49.59, a new personal record for the event.

Poindexter also finished the IC4A Championships strong in both the 60-meter and 200-meter events. He came in sixth place in the 60-meter with a time of 6.94 seconds and followed it up with an eighth-place mark in the 200-meter in 21.41 seconds.

At the SoCon Championships, Whittaker came from behind on the final lap to take first in the 800-meter run in a personal-best 1:51.02 for All-Conference marks and VMI’s third individual title for the day.

The 4×400 relay team of Jeremiah Wilks ’25, Poindexter, Richard Edwards ’25, and Walker also earned a SoCon championship title by finishing first in 3:17.13, VMI’s fourth title event.

Walker nearly earned a title in the 400-meter at the SoCon Championships by finishing as the runner-up in 48.44 seconds for All-Conference honors. Keyandre Midgett ’24 came in third in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.27 seconds to stand at the podium as a bronze medalist with All-Conference honors.

On the women’s side, Eleyah Armstrong ’25 and Ahliyah Williams ’22 qualified for the IC4A/ECAC Championships and represented the program well. Armstrong came in 19th overall in the 60-meter dash in 7.81 seconds and showed well in the long jump competition, finishing 23rd overall at 5.04 meters. Williams competed in the 400-meter dash and placed 22nd overall in 57.57 seconds to conclude her final indoor campaign.

The women’s team finished in sixth place at the SoCon Championships with 20.5 points.

Ingrid Joseph ’22 finished the 60-meter dash in eighth place overall with a personal-best time of 7.79 seconds. The Washington, D.C., native would later complete the 200-meter dash in fifth place in a personal-best 25.44 seconds.

The 4×400 relay team of Marissa Linkous ’22, Joseph, Gretal Shank ’25, and Williams came in fifth place overall with a time of 4:02.07 to represent the program well.