By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
WESTERVILLE, Ohio – After a week away from competition, Capital University Men's Track & Field hit the track again on Friday, placing at the Otterbein April Fool's Invitational hosted by Otterbein University.
Leading the way for the Crusaders was senior Logan Allison who placed second in two events, the long jump and triple jump. In the long jump, Allison's third attempt of 6.80 meters proved to be his best on the day and in the triple jump, he achieved 14.20 meters on his second try. Freshman Noah Meeker also competed in the long jump and placed eighth with a leap of 5.72 meters in his first try in the event.
Freshman Josh Miller also earned a second-place finish on Friday with his performance in the shot put. On his first throw of the day, Miller launched a throw of 15.00 meters that stood up against the competition to get him a silver medal.
On the track, sophomore Nicholas Santos finished just hundredths of a second away from a top-five finish in the 400-meter dash but his mark of 52.11 seconds placed him sixth. Kyle Farley finished 11th in the same event with a mark of 54.39 seconds.
The 200-meter dash was littered with Crusaders as a total of five took place in the event. Meeker paced the bunch with a sixth-place time of 22.98 seconds. Farley and Santos each finished just tenths of a second behind Meeker with runs of 23.05 and 23.09 seconds, respectively. Corbin Brown, the next Capital finisher in the event, secured a top-20 finish with a 23.84-second dash. Freshman Mark Ross rounded out the Capital pack with a run of 25.63 seconds.
In the 1,500-meter run, senior Derek Knabe's run of 4:09.20 was only two seconds off of a personal record but it was still strong enough to earn him a fourth-place finish.
Capital also had three runners in the 5,000-meter run. Nathan Hutchins, Andrew Rus and Christian Vermillion all finished within five places of each other with Hutchings leading the group. The sophomore earned a time of 17:46.26 and Rus came in behind him with a run of 17:58.46. Vermillion's time of 18:16.00 placed him third among the Crusaders in the event.
Senior Mason Trezise's time of 17.44 seconds placed him 13th in the 110-meter hurdles.
Capital's team of Allison, Santos, Farley and Meeker placed second with an effort of 44.54 seconds in the 4x100-meter relay.
In the field, John Seman earned a fifth-place finish in the high jump with a leap of 1.80 meters.
Capital will return to the course next weekend, April 7-8, to participate in the Muskingum Invitational and All-Ohio Multi Championships hosted by Muskingum University.