ATLANTA, Ga. – The Capital University women's track and field team wrapped up its second day at the Emory Invitational, Saturday afternoon. Capital had many great showings and the collective effort earned them an eighth-place standing in a field of 35 teams.
Action kicked off on Friday evening, when the Crusaders began its stay in Atlanta. Sophomore Megan Watt (Wapakoneta, Ohio/Wapakoneta) led the women's team in points for the first day with a fifth-place toss of 39.27 meters (128-10) just shy of her season-best throw of 39.65 meters (130-01) from last year.
Freshman Taylor Manivanh (Grove City, Ohio /Central Crossing) left her mark in the long jump with a 10th-place mark of 5.14 meters (16-10) out of a tough field of 67 jumpers.
Sophomore Mackenzie Meyers (Ashville, Ohio/Teays Valley) a consistent long distance runner took on the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11:59.75 a qualifying OAC Championship time. Meyers did not let the barriers and water pit hold her back after placing ninth and adding a new placement on Capital's top 10 list.
Capital picked up the action on Saturday, when senior Jordan Lyle (Sunbury, Ohio/Big Walnut) took first in the pole vault with a new personal record mark of 3.37 meters (11-05).
Fresh off an OAC Indoor Championship win in the shot put, senior Ashley Freshkorn (Columbus, Ohio/Hamilton Township) had an impressive second-place mark in her first outdoor meet of the season. She threw a college career best of 12.57 meters (41-02).
Junior Chelsea Carpenter (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) also picked up some points with an eighth-place toss in the weight throw of 34.80 meters (114-02).
Indoor NCAA Qualifier Hunter Mouser (London, Ohio/London (Heidelberg) ran down her previous personal record time in the 400-meter clocking in at 1:00.18.
Freshman Akaila Howard (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne) ran a 26.92-second time in the 200-meter run in her first collegiate outdoor meet a 20th- place time in a field of over 90 competitors.
Sophomore Larkin Joseph (New Philadelphia, Ohio/New Philadelphia) cut down her previous 800-meter personal record by two seconds. Joseph placed fifth out of 76 runners in a time of 2:19.58.
Junior Hannah Westhoven (Napolean, Ohio/Napolean), one of the team's most consistent distance runners, ran a ninth-place time of 19:01.02 in the 5,000-meter run.
The 4x400-relay team put up notable finish of 4:06.89. The relay group was a mixture of seasoned runners and fresh faces that included junior Hunter Mouser, sophomore Larkin Joseph, senior Caitlyn Tulloss (Utica, Ohio/Northridge), and freshman Olivia Quinter (Fort Loramie, Ohio/Fort Loramie).
After the two-day competition, Jacksonville State University earned first-place in team standings with 111.50 points. Lee University pulled out a second-place finish with 69.50 points, and University of Montevallo rounded out the top of the competition with 65 points.
You can catch more of Capital's outdoor action at the Cedarville Collegiate Track & Field Open Saturday, Mar.25 at the Yellow Jacket Track & Field Complex (Cedarville, Ohio).