By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
WESTERVILLE, Ohio – Capital University Men's Track & Field made the short drive north for the first day of the 2019 Ohio Athletic Conference at Otterbein University on Friday and completed seven events on the first day of competition. After one day, the Crusaders sit in eighth place with eight points.
Freshman Joseph Eskra earned the highest finish of the day for the Crusaders, just narrowly missing out on an All-OAC spot with a fourth-place performance in the pole vault. The first-year athlete cleared 4.36 meters (14-03 ½), a new personal record, on his first attempt at the height but he could not achieve the next mark in any of his three attempts at 4.46 meters (14-08).
In the discus throw, sophomore Josh Miller placed seventh and freshman Spencer Smith placed ninth. Miller's fourth and best throw traveled 44.18 meters (144-11) while Spencer's best attempt was his second which went 42.28 meters (138-08). Both will compete in the hammer throw on Saturday while Miller will also the favorite to win the shot put.
Sophomore Noah Meeker ran in both the 100- and 200-meter races but did not qualify for the finals in either. Meeker placed 15th in the 100-meter sprint with a time of 11.26 seconds and 23.01-second run in the 200-meter race placed him 12th.
The championships will resume at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday with the women's shot put and men's hammer throw. Running events will begin at 3 p.m.