Capital Track & Field Members Take Last Chance to Punch Ticket for Nationals at Polar Bear Final Qualifier

Pictured: Derek Knabe
Pictured: Derek Knabe

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

ADA, Ohio – After hosting the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships last weekend, several members of Capital University Track & Field took their talents to Ohio Northern University on Saturday to compete in the final meet before the NCAA Indoor Championships.

The top 15 qualified student-athletes qualify for individual men's events and the top 17 athletes on the women's side are accepted to the championships.

On Saturday, five members of the Capital women's team competed and six men took part in the meet in addition to one men's relay team.

Junior Niamani Mayes took part in the 200-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles, placing fourth and second, respectively. Mayes' mark of 27.58 seconds in the 200 was her fastest time of the season in that event and 9.60-second performance in the hurdles was her third-best time of the year.

Mayes finished one place behind senior Hunter Mouser, who ran a 26.61, in the 200-meter dash. That mark is Mouser's second-best of the year.

Junior Larkin Joseph ran a season-best 2:19.24 in the 800-meter run, although she was two seconds off of her career-best time in the event. In the high jump, sophomore Elona Greenhoff cleared 1.58 meters, her second-best mark of the year. Sophomore Taylor Manivanh recorded a jump of 5.27 meters in the long jump.

On the men's side, senior Jason Coon competed in the shot put and placed first with a throw of 16.57 meters. Coon's season-best throw of 16.77 meters, recorded at the OAC Championships last week, stands as the seventh-best throw in the country this season entering the day.

Freshman Josh Miller also competed in the shot put and threw for 14.80 meters.

Senior Derek Knabe placed first in the mile run with a personal-best time of 4:22.42, the second-best mile time in program history.

Freshman Noah Meeker competed in both the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash and ran a personal-best 23.42-second 200. His time of 7.29 seconds in the 60-meter race was only 0.02 seconds off of his season-best mark. Sophomore Nicholas Santos recorded a 23.14 in the 200-meter dash, good enough for a second-place finish. Senior Mason Trezise finished sixth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.00 seconds.

The 4x400-meter relay team of Santos, Trezise, Knabe and Corbin Brown finished with a time of 3:26.94

After all of the weekend's final qualifiers are finished, the Crusaders will discover who has qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in Montgomery, Ala. next weekend, March 9-10.