By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
ADA, Ohio – Several members of Capital University Track & Field competed at Ohio Northern University's Polar Bear Final Qualifier on Saturday, the final meet for the Crusaders before nationals, with the hopes of improving their marks and ending their indoor seasons on positive notes.
On the men's side, sophomore Josh Miller entered the day 18th in the country in the shot put with a season-best mark of 16.09 meters recorded at the Joe Banks Invitational on Feb. 2. Now competing in the same venue, Miller's best throw of the day traveled 15.98 meters, good enough for second place but even more importantly he likely cemented his spot in nationals next week. The top 20 marks in the country declare for the national meet. National qualifiers will be finalized and released after all regular season meets conclude on Sunday.
In the women's pentathlon, junior Emily Hilt placed second overall with 3,211 points despite finishing first in three of the five events but still broke her own school record in the event. . Hilt won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.38 seconds, the high jump with a mark of 1.65 meters and the long jump with a leap of 5.24 meters. Her performance in the high jump tied her personal record and program record. She finished second in the shot put with a heave of 8.33 meters and third in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:43.14. She finished just 29 points behind the overall winner.
Junior Taylor Manivanh also picked up a second-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 10.99 meters.
Freshman Grant Ward placed third in the men's 800-meter race with a personal-best time of 2:00.05, the sixth-fasted 800-meter time in program history.
In the women's weight throw, senior Kassie Lee achieved a mark of 14.44 meters that earned her fourth. Larkin Joseph ran a 2:30.63 in the women's 800-meter race to place seventh and Jonas Pyle finished 12th in the men's one mile race with a time of 4:47.21.