Capital Women’s Track & Field Places Second at Jessica Starks Open

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

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Hosting its first meet of the season, Capital University Women's Track & Field received strong performances from up and down its roster, totaling 10 top-five finishes en route to a second-place team finish with 77 points.

Sophomore Taylor Manivanh (Grove City, Ohio / Central Crossing) earned 20 points by herself with first-place finishes in the 60-meter dash and triple jump. In the 60, Manivanh blew past the competition with s sprint of 8.06 seconds. Her jump of 10.64 meters in the triple jump beat the second-place finisher by 0.9 meters.

Hunter Mouser (London, Ohio / London) also greatly contributed to the team score with two second-place finishes. In the 400-meter dash, Mouser narrowly missed first but turned in a run of 1:02.05, 0.06 seconds behind the first-place finisher. In the 200-meter dash, Mouser completed the distance in 27.35 seconds.

Niamani Mayes (Cincinnati, Ohio / Walnut Hills) finished fourth in the 200-meter dash with a run of 27.57 seconds and in the 60-meter hurdles, Mayes ran a 9.59, a personal record. Olivia Quinter (Fort Loramie, Ohio / Fort Loramie) finished behind Mayes in third with a run of 9.71 seconds. Quinter also placed ninth in the 200-meter.

In the 3000-meter race, Capital occupied the third, fifth and eighth-place spots, led by Hannah Westhoven (Napoleon, Ohio / Napoleon) with a run of 10:53.82. Mackenzie Meyers (Ashville, Ohio / Teays Valley) placed fifth with a performance of 11:20.78 and Alaina Miller's (Baltimore, Ohio / Liberty Union Thurston) time of 11:26.85 earned her eighth.

In the throws, Gracie Pesicka (Parma, Ohio / Cuyahoga Heights) placed seventh in the weight throw and eighth in the shot put with tosses of 12.47 meters and 10.87 meters, respectively. Kassie Lee (Piqua, Ohio / Lehman Catholic) placed seventh in the shot put with a throw of 10.90 meters.

Cedarville University finished first in the team competition with 173 points.

The Crusaders will hit the track again next week when they head to Ohio Northern University on Saturday, Feb. 3 to compete in the Joe Banks Invitational.