Cap Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Picked to Finish Seventh

Pictured: Taylor Manivanh (left) and Trevor Collins (right). Photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography.
Pictured: Taylor Manivanh (left) and Trevor Collins (right). Photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography.

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) announced its annual Indoor Track & Field Preseason Coaches' Poll on Friday morning. The Capital University men's and women's programs were both selected to finish seventh out of 10 teams this season.

On the men's circuit, the University of Mount Union is being predicted to finish at the top of the OAC and earned eight of the potential 10 first-place votes, totaling 77 points. Ohio Northern University accounted for the other two first-place votes and finished just five points behind the favorites.

The Capital men were picked to finish seventh behind Baldwin Wallace University (42) and ahead of Wilmington College (25).

 

On the women's side of the track, Ohio Northern (77) was picked to head the class of 10 teams and picked up six first-place votes. The Purple Raiders were picked second and will jostle for the top spot behind four first-place votes and 73 points.

Capital's women were also picked to finish seventh and laid claim to 39 points, though those resting on either side of them differ. Ahead of the Crusaders in sixth is Heidelberg University (40) and behind them is Muskingum University (23).

Sophomore jump and sprint specialist Taylor Manivanh (Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing) will continue her hunt for an all-conference accolade by season's end. She will not be alone in the pursuit. Senior Hunter Mouser, who qualified for the national championships and earned all-region honors on the indoor circuit last year, junior Larkin Joseph and sophomore Olivia Quinter are expected to contend for top spots in their respective events on the track.

Seniors Gracie Pesicka and Taylor Johnston will head up the throws group, while sophomore Emily Hilt will enter her second season as the go-to for the multi events.

Capital Men's Track and Field will once again be led by jumps specialist Logan Allison (Gallipolis, Ohio/Gallia Academy), who enters his senior year a two-time All-American and multiple-time all-conference and all-region selection. Following last year's conference championships, Allison was named the OAC Field Athlete of the year after defending his triple jump championship and finished in the top-3 in the 55-meter dash and high jump.

The Crusaders will also look forward to the return of all-conference honoree and sprint specialist Trevor Collins, top distance runner Derek Knabe and 2016 all-region thrower Jason Coon.

The men's and women's teams both finished sixth at last year's OAC Indoor Track & Field Championships. The men were just mere points off the heels of a fifth-place finish.

Capital will serve as the host of this year's OAC Championship on Feb. 23-24 at The Capital Center.

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OAC Men's Track & Field Preseason Poll

Rank

School

Points (1st place votes)

1.

Mount Union

77 (8)

2.

Ohio Northern

72 (2)

3.

John Carroll

66

4.

Otterbein

57

5.

Heidelberg

46

6.

Baldwin Wallace

42

7.

Capital

31

8.

Wilmington

25

9.

Muskingum

24

10.

Marietta

10

OAC Women's Track & Field Preseason Poll

Rank

School

Points (1st place votes)

1.

Ohio Northern

77 (6)

2.

Mount Union

73 (4)

3.

Otterbein

67

4.

John Carroll

55

5.

Baldwin Wallace

48

6.

Heidelberg

40

7.

Capital

39

8.

Muskingum

23

9.

Wilmington

19

10.

Marietta

9