Kaila Westbrook joins the Crusaders cross country and track & field staff for her fourth season with Capital.
Over the course of the 2017 cross country season, Westbrook helped guide both the men’s and women’s teams to success in multiple areas. Westbrook coached Mackenzie Meyers to a personal-best 24:02.00, and a first-place finish at the Columbus State / Capital Invitational.
Multiple Capital top-10 spots were rearranged last year when Hannah Westhoven elevated to No. 3 in the 5,000-meter run (18:46.69) and Derek Knabe rose to No. 2 in the men’s one mile (4:46.40). In 2015-16, Westbrook assisted in Knabe’s school record 2:26.45 in the 1,000-meter run.
Westbrook, a former cross country and track & field standout at Otterbein, compiled a stellar career in her time as a Cardinal. In cross country, she earned first and second team All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors, while also being named All-Region and an Academic All-American.
In addition, Westbrook also received All-OAC accolades for indoor and outdoor track & field, while also being named All-Ohio during the indoor season and qualifying for the NCAA Nationals in the 1500-meter dash. She is also currently a three-time record holder at Otterbein (600-meter dash, 1500-meter dash, and one mile run).
Prior to arriving at Capital, Westbrook graduated with a degree in Sport Management from Otterbein, having worked as an Athletic Administration intern at Denison University.
She currently works as a fit specialist at Fleet Foot running store and is a VIP Coordinator and Registration Assistant with Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon/Half-Marathon.