By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite the heat and humidity, Capital University Women's Cross Country was able to put on a show on Saturday, sweeping the top five spots at the Columbus State Cougar Classic.
Headlining the Crusader runners was junior Mackenzie Meyers (Ashville, Ohio/Teays Valley) who set a new personal record and ran the fourth-fastest 5k in school history with a time of 19:10.
Senior Hannah Westhoven (Napoleon, Ohio/Napoleon) finished 39 seconds behind Meyers in second place with a 19:49.
The next runner to cross the finish line was Rachel Rus (Highland Heights, Ohio/Mayfield) who completed the course in 21:45.
Larkin Joseph (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia) finished just behind Rus with a time of 21:49, good enough for fourth place, and Alaina Miller (Baltimore, Ohio/Liberty Union Thurston) rounded out the top-five with a time of 22:29.
Capital's Allie Rus (Highland Heights, Ohio/Mayfield) came in 12th place overall but earned nine points for the Crusaders with a time of 27:00.
Only two full teams competed, Capital and Notre Dame College. Capital finished with 15 points and Notre Dame finished with 42.
The Capital runners will hit the course again on Friday, Sept. 29 at the All-Ohio Championships.