Knights Conclude Season-Opener at Bast-Cregger Invitational

Knights Conclude Season-Opener at Bast-Cregger Invitational

SALEM, Va.— The Southern Virginia University men's and women's track and field teams concluded day two of the Bast-Cregger Invitational Saturday evening, with several impressive showings for both teams.

On the women's team, freshman thrower Baylee Mulitalo led the way in her first collegiate meet with an impressive mark of 12.53m, which was good for a second place finish. Another freshman Ella Burrows was close behind with a throw of 12.10m placing her in fourth with one more Knight Mesi Havea, with a toss of 12.01m good for fifth place.

The women's distance team put forth a good showing in the 800 meter-run. Three Knights finished in the top-eight places with sophomore Kate Huber leading the way with a third-place finish and a time of 2:45.81, her teammates, freshman Elora Smith, and Tommi Batty finished fourth and eighth respectively.

The Knights distance team also fared well in the mile with Sydney Bigelow earning a fifth-place finish with a time of 5:46.83 and Jill Westman and Smith following with a seventh and eighth place finish.

On the men's side, thrower Derek Blasko was the only Knight to win an event this weekend with a victory in the shot put, throwing 14.42m. Grady Sami would also finish in the top-five with his throw of 13.04m landed him in fifth.

The distance runners had a great turnout with Mike Myers securing a second place finish in the 3000 meter-run with a time of 8:59.21 with Colter May finishing third recording a time of 9:02.74 and Kevin Shelly finishing seventh. Freshman Hunter Lund would finish fourth in the mile running a time of 4:47.28.

"Roanoke College put on on an excellent meet. This was a great opportunity for us to break off the rust and see where we are at," said Head Coach Wyatt Warnick. "I thought we did a great job competing without many practice opportunities, we had strong performances from both men's and women's teams."