Capital Women’s Track & Field Sets Sights on Conference Championships

Pictured: Hunter Mouser (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Hunter Mouser (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Women's Track & Field will make the trip to Ada along with the rest of the Ohio Athletic Conference's elite athletes for the OAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships this upcoming weekend, April 27-28, hosted by Ohio Northern University.

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The Crusaders will again be hoping to boast multiple All-OAC performers as they did at the indoor championships in the winter. Again, sophomore Taylor Manivanh (Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing) stands a good chance of earning podium finishes as she did in February. Manivanh currently has the eighth-best time in the 100-meter dash (12.59 seconds), the fourth-best performance in the triple jump (10.82 meters) and the third-best mark in the long jump (5.36 meters). Manivanh was All-OAC in three events at the indoor championships and was the triple jump champion.

Senior sprinter Hunter Mouser (London, Ohio/London) was also All-OAC in two events in the winter and she has a good chance to add to her resume this season. Mouser's time of 12.70 seconds in the 100-meter dash is ninth in the conference, her 400-meter time of 58.98 seconds is sixth and she is fifth in the conference in the 200-meter dash with a season-best time of 25.80 seconds.

Emily Hilt (Delaware, Ohio/Buckeye Valley) also owns the seventh-fastest 100-meter time in the conference with a run of 15.99 seconds.

In the 100-meter hurdles, both Niamani Mayes (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) and Olivia Quinter (Fort Loramie, Ohio/Fort Loramie) are inside the top-10 with Mayes' best time of 15.95 seconds placing sixth and Quinter's mark of 15.80 seconds slotting her in fourth. Mayes came in third in the 60-meter hurdles at the indoor championships and both Mayes and Quinter were part of the third-place 4 x 200-meter relay team. Mayes is also 10th in the conference in the 400-meter hurdles with a run of 1:07.78.

In the distance events, three Crusaders currently hold top-10 conference times. Junior Larkin Joseph's (New Philadelphia, Ohio/New Philadelphia) best time of 2:19.79 in the 800-meter run slots her in eighth in the conference. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Mackenzie Meyers (Ashville, Ohio/Teays Valley) owns the sixth-best mark of 11:53.74. Finally, senior Hannah Westhoven (Napoleon, Ohio/Napoleon) has ran the second-fastest 10,000-meter race of anyone in the conference with a mark of 39:10.16.

In the field events, Elona Greenhoff (Eastlake, Ohio/North) and Hilt rank third and sixth in the conference in the high jump with season-best leaps of 1.60 meters and 1.58 meters, respectively. Kassie Lee's (Piqua, Ohio/Lehman Catholic) top distance of 44.11 meters in the hammer throw places her sixth in the conference.

The outdoor championships will begin at noon on Friday with the field events with running events on Friday beginning at 4:10 p.m. with the women's 100-meter hurdles prelims. The event will continue through Friday evening and continue on Saturday with field events at 10 a.m. and running events at 2:35 p.m. A full schedule of events can be found here.