NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The Southern Virginia University men's and women's track and field teams closed the final day of the Capital Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships with each team recording the highest team scores in the history of their program.
"We had a great weekend with great performances," said head coach Wyatt Warnick. "Both teams earned our highest point totals in our program's short history."
The women's team more than doubled last year's team score of 28 points with 67 points.
Freshman Baylee Mulitalo continued her historic first year at Southern Virginia after earning the CAC Outdoor Rookie of the Year honors with a victory in the shot put and a sixth-place finish in the hammer yesterday followed by a second-place finish in the discus with a throw of 42.25m today.
Mesi Havea finished third in the discus with a mark of 38.07m for her third top-3 finish of the championships while Kanani Lasike added a fourth-place finish. In the javelin, Elle Warnick finished fourth with a toss measuring 33.72m. Abigail Kinoshita rounded out the Knights' scorers finishing third in the long jump with a mark of 4.97m.
The men's team improved on the final day, collecting more points than the previous day with the team scoring the program's most points in the CAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a score of 42.
Daniel de la Cruz led the Knights on the day, setting a personal best and a new school record in the 400m hurdles with a time of 53.87 for a second-place finish.
In the field events, Derek Blasko recording the highest finish with a third-place finish in the javelin with a mark of 49.89m and also a sixth-place finish in the discus. Hector Magallanes placed fourth and fifth in the javelin and discus with throws measuring 48.49m and 39.50m respectively while Grady Sami finished eighth in the discus.
"I am happy with how the season has concluded," said Warnick. "I am proud of the effort they have put forth and the results that followed. I look forward to a few last chance meets to try and give a handful of athletes opportunities to hit national qualifying marks."
The Knights will look to attend several meets before the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field with hopes to achieve qualifying marks.