Women’s Track and Field Take Seventh at Joe Banks Invitational

Pictured: Jordan Lyle (credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Jordan Lyle (credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

ADA, Ohio – The Capital University women's track and field team was on the road again this week as they competed at the Joe Banks Invitational in the ONU Sports Center (Ada, Ohio), Saturday afternoon. Capital faced some tough competition this week, finishing seventh in the team standings with 57.50 points.

Senior Jordan Lyle (Sunbury, Ohio/Big Walnut) placed fifth in pole vault, showing progression in her season by beating out her record from last week with a 3.37-meter (11-00.75) mark. 

Freshman Taylor Manivanh (Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing) monopolized the jumps last week and reared her head again this week by taking third in the long jump with an impressive jump of 5.11 meters (16-09.25). Manivanh also took on the 60-runner deep 200-meter run, placing fifth in 26.86 seconds.

Fellow freshman Akaila Howard (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne) pulled out a third-place finish in the triple jump with 10.19 meters (33-05.25). Howard now will have her name added to Capital`s top-10 list for her triple jump mark.

Junior Hannah Westhoven (Napolean, Ohio/Napolean) in the 5,000-meter run clocked in at a personal record time of 19:04.13, good for a third-place finish.

Sophomore Larkin Joseph (New Philadelphia, Ohio/New Philadelphia) left her mark on the 500-meter run placing third with a time of 1:21.89. Joseph's time beat out her previous record of 1:22.83 from Jan. 23, 2016, at the OAC South Split Meet resetting her third place standing on the Capital top-10 list. 

The 4x200-meter relay made an appearance with a new combination and earned a fourth-place finish in a time of 1:49.59. The team included freshman Olivia Quinter (Fort Loramie, Ohio/Fort Loramie), Howard, Manivanh, Joseph, and junior Hunter Mouser (London, Ohio/London). 

Mouser also picked up some points for Capital in the 400-meter dash with a seventh-place finish in 1:03.25.

Ashley Freshkorn (Columbus, Ohio/Hamilton Township) had two notable finishes in her field events., In the weight throw she placed seventh with a toss of 14.71 meters (48-03.25) among a field of 49 tough competitors. She came back with a third-place throw in the shot put at 12.78 meters (41-11.25).

Host Ohio Northern University led the team standings this week with 121.50 points. Cedarville University (107) took second place and Otterbein University (68) rounded out the top three teams.

The Crusaders will compete at the All-Ohio Indoor Championships next week held at the Rike Center at Otterbein (Westerville, Ohio) on Saturday, Feb. 11.