Meyers Shines at Pioneer Open with Win and Second-Place Finish

Pictured: Mackenzie Meyers (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Mackenzie Meyers (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

MARIETTA, Ohio – Capital University Women's Track & Field braved the elements on Saturday to compete in the Pioneer Open hosted by Marietta College, the team's second meet of the indoor season. The Crusaders placed 3rd out of 11 teams with 77 points.

Senior distance runner Mackenzie Meyers claimed her first victory of the young season in the 1,000-meter race by stopping the clock at 3:32.25, three seconds ahead of second. Meyers then finished second in the one mile run with a time of 5:53.33.

Do-it-all athlete Taylor Manivanh's run of 7.55 seconds in the 55-meter dash earned her a third-place finish. She also placed third in the triple jump with a mark of 10.34 meters on her third attempt.

Emily Hilt continued her strong start to the year by placing fourth in the 55-meter hurdles with a mark of 9.09 seconds, a new personal best and the fifth-fastest mark in pgrogram history.

The Crusaders picked up 14 points from the 500-meter race thanks to Sarah Tilton's third-place finish, Kaylee Prall's fourth-place run and Sonia Ezenwajiaku's sixth-place performance.

In the 400-meter race, Olivia Maxwell earned Capital a point with an eighth-place run of 1:10.27.

Kassie Lee earned six points with a fourth-place heave of 12.80 meters in the weight throw.

The Crusaders will host the annual Jessica Starks Open for their next event on Saturday, Jan. 26 in The Capital Center Fieldhouse. The pole vault will kick things off at 9:30 a.m. with the rest of the field events beginning at noon and the running events scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.