BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women's track and field team ended the 2018-19 season as the strongest in program history.
The Knights produced the most points in program history at the Capital Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships with 67 points, more than doubling last year's score of 28 points.
"This past season was a big step forward for our program," said Head Coach Wyatt Warnick. "We attended a meet at one of the most respected indoor track's in America in the Armory while coming away with two individual champions. We swept the women's shot put in both indoor and outdoor with two All-Region recipients. The team produced the highest point total we have ever had at Conference with numerous athletes scoring."
CAC Indoor and Outdoor Rookie of the Year Baylee Mulitalo was named to the USTFCCCA All-Region Team in the shot put and discus, capping off her incredible first season as a Knight. Mulitalo won the individual title in the shot put with a mark of 13.16m at the CAC Outdoor Championships and finished second in the discus earning All-CAC First and Second Team accolades. She wrapped up the season owning three school records with throws of 13.16m in the shot put, 43.01m in the discus and 47.90m in the hammer.
Mesi Havea received All-CAC Second Team honors following a second-place finish in the hammer throw at the CAC Outdoor Championships. Havea finished the season with individual victories in the discus at the W&L Track and Field Carnival (40.85m) and the hammer throw at the Captains Classic (45.92m). She concluded her season setting new personal bests in the shot put (12.16m), discus (42.23m) and hammer (47.50).
Newcomer Elle Warnick set the javelin school record with a throw of 35.41m at the W&L Track & Field Carnival, winning the event. She finished fourth place overall at the CAC Outdoor Championships in the javelin.
Bethany Maggert jumped a program record in the long jump of 5.03m at the Jim Taylor Invite. Abigail Kinoshita broke the triple jump school record at Jim Taylor Invite with a mark of 10.75m placing fifth overall. Kinoshita picked up her lone victory of the season in the triple jump at the Captains Classic with a jump measuring 10.66m.
On the track, freshman Jill Westman ran herself to a new school record in the 10,000m with a time of 42:58.98 at the Jim Taylor Invite, winning the event. She added a win in the 5000m run with a 19:52.13 at the 2019 WildCat Invitational.
The Knights set two new program records in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays with times of 55.32 and 5:01.96. The 4x100m consisted of Kinoshita, Kailee Rucker, Lauren Janda and Ella Burrows while the 4x400m was made up of Kinoshita, Westman, Elora Smith and Madison Malmgren.
"The indoor and outdoor season stretch from December all the way until May where the season can get long," said Warnick. "Despite the length and demand of our seasons, I am proud of how our athletes stayed focused while keeping a goal in mind. We came to practice ready to work hard each day. The next goal is turning these conference scorers into national qualifiers, and I am confident we have the staff to help these athletes do so. The 2020 season is going to be an exciting year."
Southern Virginia looks to continue their progress in the upcoming 2020 seasons.