By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Saturday may have marked the final day of the 2018 Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships, but it also brought on a first for jump and sprint specialist Taylor Manivanh. The sophomore earned her first conference title while Capital placed seventh at this weekend's championship.
Taylor Manivanh (Grove City, Central Crossing) put forth a strong performance on a busy day two of the OAC Championships logging first, third and sixth-place finishes. In the morning, Manivanh served as part of the Capital 4x200-meter relay team that placed third overall and then returned to the jump pit where the triple jump awaited.
In the triple, Manivanh lined up and by far surpassed her seed time and the Capital record. She logged her personal best leap of 11.75 meters (38-6 ¾), which was more than one meter from her seed placement and eclipsed the school record that stood for nine years held by Lizzy Stanton '09 (11.30m). That mark held the test of time and beat out the rest of the field by nearly one foot, granting the sophomore the first OAC title of her career.
That afternoon, Manivanh lined up for the 60-meter dash and looked to improve upon Friday's preliminary time of eight seconds, flat. She burst out of the blocks and stopped the clock at 7.89 seconds. Both of those times were personal bests and her sub-8.00 time placed her second in the competition by just 0.02 seconds. Her new PR also elevates her to number two on the Capital top-10 list.
Manivanh was also a part of a second point-scoring relay team joining Larkin Joseph (New Philadelphia, Ohio/New Philadelphia), Olivia Quinter (Fort Loramie, Ohio/Fort Loramie) and Hunter Mouser (London, Ohio/London) on the 4x400-meter relay team. Together, they logged a time of 4:10.28 to place sixth and gain three more points.
Mouser also grabbed six points with her performance in the 400-meter run. The senior notched a time of 59.59 seconds, good for third place and a podium placement. This marked her first podium in the 400 meters in her career.
Junior Niamani Mayes (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) earned her first podium placement in the 60-meter hurdles, taking bronze in the event. She stopped the clock at 9.54 and captured six points for her team and improved her personal best time by 0.05 seconds.
That was not her only third-place finish. Mayes also ran the anchor leg of the CU 4x200-meter relay team the kick off the day. Mayes finished up the race after Manivanh, Quinter and Mouser ran ahead of her. Together, they finished third behind a time of 1:46.35.
Additional point getters include Larkin Joseph's seventh-place finish in the 1,000-meter run (3:06.37). She was also a member of the women's distance medley relay team, which placed sixth overall (13:15.12). Quinter, Alaina Miller (Baltimore, Ohio/Liberty Union Thurston) and Mackenzie Meyers (Ashville, Ohio/Teays Valley) on the point-scoring squad.
Sophomore Elona Greenhoff (Eastlake, Ohio/North) debuted in her first OAC Championship and pulled down 3.50 points after tying for fifth place in the women's high jump behind a best leap of 1.54 meters (5-0 ½).
Collectively, Capital pulled in 52.50 points to place seventh out of nine competing teams in this year's OAC Championship.
Otterbein University won the team championship with 144 points, marking their first title since 2007. Ohio Northern University was this year's runner-up with 128 points, followed by John Carroll University (121).