NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Southern Virginia University track and field team competed well in the Captains Invitational at Christopher Newport University over the weekend. The Knights saw a vast improvement in several events in their first competition in over a month.
On the women's side, Lexi Speas earned a first-place finish in the pole vault event by clearing 3.05m, breaking her own program record. Speas is now tied for second-best among all other pole-vaulters in the Capital Athletic Conference.
Mesi Havea led the throwers with a shot-put distance of 10.96m. With her final throw, Havea finished seventh in a competitive field. Madeleine Maher also finished close behind, throwing 10.90m.
Derek Blasko – junior from Lucas, Texas – set another personal best in the shot-put, throwing 13.96m. His performance earned him another top-five finish at the meet and now stands in third place in the CAC.
On the track, Daniel de la Cruz led all freshman in the men's 200-meter hurdles, storming his way to a time of 26.65. In the men's mile event, Michael Myers set a new school record with a time of 4:31.69.
"This weekend was a great opportunity for our athletes to get a feel of where the indoor CAC Championship meet will be held," head coach Elizabeth Wilson commented. "Our field event athletes had a great post-break opener. I know that as our fitness continues to improve over the indoor season, our athletes will have confidence going into the championship meet."
Southern Virginia will return to the track on January 26 & 27 when they travel to Roanoke, Va. and participate in the Finn Pincus Invitational.