Westhoven Sets New School Record in Opening Outdoor Meet of the Season

Pictured: Hannah Westhoven and Mackenzie Meyers
Pictured: Hannah Westhoven and Mackenzie Meyers

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Capital University Women's Track & Field hit the course at the 49er Classic hosted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for the first time in the 2018 outdoor season and one Crusader finished the day with a new program record.

In the final race of the day, senior Hannah Westhoven completed the 10,000-meter race in record time, a 39:10.16 mark that set a personal record by almost two minutes and beat the previous school record by 30 seconds.

Junior Mackenzie Meyers had Capital's highest finish of the day, an 11th-place mark in the 3,000-meter steeplechase of 11:53.74, a new personal record by six seconds.

Senior sprinter Hunter Mouser competed in both the 100- and 400-meter dashes. In the 100, the senior was 0.01 seconds off of her personal record with a time of 12.86 seconds. In the 400, she turned in a performance of 59.87 seconds.

Junior Niamani Mayes had a two-event first day as well with turns in the 100- and 400-meter hurdles. In the 100-meter race, Mayes turned in a time of 16.02 seconds and she nearly matched her PR in the 400-meter but came in tenths of a second short at 1:07.78.

Olivia Quinter joined Mayes in the 100-meter hurdles and the sophomore finished just behind her teammate with a 16.26 second mark. In the 1,500-meter contest, junior Larkin Joseph's 4:59.82 time represented a new personal record and is now the third-best 1,500 time in program history.

The Crusaders will be back in action on Saturday for the second day of the 49er Classic. Field events will being at 10 a.m. and running events start at 12 p.m.