NEW CONCORD, Ohio – The Capital University women's track and field team opened up the 2017 Ohio Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships at the Johnson Family Track to compete at the stiff two-day competition. Capital is currently in eighth place with 12 points after day one edging toward their sixth-place prediction from the preseason coaches' poll.
Day one results (coming soon) | OAC Championship homepage
Freshman Taylor Manivanh (Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing) marked her first OAC outdoor championship debut with a fourth-place prelim time in the 100-meter dash clocking in at 12.51. Manivanh also placed sixth in the long jump with a mark of 5.23 meters (17-01.75).
Sophomore Mackenzie Meyers (Ashville, Ohio/Teays Valley) tackled the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 12:02.40, coming in seventh place.
Capital had some impressive showings on the first day of the 100-meter hurdle prelims taking three of the top 10 spots. Sophomore Niamani Mayes (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) ran a sixth-place time in the 100-meter hurdle prelims, clocking in at 15.93. Freshman pair Emily Hilt (Delaware, Ohio/Buckeye Valley) and Olivia Quinter (Fort Loramie, Ohio/Fort Loramie) took the eighth and 10th spots moving into finals coming in at 16.18 and 16.29 seconds, respectively.
NCAA indoor qualifier Hunter Mouser (London, Ohio/London) ran a fourth-place time of 58.88 in the 400-meter prelims, just shy of her personal best of 58.35. Mouser didn't stop there and set up another top prelim position with a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter dash in a personal-record time of 25.78.
The long distance group made some headway in the first day capturing a fifth-place finish in the 4x800-meter (3,200m) relay. The relay team included senior Caitlyn Tulloss (Utica, Ohio/Northridge), senior Sarah Rini (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North), freshman Danielle Deshuk (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby), and sophomore Larkin Joseph (New Philadelphia, Ohio/New Philadelphia).
Junior Hannah Westhoven (Napolean, Ohio/Napolean) nabbed the last point in the 10,000-meter run crossing the line in 40:45.31, good for eighth.
Senior Jordan Lyle (Sunbury, Ohio/Big Walnut) closed out her last OAC Championship with a seventh-place mark in the pole vault clearing the 3.44 meter (11-03.25) bar.
Ohio Northern University will enter day two with the team lead, claiming 63 points. Otterbein University is in second with 56 points and rounding out the top is third-place John Carroll University with 40 points. Capital currently has 12 points, placing them eighth out of 10 teams.
The second half of the Ohio Athletic Conference Outdoor Championship action will kick off Saturday, April 28 at the Johnson Family Track (New Concord, Ohio). Field events start at 10 a.m. and track events will follow at 2 p.m.