By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The countdown of the Top 10 Moments of 2018-19 has begun for Capital University Athletics. Over the next five weeks, we will unveil the moments and accomplishments that made the last athletic year memorable for those competing or those following along. Join us as we traverse through the top moments of last year and feel free to weigh in on how you think they stack up to your own top 10 list.
#10: Josh Miller Earns First-Career OAC Championship
Kicking off this year's countdown is one of the breakthrough athletes of the 2018-19 campaign, sophomore thrower Josh Miller of Capital Men's Track & Field. The second-year athlete set personal record after personal record in the shot put throughout Capital's indoor and outdoor seasons and won the shot put a whopping seven times. Perhaps none of those wins were as big as the one on April 27, though.
It was on that day, at the 2019 Ohio Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships, that Miller dominated the field competing at Otterbein University to earn his first taste of conference glory in his young career. Miller's first throw of the day traveled 15.26 meters, a fine mark that put him in second place after the first round of throws. The sophomore fouled on his second attempt and his third went only 14.45 (47-05) meters.
Still, Miller remained in second and advanced past the preliminaries and into the finals. With his first throw of the final round, Miller got back on track with a 15.23-meter (50-00) effort before producing a mark of 14.87 (48-09 1/3) meters on his fifth attempt. Still sitting in second place, Miller had one final shot at the championship and did not disappoint. On his sixth and final try, Miller uncorked his best throw of the day, a 16.07-meter (52-08 ¾) launch that vaulted him ahead of the field and national qualifier Sean Sherman of the University of Mount Union to take the title of OAC Champion. Miller was the only athlete at the outdoor championships to clear the 16-meter mark in the shot put and he beat Sherman's mark of 15.61 (51-02 ½) meters by 0.46 meters (1-06).
In addition to his conference title and wins throughout the regular season, Miller qualified for both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Championships, becoming just the third Crusader to qualify for the national championships in the shot put. In June, Miller was named All-Great Lakes Region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Miller had the second-highest shot put throw in the Great Lakes Region, a throw that traveled 16.38 meters (53-09) at the DIII All-Ohio Outdoor Championships on April 13.
Honorable Mention: Emily Hilt Sets 100-Meter Hurdles Record
Miller was not the only track & field athlete to post a career year as multi athlete Emily Hilt of Cap Women's Track & Field set records in multiple events. In her final record-setting performance of the season at the Billy Hayes Invitational on May 3, the junior broke her own program record in the 100-meter hurdles. Hilt crossed the finish line in 14.95 seconds on the track at Indiana University to become the first Capital women's track athlete to complete the event in fewer than 15 seconds. Her mark is 0.59 seconds better than the second-best time in program history.
Relive the Top 10 Moments
Moment #10 - Josh Miller Earns First Career OAC Championship -- link
Moment #9 - Wednesday, June 19
Moment #8 – Monday, June 24
Moment #7 – Wednesday, June 26
Moment #6 – Monday, July 1
Moment #5 - Wednesday, July 3
Moment #4 - Monday, July 8
Moment #3 - Wednesday, July 10
Moment #2 - Monday, July 15
Moment #1 - Wednesday, July 17