Women’s Track and Field Opens With Purple and White Invite

(Photo credit: Steve Runyon)
(Photo credit: Steve Runyon)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – To open the 2014-15 indoor track and field season, Capital University hosted its annual Purple and White Invitational. The women's team placed fourth out of six teams in its first action of the season.

Sophomore Taylor Atkins (Bethel, Ohio) led the way for the Crusaders with second-place finishes in the long jump and the high jump, while also adding a third-place result in the triple jump.

Atkins began the afternoon field session with a runner-up placing in the high jump, which she cleared 1.48 meters in her best attempt. She matched that result in the long jump, where she exceeded her seed distance and hit 5.05 meters. In her final point-earning individual performance, she registered a 9.94-meter leap in the triple jump. Altogether, she claimed 22 points in her individual events.

Later in the evening, Atkins joined a team that also included Josie Beaumariage (McMurray, Pa.), MacKenzie Ciganik (Bellaire, Mich.) and Ashly Clark (Crooksville, Ohio) in the 4x200 meter relay race. The foursome placed third (1:56.62) to earn another six points toward their total.

Sophomore thrower Ashley Freshkorn (Columbus, Ohio/Hamilton Township) earned third place honors in the weight throw, hitting 14.48 meters.

Freshman Hannah Ayers (Newark, Ohio) added a notable performance by finished fourth in the high jump (1.43m).

Capital accrued 59 points, good for fourth place out of six competing teams. Ohio Wesleyan University put together 169 points to claim the day's crown, following by Wheeling Jesuit University (103) and Otterbein University (83). Wilmington College (53) and West Liberty University (1) rounded out the field of teams represented.

The Crusaders will host their next meet, the Capital Challenge, on Jan. 9.