By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
WESTERVILLE, Ohio – Capital University Women's Track & Field got its season underway on Saturday just up the road at the Otterbein Invitational hosted by Otterbein University where Taylor Manivanh (Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing) and Emily Hilt (Delaware, Ohio/Buckeye Valley) each recorded second place finishes and an additional top-five finish.
In the long jump, Manivanh came agonizingly close to her first win of the season with a leap of 5.02 meters on her second attempt but fell just short of the first-place jump of 5.08 meters. Hilt's second-place finish came in the high jump where the multi athlete cleared 1.56 meters, matching her personal best.
Hilt was also able to pick up points in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles with a fourth-place run of 9.95 seconds. Manivanh also recorded a sixth-place finish in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.24 seconds.
In her first collegiate meet, freshman Olivia Maxwell (Jamestown, Ohio/Greenview) helped the Capital cause in the 500-meter dash by running the race in 1:32.21 and crossing the line in fifth.
Junior Kassie Lee (Piqua, Ohio/Lehman Catholic) turned in a pair of sixth-place performances in the shot put and weight throw. In the shot, Lee's first attempt travelled 10.46 meters but on her fifth attempt, the thrower powered through for a mark of 10.58 meters. Lee's final mark of 12.95 meters in the weight throw came on her sixth and final attempt in the event.
Senior distance runner Mackenzie Meyers (Ashville, Ohio/Teays Valley) also notched a top-10 finish with a run of 11:24.54 in the 3,000-meter race.
The Crusaders will be in action again next Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Pioneer Open hosted by Marietta College. Field events are scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. and running events will start at 1 p.m.