Cap Begins Outdoor Season, Miller Picks Up Win at Pioneer Invitational

Pictured: Josh Miller (photo credit: Jon Endow,
Pictured: Josh Miller (photo credit: Jon Endow,

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Capital University Men's Track & Field began its outdoor season at the Pioneer Invitational hosted by Transylvania University (Ky.) on Friday and Saturday and placed 10th out of 18 teams with 30 points.

Capital's top finisher at the two-day meet was sophomore thrower Josh Miller. Fresh off of an appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships, Miller competed in the shot put on Saturday and won the event with a throw of 15.35 meters. Miller's first throw of the day traveled 15.13 meters and then after two fouls he achieved a toss of 15.10 meters. His next throw was his event-winning attempt.

Miller also placed fourth in the discus throw with a mark of 43.18 meters and 11th in the hammer throw with a heave of 40.40 meters. Miller was just 0.82 meters behind the event winner in the discus.

The Crusaders also got valuable points from freshman Joseph Eskra who placed second in the pole vault. The first-year jumper cleared 4.10 meters on his first attempt.

In the 10,000-meter run on Friday, senior Nathan Hutchins placed seventh with a time of 36:47.24.

Capital's 4 x 100-meter team of Noah Meeker, Eskra, Cole Williams and Carter Moore turned in a performance of 44.67 seconds, good enough for seventh. The 4 x 400-meter team of Corbin Brown, Meeker, Grant Ward and Noah Davis placed ninth, stopping the clock at 3:33.48.

The Crusaders will be back in action a little closer to home next Saturday, March 30 when the team heads to Otterbein University to compete in the Otterbein April Fools Invitational.