ALLIANCE, Ohio – Jordan Lyle led all Capital University performers at the first day of the 2015 Ohio Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at the University of Mount Union. Capital will head into the final day in ninth place.
Lyle, a sophomore from Sunbury, Ohio, set a new personal record and earned all-conference honors after placing second in the women's pole vault. Lyle went head-to-head with Otterbein University's Taylor Lindsey in the final passes. Both cleared 3.56 meters on their first attempt, for Lyle setting a new personal best which was previously recorded twice at 3.51 meters. Lyle took second after Lindsey cleared 3.63 meters on her final attempt. For Lyle, this marks her second All-OAC turnout after she took second in pole vault in the indoor season.
Other Capital point-scoring efforts came from sophomore Ashley Freshkorn (Columbus, Ohio/Hamilton Township) and freshman Amber Thomas (Cleveland, Ohio) who rounded out the women's discus throw placers. Freshkorn smashed her previous personal record of 33.68 meters but recording a best of 35.68 meters on her first throw to place seventh.
Thomas also put her previous best to rest in this event while making dramatic improvements even within her set of throws. Her first toss came in sub-26 meters, but made a huge leap forward by more than eight meters. Thomas' best throw was measured at 35.68 meters, good for eighth place.
Capital will head into day two of the weekend conference championships in ninth place out of 10 teams. Host Mount Union holds a commanding lead with 74 points. Ohio Northern University is in second place with 42 points and Otterbein University is in third with 38.