By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
NEW CONCORD, Ohio – Though the temperatures may have been cold the sun was shining on Capital University Track & Field on Saturday at the Muskingum Invitational, where both the men's and women's team placed second out of four teams and several Crusaders earned first-place finishes and personal records.
Capital swept the top three spots in the 800-meter race with Hunter Mouser (London, Ohio/London), Larkin Joseph (New Philadelphia, Ohio/New Philadelphia) and Mackenzie Meyers (Ashville, Ohio/Teays Valley) leading the field. Mouser placed first with a new personal record of 2:25.41, Joseph followed her with a 2:26.26 and Meyers' third-place time of 2:38.81 was a new PR as well.
In the 1,500-meter, Joseph was the one who took first with a time of 5:04.75, a blazing performance that was just seconds off of a PR. Meyers placed third in the event just seconds behind Joseph with a 5:11.84.
Niamani Mayes (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) and Olivia Quinter (Fort Loramie, Ohio/Fort Loramie) were also only seconds away from personal bests in the 400-meter hurdles with performances of 1:08.45 and 1:11.17, respectively.
As the only participant in the 5,000-meter race, Alaina Miller (Baltimore, Ohio/Liberty Union Thurston) turned in a time of 21:50.15.
In the field events, Elona Greenhoff's (Eastlake, Ohio/North) leap of 1.54 meters in the high jump earned her first place in the event. Kassie Lee (Piqua, Ohio/Lehman Catholic) and Ally Cummings (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) placed seventh and ninth in the shot put with respective throws of 10.59 meters and 10.25 meters. Lee finished in second in the hammer throw with a personal-best 41.43 meters.
On the men's side, Kyle Farley's (Canton, Mich./Lutheran – Westland) mark of 53.91 seconds in the 400-meter dash represented a career-best mark and Derek Knabe (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) was tenths of a second off of his PR in the 800-meter race with a first-place time of 2:00.29. Nicholas Santos (Annandale, Va./Falls Church) finished fourth in the 800 with a 2:10.47 performance. Corbin Brown (East Spart, Ohio/Sandy Valley) and Andrew Rus (Highland Heights, Ohio/Mayfield) finished with times of 2:18.19 and 2:23.41 in the event.
Rus also placed third in the 1,500-meter run with a steady final time of 4:36.79. Behind him were Nathan Hutchins (Toledo, Ohio/Maumee) and Christian Vermillion (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) with runs of 4:45.92 and 4:59.32. Quinton Napier (Columbus, Ohio/Hamilton Township) set a new PR in the 5k by finishing in second place in 17:47.02.
Mason Trezise (Eager, Ariz./Round Valley) was the only competitor in the 400-meter hurdles and turned in a time of 58.93 seconds.
In the shot put, Jason Coon (Bernville, Pa./Schuylkill Valley) once again came out on top with a best throw of 15.98 meters. Finishing just behind him was Josh Miller (Botkins, Ohio/Botkins), whose final launch of 15.13 meters earned him second. Miller also came in fifth in the discus with a throw of 40.51 meters, a personal record. Hutchins came in fifth in the javelin throw and achieved a mark of 20.66 meters.
Capital will be back in action next weekend at the All-Ohio Outdoor Championships hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University.