Women’s Track and Field Takes Second at OAC South Split Meet

(Taylor Atkins, photo credit: Jeff Mills)
(Taylor Atkins, photo credit: Jeff Mills)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University women's track and field managed to pull out a second-place finish right in front of a home audience at The Capital Center, Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders were one of four teams competing at this year's Ohio Athletic Conference South Split Meet.

Junior Taylor Atkins (Bethel, Ohio) showed no mercy as she finished first in high jump with a mark of 1.55 meters (5-1), second in the long jump at 5.05 meters (16-6), and third in triple jump at 9.50 meters (31-2). 

The women's throws had a solid day with junior Ashley Freshkorn (Columbus, Ohio / Hamilton Township) securing a first-place finish in weight throw with a best toss of 14.15 meters (46-4), and second place in the shot put at 11.76 meters (38-6). Sophomore Amber Thomas (Cleveland, Ohio) threw her first personal record of the season, a 11.73-meter throw in the shot (37-3) to place third. Sophomore Chelsea Carpenter (Cincinnati, Ohio) with a toss of 10.92 meters (35-8) took fourth in shot put. Freshman Megan Watt (Wapakoneta, Ohio) turned heads throwing personal best of 12.93 meter (42-4) in the weight throw, besting her previous high by two meters.

Capturing points on the running side of things was junior Shalynn Dornbush (Hopedale, Ohio) in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:05.28. 

Distance runner Gretchen Sauder (Mansfield, Ohio) showed up in a big way placing first in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 19:48.90. She held off Otterbein's Wesley Thompson by a mere two seconds for the win.

Freshman Larkin Joseph (New Philadelphia, Ohio) placed second in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:29.83, and not too far behind was sophomore McKenzie Ciganick (Bellaire, Mich.) crossing the finish line at 1:29.83.  

The women`s 4x400-meter relay has made an amazing appearance this week coming in second place. The relay team finished with a time of 4:27.05. The team 4x400 included sophomore pair McKenzie Ciganick and Hunter Mouser (London, Ohio), junior Shalynn Dornbush, and freshman Larkin Joseph.

Otterbein University finished first in team standings accumulating 296 points, while the host of the meet, Capital University, captured a second-place finish with 120 points. Muskingum University had 98 points, walking away with the third-place spot.

 The Crusaders are on the road next week as they will compete at the Findlay Classic, hosted at the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex (Findlay, Ohio) on Friday, Jan. 23.