ROCK HILL, S.C. – Capital University Women's Track and Field completed the first day of the Winthrop University Invitational, Friday evening. Day one was highlighted by Jordan Lyle, who placed first overall in the women's pole vault.
Lyle (Sunbury, Ohio) nearly equaled her personal best and still put forth Capital's best individual performance in the pole vault, where she placed second overall. Lyle was the only athlete to clear 3.50 meters, which she achieved on her final attempt to beat out Alison Seramur from NCAA Division II school Queens University of Charlotte (N.C.).
Capital's distance runners added to the list of top performances with 30th- and 34th-place finishes in the women's 5,000-meter run from freshman Hannah Westhoven (Napoleon, Ohio) and sophomore Gretchen Sauder (Mansfield, Ohio), respectively. Westhoven set a new personal and stopped the clock record at 19:28.83 while her teammate, Sauder, did so at 19:44.69.
In the women's hammer throw, freshman Gracie Pesicka (Parma, Ohio) led a trio of Capital finishers with a toss of 29.97 meters, far and away eclipsing her previous personal best of 24.64 meters. Sophomore Ashley Freshkorn (Columbus, Ohio/Hamilton Township) fell right behind Pesicka, topping out at 29.63 meters. Freshman Taylor King (Pleasantville, Ohio) rounded out that trio with a 27.02-meter toss in her first attempt in the event.
Freshkorn also placed 23rd in the shot put with an 11.29-meter throw.
Freshman Kasey Parkhurst (Astalla, Ohio) set a new personal record in the 200-meter dash, crossing the line in 27.71 seconds.
In her first action since an injury during the indoor season, sophomore Taylor Atkins (Bethel, Ohio) hit 4.49 meters in the long jump.
Saturday marks the second and final day of the Winthrop Invitational. The first events will kick off at 8 a.m. with the women's 10,000-meter run. Live stats will be available for the meet.