By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Top 10 Moments of 2017-18 has begun for Capital University Athletics. Over the next four weeks, we will unveil the moments and accomplishments that made the last athletic year memorable for those competing or those following along. Join us as we traverse through the top moments of last year and feel free to weigh in on how you think they stack up to your own top 10 list.
#3: One Day, Two All-Americans. Coon and Allison Come Up Big!
On March 10, 2018, Jason Coon '18 and Logan Allison '18 each accomplished something individually that fed into a feat not completed since 2011. On this day at Birmingham Southern College (Birmingham, Ala.) both Crusaders came back to Columbus as indoor track & field All-Americans.
Just two weeks prior to the national meet, Coon and Allison were hoisting Ohio Athletic Conference championships in their respective events. On this day the duo would meet up with the country's best in the shot put and the triple jump.
Allison kicked off Cap's representation in the triple jump and with his second leap became a three-time All-American. His first leap was merely a warmup after being measured at 14.48 meters. The second made waves and elevated him to fourth place in the 12-man final. He would be passed by two other competitors and his final jump fell just short of his placing leap. Allison would finish the event and his national bid with a sixth-place finish and the third All-America honor of his career.
One is nice, but two is better.
With Allison standing nearby with fellow teammate and national qualifier Taylor Manivahn, Coon built himself a fanbase that would be on hand to witness him achieve his first career All-America award.
Coon threw the shotput with brute force, which led him fouling on four of his six throws. But only one throw counts and his best came on his first heave from the platform. The rock flew through the air and landed at a distance of 16.25 meters (53-03 ¾), a solid start which led to an All-American finish by the end of the second flight of throws.
Not since 2011 had two Capital track & field athletes finished with All-America honors in the same meet, let alone the same day. Logan Allison and Jason Coon both took to the podium, proudly and successfully representing the Purple and White on the national stage.
Honorable mention: Coon Repeats as All-American on the Outdoor Circuit
One trip to Nationals wasn't enough for the recently graduated Jason Coon '18. After completing his degree and taking a piece of hardware away from Capital he went to La Crosse, Wisconsin to represent the Crusaders at the national championship for the second time in 2018. At the outdoor national championship he exited the first flight of preliminary throws in first place with a 15.72-meter toss. Coon would not only go on to surpass that mark but destroy it and the Capital outdoor shotput record en route to finishing third place overall! His fifth throw made the difference and was marked at 17.04 meters (55-11) making Coon a two-time All-American and the new Capital record holder, taking down a mark that stood for 60 years.
Relive the Top 10 Moments
Moment #10 - Graham Green Wins Ten Straight Singles Bouts to Begin Career -- link
Moment #9 - Cap Women's Golf Smashes Records at 2018 OAC Championship and Katie Lease Earns All-OAC -- link
Moment #8 - Senior Day Celebration! Baseball Completes Sweep of Mount Union with Extra-Inning Walkoff -- link
Moment #7 - Cap Men's Hoops Upsets John Carroll in Regular Season Finale -- link
Moment #6 - Amanda Kachaylo Beats the Clock to Lift Women's Soccer Over Rival Otterbein -- link
Moment #5 - Walton's Last-Minute Goal Sends Cap Women's Lax to OAC Championship -- link
Moment #4 - Dixie Jeffers Hits an Incredible Milestone with 700th Career Victory -- link
Moment #3 - One Day, Two All-Americans. Coon and Allison Come Up Big! -- link
Moment #2 - Friday, July 20
Moment #1 - Monday, July 23
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