Men’s Track & Field Places First Overall at Muskingum Invitational

Pictured: Grant Ward (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Grant Ward (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

NEW CONCORD, Ohio – Capital University Men's Track & Field claimed its first overall team victory of the season on Saturday at the 2019 Muskingum University Invitational with 75 points, 16 more than second-place Muskingum. Several Crusaders earned first-place medals while many others set new personal records.

In the 100-meter dash, Noah Meeker placed first, narrowly beating out teammate Cole Williams. Meeker stopped the clock at 11.64 seconds while Williams finished in 11.72 seconds, a new personal record. Williams did claim victory in the 200-meter dash however with a performance of 23.79 seconds, also a PR.

In the 400-meter race, Corbin Brown placed second and Carter Moore placed third with a personal-best time of 54.28 seconds.

Another event win came from Grant Ward in the 800-meter race. Ward's time of 2:05.34 was the winning time by 0.40 seconds. Jonas Pyle placed third in the event and Andrew Rus finished seventh.

Pyle and Ward finished 1-2 in the 1,500-meter race as Pyle crossed the finish line in 4:23.53 and Ward finished in 4:24.97, both the best marks in the event for the two runners.

Capital's 4 x 100-meter relay team of Joseph Eskra, Meeker, Moore and Williams placed first with a time of 45.23 seconds and the 4 x 400-meter team of Meeker, Williams, Pyle and Ward turned in a winning time of 3:39.21.

John Seman claimed his second straight win in the high jump by clearing 1.80 meters. Eskra's clearance of 4.28 meters in the pole vault was also a winning mark.

Nate Hayes turned in a pair of strong performances in the jumping events, winning the triple jump with a mark of 12.23 meters and placing second in the long jump with a leap of 5.66 meters.

Thrower Josh Miller set a new personal record in the shotput with a launch of 16.28 meters, a mark that won the event by a full meter. Miller now ranks first in the Ohio Athletoc Conference in the event and sixth in the country. He also won the discus with a throw of 44.51 meters and placed third in the hammer throw with a mark of 43.51 meters, a new personal best.

The Crusaders will be back in action next Saturday, April 13 at the All-Ohio Championships hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University.