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Keydets Win Five Events at Winter Relays
LEXINGTON, Va. - Despite holding out several of its top athletes, the VMI men's track and field team won five events contested at the VMI Winter Relays, held Saturday in Lexington, Va.

Four of the five victories were collegiate firsts, as only Ademola Titcombe's triple jump win was not. Titcombe leapt 14.31 meters (46'11 ½") to win his trademark event by well over two full feet. Also winning in the field events was freshman Sean Connolly, who claimed the title in the pole vault. Connolly got over the bar on his first attempt at 4.09 meters (13'5), and moved into eighth place in the Big South with that effort. Of note, the freshman cleared on his first attempt at every height from 3.34 meters up to 4.09, a total of five different heights. His final clearance was 1 ½ feet better than his previous lifetime best.

Also winning Saturday was senior Jonathan Jackson, who edged out Kyle Fuller by one-tenth of a second in the men's 200-meters. Jackson clocked in at 23.83, and led a VMI sweep of the top four positions in that event.

Matt Harvey earned the triumph in the 400-meters, winning in 53.41, while Steven Trayer outdueled fellow Keydet Booth Hornsby in the mile. Harvey's time in the 400 was 53.41, while Trayer posted a mile time of 4:36.22.

In another notable result, freshman Quincy Murphy finished third to Connolly in the pole vault, as Murphy cleared 3.34 meters (10'11 ½") in his preparation for the decathlon at next weekend's Big South Indoor Championships.

VMI track and field will return to action Friday, as this year's Big South Indoor Championships get underway in Blacksburg, Va.

Dmitriev and Mujezinovic in Action at Virginia Tech
BLACKSBURG, Va. - VMI's Andrey Dmitriev and Ermin Mujezinovic competed Saturday afternoon at the Virginia Tech Challenge, hosted by the Hokies in Blacksburg, Va.

Dmitriev led the way for the duo, who both competed in the mile, as he narrowly missing an IC4A qualifying mark by posting a time of 4:16.68. That was good enough for 13th place, while Mujezinovic recorded a time of 4:20.88 and wound up 18th.

VMI track and field will return to action Friday, as the Keydets open competition at this year's Big South Indoor Championships. The meet will be held at Virginia Tech's Rector Fieldhouse, the same site that Dmitriev and Mujezinovic competed at Saturday.

Hudson Wins High Jump, Radford Has Three Top 4 Showings at VT Challenge
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Highlighted by Travis Hudson's (Christiansburg, Va./Christiansburg) high jump victory, Radford track and field recorded three Top-4 finishes on the final day of the Virginia Tech Challenge Saturday afternoon. 
Hudson tallied his first career individual victory when he leapt to the event's top mark of 2.05m / 6-08.75.  It stood as the ninth individual title for a Highlander this indoor season.

Justin Smith (Dayton, Va./Turner Ashby) wrapped up men's shot put in fourth place with a toss of 15.65m / 51-04.25.  Garrett Knudson's (Alexandria, Va./Hayfield Secondary) PR of 15.50m / 49-04.50 in the shot put awarded him seventh place overall. 
Nikki Roseberry (Dublin, Va./Pulaski) recorded a runner-up performance in the high jump, as she leaped 1.65m / 5-05.00
After competing in the 200m a day ago, Tehquin Warrick (Hampton, Va./Phoebus) placed ninth in the men's 400m with a 49.58.  In his first 600m competition, Eric Graves (Yorktown, Va./Colorado State) tallied a seventh-place showing with a time of 1:22.43.

In the men's 3000m, Brian Gorwitz (Yorktown, Va./Grafton) set a new personal-best when he crossed the finish line in 8:48.40.  He would finish ninth in the event.
The Highlanders return to Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va. next weekend, Feb. 24-25, for the Big South Indoor Championships.  Last year, Radford had two freshmen of the year, nine all-conference showings and one Big South Champion.  Six of eight individual all-conference athletes return this year. 

Highlanders Bring Home Three Individual Titles at Virginia Tech
RADFORD, Va. - Courtni Pannell (Newport News, Va./Bethel), Aimee Veatch (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring) and Vincent Wyatt (Atlanta, Ga./William Fleming) each won individual titles on the first day of the Virginia Tech Challenge Friday evening at Rector Field House.
Pannell ran the third fastest time in Radford history and garnered a first-place finish in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.72. Veatch grabbed her seventh career individual victory in the weight throw with a mark of 18.10m / 59-04.75, 1.09m farther than the runner-up.
Following his school-record at Akron, reigning Big South Track Athlete of the Week Wyatt posted another victory in the 60m hurdles and was just off record pace at 7.97. It was the third time in the history of the Big South an athlete ran a sub-8 second time - Wyatt now owns two of those.
Curtis Hodge (Oak Park, Calif./Moorpark College) racked up another runner-up showing on the men's side, throwing 17.77m / 58-03.75. 
Lakei Crews (Alta Vista, Va./Alta Vista Combined) clocked a 7.71 finals time to place seventh in the 60m dash. Joseph Betts (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) recorded an eighth-place showing in the men's 200m with a time of 22.18.  Tehquin Warrick (Hampton, Va./Phoebus) finished 10th in the same event with a 22.28. 
Kayla Christian (New Kent County, Va./New Kent County) leaped to a personal-best 5.38m / 17-08.00 in the long jump to finish eighth.  On the men's side, Chris Henry (Urbanna, Va./Middlesex) won his flight and spanned a personal-best 6.80m / 22-03.75 to finish fourth overall.
The event wraps up tomorrow morning with the first event slated for 10 a.m.

Coastal Track & Field Throwers Compete in Gamecock Invitational
COLUMBIA - The Coastal Carolina track & field throwers took part in the Gamecock Invitational at the University of South Carolina on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Anjulia Nicholson led the way for Coastal in the weight throw with a second place showing. Nicholson recorded a throw of 15.45 meters (50-8.25).

Brittany Connor placed fourth in the weight throw with a mark of 15.00 meters (48-11.75). Naomi Atkins took 10th after a toss of 12.00 meters (39-4.50).

During the shot put, Atkins had a seventh place showing with a throw of 11.89 meters (39-0.25). Taking eighth in the event was Connor following a mark of 11.00 meters (36-1.25). Nicholson was ninth overall after a throw of 9.98 meters (32-9.00).

The Coastal Carolina women's indoor track & field team will compete in the Big South Conference Championship next weekend, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25 in Blacksburg, Va. The Chanticleers will try to win their sixth conference championship and their first since 2009. During the past two conference championships Coastal has finished second.

Pina, Fraser Record Personal Bests at Gene Anderson Invitational
The High Point University women's track & field team finished final preparations for the Indoor Championship with competition at the Gene Anderson Invitational. The team will head to Blacksburg, Va. next weekend for the Big South Championship.

Pina had a seventh-place showing in the weight throw. Pina recorded a throw of 46-6, a new career-high for the senior.

In the 3k, Fraser finished in third with a career-best time of 10:29.77 and Paine finished sixth with a time of 10:33.69. Kelsey Hinchliffe also competed in the run, finishing 18th with a time of 11:52.69.

Kayleigh Perry picked up a fifth-place finish in the one-mile run for HPU with a season-best time of 5:14.20. Kelsey Hunt crossed the line in eighth with a time of 5:23.12.

Kaitlin Whittington was High Point's top finisher in the 200-meter dash in her first time running the race, turning in a ninth-place finish with a time of 27.00. The race was preparation for her leg of the DMR next weekend. Emily Fisher finished 13th in the 200 with a time of 27.51 and Megan Lowery finished 15th with a time of 28.32.

High Point Men's Track & Field Wraps Up Competition at Gene Anderson Invite
Freshman Eric Plummer took second in the long jump and senior Mike Ali was third in the 3k to lead the High Point University men's track & field team at the Gene Anderson Invitational hosted by UNC.

Plummer finished second in the men's long jump with a distance of 22-1.75. It was just the second time this season that the freshman has competed in the long jump.

Ali finished in third place in the men's 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:48.02. It is the first time during his collegiate career that Ali has run the 3,000-meters. Anthony Kilar also competed in the event, finishing 16th with a personal-best time of 9:32.31.

Freshman Michael Colven was High Point's top finisher in the 800-meter run, coming in 13th with a time of 2:00.68.

Tristain Faure earned an eighth-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.22. Justin Doehr finished in 12th with a time of 23.45 while Sebastian Bonnet came in 19th with a time of 23.88.

In the mile, Seth Harwood finished in third with a time of 4:29.07 and Evan Gingrich came in sixth with a time of 4:32.05. Chris Colo also ran in the race, finishing 11th with a time of 4:33.67.

Robbins Leads Campbell at North Carolina
CHAPEL HILL, N.C.-Samantha Robbins earned a runner-up finish in the women's mile to lead Campbell Saturday at the UNC Gene Anderson Invitational at the Eddie Smith Fieldhouse. The meet marked the final tune up before heading to the Big South Indoor Championships next weekend.

Robbins, a sophomore from London, Ontario, checked in with a personal best 5:06.61, just behind Lenoir-Rhyne's Kate Griewisch and her 5:04.50.

Freshman DaVona Dula set personal bests in both the weight throw and the shot put with marks of 14.92 and 11.30 meters, taking fifth and sixth, respectively. Sierra Hagl and Courtney Schultz both set personal records in the 3,000 meters as well.

On the men's side, freshman James Endsley placed eighth in the men's shot put with a personal best 13.63 meter mark, while Devin Combs finished ninth with a toss of 13.18 meters.

Next up for the Camels will be the Big South Indoor Championships, Feb. 24-25 in Blacksburg, Va.