By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Logan Allison put forth an amazing performance on an unofficial Senior Day on the second leg of the 2018 Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships. Not only did he haul in multiple conference titles but he was also named OAC Male Field Athlete of the Year. Capital University finished sixth out of 10 teams.
A day after becoming a four-time all-conference performer in the long jump, senior Logan Allison (Gallipolis, Ohio/Gallia Academy) returned to continue his work in the pit in the high jump and the triple jump. In his first event, the triple jump, Allison nearly leapt out of his shoes and rewrote his own school record on his first jump of the day. His first run netted him a leap of 14.74 meters (48-4 ½), which not only set a new Capital record but was more than enough to defend his title in the event. He defeated the second-place finisher, Raphael Tshikala (Mount Union) by more than two feet.
The win in the triple jump makes him a three-time champion in the event on the indoor circuit.
Later in the day, Allison competed in the high jump, which served as more of a challenge. Looking to improve upon last year's third-place finish, Allison battled with Heidelberg's Wes Fritz all the way to the 2.00-meter mark. Neither cleared that height, but looking back to the pair's 11.97-meter attempts Allison won the event based on a tiebreaker having cleared the previous height on his first attempt.
Altogether, Allison collected 28 points for the Crusaders and that count was considered when the coaches went in to vote on special event award winners. Allison was voted as the 2018 OAC Indoor Male Field Athlete of the Year, marking the second consecutive year having earned the honor.
Another senior also stood atop the podium early in the day. Senior shot put hurler Jason Coon (Bernville, Pa./Schuylkill Valley) returned to the stop step for the second time in his career. Coon topped his personal best by more than one foot (0.32m), hitting 16.77 meters (55 ¼') in the finals. He edged out Mount Union's Sean Sherman (16.72m) for the title and 10 points. Coon also won the shot put in 2016.
Capital's relay teams collected 10 points between two events on the day. Cap's 4x200-meter relay team netted the squad four points with a fifth place finish. The team of Nicholas Santos (Annandale, Va./Falls Church), Mason Trezise (Eagar, Ariz./Round Valley), Kyle Farley (Canton, Mich./Lutheran-Westland), and Noah Meeker (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) combined for a time of 1:32.73. To end the night, Santos and Trezise joined up with Corbin Brown (East Sparta, Ohio/Sandy Valley) and Derek Knabe (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) in the 4x400 meters to clock in at 3:27.56 and secure a podium spot with a third-place finish.
Senior Derek Knabe also placed third in the 800-meter run, which also elevated him on the Capital top-10 list and lowered his PR. Knabe crossed the line in 1:59.85 and just 0.84 seconds out of second.
Junior John Seman (Ashland, Ohio/Hillsdale) picked up three points in the high jump with his sixth-place finish. He cleared 1.91 meters along with four others but placed sixth based on tiebreakers.
Collectively, Capital accumulated 59 points as a team and placed sixth overall in the team standings.
The University of Mount Union earned its seventh straight OAC Championship behind 187.5 points and John Carroll University served as runners-up with 111 points.