VMI & Charleston Southern Start Off Strong on Friday

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Antonio Wood jumped out to a first-day lead in the heptathlon, and Ademola Titcombe won the long jump with a facility record performance as VMI track and field competed at the YSU National Meet, held at Youngstown State Friday afternoon. Wood qualified for the IC4A Championships in the heptathlon's long jump, as did the faster of two teams to enter the men's distance medley relay.

Wood's first day score of 2950 points gave him a substantial lead, as he is currently pacing the five-athlete field by some 400 points over second place, teammate Quincy Murphy. Wood's best effort of the first day came in the long jump, where he leaped 7.21 meters (23'8") to take first place. That marks the third event in which Wood has posted an IC4A qualifying mark already this season, as he has also done so in the high jump and heptathlon.

Despite Wood's long jump prowess, it was Titcombe who had the top long jump effort of the day, recording a 7.23 meter (23'8 ¾") leap in the open event to take the victory. The leap was the best effort in the history of Youngstown State's facility. Nate Gant finished fourth in the event, posting a jump of 6.94 meters (22'9 ¼").

In the men's distance medley relay, the Keydets fielded a pair of squads, with the faster of the two finishing second in 10:17.05. That IC4A qualifying squad was comprised of Gabe Fisher, Kyle Fuller, Jacob Lysher and Ermin Mujezinovic.

On the women's side, Thireyona Legg finished fourth in the 500 (1:18.35) and was one of five runners to break the standing facility record. In addition, the women's DMR squad of Jenna Moye, Hannah Dickinson, Michelle Church and Legg finished second in 12:40.94.

VMI track and field is back in action Saturday, taking part in day two of action at Youngstown State. The meet is set to resume at 8:30 a.m.

Bucs Staying Strong at New Balance Invite
NEW YORK CITY - The Charleston Southern men's track & field team is off to a strong start, holding their own with some of the nation's top programs at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational at the Armory in New York City on Friday.

Rozzie Johnson tied for second in the 60-meter dash championship consolation heat, crossing the line with a runner from the University of Texas and beating out another from the University of Tennessee. Teammate Dantwan Spreads took 39th in the 400-meter dash championship prelims, running a 50.86.

Lavon Allen took fourth place in the long jump championship with a final jump of 7.59 meters. Braxton Drummond took third in his flight of the event with a jump of 7.19 meters.

The Buccaneers will be back in action at the Armory tomorrow morning.

Bucs Off to Fast Start at New Balance Invite
NEW YORK CITY - In a field with nearly 120 teams represented, the Charleston Southern women's track & field team is holding their own after the first day of competition at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, held at the Armory in New York City on Friday.

Gabrielle Houston just missed qualifying for the finals of the 60-meter dash, taking 21st place in the preliminaries. Her time of 7.51 placed her among runners from Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Tennessee. Brittney Greer ran a 7.79 in the event to take third in her heat, while Sharni Butler finished in 8.28.

Mulern Jean took sixth in her heat, 49th overall, with a time of 25.75 in the 200-meter dash prelims. Greer placed 68th, finishing in 26.28 while Butler took sixth in her heat in 26.96.

In the 400-meter dash prelims, Mary Elliott finished 68th by crossing the line in 59.30. She was followed by Rashida Dooling, who took second in her heat with a time of 1:01.26.

Jean ran the 60-meter hurdles in 8.97, good for sixth in her heat and 46th overall in the championship preliminaries. Teammate Patria Norman placed sixth in the finals, finishing in 8.73. Jasmine King was 49th in the finals, running a 9.32. Norman Also took 13th in the long jump championship with a distance of 5.76 meters.

In the shot put, Joshlyn Noga threw a 13.06 meter toss to take 33rd place. Norman finished with a throw of 11.41 meters for 55th place.

The Lady Bucs will resume competition at the Armory tomorrow morning. Results can be found at the Armory website.