Mar 17, 2018
By Michael Myers
LEXINGTON, Va. — The Southern Virginia University track and field team had a stellar opening to the 2018 outdoor season this weekend at the Washington & Lee Carnival Meet.
The wind and rain seemed to have little effect on the Knights as several athletes concluded the weekend with lifetime bests.
"We saw a new school-best performance in every event area," commented head coach Elizabeth Wilson. "All around, it was fun to watch everyone work hard and see success."
Those successes came from both new and familiar faces for Southern Virginia. Freshman Jesstine Creer finished third in the women's javelin with an impressive mark of 30.10m. Mesi Havea also finished in the top three in the women's shot put with a throw of 11.56m.
Alexi Speas continued her upward climb in the women's pole vault, clearing 3.05m and finishing fifth on Saturday. Another breakout performance on the women's team came from freshman Kyra Hale, a native of Dana Point, Calif. Her time of 16.60 in the 100m hurdles was good for fourth at the meet. Hale followed up on her race with a top-ten overall finish in the 100m.
On the men's side, Derek Blasko opened his second outdoor season with a program-best in the javelin. Blasko came in second with a strong throw of 51.20m. Blasko also finished in the top-five in the men's shot put.
Sophomore M.J. Nelson flew through the 100m dash with a fast time of 11.45 seconds, which was good for fifth in a field of 45. For the distance team, Michael Myers improved upon his program bests in both the 5,000 and 800 meters, running 15:43 and 1:59.10, respectively.
The Knights return to the track in just one week as they will travel to Lynchburg, Virginia to compete in the Dr. Jack Tom Open on March 23 & 24.