BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University men's track & field completed 2019-20 indoor season setting 11 program records and its best performance at the Capital Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships.
"I'm incredibly proud of the strides we made as a program this Indoor season," said head coach Wyatt Warnick. "Our athletes believed in our coaching staff and put the work in, and we saw great results. We saw multiple conference placers and all-conference athletes, set multiple school records, and put together our strongest team yet."
Freshman sensation Murray Bingham made program history becoming the first Knight to qualify to the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, running a blistering 1:53.62 in the 800-meter run to end the season 13th in Division III in the event. Bingham won a CAC individual title in the 800-meter run (1:53.90) while also playing a vital role in the distance medley relay CAC Championship team as the team ran a program-best 10:32.13. He set a program record in the mile run (4:21.76), and the 4x400 (3:29.11) and 4x800 relays (8:12.41). He totaled six victories at four different meets in his first season at Southern Virginia.
Bingham earned VaSID Indoor Track & Field and CAC Rookie of the Year and first team honors while also being named to the USTFCCCA Indoor All-Region team in three events (800, mile, distance medley relay). He was also selected as the CAC Athlete of the Week twice.
The trio of Daniel de la Cruz, Caden Eskelsen, and Joseph Morphonios joined Bingham earning USTFCCCA Indoor All-Region honors after winning the distance medley relay at the CAC Championships. De la Cruz set a program record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.38 at the NYC DIII Invitational while also running a leg on the school record 4x400 relay team.
In the sprints, freshman Jaymon Barrus had a strong first season for the Knights setting a program record in the 60-meter dash in the season-opener with a time of 7.09 and then set a program record at the NYC DIII Invitational with a time of 23.07. Barrus scored for the Knights at the CAC Championships, placing 8th in the 60-meter dash. Also placing and scoring for Southern Virginia at the CAC Championships was freshman Matthew Valentine finishing 6th in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.28.
Mike Myers, in the 3000-meter run, set a program record in the season-opener at the 2019 Bast-Cregger Invitational finishing in 8:52.73 for a 4th place finish.
The duo Brayden Burrill and Jacob Markward led the Knights in the jumps with Burrill setting a program record in the long jump with a mark of 6.06m while Markward set a program record in the triple jump with a jump of 12.77m. Markward added a 4th place finish in the high jump (1.84m), and a 6th place finish in the triple jump. Burrill tallied two 7th place performances in the 60-meter hurdles (9.78) and the high jump (1.78m).
"While I had high hopes that our success on the indoor track would continue throughout outdoor, I am also proud of how our athletes handled the cards they were dealt," said Warnick. "Some of our athletes do outdoor only events, and never got the chance to see all the hard work translate. I am grateful for the effort these athletes have put in and the culture they are building here at Southern Virginia."
Southern Virginia returns a complete squad with all of its contributing pieces returning for the 2020-21 season.