SALISBURY, Md. — On day one of the Capital Athletic Conference outdoor track and field championships, Southern Virginia University captured its first individual title in program history.
Sophomore Derek Blasko won the men's javelin in dramatic fashion on Friday afternoon. Going into his final throw, Blasko trailed then first-place Joseph Rebarchak of PSU-Harrisburg by just two centimeters.
"That last throw could've been my last one of the season, so I decided to give it all that I had," he said afterward.
With an entire team and university behind him, Blasko headed down the runway to for one final heave. It ended with a loud yell and one massive personal best.
Blasko not only covered the two centimeters, but smashed them. A personal best by nearly four meters brought him to first place by over seven feet.
"We are excited to have our first individual CAC champion in just our second year of being an NCAA track team," said head coach Elizabeth Wilson. "He's helped us get off to a great start for this very important weekend."
Blasko became the second Capital Athletic Conference champion for Southern Virginia University athletics, joining freshman Morgan Bingham who won the women's Individual cross country title in the Fall.
Also scoring for the Knights on day one was freshman Lexi Speas in the women's pole vault. She cleared 3.17m to earn fifth place.
Southern Virginia will seek similar success on day two with several athletes competing in finals.