By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
WESTERVILLE, Ohio – Capital University Men's Track & Field competed under the lights of Memorial Stadium at Otterbein University on Friday night in the annual Otterbein Twilight Invitational, the final meet before the Ohio Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships. Capital's field athletes once again led the way for the Crusaders as the team earned 40 points and placed sixth out of 13 teams.
For the third week in a row and fourth time out of five outdoor meets, sophomore thrower Josh Miller won the shot put competition with a throw of 13.62 meters (44-08 ¼). Miller fouled on his first attempt but his second was the one that won the competition for him. That was Miller's only win of the night but he also placed fourth in the hammer throw with a heave of 44.89 meters (147-03).
Placing second in the discus was freshman Spencer Smith who achieved a mark of 36.45 meters (119-07) on his second throw of the day. He also placed 11th in the hammer throw.
A pair of Crusaders picked up bronze medals with John Seman placing third in the high jump and Joseph Eskra achieving the same place in the pole vault. Seman cleared 1.88 meters on his third try at the height while Eskra cleared 4.35 meters on his first try but could not advance further. Still. The mark tied Eskra's personal best.
Nate Hayes finished fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 11.87 meters (38-11 ½) on his third attempt at the event.
On the track, Capital's highest finisher was a ninth-place run of 11.21 seconds in the 100-meter dash prelims by Noah Meeker but it was not enough for Meeker to qualify for the finals. Carter Moore and Corbin Brown finished 12th and 14th, respectively, in the 400-meter dash with times of 55.62 seconds and 56.39 seconds.
With all of their tune-up meets now completed, the Crusaders will compete in the OAC Outdoor Championships next Friday and Saturday, April 26-27. The championships will be hosted by Otterbein.