Knights Track Teams Set Five New Records at NYU DIII Invitational

Knights Track Teams Set Five New Records at NYU DIII Invitational

NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Southern Virginia University track and field teams competed this weekend at the NYC DIII Invitational in one of America's most famous track and field facilities, producing five new school records.

The Knights sent a team consisting of six athletes from the women's team and six from the men's.

On the women's team, Baylee Mulitalo won the shot put with a throw of 12.51m. Teammate Mesi Havea placed second in the weight throw with a toss of 14.75m earning a new school record over the previous 14.33m mark. Because of that throw, Havea is now second in the Capital Athletic Conference. Ella Burrows finished 10th in the shot put and Kanani Lasike placed 18th to round out the throws.

Freshman Jill Westman was the second Knight to rewrite the record books with a 19:36.05 in the women's 5000m finishing with a top-20 performance. Elora Smith finished 23rd in the 3000m run and 39th in the mile.

On the men's team, Derek Blasko continued his strong indoor season winning the shot put with a new meet record and school record of 15.39m. Junior Grady Sami also set a new school record in the weight throw finishing 15th overall with a throw that measured 12.72m. Skylar Johnson competed in the high-jump placing 10th with a mark of 1.78m.

On the track, sprinter Daniel de la Cruz broke his own school record by over a second with a time of 52.00.0 earning 10th place. Freshman Hunter Lund barely missed the record books by .05 seconds in the 3000m with a personal best time of 8:59.26 securing 15th overall. Mike Myers rounded out a top-20 performance in the mile with a time of 4:32.24.

"Competing at the Armory Track was a great opportunity to participate in one of the biggest Division III meets of the year," said head coach Wyatt Warnick. "Across the board, our team performed well. Everyone came and competed. We won two of the four throw events and another second-place finish gets us on the map. Overall the meet was important for us to get better and prepare for conference in two weeks."

The Knights return for their closest meet of the indoor season at the VMI Invitational Friday, Feb. 8.