By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
ADA, Ohio – Capital University Men's Track & Field hit the road to compete at the Joe Banks Invitational hosted by Ohio Northern University on Saturday, and several athletes are coming home with wins or new career-best marks.
For the fourth week in a row, senior thrower and reigning Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Field Athlete of the Week Jason Coon (Bernville, Pa. / Schuylkill Valley) was victorious in the shot put competition with a throw of 16.16 meters. Fellow thrower Josh Miller (Botkins, Ohio / Botkins) placed fifth in the event with a heave of 14.21 meters.
The Crusaders picked up another win in the long jump thanks to senior Logan Allison (Gallipolis, Ohio Gallia Academy). The 2017 All-American's jump of 6.87 meters was his second-best long jump of the season so far. Noah Meeker (Powell, Ohio Olentangy Liberty) placed seventh in the long jump with a career-best leap of 6.19 meters.
John Seman (Ashland, Ohio / Hillsdale) gave the Crusaders another top-five finisher in the high jump, whose jump of 1.81 meters slotted him in fifth.
Capital earned six more points in the 500-meter race thanks to Nicholas Santos (Annandale, Va. Falls Church). The junior's time of 1:07.47 was fast enough to earn third, just 0.15 seconds behind the winner. Mason Trezise (Eagar, Ariz. / Round Valley) and Corbin Brown (East Sparta, Ohio / Sandy Valley) finished in 10th-and 11th-place, respectively, in the 500 with times of 1:10.61 and 1:11.37.
Freshman Kyle Farley (Canton, Mich. / Lutheran - Westland) set a new personal record of 23.38 seconds in the 200-meter dash, good enough to earn seventh place.
In the 4x400-meter relay, the team of Santos, Tresize, Brown and Derek Knabe (Cincinnati, Ohio / Oak Hills) placed fourth with a final time of 3:30.21.
The Crusaders picked up another top-10 finish in the 5,000-meter run thanks to Aaron Fox (Commercial Point, Ohio / Teays Valley) who crossed the line and stopped the clock at 16:36.31.
As a group, Capital placed eighth out of 12 teams with 48 points.
The team will head back to Otterbein University next Saturday, Feb. 10 to compete in the All-Ohio Indoor Championships. This will be the third meet of the year so far in Westerville.