BEREA, Ohio – The Capital University women's track and field team headed to Baldwin Wallace University for the 2017 Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Championships at the Lou Higgins Center (Berea, Ohio) to compete at the tough two-day championship, Friday afternoon. With the help of some season-best times and a title winner, Capital edged towards the front of the OAC pack in fourth place with 27 points after the first day.
|Ashley Freshkorn | Sr.|
The senior duo Ashley Freshkorn (Columbus, Ohio/Hamilton Township) and Amber Thomas (Cleveland, Ohio/ John Hay) made a show-stopping appearance taking two of the top three places in the shot put. Freshkorn led the competition taking first with a career personal best toss of 13.53 meters (44-04.75). This marked the senior's first All-OAC performance while earning the right to be called an OAC champion in the shotput.
Not to be outdone, Thomas rifled a third-place toss with a mark of 12.92 meters (42-04.75). She is now a two-time All-OAC performer after a third-place finish in the same event in last year's indoor season. Together, Thomas and Freshkorn reeled in 16 points to apply to the team score.
Freshman pair Taylor Manivanh (Grove City, Ohio /Central Crossing) and Emily Hilt (Delaware, Ohio/Buckeye Valley) took two of the finals spot in the long jump. Manivanh grabbed a fourth-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 5.26 meters (17-03.25), and later ran a season personal best in the 55-meter dash qualifying in a time of 7.36 seconds. Hilt had an eighth-place jump of 4.85 meters (15-11.00) a new personal record. Combined, the duo grabbed six points toward the team total.
Nationally-ranked Hunter Mouser (London, Ohio/London) ran a qualifying time in the 400-meter run of 1:01.98.
Freshman Olivia Quinter (Fort Loramie, Ohio/Fort Loramie) ran a season-best time of 9.18 seconds in the 55-meter hurdles grabbing one of the last spots into finals.
The distance side picked up some point for Capital towards the end of the meet coming in fourth in the distance medley relay in 12:54.19. Kicking off the pack was freshman Mackenzie Meyers (Ashville, Ohio/Teays Valley), junior Caitlyn Tulloss (Utica, Ohio/Northridge), sophomore Larkin Joseph (New Philadelphia, Ohio/New Philadelphia), and to wrap up the relay was seasoned runner Sarah Rini (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North).
Otterbein University will enter day two with the team lead, claiming 44 points. Ohio Northern University is in second with 37 points and rounding out the top is third-place Mount Union University with 34 points.
The second half of the Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Championship action will kick off Saturday, Feb.25 at the Lou Higgins Center (Berea, Ohio), field events starts at 10:00 a.m. and track events will follow at 2:00 p.m. Full coverage of the championship can be found here.