By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Women's Cross Country hit the ground running on Friday at the season-opening Battle of Columbus hosted by Otterbein University and senior Mackenzie Meyers claimed her first top-10 finish of the season.
The veteran runner paced the Capital runners with a time of 20:47.4, good enough for an eighth-place finish.
Sophomore Alaina Miller was the second Crusader to cross the finish line with a result of 23:44.2. Freshman Kayleigh Noecker came in just two spots behind Miller, stopping the clock at 24:11.1 in her collegiate debut.
A pair of veterans finished right next to each other for fourth and fifth on the team with Emily Hilt and Larkin Joseph turning in performances of 24:54.4 and 24:54.7, respectively. The time represented a personal best for Hilt by almost 30 seconds. Finishing just behind that pair were Heather Fryman and Lynna Freeman, two freshmen Crusaders. Fryman crossed the line with a time of 25:51.1 and Freeman clocked in at 26:55.3.
Rounding out the Capital pack were Maddie Rollins with a time of 28:07.6 and Sarah Tilton with a performance of 29:33.3.
Capital will now have a week off before racing in the Bethany Invitational hosted by Bethany College on Saturday, Sept. 8.