By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
WESTERVILLE, Ohio – Although no members of Capital University Women's Track & Field won their respective events, three Crusaders came in second and seven more finished inside the top-five finishers in their competitions at the Otterbein Invitational hosted by Otterbein University, Capital's first meet of the season.
In the 60-meter dash, junior Niamani Mayes (Cincinnati, Ohio / Walnut Hills) and sophomore Olivia Quinter (Fort Loramie, Ohio / Fort Loramie) finished second and third with runs of 9.92 seconds and 10.00 seconds, respectively.
The Crusaders took second and third in the 3000-meter run as well with junior Mackenzie Meyers (Ashville, Ohio / Teays Valley) getting silver and senior Hannah Westhoven (Napoleon, Ohio / Napoleon) coming in third. Meyers finished the 3000 meters in 10:56.60 and Westhoven finished just behind her in 10:57.13. Freshman Alaina Miller (Baltimore, Ohio / Liberty Union Thurston) also competed and ran a 12:20.81, good enough for 11th place.
Rounding out the second-place finishers was sophomore Elona Greenhoff (Eastlake, Ohio / North) in the high jump with a jump of 1.58 meters. Freshman Blair Bryant (London, Ohio / Madison Plains) finished fifth in the event with an effort of 1.43 meters.
Finishing third in the 500-meter dash was senior Hunter Mouser (London, Ohio / London) with a time of 1:24.61 and junior Larkin Joseph (New Philadelphia, Ohio / New Philadelphia) finished third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:28.31.
Three Crusaders competed in the shot put with sophomore Kassie Lee (Piqua, Ohio / Lehman Catholic) taking third and senior Gracie Pesicka (Parma, Ohio / Cuyahoga Heights) finishing fourth with tosses of 10.98 and 10.51 meters. Freshman Molly Piard (Canal Winchester, Ohio / Canal Winchester) finished tenth with a 7.20-meter throw in her first collegiate event.
As a team, Capital finished third overall with 69 points. Otterbein finished first with 239 points.
The team will be in Westerville again on Friday, Jan. 19 for the Ohio Athletic Conference South Split Meet once again hosted by Otterbein University.