Men’s Track & Field Posts Strong Performances, Miller Breaks Record (Again)

Pictured: Joe Eskra (credit: Tyler Faig)
Pictured: Joe Eskra (credit: Tyler Faig)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University men's track & field team had a strong day up and down the lineup at its home meet, the Jessica Stark Open, at The Capital Center on Saturday, January 25. Josh Miller, once again, broke his own record in the shot put while multiple teammates set new personal records.

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  • For the second week in a row, junior throw specialist Josh Miller (Botkins, Ohio / Botkins) set the Capital shot put record.
  • This week, Miller tossed a long throw of 17.19m (56-4 3/4) to win the event and set the new school mark.
  • The mark he set at last week's Pioneer Open was measured at 17.04 meters.
  • Miller also won the weight throw with a top toss of 16.04 meters (52-7 ½).


  • Freshman Alexander Hansel had a day competing for the first time in multiple events and cracking Capital's top-10. In the 1,000-meter run, he placed fifth overall behind a time of 2:47.85, which now serves as the 10th-best record time in the event in CU history.
  • Hansel also competing in the 1-mile run and in his first race turned in the seventh-fastest CU time (4:40.90) after placing fifth overall.
  • Senior distance specialist Christian Vermillion set a new PR in the 3,000-meter run, breaking the 10-minute mark for the first time in this event. He placed sixth overall after stopping the clock at 9:58.27.
  • Freshman Kelly Wilson narrowly set a new personal best in the 60-meter hurdles and now is tied for sixth all-time in the CU top-10 list in the event. He clocked in at 9.05 seconds, 0.05 faster than his previous best. He also placed 16th in the 400-meter dash behind a new top time of 55.77.
  • Sophomore Joseph Eskra set a new personal record in the 200-meter dash behind a time of 24.69 seconds, which placed him 17th in a field of 36.
  • Two first-year competitors PR'ed in the shot put. Ricky Scott (11.86m) and Jonathan Kirk (11.19m) both set new personal bests, Scott by 0.42 meters.
  • JB Adkins also tallied a new best in the men's long jump, growing his PR now to 5.67 meters (18-10 ¾).


Mount Vernon Nazarene University topped the team standings with 104 points followed by Marietta College (87), Ohio Dominican University (84), and Midway College (68). Capital (45) placed fifth out of 12 teams that entered.


Capital will compete next at the Joe Banks Invitational, hosted by Ohio Northern University, on Saturday, February 1.