Women’s Track and Field Takes Second at OAC South Split Meet

Pictured: Ashley Freshkorn (photo Credit: Joe Maiorana)
Pictured: Ashley Freshkorn (photo Credit: Joe Maiorana)

MARIETTA, Ohio – The Capital University women's track and field team headed down to Marietta to face the southern half of the Ohio Athletic Conference at the OAC South Split Meet at Dyson Baudo Recreation Center, Friday afternoon. Capital had many top place wins earning a second-place team finish with 156 points. 

The one-mile run had plenty of purple jerseys crossing in the top of the standings, taking fourth, fifth, and sixth places. In her debut in the event, sophomore Mackenzie Meyers (Ashville, Ohio/Teays Valley) led the Capital pack with a time of 5:44.05, good for fourth place. Junior pair Hannah Westhoven (Napolean, Ohio/Napolean) and Sarah Rini (Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington North) finished fifth and sixth, respectively, with times of 5:44.10 and 5:55.18.

Gabrielle Genovesi (Swantz Creek, Mich. / Swantz Creek) edged her personal record and pulled out a top-5 time of 1:28.34 in the Otterbein-heavy field of the 500-meter dash. 

Sophomore Larkin Joseph (New Philadelphia, Ohio/New Philadelphia) and freshman Danielle Deshuk (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) captured points for Capital in the 800-meter run. Joseph narrowly set a new PR finishing third with a time of 2:24.99, and Deshuk timed out at 2:38.34, good for sixth in her debut in the event.

Junior Hunter Mouser (London, Ohio/London) raced her way to a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash field with a time of 27.94, nearly two seconds better than her previous best. Freshman Olivia Quinter (Fort Loramie, Ohio/Fort Loramie) wrapped up the top half of the field clocking in at 28.64 for sixth place.

The 55-meter hurdles pair tackled the top of their field again this week taking second and fourth. Junior Niamani Mayes (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) crossed the line in 9.46 seconds with freshman Olivia Quinter was on her heels, finishing in 9.71 seconds.

The relay teams made their mark this week with the 4x200-meter relay finishing second in 1:51.93. The team included some fresh faces like freshman pair Taylor Manivanh and Quinter, while partnering with seasoned runners Mouser and junior MacKenzie Ciganick (Bellaire, Mich./Bellaire).

The distance medley group found their groove with a second-place time of 13:30.94. The group included sophomore Larkin Joseph, juniors Caitlyn Tulloss (Utica, Ohio / Northridge) and Sarah Rini, and senior Alexandra Corrigan (Burton, Ohio/Berkshire).

Cap's most recent Crusader of the Week recipient, freshman Taylor Manivanh (Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing), posted another first-place finish this week with a first-place time of 7.47 seconds in the 55- meter dash.  Freshman Akaila Howard (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne) picked up two second-place marks of 4.67 meters (15-3) in the long jump and 9.87 meters (32-4) in the triple jump. Freshman Emily Hilt (Delaware, Ohio/Buckeye Valley) wrapped up the jumper's top performances with a first-place triple jump of 10.15 meters (33-3) in her first showing in the event.

Senior Jordan Lyle (Sunbury, Ohio/Big Walnut) pole vaulted her way to a first-place finish of 3.50 meters (11-4), just shy of her personal best mark of 3.51 meters (11-5).

Senior Amber Thomas (Cleveland, Ohio / John Hay) had a first-place toss of 13.31 meters (43-8), a new personal best. Freshman Kassie Lee (Piqua, Ohio/Lehman Catholic) had a season-best throw of 11.25 meters (36-10) which granted a fourth-place overall finish in the shot put.

The weight throwers took three of the final spots finishing third, fourth and fifth. Ashley Freshkorn (Columbus, Ohio / Hamilton Township) led the pack this week with a throw of 13.68 meters (44-10). Sophomore Megan Watt (Wapakoneta, Ohio/Wapakoneta) had a mark of 12.58 meters (41-3) and senior Jenna Krieder (Coshocton, Ohio/Coshocton) was right behind with a mark of 12.59 meters (41-3) rounding out the top of the group.

Otterbein University took first in team standings with 259 points. Capital University with 156 points came in second, finishing ahead of Muskingum University (75), Wilmington College (61), and host Marietta College (10).

Capital University is set to host the Jessica Starks Open at the Capital Center (Columbus, Ohio) on Saturday, Jan. 28.