The Keydet pole vaulters will continue to be a force this season, despite the graduation of women’s school record holder Jennifer Sing. On the women’s side, the Keydets still return a former conference champion in senior Kate Collins, who won the indoor Big South title in 2009.
Collins has now competed in five conference championships and has finished in the top four in four of those, including a third-place finish at last year’s indoor meet, where she became just the second VMI woman to clear 12 feet. The senior is also a three-time ECAC qualifier, but after missing last outdoor season due to injury, will not compete during the 2012-13 indoor campaign in order to extend her eligibility a full year.
Joining Collins will be junior Nicole Harding, who was 10th at the indoor conference meet last season and looks to continue to build consistency On the men’s side, the tale is a bit different. Last season, the Keydets took advantage of a strong multi event group and moved freshman Sean Connolly into the pole vault exclusively.
Connolly, who converted exclusively to pole vaulting early in the outdoor season, wound up fifth at the Big South Outdoor Championships (3.95 M/12’11 1/2″). The versatile Antonio Wood will also play a role here, after scoring at last year’s indoor meet (6th place/3.94 M). This year, VMI will add Staton Mayfield, who comes to VMI from Blanco, Texas by way of Fork Union Military Academy. Mayfield is a former state champion with a fifteen-foot clearance to his credit.
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