By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Following a season of practice, hard work and quality results, three members of Capital University Track & Field have qualified for the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Birmingham, Ala. March 9-10.
Senior jumper Logan Allison qualified for the triple jump with the eighth-best mark in the country (14.74 meters), senior thrower Jason Coon will compete in the shot put with a top-eight qualifying throw and sophomore jumper Taylor Manivanh in the triple jump each placed high enough to punch their tickets to the championships. All three athletes set their season-high marks at the Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships Feb. 23-24.
Allison (Gallipolis, Ohio/Gallia Academy), a three-time indoor OAC triple jump champion after his performance a few weeks ago, set new personal and school records with a jump of 14.74 meters (48-4 ½) en route to being named the conference champ and OAC Male Field Athlete of the Year. This is the second time Allison will compete in the indoor championships and third overall trip to nationals after he qualified for the indoor and outdoor championships last year as a junior. At each championship last year he earned All-American status and is the eighth two-time All-American in Capital history. Only three Capital athletes, male or female, in program history have earned All-American status three or more times.
Allison competed in the triple jump three times over the season and won the event twice. At the Jessica Starks open on Jan. 27, Allison won the event with a leap of 14.42 meters (47-3 ¾). He followed that up with a second-place jump of 14.31 meters (46-11 ½) in the event at the All-Ohio Indoor Championships on Feb. 10 and then won the OAC title on Feb. 24.
This will be Coon's second trip to nationals after he qualified for the outdoor championships in 2016 and the OAC champion is peaking at the right time. The senior threw for a personal-best 16.77 meters (55-0 ¼) at the OAC Indoor Championships, the second-best throw in program history. Last week he placed first in the competition at the Polar Bear Final Qualifier hosted by Ohio Northern University with a mark of 16.57 meters (54-4 ½). Coon (Bernville, Pa./Schuylkill Valley) won the shot put seven out of the eight times he competed in the event this season and placed third the eighth time.
Manivanh (Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing) is a first-time qualifier and her mark of 11.75 meters (38-6 ¾) in the triple jump is the 10th-best result in the country this year. The OAC champ won the event twice this season in three tries, the first at the Jessica Starks Open on Jan. 27. Her winning mark of 10.64 meters at that meet was her season-best before she smashed that result at the OAC Championships and set a new school record in the process.
The two-day championships will be hosted by Birmingham-Southern College at the Birmingham CrossPlex on March 9-10. Events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.