WESTERVILLE, Ohio – The Capital University women's track and field team made major headway as they took on some of the most skilled teams in the state this weekend as they competed at the All-Ohio Championship held inside the Rike Center at Otterbein University on Saturday afternoon. Capital had a great collective effort this week taking seventh with 37 points.
Senior Jordan Lyle (Sunbury, Ohio/Big Walnut) placed fourth in pole vault with a 3.50-meter (11-05) mark. This was just shy of her school record mark of 3.51 meters (11-06) posted in 2015 at the OAC South Split Meet.
Freshman Taylor Manivanh (Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing) peaked this week with a 5.33-meter (17-06.00) personal best mark in the long jump pulling out a fourth-place finish.
Sophomore Larkin Joseph (New Philadelphia, Ohio/New Philadelphia) placed fourth in the 800-meter run clocking in at 2:22.30. Joseph's time was an improvement from her previous 2016 All- Ohio time of 2:25.42.
The 4x200-meter relay made a fourth-place finish in one of the season's fastest time of 1:47.74. This weekend's team included freshmen Akaila Howard (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne) and Manivanh, plus the junior pair of Niamani Mayes (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) and Hunter Mouser (London, Ohio/London).
Ashley Freshkorn (Columbus, Ohio/Hamilton Township) led Capital in the shot put this week with an all-time personal record toss of 12.94 meters (42-05.50). Amber Thomas (Cleveland, Ohio/ John Hay) had a mark of 12.87 meters (42-02.75) in the same event. The senior duo took two top spots moving into finals and finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Freshman Emily Hilt (Delaware, Ohio/Buckeye Valley) kicked the All-Ohio Meet off right placing second in the pentathlon that was held the previous week at Denison University. Hilt not only won a Crusader of the Week accolade but also finished with 2,557 points earning a new place on the Capital top 10 list. She earned eight points towards the team's total score with her performance.
Taking first place in team standings this year was the University of Mount Union with 105 points. Host Otterbein University pulled out a second-place finish with 97 points, and with 81.50 points Ohio Northern University rounded out the top of the competition.
The Crusaders also sent athletes to the OWU Open on Friday night, where senior Alexandra Corrigan (Burton, Ohio/Berkshire) won the one-mile run in a time of 5:38.12, and a second-place finish in the 800-meter run in 2:39.04. Senior Jenna Krieder (Coshocton, Ohio/Coshocton) also made a big mark at the meet with a second-place throw of 13.32 meters (43-08.50), an all-time personal record.
The Crusaders will compete at home next week to participate at the Rick Meindl Last Call meet at the Capital Center (Columbus, Ohio) on Saturday, Feb. 18.