By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
WESTERVILLE, Ohio – Capital University Men's Track & Field's 2019 season began at the Otterbein Invitational hosted by Otterbein University on Saturday and the Crusaders already have an event win to their names.
John Seman (Ashland, Ohio/Hillsdale), one of only four seniors on the Capital roster, wasted no time getting his season off to a successful start in the high jump by winning the event and clearing 1.88 meters on his final attempt at that height. Seman cleared 1.80 meters on his first try and then achieved 1.85 meters on his second. After coming up just short on his first two attempts at 1.88, the experienced jumper was able to clear the bar and earn maximum points in the event.
The Crusaders also received a boost from Corbin Brown (East Sparta, Ohio/Sandy Valley) in the 500-meter dash thanks to a third-place time of 1:14.04. After some impressive showings as a freshman last season, sophomore sprinter Noah Meeker (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) turned in a pair of positive results in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes by finishing fourth and fifth in the events, respectively. After placing fourth in the prelims of the 60-meter dash, Meeker repeated that performance with a run of 7.31 seconds in the finals. He crossed the finish line in the 200-meter dash in just 23.45 seconds.
A pair of freshmen sprinters also recorded some top-10 times between them. Carter Moore (Lakeview, Ohio/Kalida) placed fifth in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:16.20 while Cole Williams placed eighth in the 60-meter dash and 10th in the 200-meter dash. He recorded a time of 7.48 seconds in the 60-meter race and finished the 200 in 24.34 seconds.
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.