BEREA, Ohio– The Capital University women's track and field team closed out their indoor season at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship, held at Lou Higgins Center on Saturday afternoon. Capital had a great showing from their young talent and some consistent efforts from their seasoned athletes helping them place sixth in a field of 10 teams.
The freshman jumps group made their mark at this year's championship bringing in three top marks in the triple jump and one in the high jump. Freshman Taylor Manivanh (Grove City, Ohio /Central Crossing) added an All-OAC accolade to her list of accomplishments, coming in third with a jump of 10.55 meters (34-07.50) in the triple jump.
Not far behind was freshman teammate Akaila Howard (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne) coming in fourth at 10.43 meters (34-02.75). Emily Hilt (Delaware, Ohio/Buckeye Valley) made an eighth-place showing in the triple jump with a mark of 10.07 meters (33-00.50) and collected another two points in the high jump coming in seventh (1.55m, 5-01.00).
Manivanh did not stop at jumps but also made an impressive display in the 55-meter run coming in fifth in a time of 7.40 seconds. This was all part of a 26-point point day that the freshman contributed toward between her individual and relay team performances.
Sophomore Larkin Joseph (New Philadelphia, Ohio/New Philadelphia) placed fourth in the 800-meter run, clocking in at 2:22.15, which beat her previous personal record time set in preliminaries. Junior Caitlyn Tulloss (Utica, Ohio/Northridge) finished in seventh place also clocking in at a personal best time of 2:24.88.
The 4x200-meter relay team made a third-place finish in its fastest time of the season (1:46.13). The team included freshman Akaila Howard (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne), Manivanh, and juniors Niamani Mayes (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) and Hunter Mouser (London, Ohio/London).
The 4x400-meter relay blew their seeded time of 4:18.43 out the water, clocking in at 4:07.93 a fourth-place time. The team included Manivanh, Mouser, Tulloss, and Joseph. The two relay teams combined for a total of 11 points.
Senior Ashley Freshkorn (Columbus, Ohio/Hamilton Township) wrapped up her last OAC Indoor Championship meet with a point-scoring finish in the weight throw coming in sixth among a competitive field of 26 competitors with a toss of 15.14 meters (49-08.25).
Taking first place in the team standings this year was the University of Mount Union with 161 points. Ohio Northern University pulled out a second-place finish with 152 points, and Otterbein University (112) rounded out the top of the championship competition.