By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
WESTERVILLE, Ohio – The All-Ohio Indoor Track & Field Championships concluded on Saturday afternoon with two members of Capital University Women's Track & Field bringing gold medals back to Bexley. The team placed ninth out of 18 teams.
In the triple jump on Saturday, junior Taylor Manivanh leapt further that the rest of the 17-person field and recorded a mark of 10.93 meters to claim the overall victory. Manivanh's jump beat the second-place finisher by 0.04 meters.
Manivnah also placed seventh in the long jump with a leap of 5.03 meters. She placed 12th in the 60-meter dash preliminaries with a time of 8.19 seconds.
Last Sunday in the multi-event championships, junior Emily Hilt broke her own pentathlon record with 3,191 total points and earned first place overall by winning four of the five events. In the 60-meter hurdles, Hilt broke the school record with a time of 9.31 seconds in the event win. She then cleared 1.60 meters in the high jump in another win before placing fourth in the shot put. Hilt finished her day with back-to-back wins in the long jump (4.95 meters) and 800-meter race (2:39.50). The 3,191 points bested her previous record of 2,908 points at the Polar Bear Final Qualifier last year.
On Saturday, Hilt again competed in the 60-meter hurdles and finished seventh with a time of 9.39 seconds in the finals. She tried her luck in the high jump again as well and cleared 1.57 meters, placing seventh.
On Friday at the Ohio Wesleyan University Open, Kassie Lee earned third place in the weight throw with a throw of 15.16 meters. The mark represented a personal best for Lee by more than a meter, beating her previous record of 13.88 meters. It was also the second-best throw in program history. Lee also placed sixth in the shot put with a launch of 10.89 meters. Julia Dziewisz completed the 800-meter race in 2:37.81 to take third. Larkin Joseph finished just behind Dziewisz in sixth while Olivia Maxwell came in 11th in the event. In the 60-meter hurdles, Kaylee Prall placed fourth and Meghan Leeth placed fifth with times of 10.54 seconds and 11.17 seconds, respectively.
Manivanh, Hilt and the rest of the Crusaders will be back in action next week when Capital hosts the annual Rick Meindl Last Call on Friday, Feb. 15 in The Capital Center Fieldhouse. Field events will begin at 2 p.m. and running events will begin at 4:40 p.m.