By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University's Women's Track & Field athletes have been working towards the Ohio Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships all season and now the opportunity to compete for All-OAC honors and conference championships is finally here.
The two-day championships will begin Friday, April 26 with the men's pole vault at noon and then conclude on Saturday with the women's 4x400-meter race at approximately 6:05 p.m. Over the course of those two days between those events though athletes from each OAC school will battle for conference supremacy and an All-OAC spot by placing in the top three of each event.
Do-it-all junior Taylor Manivanh (Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing) sits in third in the triple jump thanks to a mark of 11.09 meters (36-04 ¾) achieved at the All-Ohio Championships on April 13. She is also placed seventh in the long jump with a leap of 5.08 meters (16-08) and is 13th in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.67 seconds.
Fellow all-around athlete Emily Hilt (Delaware, Ohio/Buckeye Valley) ranks in the top six in four events, headlined by a third-place mark of 1.63 meters (5-04 ¼) in the high jump. Her program-record time of 15.12 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles puts her sixth in the conference and she occupies the same spot in the long jump with a leap of 5.10 meters. She is also 13th in the javelin throw with a distance of 27.77 meters (91-01).
In the 800-meter run, junior Larkin Joseph (New Philadelphia, Ohio/New Philadelphia) completed the race in 2:25.90 at the All-Ohio Championships, a time that ranks her 18th in the OAC. Senior distance runner Mackenzie Meyers (Ashville, Ohio/Teays Valley) will run in the 5,000-meter race with a 41st-place qualifying time of 20:15.58.
Junior thrower Kassie Lee (Piqua, Ohio/Lehman Catholic) occupies the sixth spot on the OAC leaderboard in the hammer throw with a program-record toss of 45.55 meters (149-05) at the April Fools Invite. Her throw of 11.65 meters (38-02 ¾) has her ranked 12th in the shot put. Joining her in the shot will be freshman Bailey Dixon (West Liberty, Ohio/Shenandoah). Dixon will also be competing in the discus.
In addition to Hilt, Kaylee Prall (Waverly, Ohio/Waverly), Meghan Leeth (Springfield, Ohio) and Claire Dollison (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg – Summit) will all compete at the 100-meter hurdles. The trio rank 20th, 21st and 24th, respectively, in the event.
Joining Manivanh in the triple jump field will be freshman Kayla Sahli (North Jackson, Ohio/Austintown Fitch) who qualified with the 15th-best mark in the conference, a performance of 9.24 meters at the Otterbein April Fools Invite.
Capital's 4x100-meter relay team of Prall, Manivanh, Joseph and Hilt with Sahli as the alternate will enter the championships with the sixth-best time in the conference with a mark of 51.20 seconds. The Crusaders will then field a team of Prall, Katherine Lowe (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North), Leeth and Joseph with Manivanh and Hilt as the alternates in the 4x400-meter relay, an event they rank ninth in.
Capital will also field a 4x800-meter relay team made up of Prall, Lowe, Kayleigh Noecker (Circleville, Ohio/Teays Valley) and Joseph with Heather Fryman (Wilmington, Ohio/Wilmington) serving as the alternate. Capital has not competed in the event this season.
Live results will be available throughout the championships and final results will be available after each day's events have concluded.