Barton, Myers Score Big at VMI Winter Relays

By Michael Myers 

LEXINGTON, Va. – At neighboring Virginia Military Institute, the Southern Virginia University track team had several breakout performances over the weekend at the VMI Winter Relays.

In his first 5000-meter race of the indoor season, Michael Myers became the first runner in program history to break the 16-minute barrier. Myers finished with a time of 15:54, leading the race for practically all 25 laps. He now places in the top-15 in three different distance events heading into the Capital Athletic Conference championship meet.

Clarissa Barton also had a fantastic weekend, highlighted by a first-place finish in her heat of the 3000 meters. With only a few laps to go, Barton passed Samantha Kolor of Appalachian State to take a commanding lead. Her impressive finish of 10:38.95 now leads all competitors in the CAC.

In the men's shot put, Junior Derek Blasko set a personal and program best once again. He threw for an impressive 14.82m on his third attempt. With such substantial progress each week, Blasko has set himself up to be one of the major favorites to win a conference title later this month.

Head coach Elizabeth Wilson was impressed with what she saw at the meet. "There were some really exciting performances on the track over the weekend," she commented. "Clarissa Barton's 3000-meter race put her at the top of the conference. Additionally, our 4X400-meter relay team made up of Daniel de la Cruz, Michael Myers, Nelson Rader, and Colter May improved the school's overall best by five seconds."

The Knights hope to close out their indoor season on a high note next weekend as they travel to Newport News, Virginia to participate at the CAC Championship meet on Feb.16 & 17.