WESTERVILLE, Ohio – The Capital University women's track and field team finished up its opening weekend at the Otterbein Invite at The Rike Center Clements Recreation Center, Saturday afternoon. In its second meet over its opening weekend, Capital finished in fifth place out of a nine-team field.
Field events locked in major performances pulling in 45 points for Capital. The jumps group started off the day with freshman Taylor Manivanh (Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing) earning a win in her first collegiate meet. She posted a first-place mark of 5.13 meters (16-10.00) in the long jump to begin her day of triumph. She later clocked a third-place time of 8.26 seconds in the 60-meter dash to make for a very successful debut.
Freshman Akaila Howard (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne) continued the group's success with a fifth-place jump of 4.71 meters (15-5 ½) in the long jump and a second-place triple jump finish of 10.30 meters (33-9 ½). Freshman Emily Hilt (Delaware, Ohio/Buckeye Valley) wrapped up the group's top performances with a sixth-place jump of 1.43 meters (4-8 ¼) and a seventh-place finish in the long jump of 4.66 meters (15-03.50). Senior Jordan Lyle (Sunbury, Ohio/Big Walnut) pole vaulted her way to a fourth-place finish of 3.25 meters (10-8).
The Capital throwers were up next and took five of the top place finishes. Senior Jenna Krieder (Coshocton, Ohio/Coshocton) with a launch of 12.59 meters (41-3 ¾) and sophomore Megan Watt (Wapakoneta, Ohio/Wapakoneta) with a mark of 12.42 meters (40-9) took fifth and sixth, respectively, in the weight throw. Rounding out the top of the weight throwers was junior Taylor King (Pleasantville, Ohio/Liberty Union) with a toss of 11.21 meters (36-9 ½).
Freshman Kassie Lee (Piqua, Ohio/Lehman Catholic) had a sixth-place finish with a throw of 11.21 meters (36-9 ½) in the shot put. Junior Gracie Pesicka (Parma, Ohio/Cuyahoga Heights) trailed closely behind with a toss of 11.12 meters (36-5 ¾).
Junior Hunter Mouser (London, Ohio/London) was in the top of the 400-meter dash field with a time of 1:03.61.
The 60-meter hurdles duo of freshman Olivia Quinter (Fort Loramie, Ohio/Fort Loramie) and junior Niamani Mayes (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) clocked in with times of 10.17) 10.56 seconds to finish in fourth and sixth place, respectively.
The 3,000-meter run showed key performances from sophomore Mackenzie Meyers (Ashville, Ohio/Teays Valley) junior Hannah Westhoven (Napolean, Ohio/Napolean). Meyers registered a time of 11:19.89 to finish fourth. That time smashed her previous personal record by well over one minute. Westhoven took sixth by crossing the finish line in 11:21.16, edging her previous best by eight seconds.
The host Otterbein University took first in team standings with 158 points. Cuyahoga Community College placed second (93), and University of Rio Grande (92) wrapped up the top of the team standings. Capital ended its stay with 76 points, finishing ahead of Wilmington College (42), Transylvania University (40), and Notre Dame College (29).
Capital will face off against the southern half of the Ohio Athletic Conference at Dyson Baudo Recreation Center (Marietta, Ohio) for the OAC South Split Meet on Friday, Jan. 20.