Several Earn Career Bests for Track and Field
The Capital University track and field teams competed in three separate meets Saturday in final tune-ups prior to next week's Ohio Athletic Conference Championships.
Several Crusaders competed at the Kenyon Spring Invitational in Gambier, Ohio, while a combined four student-athletes took part in the Sparky Adams Invitational at Baldwin Wallace and the Jesse Owens Track Classic at Ohio State.
On the men's side at Kenyon, freshman Ryan Sandwisch (Elmore, Ohio) recorded a personal best and placed sixth out of 12 in the triple jump with a mark of 39-01.25. He also finished in the top half of the field in the pole vault, placing 12th of 27 with a vault of 12-11.50.
Senior Cory Smith (Bucyrus, Ohio) finished just behind Sandwisch in the pole vault at 14th with a mark of 12-05.50.
Freshman Kessashun Arthur (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished eighth of 22 in the 400-meter dash with a mark of 53.35. He also competed in the 200-meter dash and finished in the top half of the draw with a time of 23.68, good for 19th of 39.
Freshmen Miguel Davalos (Dayton, Ohio), Ivan Villaneda (Ontario, Calif.) and Tyler Kuhnes (Newark, Ohio) also ran the 200, and each registered personal-best marks. Davalos finished in 24.30 seconds, Villaneda in 24.54 and Kuhnes in 25.46.
The same trio took part in the 100-meter dash. Davalos (12.05) and Kuhnes (12.26) each posted personal bests, while Villaneda finished in a time of 12.24.
Seniors Zachary Heyne (New Castle, Ind.), Mitchell Stith (Sunbury, Ohio) and Erik Morris (Cincinnati, Ohio) each participated in the 5,000-meter run. Heyne tallied a personal-best time of 16:47.88, good for 13th of 31 runners. Stith ran the race in 17:14.36 (20th), while Morris finished in 17:30.86 (25th).
At Baldwin Wallace, sophomore Torrelle Howard (Berea, Ohio) recorded personal bests in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. He placed 16th of 34 in the 100 in a time of 11.61 and 23rd of 27 in the 200 with a mark of 24.26.
Sophomore Brennen Hennings (Springfield, Ohio) ran in the 200 at Ohio State, running a personal-best time of 21.93, good for 21st of 40 participants.
On the women's side, senior Caitlin Prange also competed at Ohio State. The Columbus native registered marks of 12.60 and 25.78 in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, respectively.
At Baldwin Wallace, junior Jennifer Long (Hilliard, Ohio) placed 11th of 38 in the hammer throw with a toss of 142-05.
Four female athletes competed at Kenyon.
Junior Samantha Wentz (Haddon Heights, N.J.) recorded a personal best in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:17.24.
Freshman Rebecca Lusignolo (Canal Winchester, Ohio) also tallied a personal best, recording a mark of 96-06.25 in the discus throw, good for 13th of 30 competitors.
Junior Marissa Price (Tiffin, Ohio) placed second of 19 throwers in the javelin, registering a toss of 92-03.50.
Freshman Shaylynn Dornbush (Hopedale, Ohio) took part in the 400-meter dash and finished in 1:07.57.
Next week's OAC Outdoor Championships begin Friday and conclude on Saturday night at Baldwin Wallace.