Men's Track and Field 2019 Season Recap

Men's Track and Field 2019 Season Recap

BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University men's track and field team completed a successful campaign, scoring the most points in program history at the Capital Athletic Conference Championships and highlighted strong individual performances throughout the season.

The Knights produced top-performances at the Jack Tom's Open, Wildcat Invitational, Jim Taylor Invitational and Captains Classic.

"This past season was a big step forward for our program," said Head Coach Wyatt Warnick. "We attended a meet at one of the most respected indoor track's in America in the Armory while coming away with two individual champions. We swept the men's shot put in both indoor and outdoor with two All-Region recipients. The team also produced the highest point total we have ever had at Conference with numerous athletes scoring."

The throws anchored the men's team, with Derek Blasko, Hector Magallanes and Grady Sami each producing for the Knights.

Junior thrower Blasko collected USTFCCCA All-Region honors in both the shot put and javelin. He set the program's record in the discus in the first outdoor meet of the season with a throw of 40.30m. The Columbia, Maryland, native picked up an individual CAC Championship in the shot put with a school record, marking at 15.46m. Blasko tallied two CAC Field Athlete of the Week honors.

Magallanes secured six top-10 finishes throughout the season. He had his strongest performances of the outdoor season at the CAC Outdoor Championships, setting personal bests and finishing ninth in the hammer (38.97m), fifth in the discus (39.50m) and fourth in the javelin (48.49m). Magallanes mark in the hammer throw becomes the school's record in the event.

Sami scored in both of his events at the CAC Championships after placing eighth in both the shot put and a personal best in the discus with marks of 12.63m and 37.72m respectively.

On the track, Daniel de la Cruz produced his best season after finishing second at the CAC Outdoor Championships in the 400m hurdles setting a new school record with a time of 53.87 and All-CAC Second Team honors. He picked up wins in the 400m hurdles at the Captains Classic and the Wildcat Invitational.

Freshman distance runner Hunter Lund put together a strong first season with the Knights finishing fifth in the 10,000m run at the CAC Outdoor Championships with a personal best time of 34:08.05. He ran a personal best 4:15.68 at the Jim Taylor Invite. Lund picked up his only individual victory of the season at Dr. Jack Tom's Open in the 10,000m with a time of 34:59.89.

"The indoor and outdoor season stretch from December all the way until May where the season can get long," said Warnick. "Despite the length and demand of our seasons, I am proud of how our athletes stayed focused while keeping a goal in mind. We came to practice ready to work hard each day. The next goal is turning these conference scorers into national qualifiers, and I am confident we have the staff to help these athletes do so. The 2020 season is going to be an exciting year."

Southern Virginia looks to continue their progression in the upcoming 2020 seasons.