NEW CONCORD, Ohio – The Capital University women's track and field team placed first for the second year in a row at the Muskie Invitational and began the All-Ohio Outdoor Championships with a statement in the multi events on Saturday afternoon. Capital had a strong collective effort of top-place finishes and personal bests, adding to a first-place team standing out of nine teams.
Capital dominated the 1,500-meter run this week, grabbing the top three places. Junior Hannah Westhoven (Napolean, Ohio/Napolean) led the pack with a time of 4:59.89. Sophomore pair Larkin Joseph (New Philadelphia, Ohio/New Philadelphia) and Mackenzie Meyers (Ashville, Ohio/Teays Valley) were on her heels, crossing the line at 5:03.62 and 5:08.12, respectively.
Freshman Taylor Manivanh (Grove City, Ohio /Central Crossing) swept long (5.03m, 16-06) and triple jump (10.64m, 34-11) with a pair of first-place finishes. She then came back out onto the track and took second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.83 seconds.
Junior Hunter Mouser (London, Ohio/London) led the 400-meter dash and smashed her personal record, breaking the one-minute barrier and clocking in at 59.34 seconds.
Freshman Olivia Quinter (Fort Loramie, Ohio/Fort Loramie) earned her first win of the season clocking in at 16.24 in the 100-meter hurdles. Junior Niamani Mayes (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) joined her in the finals, finishing third in the 100-meter hurdles in 16.39 seconds. She later added to her list of accomplishments with a win in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal best of 1:07.50.
Donna Mayhew (Galloway, Ohio/Westland) took on the 3,000-meter steeplechase again this week and improved her previous time, finishing in 12:53.31.
Field events had an impressive showing this week with several top finishes. Senior Ashley Freshkorn (Columbus, Ohio/Hamilton Township) led the Capital throws by picking up second-place marks in the shot put (12.85m, 42-02) and hammer throw (41.13m, 134-11). Freshkorn also threw a career best in the discus with a throw measured at 33.88 meters (111-02). Freshman duo Ally Cummings (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) and Kassie Lee (Piqua, Ohio/Lehman Catholic) went fourth and fifth, respectively, in the shot put with tosses of 11.40 meters (37-05) and 11.28 meters (37-00).
Senior Jordan Lyle pulled out a second-place height in the pole vault as one of two athletes with a mark of 3.20 meters (10-04).
Freshman Emily Hilt (Delaware, Ohio/Buckeye Valley) represented Capital in the heptathlon with a win in the high jump 1.58 meters (5-02.25) and an overall third-place standing behind 2,182 points. She finished less than 100 points out of first behind Ohio Wesleyan's Emily Brown (2,265).
Capital University walked away with the win again this year with 193 points. Cedarville University came in second place with 109.5 points. Rounding out the top three teams was Wittenberg University with 105 points.
Capital will compete at the All-Ohio Outdoor Championships on Saturday, Apr. 15 at the George Gauthier Track (Delaware, Ohio).