By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University women's track and field team placed first overall at the Jessica Starks Open, held at The Capital Center on Saturday, January 25. Not only did the Crusaders come away with the team victory, but many of its parts put up personal bests along the way.
- Senior Olivia Quinter took the individual win behind a top individual performance in the 500-meter dash. Quinter's PR of 1:26.52 landed her first place and 10 points for the Crusaders. Quinter bested her previous PR by nearly two seconds (1:28.80).
- Freshman distance specialist Allison Costanzo took nearly 10 seconds off her previous best time in the 1,000 meters after stopping the clock at 3:25.94, which also landed her the event win in an 18-person field.
- Emily Hilt earned first place in the 60-meter hurdles after cutting the tape in 9.66 seconds, just 0.02 off her best time.
- Capital's 4x400-meter relay team also took first place. The combination of Willow Cox, Alexa Daley, Allison Costanzo, and Alexis Galbraith won the event by three seconds after logging in a time of 4:28.11.
- Kassie Lee continues to get better and impress in the women's throw events. She set a new personal record and rose to number four on the CU all-time indoor list in the shot put after recording a best throw of 12.58 meters (41-3 1/4), bettering her previous long of 11.95 meters. That mark placed her third in the event. Earlier, she placed second overall in the weight throw (14.14m, 46-4 3/4).
- Quinter also set a PR in the 60-meter hurdles when in the prelims she clocked a 9.87-second time, which also escalates her to sixth in CU indoor history. She came back and placed third in the 60-meter hurdle finals nearly matching that time (9.88).
- Freshman Bella McCarty set a new personal best in the pole vault and is now tied for ninth in the CU indoor record books after clearing 2.60 meters, which placed her sixth overall.
- In the 1,000 meters, Alexis Galbraith and Willow Cox set PRs and finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Galbraith logged a time of 3:28.83 while Cox turned in a time of 3:29.85. Both knocked over four seconds, or more, off their previous bests.
- Freshman Lorna Bailey set personal best in the 200-meter dash behind a time of 30.39, placing her 13th in a field of 27.
- Freshman Makayla Noble PR'ed in the weight throw with a 9.23-meter (30-3 1/2) toss.
- Other performances of note include Eva Bernhardt's fourth-place finish in the 1-mile (5:56.91) and a sixth-place finish in the 1,000 meters (3:31.16).
REVIEWING THE FIELD
- Capital took first place with 95 total points, holding off Mount Vernon Nazarene University (87).
- Following MVNU was Mount St. Joseph University (60), Marietta College (57) and Ohio Dominican University (52).
Capital will compete next at the Joe Banks Invitational, hosted by Ohio Northern University, on Saturday, February 1.