By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
MARIETTA, Ohio – To highlight the first full-squad outing for Capital University Men's Track and Field, junior Josh Miller broke two school records to pace the Crusaders' seventh-place team finish at the Pioneer Open held Saturday, January 18, at Marietta College.
REWRITING RECORD BOOKS
- One week after making a splash in his indoor season debut, junior Josh Miller (Botkins, Ohio / Botkins) broke two Capital University records. Not only did he take down two records, one long-standing, he also collected victories in both events.
- Miller first took to the ring in the shot put. The recorded distance on his four throws steadily decreased but then the junior lofted not just his lifetime personal best but the longest throw in recorded Capital history. Throw number five was measured at 17.04 meters (55-11), smashing a record that stood since 1978.
- The record was previously held by Capital hall of famer Rick Meindl which measured in at 16.85 meters (55-3.5) at the 1978 OAC Championships.
- Miller won the event by a wide margin. The second-place finisher, Dom Hudson (unattached) registered a best throw of 15.82 meters (51-11).
- Miller came back later in the meet to compete in the weight throw and also won that event with a record-setting throw. He won the event by nearly a full meter.
- His fourth throw turned out to be his best after progressing in rounds two and three. Round four featured a throw of 16.62 meters (54-6.5) that served as his best.
- Miller surpasses Colby Owen, who set the weight throw record in 2017 behind a throw of 16.32 meters (56-6).
- Freshman Alex Hansel (Willoughby Hills, Ohio / Lake Catholic) scored three points toward the team score with a sixth-place finish in the men's 3,000-meters. He finished the race in 9:31.81 in his indoor track season debut.
- In his first career outing, freshman Andy Fullmer (London, Ohio / London) finished fifth in the high jump after clearing 1.80 meters (5-10.75) on the first attempt. His performance claimed 3.5 points towards Cap's team score.
- Sophomore Joseph Eskra (Huron, Ohio / Edison) claimed third place in the men's pole vault and six points. He cleared 3.65 meters (11-11.75) on his second pass.
- Junior Nate Hayes saved his best for last in the men's triple jump by leaping to a sixth-place finish behind a distance of 12.84 meters (42-1.5).
THE REST OF THE FIELD
- Capital placed seventh out of 16 teams with 40.5 points. Cap finished ahead of Allegheny College (35) and multiple NCAA Division II institutions.
- The University of Charleston (Division II) earned the team victory behind 149 points.
- Wilmington College finished second overall and was the top Division III team in the field after scoring 105.33 points.
Capital will now prepare for the first of its two home meets this season. Next Saturday, January 25, the Crusaders will host the Jessica Starks Open. Field events are tentatively scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Check the athletics website – athletics.capital.edu – for updates as the meet approaches.