Women’s Track and Field Take First at Jessica Starks Open

Pictured: Hunter Mouser (credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Hunter Mouser (credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University women's track and field team took center stage Saturday afternoon at the Jessica Starks Open at the Capital Center. Capital nabbed many first place finishes, contributing to their team victory with 135 points. 

The one-mile run was dominated by senior Alexandra Corrigan (Burton, Ohio/Berkshire), a consistent long-distance specialist who won the race in a time of 5:42.01.

Junior Hunter Mouser (London, Ohio/London) was the next win of the night in the 400-meter dash, coming in at 1:03.63 in a competitive 16-person field. Gabrielle Genovesi (Swantz Creek, Mich./Swantz Creek) joined Mouser in the finals pulling out a fourth-place time of 1:06.71.

Freshman Emily Hilt (Delaware, Ohio/Buckeye Valley) made her mark in the high jump with a 1.53-meter (5-00) victory, which serves as a new personal record and a mark inside the Capital top-10 list.

Senior Jordan Lyle (Sunbury, Ohio/Big Walnut) kept her reign this week posting another first-place finish in the pole vault of 3.35 meters (10-11).

Freshman Taylor Manivanh (Grove City, Ohio /Central Crossing) held her own in the jump events with a second-place finish in the long jump (5.22m, 17-01) and a third-place leap of 10.17 meters (33-04) in the triple jump.

The 800-meter run pair of junior Caitlyn Tulloss (Utica, Ohio/Northridge) and sophomore Larkin Joseph (New Philadelphia, Ohio/New Philadelphia) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Tulloss crossed the finish line in 2:28.17, while Joseph clocked in at 2:31.51.

Junior Hannah Westhoven (Napolean, Ohio/Napolean) ran a personal record time in the 3,000-meter run of 11:17.52, placing second in the event.

The 4x400-meter relay finished first in a competitive field, pulling out a collective time of 4:21.81. The team included freshman Olivia Quinter (Fort Loramie, Ohio/Fort Loramie), Mouser, Tulloss, and Joseph. 

Freshman Akaila Howard (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne) in her first collegiate 60-meter dash race ran her way to a fifth-place finish of 8.34 seconds and a new spot of number six on the Capital top-10 List. Howard also earned a second-place mark of 10.34 meters (33-09) in the triple jump.

The throwing group made their presence knowing snagging five of the eight finals spots in the shot put and weight throw. Ashley Freshkorn (Columbus, Ohio/Hamilton Township) led the purple pack this week with two major marks, starting with a second-place toss in the shot put (12.25m, 40-02) and a win in the weight throw (14.42m, 47-3) to finish the night's action.

Senior Amber Thomas (Cleveland, Ohio/John Hay) had a third-place toss of 11.85 meters (38-09). Freshman Kassie Lee (Piqua, Ohio/Lehman Catholic) was next with a throw of 10.89 meters (35-08) in the shot put and a sixth-place throw of 11.78 meters (38-07) in the weight throw. Junior Chelsea Carpenter (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) was not far behind with a mark of 10.54 meters (34-06) in her first career appearance in the event. Freshman Ally Cummings (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) wrapped up the group with 10.47 meters (34-04), surpassing her previous best by nearly two meters.

Weight throw specialist sophomore Megan Watt (Wapakoneta, Ohio/Wapakoneta) had a third-place mark of 12.68 meters (41-7), which was also a new personal record. Senior Jenna Krieder (Coshocton, Ohio/Coshocton) had a fifth-place toss of 11.91 meters (39-00). Junior Taylor King (Pleasantville, Ohio/Liberty Union) finalized the top of the group with an 11.28-meter (37-00) throw.

Host Capital University (160) ran away with the team victory this week with over a 70-point difference from the next team in the standings. Cumberland University (81) took second place and the Ohio State Running Club (59) rounded out the top three teams.

The Crusaders are on the road next week as they will compete at the Joe Banks Invitational, hosted at the ONU Sports Center (Ada, Ohio) on Saturday, Feb. 4.