BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women's track & field completed 2019-20 indoor season, setting seven program records and produced their best finish at the Capital Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships.
"I'm incredibly proud of the strides we made as a program this Indoor season," said head coach Wyatt Warnick. "Our athletes believed in our coaching staff and put the work in, and we saw great results. We saw multiple conference placers and all-conference athletes, set multiple school records, and put together our strongest team yet."
The women's team was anchored by the throws, led by CAC Champion Mesi Havea in the weight throw. Havea won with a mark of 16.04m in the event while also placing second in the shot put (11.58m) to earn All-CAC First Team and Second Team honors in the events. Her strong performances also earned the junior Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) First Team All-State and USTFCCCAA Indoor All-Region in both of her events. Havea set a program record in the weight throw at the NYC DIII Invitational with a mark of 16.27m, winning the event. The South Jordan, Utah, native also was selected as the CAC Indoor Field Athlete of the Week twice.
Kanani Lasike generated a solid third season with the Knights, earning All-CAC Second Team honors following a 2nd place finish at the CAC Championships with a career-best throw of 14.69m. She finished the season with four top-six performances, including taking 4th place at both the Noke Elite Meet (14.25m) and South Region Final Qualifier & Multi (14.18m) in the weight throw. Madeleine Maher performed well in the shot put placing 5th overall at the CAC Indoor Championships with a season-best throw of 11.30m.
Abigail Kinoshita shined for the Knights in both the sprints and jumps. Kinoshita excelled at the CAC Indoor Championships, setting three program records while scoring for the Knights in all three events. She placed 2nd in the triple jump (10.29m) to secure All-CAC Second Team honors followed by a 3rd place finish in the long jump (4.85m) and a 4th place performance in the 60-meter dash (8.26). She set a program record in the first meet of the season at the 2019 Bast-Cregger Invitational in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.57.
Freshman Jilane Pederson was the Knights' top high jumper on the season finishing 4th at the CAC Indoor Championships, setting a program record with a mark of 1.51m. She finished inside the top-six in all five of her competitions this season.
Freshman Addie Parker set a program record in the 400-meter dash at the NYC DIII Invitational crossing the line with a time of 1:05.82. She also placed 7th overall for the Knights in the 400-meter dash at the CAC Indoor Championships.
Brittany Barton, also a freshman, led the mid-distance squad with a 7th place finish in the mile run (5:33.63) at the CAC Indoor Championships. She also led the team with the top time in the 800-meter run (2:34.29).
The women's team also set broke two relay records this season, breaking the 4x400-meter relay (4:25.93) at the NYC DIII Invitational and the distance medley relays(13:48.59) at the CAC Indoor Championships. Both relay teams consisted of Barton, Parker, Jenna Godfrey, and Tayma Vanek.
"While I had high hopes that our success on the indoor track would continue throughout outdoor, I am also proud of how our athletes handled the cards they were dealt," said Warnick. "Some of our athletes do outdoor only events, and never got the chance to see all the hard work translate. I am grateful for the effort these athletes have put in and the culture they are building here at Southern Virginia."
The Knights return their entire team heading into the 2020-21 season and will look to continue its great strides next year.