By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – All season has been building towards this for Capital Men's Track & Field and now the Crusaders will see if their hard work will pay off this weekend at the Ohio Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The two-day evernt will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 27-28 at Ohio Northern University.
Capital made All-OAC in six events at the OAC Indoor Championships and are in good position to challenge that number this weekend. Senior Logan Allison (Gallipolis, Ohio/Gallia Academy) accounted for three of those All-Ohio places by finishing second in the long jump and winning the triple and high jump titles. This year, Allison has the sixth-best mark in the conference in the high jump (1.95 meters), the third-best long jump mark (6.80 meters) and the best performance in the triple jump (14.20 meters). Allison was also named the Field Athlete of the Year.
Senior thrower Jason Coon (Bernville, Pa./Schuylkill Valley) was the indoor shot put champion in February and may be the favorite to repeat this weekend. Coon has the best throw in the conference with a season-best throw of 16.33 meters. Freshman and fellow thrower Josh Miller (Botkins, Ohio/Botkins) owns the fifth-best shot put performance in the conference this outdoor season with a mark of 15.47 meters. Miller's top throw in the discus also has him ninth in the conference with a launch of 44.33 meters.
Senior runner Derek Knabe (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) holds the eighth-best time in the 800-meter run with a mark of 1:58.11. Knabe finished third in the conference in the 800-meter in February.
Mason Trezise (Eagar, Ariz./Round Valley), Kyle Farley (Canton, Mich./Lutheran – Westland), Noah Meeker (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty), and John Seman (Ashland, Ohio/Hillsdale) all rank in the top-10 in their respective events and are hoping to elevate their performances into All-OAC status. Trezise is 10th in the conference in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.68 seconds and his 56.12-second run in the 400-meter hurdles is the seventh-best time in the conference. Farley has the 10th best time in the 200-meter dash (22.51 seconds) and the seventh-fastest 100-meter run (11.20 seconds). Meeker also has a 22.51 second season-best run in the 200-meter and Seman's mark of 1.90 meters in the high jump is ninth-best in the OAC.
Capital's 4x400-meter relay team placed third at the indoor championships and has the sixth-best time in the conference this outdoor season. The 4x100-meter team's best run of 43.41 seconds is the third-fastest time this season.
The outdoor championships will begin at noon on Friday with the field events with running events on Friday beginning at 4:10 p.m. with the women's 100-meter hurdles prelims. The event will continue through Friday evening and continue on Saturday with field events at 10 a.m. and running events at 2:35 p.m. A full schedule of events can be found here.