Coon Earns Another Win and Sets PR on Second Day of the Rick Meindl Last Call

Pictured: Jason Coon (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Jason Coon (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After Capital University Men's Track & Field earned a win in a throws competition on Friday, the Crusaders repeated that effort with another more on the second Day of the Rick Meindl Last Call.

Capital's win of the day came in the men's shot put via Jason Coon. The senior also set a personal record with a throw of 16.46 meters, 0.1 meters better than his previous mark.

Capital came close to a second win in the men's 800-meter run. Senior Derek Knabe finished second-place in the competition with a time of 1:59.63. Although that time was not a win, it was still a personal best by almost seven seconds. Jonas Pyle also competed in the 800, placing 15th with a run of 2:19.24.

A pair of Crusaders earned top-10 finishes in the 200-meter dash with Kyle Farley and Nicholas Santos finishing ninth and 10th, respectively. Farley finished with a final time of 23.08 seconds and Santos was right there with a run of 23.24 seconds. Farley's time was a new personal record. Freshman Mark Ross also competed in the event, going the distance in 26.22 seconds.

Santos fared better in the 400-meter race with a fifth-place mark of 51.61 seconds, another personal record. Corbin Brown set a new PR in the event as well with a time of 52.74 seconds, good enough for eighth-place. Farley placed 18th with a run of 55.26 seconds.

In the distance events, Capital received a ninth-place finish from Aaron Fox in the 5,000-meter run with a run of 16:16.91. A trio of Crusaders competed in the 3,000-meter race with Nathan Hutchins leading the bunch followed by Andrew Rus and Christian Vermillion. Hutchins was only seconds off of a PR with a performance of 10:15.99. Rus narrowly missed a personal-best as well, finishing with a time of 10:22.74. Vermillion stopped the clock at 11:23.53 in his first attempt in the event.

The Crusaders that have qualified for the Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Championships will compete in the event next week when it comes to The Capital Center on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24.