By Michael Myers
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Led once again by a strong effort from the throwers, the Southern Virginia University track and field team capped off a successful weekend in the Captains Classic at Christopher Newport University.
Derek Blasko has continued his dominance in the men's javelin. He secured first place at the meet after unleashing a massive heave of 52.32m. Blasko remains in the top-five in the Capital Athletic Conference in both the javelin and shot put events.
The women made sure to turn heads as well with throws of their own. Freshman Mesi Havea paved the way by coming in fourth in the discus with a final throw of 38.50m. The Knights had five of the top twelve spots in the event, as well as four in the top ten in the shot put.
For just the sixth time ever competing in the event in program history, the Knights laid out a special performance in the men's 4x100 relay. The team comprised of Jake Morrison, Zach Nerdin, Daniel de la Cruz, and MJ Nelson brought fire to the track with a time of 42.64. That time is now good for third among all teams in the CAC.
Also bringing fire to the track was freshman Clarissa Barton. She dropped a 4:56 in the women's 1,500m, becoming the first female in school history to break the five-minute barrier in the event. With a great run, Barton has single-handedly inserted her name into the conversation for who can take home the conference title in two weeks.
Michael Myers extended his school records in both the 1,500 and 5,000-meter races over the weekend. He ran 4:03 in the first which was good for second among division three runners at the meet. Myers came in fourth in the 5,000m with a time of 15:27, besting his previous best by 16 seconds.
The Knights will conclude their 2018 outdoor season in two weeks when they head off to Salisbury University to compete in the CAC Championship Meet on May 4 & 5.