Manivanh Pulls Out Victory at Otterbein Invitational

Pictured: Taylor Manivanh (credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Taylor Manivanh (credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – The Capital University women's track and field team headed north this week to participate in the Otterbein April Fools Invite at the Memorial Stadium (Westerville, Ohio), Saturday afternoon. Capital (124) wrapped up the meet with a third-place finish out of nine teams.

Freshman Taylor Manivanh (Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing) led the 200-meter dash pack this week finishing with a first-place time of 26.24. She also earned a spot on Capital's top 10 list, topping Erica Basinger who set the seventh-best time in 2006. Manivanh also made some noise in the long jump with a mark of 5.08 meters (16-06). Her longest leap placed her second overall.

Junior Hunter Mouser (London, Ohio/London) clocked in at 26.69 not too far behind Manivanh for a fifth-place time in the 200-meter run.

Sophomore Larkin Joseph (New Philadelphia, Ohio/New Philadelphia) pulled out a second-place finish in the 800-meter run in 2:23.59. Freshman Danielle Deshuk (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) trailed behind with a fifth-place time of 2:28.01 shredding her previous personal best time by over 7 minutes.

Junior Sami Koester (Grandview Heights, Ohio/Jonathan Alder) ran her way to a fifth-place time in the 1,500-meter run, crossing the line at 5:18.71.

The distance group shined this week, dominating the top half of the 5,000-meter run with a trio of purple grabbing points. Sophomore Mackenzie Meyers (Ashville, Ohio/Teays Valley) led Capital with a third-place finish in 18:55.03. Junior Hannah Westhoven (Napolean, Ohio/Napolean) followed behind with a time of 19:07.23. Senior Alexandra Corrigan (Burton, Ohio/Berkshire) wrapped up the pack crossing the line in 19:11.20.

Junior Niamani Mayes (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) ran the 400-meter hurdles in 1:09.27 less than one second shy of her personal best time.

Senior Ashley Freshkorn (Columbus, Ohio/Hamilton Township) picked up some points on the throwing side with a third place toss of 11.96 meters (39-02). Freshman Ally Cummings has stepped to the forefront this week with a fifth-place finish in the shot put with a mark of 11.57 meters (37-09).

Javelin specialist Taylor Johnston (Corpus Christi, Texas/Carroll) walked away with a fourth-place launch of 26.19 meters (85-09).

Senior Jordan Lyle (Sunbury, Ohio/Big Walnut) pulled out a third-place leap on a windy day with a mark of 3.20 meters (10-04). 

A pair of Crusaders scored points in the discus throw when Jenna Kreider (Coshocton, Ohio/Coshocton) and Freshkorn placed sixth and seventh, respectively. Kreider tossed 31.97 meters (130-1) while Freshkorn topped out at 31.92 meters (104-8).

The host Otterbein University walked away with first in the team standings this week with 158 points. Cuyahoga Community College came in second place with 93 points. Rounding out the top three teams was Rio Grande University with 92 points.

You can catch Capital at the Muskie Invitational and kick off the All-Ohio Championships with the multi events on Saturday, April 8 at Johnson Family Track (New Concord, Ohio).